Frequently asked questions
Information on booking a lesson/a course
1. How can I book a place?
a) Book Course: Follow this link to book through our securely online button
b) Payment: full payment is required at the time of confirming your course.
c) Confirmation: we will send you a confirmation email to confirm payment and with the course details, school directions and course information.
Please note that if you are not a beginner you need to take our online Spanish level test, so that we can determine your exact level before you start the course.
2. What is the profile of the students on Spanish Express evening group courses?
We provide language training for students needing extra support at school, new mums, and retired people, adults who are hoping to apply to college or university as “mature students” as well as University Students needing help with a Presentation or Dissertation. Therefore
Our evening group courses are for adults over 18 years old who want to learn Spanish for fun, for travelling or… For most evening courses, the average age range will be mid 20s to mid 40s.
3. How do I know what level I am?
If you are unsure where to start or progress to, take our online Spanish level test and read our level descriptions for guidance.
4. What is the minimum and maximum number of students?
The minimum class size is 6 students and the maximum class size is 12.
5. What happens if the minimum class size is not met?
Should your course be affected, we will contact you directly to discuss your options, which may include:
a) Reconfiguring your original course to an intensive course, taught in a smaller group. The course duration in this instance is likely to be reduced, which will mean that you will cover the course material in a much shorter amount of time.
b) Starting your course at a later date of your choice, for which you will be given priority.
c) Converting your course fee to a Gift voucher
d) A refund of your course fee in line with our general refund policy in our Terms & Conditions.
6. Can I talk to a real person about the course I am taking?
We try to include all relevant information on the website. However, if you need further information help please call us on +44 (0) or email us on [email protected] We aim to respond within 24 hours.
Information about your course
1. When do the next courses start?
Please visit our dates and times page for a complete list of our courses.
2. What will I learn during my course?
Our Course Outlines give an overview of the content and learning framework of our courses and include topics, grammar and vocabulary you can typically expect to cover.
Please note that these are intended as a guide only. Our teachers may adapt the course content to suit the specific level, aims and interests of the group.
3. How does Spanish Express choose their teachers?
All our teachers are native Spanish speakers, either from Spain or Latin-American countries. All of them have a degree and are qualified and experienced in teaching Spanish as a foreign language. They have all completed training courses or hold a Masters degree in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.
4. Do teachers speak English during the lessons?
We believe that the most effective way to learn or improve your language skills is through complete immersion in the language, therefore our teachers try not to speak English in class. However, the occasional explanation or vocabulary term may be explained in English, and teachers are very used to teaching students who may have little or no prior knowledge of Spanish.
5. Do I receive a qualification or certificate?
Yes, you receive a certificate of participation by email. This confirms course type and level you have taken.
Please note that in order to get your certificate, you must complete the end of course questionnaire sent to you at the end of the course.
6. How much homework is typically involved?
For the evening courses you will be given approximately one hour’s worth of formal homework per week. In the case of Private tuition, the amount of homework will vary depending on individual needs. In any event we recommend that you spend some more time during the week revising what you have learnt in class.
7. Does Spanish Express provide a book?
In most cases, you will need a course book to accompany your course; however in some courses we give handouts. Course books and handouts are included in the course fees, and will be given to you on your first day.
Please note that a course book often covers more than one level. So if you progress to the next course, you may use the same book.
8. What should I do if my class is too easy or too difficult for me?
Please speak to your teacher after the first lesson and contact us. We will assess the situation and look to move you to a class more suited to your ability, subject to availability.
9. What do I do if I am going to miss a lesson during the course?
We recommend that you tell your teacher as soon as you know that you are going to miss a class. Your teacher can then email you with an outline of what was covered in the class you missed, along with any homework set and what part of the textbook was used.
10. I like my teacher and classmates, can I continue with them next term?
Please do tell your teacher if you would like to continue with them in the next term and we will do our best to assign them to your next level. We cannot guarantee that your teacher will be available though, as it does depend on their availability.
11. What if my teacher is ill during the course?
If your teacher is ill during the term we will organise a cover teacher to take your lesson. If no cover teacher is available we will reschedule the lesson to take place on a different day.
12. Are all teachers DBS checked?
Yes, all teachers at Spanish Express are DBS checked.
Payments & Refunds
1. Spanish Express Refund Policy
For full information on cancellations and refunds, please refer to our Terms and Conditions.
2. Do you offer any discounts?
Yes, we offer the following discounts to evening group courses at our school premises:
– 10% Early enrolment. If you book at least 2 weeks before the start date.
– 10% for repeated students. If you book at least 2 weeks before the start date.
* Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount or offer.
3. Can I pay a deposit and then pay the rest later?
No, you must pay the entire amount by card at time of booking. Alternatively, you can make a bank transfer once you have received the invoice.