Hi, my name is Daphne
I’m the academic director of FU International Academy Tenerife (FUIA). I’d like to introduce you to our FUIA System for learning the Spanish language.
When the FU International Academy opened its doors in 2000, there was no method at all. The school hired and fired teachers according to the demand for Spanish teaching in Tenerife. The school totally relied on the teachers’ personal way of teaching.
When Frank Sellingsloh became director of the school in 2004, everything changed. His first goal was to become an accredited Spanish school of the CERVANTES INSTITUTE, which he achieved just one year later in 2005. In order to get there, we had to comply with many quality control procedures, most of them related to teaching methodology.
Since 2005 we have been improving constantly in these specific areas and we’ve been able to create our own system based on our teaching experience. We’ve increased the quality of our teachers and we’re constantly updating our teaching techniques. We also keep exchanging our knowledge and experience among members of the teaching team.
The key elements of our Spanish learning system are:
- Definition of 48 levels of Spanish – from absolute beginners to academic mastery
- A comprehensive placement test at the start that determines your exact level of Spanish
- A teaching methodology with proven techniques, alongside the most up-to-date teaching materials and learning technology
- Detailed tests at the end of each course level to check if you can pass to the next level
The FUIA 48 Level System to Reach Academic Mastery in Spanish
We design our classes according to The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries.
The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions that can be divided into six levels:
A1 = Beginners
A2 = Elementary
B1 = Intermediate
B2 = Upper intermediate
C1 = Advanced
C2 = Proficiency
For each level, it describes what a learner should be able to do in each skill area: reading, listening, speaking and writing.
We took the European Reference Frame which consists of 6 levels and divided it into 48 sub-levels:
A1.1 – A1.2 – A1.3 – A1.4
A2.1 – A2.2 – A2.3 – A2.4 – A2.5
B1.1 – B1.2 – B1.3 – B1.4 – B1.5 – B1.6 – B1.7
B2.1 – B2.2 – B2.3 – B2.4 – B2.5 – B2.6 – B2.7 – B2.8
C1.1 – C1.2 – C1.3 – C1.4 – C1.5 – C1.6 – C1.7 – C1.8 – C1.9 – C1.10 – C1.11
C2.1 – C2.2 – C2.3 – C2.4 – C2.5 – C2.6 – C2.7 – C2.8 – C2.9 – C2.10 – C2.11 – C2.12 – C2.13
Each sub-level has its own content, learning objectives and an exam at the end.
During our courses in Tenerife
- We will make sure that you start in your exact sub-level of Spanish.
- You finish the next sub-level within a week in a 20 or 30 hours (teaching sessions of 45 minutes) intensive group course.
From zero knowledge of Spanish to proficiency (C2.13) it will take you 48 weeks in total.
Not aiming for mastery but still want to become fluent in Spanish?
You can achieve this goal after the first 24 levels.
This is how we choose the most appropriate course level for you
Before starting a course with us, you have to take a comprehensive placement test that determines your exact level of Spanish.
The results are our initial benchmark to choose the correct course level for you.
Go ahead and sign up for one of our Spanish courses!
When it comes to placing students in a class, we apply Stephen Krashen’s “Input Hypothesis” of his theory of second language acquisition.
Stephen Krashen’s Comprehensible Input Hypothesis
Stephen Krashen researched into how we learn a second language. In our classes we use his theory, along with our other methods and teaching practices, to help our students learn Spanish.
From our extensive experience teaching Spanish we’ve found Krashen’s theory useful for our students’ progress. It sounds complicated but actually, his theory is simple.
Krashen suggested that students will improve and progress when they receive the second language input at one step beyond their current level.
In practice, this means that once we’ve assessed a student’s language level, he/she will receive input and materials slightly above their current level to help them improve faster.
We use this method to help students learn Spanish at the optimal rate, but if we feel that any of the classes we provide are too advanced we re-assess the students’ needs. Above all, we ensure that our students feel comfortable and are happy with their progress.
Along with this theory we provide you with meaningful interaction in Spanish – natural communication – because from our experience this is the only way you can really learn to speak Spanish.