Welcome to AIL Madrid!
My name is Chris Haworth, and I am the director and founder of Academia Internacional de Lenguas Madrid (AIL Madrid). I’d like to take a moment to tell you a little bit about our Spanish language academy, its history, quality, and why so many students choose AIL for their Spanish studies.
Though the academy actually began nine years ago, in the tiny living room of my Madrid city center flat, the beginning of the story dates back to when I first arrived in Madrid in the year 2000. My initial experience of the city was intoxicating; the language, the nightlife, and the vibrancy and history of the city itself. I fell in love with Madrid immediately, feeling a thrill every time I had the opportunity to introduce visitors to my new home, and knew Madrid would form a long term narrative in my life.
It was my dream when we began that AIL would be a home away from home for its students with a unique atmosphere built on discovery, positivity, and (most importantly) fun. I also believe that learning should take place outside of the classroom as well; your experience with AIL begins with your classes but extends into afternoon activities, weekend trips, your accommodation, and your general experience in Madrid. For this reason, we started the tradition of ‘Noche de Copas’, where students and staff alike gather on Friday night for conversation and drinks, as well as the cultural classes and excursions offered by AIL.
Though it would have been easy to lose this familial feeling as we grew and expanded over the years, I am proud to say that today every student, new or old, who walks through our front door feels an immediate sense of community. Whether you are with us for one week or one year, I, your teacher, or a member of our Student Care Team will know your name upon arrival, greet you, and invite you into our family. We offer endless support, and are fully invested in your success while learning the Spanish language.
In lieu of that, we hold the highest, internationally recognized, certifications available for a language academy. We are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes, member of FEDELE, have approved status by several national governments and collaborate with various Spanish universities.
Our courses are evaluated in accordance with the Council of Europe’s Common European Language Framework, have specifically designed DELE classes (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjero) in conjunction with the Instituto Cervantes and the University of Salamanca, and we offer Business Spanish and Spanish for Tourism preparatory courses in collaboration with Madrid Chamber of Commerce.
I know firsthand the feeling of arriving in a new country, the butterflies of learning a new language and, with this personal history in mind, have built a school that hopes to make your experience and transition the best possible. As an academy, we are internationally-minded and flexible with our students. I want to ensure that you have a course that fits your level and needs perfectly, as well as a full and happy life here in Madrid.