Club 50+ Spanish Course by Ana Ballesteros, Spanish Teacher at AIL Madrid
Hello, my name is Ana and I have been teaching Spanish at AIL Madrid for more than five years.
Throughout the years I have given classes to students of all ages, from a 6 year-old girl and her doll named Lucy to an 80 year-old globe-trotting Aussie, who fluently spoke 6 languages and was eager to make Spanish number 7… and Japanese number 8 ;). You will be surprised by how many students aged 50+ are interested in our language and culture. And what’s special about them? Well, precisely the happiness and enthusiasm that these young at heart, fun loving students bring to the classroom having finished their studies years ago. The 50+ students enjoy learning, do it for pleasure and for this reason they are open to whatever task or activity. They share their stories, liven up classes laughing and joking, are not at all self conscious and are always in a good mood. It’s extremely rewarding to see their expectations for self-improvement fulfilled and to watch the older students gain confidence and make progress day by day. The Club 50+ students inspire me making me realise that my language learning days are far from finished. All in one – they are lovely and create a very pleasant environment to work in!
There are 20 classes per week in the Club 50+ program that take place in reduced classes of a maximum of 8 persons. Such small class sizes enable the teacher to dedicate more time individually to students and therefore incorporate their needs into the class content. The course emphasis is firmly placed on communication skills and the topics covered by our qualified teachers get everyone talking and make the lessons much more enjoyable, productive and interesting. This way, you definitely learn how to express yourself in Spanish! Whether you are a beginner or are an advanced learner, we have the right course level for you. Club 50+ students are placed in groups based on their level of Spanish (assessed before your arrival to Madrid) and therefore should expect to be in classes with students of all ages, not just other students on the Club 50+ program. Moreover, if there are any bank holidays when you come to Madrid, don’t worry, all classes and activities will be made up for!
Cultural and Touristic Activities Program
At AIL Madrid, we know that our Club 50+ students are looking for much more than just learning Spanish. They want to have a wonderful time, taste the delicacies of the Spanish cuisine, explore Madrid and discover the secrets of Spanish culture. Therefore we have carefully selected diverse activities for every afternoon or evening of your stay. Those activities take place with a teacher from AIL Madrid, your guide to the Spanish way of life who will constantly make you practice Spanish, giving explanations in an approachable and an easy-to-understand way. A sample itinerary, to be found below, includes visits to the top sights of interest and museums, dance performances, tapas and wine tasting, cookery classes, excursions and cultural workshops. During the different activities you get to know other 50+ students from different countries with whom you not only practice Spanish but share stories and unforgettable moments!
Club 50+ Spanish Program Itinerary
Please see below a typical 2-week itinerary.
|| Welcome presentation + Spanish classes
|| Guided walking tour of central Madrid + Welcome tapas and drinks evening
|| Flamenco dance class
|| Workshop on Spanish gastronomy and flamenco show
|| Visit to a vineyard and wine tasting
||Visit to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
||Welcome presentation + Spanish classes
||Welcome tapas and drinks evening for students joining the program the 2nd week + Workshop on Spanish customs
||Excursion to Alcalá de Henares
||Visit to the Royal Palace + Salsa dance class
||Visit to the Prado Museum
Please note the activities listed above may be subject to change and/or replacement by other similar activities
Club 50+ Course Start Dates
The Club 50+ courses start on a Monday. In order to take full advantage of the Monday classes and activities, it is preferable to arrive in Madrid the day before.
||One week course
||Two week course
||4th and 11th
||3rd and 10th
Club 50+ Spanish Course at a Glance
||1 or 2 weeks
|Spanish classes per week
||10 extra teaching hours per week included!
|Students per class
||Maximum 8, 6 on average
||Monday to Friday, in the morning or in the afternoon
||6 different levels, from complete beginners up to complete fluency (A1 – C2) in correlation to the Common European Framework of Languages
|Duration of one class
||Attendance certificate upon finishing your course
Club 50+ Spanish Course Price
|Number of weeks
||Price (in Euros)
One-off enrolment fee: 50 Euros
- Four Spanish classes per day (from Monday to Friday)
- Activities in and around Madrid, including entrance fees. Public transportation to/from Alcalá de Henares (transportation for activities taking place in Madrid is not included)
- Activity package to help you organise your own excursions
- Free access to the Internet from 08.30am until 10.00pm on AIL Madrid's modern touch screen computers
- Free rental of a Spanish mobile phone
The preferred accommodation option for students participating in the Club 50+ program is either a host family or one of our executive apartments. Staying with one of our Spanish host families gives you an excellent opportunity to fully immerse yourself into the Spanish way of life and practice Spanish. Our Spanish hosts live in well furnished comfortable homes in central Madrid and offer half board accommodation (breakfast and evening meal included). On the other hand our executive apartments
, totally refurbished in 2014, offer bright and spacious living – dining room, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and bedroom with a queen size bed or twin beds. They are located in Madrid’s city centre, only 6 metro stops from the school on a direct metro line
Additional activities and excursions
Between Spanish classes, our Fun Afternoon Activities and socialising with your new found Club 50+ friends, your days (and evening) will be complete. Just in case, you want to do even more, before your arrival we will send you our Additional Activity Package
. This is a practical, user friendly guide containing lots of information about the city of Madrid itself and the surrounding historical places and a range of optional activities and excursions. These additional activities are not included in the price.
Additional individual Spanish classes
Would you like to make your Spanish studies more intense, work on some grammar you can’t get your head around or have some more speaking time? Take advantage of the opportunity, have some individual Spanish classes
and focus on the Spanish skills you would like to improve. You can arrange your individual classes before your arrival or once you are here at the reception desk. The individual Spanish classes will be scheduled at the most convenient time for you.
Additional group or private dance classes
There is one dance class per week included in the 50+ Club price - flamenco in the first week and salsa in the second. But if you would like to learn more steps to impress your friends with your new dancing skills once back at home, we would be more than happy to arrange extra dance classes for you. You are free to choose from our wide range of Spanish and Latin Dances that includes Cha-Cha-Cha, Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, Tango, Flamenco and Sevillanas. At AIL Madrid we do more than our best to suit everyone's wishes.
Full day excursions to neighbouring cities
Why not use your time in Madrid to the fullest and visit some of the magnificent towns located near Madrid, such as Toledo, Segovia
or El Escorial.
AIL Madrid can arrange such excursion for you on weekends with an English and Spanish speaking guide. Please consult AIL Madrid's team after your arrival for detailed information.
Flamenco shows, concerts or theatre nights
Madrid is also known as the 'city that never sleeps'. Every night there are several flamenco shows, concerts and theatres in Madrid. Besides this, there are many restaurants and bars where you can watch flamenco shows while enjoying your dinner or drink. These restaurants are all well known as their menus are full of typical Spanish cuisine: grilled meat and fish, tapas, sausages, and a large selection of wines. More information about flamenco shows, concerts and theatre is available from our reception staff.