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Reviews of Giralda Center - Spanish House, Sevilla, Spain

Total number of reviews: 41
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Giralda Center - Spanish House, Sevilla, Spain
4.3/5.0 
(41 reviews)
City 4.9/5.0 
Organisation 4.4/5.0 
Facilities 3.8/5.0 
Social activities 3.9/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.1/5.0 
Value for money 4.3/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
4. Nov. 2016
1. (62 years)  -  United States
1. Intensive Spanish Plus 5 - 4 weeks

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I loved Marie Jose and Amie, and of course all of the people who took us on tours and taught us about Seville.
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Go on every tour and don't be afraid to use the language.
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Too much time spent on writing. There should be no other languages spoken in class. There should be more repetition, repetition, repetition. We once attended a U.N. sanctioned French Language Course for a month in France and spent each day just trying to learn vocabulary, starting with present tense verbs, going to the simple future first repeating personal answers to questions by the teacher around the class. It didn't take long to internalize and eventually we moved on to the past tenses. I feel we learned a lot more quickly there. Language use should be spoken first then written word in later classes.
10. Oct. 2016
2. Marcus (52 years)  - 
2. Intensive Spanish - 1 week

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Offer of leisure activities
10. Oct. 2016
3. (48 years)  - 
3. Intensive Spanish - 1 week

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Perfect preparation, contact in advance, organization, friendliness of everyone at the location, uncomplicated.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Take part in the leisure activities!
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It would be nice to receive a coursebook or teaching materials, to help repeat in the afternoons.
26. Jul. 2016
4. Haley (23 years)  -  United States
4. Intensive Spanish - 1 week

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19. Jul. 2016
5. (27 years)  - 
5. Intensive Spanish - 2 weeks

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The teachers and the school's staff very friendly and always available to students. The positive and relaxed learning environment
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I think it would be appropriate to extend the scheme of levels and introduce intermediate levels (eg A2.1, A2.2, B1.1 B1.2) to prevent that people with quite different levels of knowledge are put in the same group
25. Mar. 2016
6. (71 years)  -  Sweden
6. 4 weeks

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The excellent teachers.
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I liked my accomodation but the street outside was very noisy.
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Very good school. Liked the afternoon activities very much. They helped us to get to know Sevilla very well.
15. Mar. 2016
7. (67 years)  -  Sweden
7. Intensive Spanish Plus 5 - 4 weeks

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Most of the time we were in the Old City of Sevilla which is very nice.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
There are a lot of interesting places to see in Sevilla, e g many beautiful churches. During Lent there are many cross-walks (processions) to look at.
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We had classes at three different locations in Sevilla, which I think is a bit unusual. The 5+ lessons were in another location 20 minutes' walk away so we had not much time for lunch these days. Some activities arranged by the school started at 16:00 and our 5+ class ended at 16:30 so we could not always participate in those activities, which was a pity.
21. Sep. 2015
8. (53 years)  - 
8. Intensive Spanish Plus 5 - 2 weeks

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22. Jun. 2015
9.  -  United States
9. Intensive Spanish - 2 weeks

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The teachers were terrific - encouraging and helpful. The after hours activities were also so helpful on many levels. Excellent experience!
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Ask for the wifi code! :)
20. Apr. 2015
10. (25 years)  - 
10. Intensive Spanish - 4 weeks

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relaxed teaching environment
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The teacher has often changed. One teacher I cannot recommend but with the others, I was very pleased.
29. Mar. 2015
11. Delphine (61 years)  - 
11. Leçons particulières le matin 5h/semaine - 2 weeks

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23. Feb. 2015
12. (31 years)  - 
12. Intensive Spanish - 4 weeks

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There were no other Russian students
24. Feb. 2014
13. (32 years)  - 
13. Intensive Spanish - 1 week

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the staff: teachers and reception
4. Sep. 2013
14. (23 years)  - 
14. Individual - 1 week

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Rosa and Begona were my teachers - they are perfect.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Don't miss all the activities from the school. Cadiz (city at the Atlantic coast) is worth to see.
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Personnel is very helpful and polite
28. Jan. 2013
15. Irina (32 years)  -  Russian Federation
15. Standard Spanish - 2 weeks

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22. Oct. 2012
16. (38 years)  - 
16. Standard Spanish - 3 weeks

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The teachers were great especially Jose who is excellent and able to work with different levels and needs of various students and make the class relevant and interesting to everyone
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
The school closes during lunchtime so no access to computers and wifi.
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Good school with high quality teaching and and helpful teachers. school can be a bit more organised and i was not impressed by admin staff who seemed less helpful.
4. Sep. 2012
17. Azumi (37 years)  -  Spain
17. Standard Spanish - 1 week

