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Spanish Panama school

Teaching Spanish to foreigners since 2001

SpanishPanama language school

 Strongest points: Empathy and Professionalism

Some frequently asked questions by students before coming to Panama and before coming to Spanish Panama. Further below , the questions are more focused on our Spanish school, program, facilities and teachers:

“Do I need a visa for Panama?” 

Most countries such as the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, do not require a visa for Panama. Right now tourist permission is usually granted for 6 months. You do not need a special student visa for SpanishPanama. 

“What kind of money is used in Panama?”

Most people are surprised to learn that the currency in Panama is the American dollar. Here , the US dollar is also known as the Balboa. All paper currency is the same as the US but the coins are both US coins and a Panamanian issue of the same value.

“Is the water safe to drink in Panama?”

Surprising for many travelers, is that , unlike many places in Latin America where you need bottled water, you may drink prefectly safe water from the tap in Panama City. No “Montezuma’s Revenge” here! If you do travel to certain remote areas such as the province of Colon you have to be careful and ask ahead of time.

“What vaccinations do I need for Panama?” 

No vaccinations are needed for Panama City. If you want to spend time in the jungle very remote areas of Panama it will be necesary to check with authorities on that area before leaving.

“What are your opening hours?” : What dates/days are you close throughout the year? Do you ever teach Spanish outside of those times?

SpanishPanama has an amazing record for all of its 16 years as a responsible and well-organized Spanish school.

We are opened from 8:30am to 8:30pm Monday to Thursday and from 8:30am to 5:00pm Friday. On Saturday we are open from 9:00am to 2:00pm. 

For business Spanish (or English!) classes our teachers are available outside of normal opening hours and soemtimes even on holidays.

SpanishPanama only closes during Panama’s national holidays. Panama’s national public holidays are:  New Year’s Day (Jan 1st), Martyrs’ Day (Jan 9th) , Carnival’s Monday (Monday prior to Ash Wednesday). Carnival’s Tuesday (Tuesday prior to Ash Wednesday).  “Good Friday”,  Labour Day (May 1st), Separation Day from Colombia (Nov 3rd). Flag Day (Nov 4th), Colón Day, (Nov 5th), Shout of independence against Spanish from Los Santos (Nov 10th),  Independence Day from Spain (Nov 28th), Mother’s Day! (December 8th), and  Christmas Day (Dec 25th). 

Yes! Mother’s Day is actually a holiday in Panama and we think that’s a great thing!

“Do you accept payment by visa through the telephone?” 

Unfortunately not yet but we do at our office. We also accept bank transfer and Paypal. 

“I have special needs and this would likely keep the others in my class behind too much. What do you suggest?”

For this we definitley recommend private classes. Our “50 Hour FLEX Program” or the “1-1 Intensive program” would be perfect for you as many of our best teachers are available to provide us with good feedback as to how you can best proceed with learning Spanish. 

“Why should I study at Spanish Panama?”  That’s a great question!

SpanishPanama has more than 16 years as a Spanish school in Panama, and the staff shows this experience in its professionalism, organization, and serious devotion to teaching Spanish. Over these years SpanishPanama has gained the loyalty of the best teachers that the country has to offer. The key to your researching for the best and most serious Spanish school is to have a good look at the websites of different Spanish schools. Do they look more like tour companies (pushing tours or “other activities” or party places designed more for fun and a not so serious study of the Spanish language?  Amongst our clients at SpanishPanama we have had corporate leaders from the biggest multi-nationals in Panama, Ambassadors, doctors, lawyers, real estate professionals, and Phd graduates coming to Panama to do their theses, serious young entrepreneurs and other people who want to make their best efforts to retire or live and work in Panama. Therefore, amongst our staff at SpanishPanama you may meet the teacher with a doctorate who put together the Peace Corps program and has 35 plus! years teaching Spanish, or the teacher who speaks 5 languages and has published 2 books in Panama and 30 years of language training, or any of a number of teachers who have more than 10 years of teaching Spanish and a deep love of the language (key to gaining student empathy). Spanish Panama does take you to see the best places and tours in Panama though you can also consult tour companies for that when you are here : we have always been focused on what is most essential: that you are coming here to learn Spanish. 

SpanishPanama school offers:

  • numerous programs and courses with “one on one” or group Spanish options
  • The most personalized and flexible Spanish programs in Central America.
  • great value for money for per hour of instruction
  • a trusted, experienced, enduring brand amongst South American Spanish language schools
  • Beautiful classrooms. The school was especially re-constructed and designed by the Director for the sole purpose of being a Spanish school, giving magnificient views from classrooms and the only Spanish school with a social area-terrace in Panama, private comfortable study but with open options to socialize with others if you so choose.

Telephone: (+507) 213-3121  Email: info@spanishpanama.com

Warm and professional Spanish school. El Cangrejo.

Warm and professional Spanish school. El Cangrejo.

“What factors should I consider when choosing a Spanish school” 

Our students consider:

  • class sizes
  • teacher experience and background
  • the type of students
  • the school’s location
  • the school’s atmosphere
  • the school’s history and reliability
  • customer service
  • student testimonials
  • cost

Why should I consider factors other than cost when choosing a Spanish school?