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23. Feb. 2012
18. (29 years)  - 
18. Standard Spanish - 1 week

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Friendliness of teachers and group, activities...
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Not enough levels. During the second week, I was a bit bored because the group had not a very high level and I could not move to another course.
20. Feb. 2012
19. (56 years)  - 
19. Standard Spanish - 2 weeks

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Central location, good organisation.
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12 participants per group is too much! There was almost no possibility to speak. All levels from A2 to C1 were represented in one group. The placement test was a charade: barely finished, they took the test away and we were already in our final group, without any evaluation of the test.
17. Feb. 2012
20. (66 years)  -  Germany
20. Standard Spanish - 2 weeks

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Raquel, my teacher in the first week
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Free entrance in museums etc.: appointed days, marked in a paper, that you can get in the Tourist Information.
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relaxed atmosphere
12. Dec. 2011
21. (22 years)  - 
21. Standard Spanish - 5 weeks

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The quality of teachers!
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The tapas nights
28. Oct. 2011
22. Susanna (25 years)  - 
22. Standard Spanish - 2 weeks

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17. Oct. 2011
23. Linda (26 years)  - 
23. Standard Spanish - 2 weeks

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4. Oct. 2011
24. (47 years)  - 
24. Standard Spanish - 2 weeks

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The teachers were excellent.
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Do the two excursions on offer every week, they're good.
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Really impressed with the course. The only let-down was the classroom which was unpleasantly hot.
26. Sep. 2011
25. (34 years)  -  Finland
25. Standard Spanish - 2 weeks

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relaxed atmosphere, nice classmates and good teachers
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
If you go to the beginners class, it'd help if you know some basics already. The school is in the most beautiful area in the old city. You can ask the school to arrange the accommodation as close to the school as possible. It's easier of course if you do it some months before the class starts.
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It's well worth staying at least a month. 2 weeks was too short time...
1. Jun. 2011
26. (21 years)  -  United States
26. Standard Spanish - 3 weeks

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The building was beautiful and the staff was very helpful. It was the perfect location to absorb the Spanish culture and really learn the language. I highly recommend the school.
5. Apr. 2011
27. (27 years)  - 
27. Standard Spanish - 12 weeks

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Teachers' open-mindedness, cool atmosphere, tolerant attitude of the people and large cultural mix.
29. Mar. 2011
28. (39 years)  -  Switzerland
28. Intensive Spanish - 2 weeks

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Great location, very kind teachers, the other pupils were just fantastic!
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Check out the great tapas bars in Sevilla and participate in the very interesting guided tours through town offered by the school!
20. Sep. 2010
29. Josef J. (33 years)  -  Germany
29. Standard Spanish - 4 weeks

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13. Apr. 2010
30. (18 years)  - 
30. Standard Spanish - 12 weeks

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activities
21. Apr. 2009
31.  -  Spain
31. Standard Spanish - 2 weeks

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the teacher was outstanding
7. Apr. 2009
32. (24 years)  -  Russian Federation
32. Standard Spanish - 4 weeks

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location
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ask to live together with other students, all shared apartments are shared with their owners.
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the city is amazing and worth visiting and the school is located in the historic center in a beautiful place.
2. Nov. 2008
33. (29 years)  -  United States
33. Standard Spanish - 3 weeks

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location and my teacher
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I wanted to take an hour tutoring lesson aside from the regular class, but this was not an option. I felt that I was a little lost in learning during the 3rd week and felt a private lesson would've greatly helped.
13. Feb. 2007
34. (28 years)  -  Netherlands
34. Standard Spanish - 1 week

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13. Aug. 2006
35. (20 years)  - 
35. Standard Spanish - 3 weeks

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varied lessons
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pub/cafe ilang ilang, parque san telmo
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the teachers were very friendly
3. May. 2006
36. (30 years)  - 
36. Intensive Spanish (26hrs week) - 4 weeks

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teacher : maria was really great
28. Jul. 2005
37. (25 years)  -  Uk
37. General

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In the centre of the city
13. Aug. 2004
38. Siv (21 years)  -  Norway
38. General

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ask to share with other students
4. Jan. 2004
39. (23 years)  -  Uk
39. General

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The staff was very good in every single aspect
16. Oct. 2003
40. (43 years)  -  Australia
40. General

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Small and friendly.
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Find out early about extra curricular activities so you can organise other things around them.
14. Oct. 2003
41. Gabi (25 years)  -  Detuschland
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