On occasion we receive a quick phone call from a potential client considering studying Spanish checking his/her options and their only question is “How much do the classes cost?”.  But there is much more than cost to consider when looking for Spanish classes.  At other schools you might be paying less money, but there is often a high cost to low prices.  There is a popular expression in Panama: “Cheap can be expensive”.  In other words, by paying less for lower quality classes, you will most likely have to study longer, and harder.

What are the class sizes at SpanishPanama

Class sizes at Spanish Panama are generally small: no more than 4 students, who are all at the same level of Spanish.  We find that smaller class sizes allow for more personalized attention for each student and more teacher-student time.  If Spanish schools accept 5, 6, 7, or even 12 students per class the classes will just not be as personalized as we would like it so even if they may be cheaper you don’t get as much attention and do not learn as much.  We have found that if you spend 32 hours in a group of 2 or 3 other students, you will likely learn much more Spanish, when compared to 40-50 hours in a much larger group size of students at different levels. We know that your time and money is precious, so this is yet another way in which you get more “bang for your buck” at Spanish Panama.

“Cheaper may be more expensive” if the class size is too big (more than 4).

Telephone: (+507) 213-3121  Email: info@spanishpanama.com

 At Spanish Panama maximum class size is 4.SpanishPanama FAQs

A big concern from a Spanish student from Germany:  I have heard from some people that have done such Spanish language courses that they had people in their classes that weren’t really motivated and slowed down the whole class because they were more concerned with partying than the actual learning of the language. Your website and what I can read there doesn’t look like you have these types of students there, but I would be a little bit more calm if you could confirm me that your students care mostly about the learning of the language. Furthermore, what is the average age of students at your school?

That’s a fair question that you have with regards to students “more concerned with partying than the actual learning of the language”. If you check the websites of many other Spanish lanuage schools in the Spanish speaking world you will often see a lot of photos of young people “playing” and in activities that are unrelated to language learning. Aside from partying many also often seem centered around having some fun on tours. This is often reflected by the fact that they are located close only to touristic sites and the “fun” atmosphere usually means that the Spanish instruction does not have to be so serious.

Our banking, corporate, embassy, and international expats mean we have always had to  to be 100% professional and fully focused on client needs.

Throughout our history as a language school we are also located in an expat-friendly and internationally renowned tour area. But, we have also been for all of our 15 years a school situated right next to the major banking, corporate, and embassy areas of Panama. Our clients have often been corporate executives (locally and from international corporations), ambassadors and embassy personnel, bankers, and retirees and newly arriving entrepeneurs with an urgent need to learn good Spanish as a necesity to live or work in Panama. Our clients come from all different ages but mostly mature adults. We even have Spanish teachers who come to SpanishPanama from the U.S to improve even further their own Spanish skills.

As we have been a language school for 16 years, our teachers, school facilities, atmosphere, and Spanish courses have been reflective of our clientele who are much more demanding than the average student that you see in a party like atmosphere in many other Spanish school websites.

This is also an enjoyable neighborhood and there are lots of places to have fun and meet people socially, especially in our beautiful balcony social area over-looking the street life of Via Argentina.

But our teachers and staff take your language learning and the money you have spent seriously. As our students are more mature and professional they have always demanded and appreciate our high quality instruction.

“What kind of experience do the teachers have at Spanish Panama?”

Imagine a Spanish school where some teachers have even written famous works of Spanish literature.

Imagine a Spanish school where some teachers have even written famous works of Spanish literature.

 

Spanish Panama teachers are certified and much more…

Most teachers at SpanishPanama have at least 10 years’ experience teaching Spanish.  However, we know that not only is teaching certification, training and experience important in a teacher, but so are the teacher’s professional life experiences as well as the ability to project empathy towards the student.  We feel that all these qualities combined are essential to enrich your learning of the Spanish language and culture.  Therefore, just as we have clients from diverse walks of life, we also have Spanish teachers from diverse walks of life.  Our teachers have a passion for the Spanish language, culture and teaching, and they connect to the students’ needs, often going ‘above and beyond’ to accommodate a student.

Examples of our current and past teachers’ qualifications and experience include:

  • one teacher developed the Spanish program used by the Panama Peace Corps, as she has a Masters in teaching Spanish and 25 years’ experience in teaching Spanish in Panama and also abroad.
  • one of our teachers was selected out of a pool of 40 certified Spanish teachers in Panama City and awarded the contract to teach at the American Peace Corps.
  • one teacher speaks 5 languages and has taught in Spanish schools in the United States as well as Spanish academies in Europe.
  • one of our teachers has a certification from the University of Panama and has been teaching classes at Spanish Panama for 11 years.  She also has her own cosmetic business and co-manages an architecture firm. She has danced in the Panamanian traditional dress (Pollera) since she was 2 years old and has given workshops on this and anything else concerning Panama cultural traditions for SpanishPanama.
  • several of our Spanish teachers have gone on to develop the Spanish programs that have been used or are currently in use at other Spanish schools in Panama and the academic program for a Chinese school.
  • Several of our teachers specialize in DELE and you may contact us for more information on this and the DELE exam dates and times.  Teacher Maria is our certified DELE preparation exam expert: http://spanishpanama.com/prepare-dele-exam-dele-cervantes-diploma-spanishpanama-spanish-school/

Many of our students are pleasantly surprised and grateful for some of the extra (and unadvertised) qualifications and experiences that our Spanish teachers have to bring to the table of Spanish Panamá’s Spanish learning coursesFor example, over the period of our 13 year history, our pool of teachers have also been selected for their other worldly and important backgrounds in other areas such as being published authors, worked in real estate, owning private businesses, worked or volonteered in medical or therapeutic fields, were actual lawyers, United Nations work, community service work, being multilingual, historians, theologians, having been academic directors in other schools, as well as important academic accomplishments in other areas. One is actually pioneering and developing new educational methods and one is developing a new Spanish program.

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Teachers Danae and Nicasio (in photo above) are fine examples of some of the best Spanish teachers in Central America, and both are a part of the SpanishPanama family. Teacher Danae is a published Panamanian author, both have more than 50 years experience teaching  languages, and both are lovers of Spanish literature and culture, and both are loyal to Panama and SpanishPanama. These are all important qualifications for you to learn Spanish at our successful Spanish school in Panama.  “We are also proud of “our” school of Spanish as a second language, SpanishPanama. We will continue serving and contributing to its consolidation and improvement”— yours faithfully, Teacher Danae and Teacher Nicastio.

Could you help me with passing DELE and doing the DELE exams?

  • Several of our teachers specialize in DELE and you may contact us for more information on this and the DELE exam dates and times. The DELE Center is only 2 blocks from Spanish Panama school.

Do you use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR/CEF)? And are you limited to that?

At Spanish Panama, as well as other methodologies, we also use the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR/CEF)., Cervantes Institute. We have developed a system that takes into account different learning styles as well as respecting the individual capacities and teaching styles of each teacher. We are not limited to one methodology as we have found and adapted well through our 15 year history, to the fact that some students have completely different learning needs so need programs that are flexible.

Spanish Panama does but is not limited to: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR/CEF)

Spanish Panama does but is not limited to: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR/CEF)

Furthermore, as we have a large team of 16 Spanish teachers we are open to the fact that students often do private classes because they have very specific needs and problems, and we are expert in focusing on a student’s specific peculiarities in the way they learn.

We know that other important life experiences as w ell as a minimum of 10 year history of teaching  Spanish, are all essential for your enrichment in learning Spanish and Latin culture.

Just as we have clients from many different walks of life we also have Spanish teachers from diverse walks of life. With passion and love for languages they connect to the complexity of student needs.

So when comparing SpanishPanama with other Spanish schools in Central and South America keep SpanishPanama’s incredible teacher backgrounds in mind.  With the longest history of quality Spanish instruction we’ve been the pioneers of this new industry in Panama.

What kind of students do you teach at Spanish Panama?”

We have a 14 year history of teaching students such as doctors, nurses, teachers, PhD’s, academics, writers, journalists, volunteers in Panama, children, adolescents, retirees in Panama, backpackers, people with learning difficulties, to name but a few.  Our students have come from over 150 different countries all over the world!  We even teach Spanish to North American Spanish teachers who need to improve in Spanish!

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“How do you find your students?” 

Because the quality of classes at Spanish Panama is so high, most of our students come to us through strong personal recommendations from past students; that is “word of mouth”, rather than aggressive marketing campaigns.  This means that you can be sure our classes are as good as we say they are, because the results and referrals speak for themselves!  So if you’re serious about learning Spanish, and looking for a school with highly experienced teachers that provide excellent instruction, Spanish Panama is the school for you.

Telephone: (+507) 213-3121  Email: info@spanishpanama.com

“Where is Spanish Panama located?”

Spanish Panama is located in the upscale, fashionable urban environment of Panama City: El Cangrejo.  Many love this area, as it also has a European Bohemian feel.   It is a very safe neighborhood and there are many cafes, restaurants and hotels nearby.  We can assist you in finding accommodation and places to eat.

“What is atmosphere like at Spanish Panama?”

We are committed to helping you learn Spanish at Spanish Panama, but we also want to make sure you feel comfortable here.  There is a fantastic, leafy terrace at the back of the school, perfect for socializing, watching the comings and goings below on Via Argentina, or just to quietly enjoy our complimentary coffee, tea or water. People love the large social space and the balcony with the view and the compementary coffee and tea. It’s the perfect place to chat and meet other students on a private or more open social level.

“How long has Spanish Panama been operating?”

With its 16 year history, Spanish Panama school is the pioneer language school for the Spanish language industry that exists today in Panama. One of our key, long-standing goals is to make Panama a global center for learning Spanish, and we’ve been doing so for 13 years.

“What is the customer service like at Spanish Panama?”

At Spanish Panama we pride ourselves on the excellent customer service we offer.  We give personalized attention to our students, making sure their needs are met and we are always available by phone or email, unlike some other schools.  For example, we have had students report that at other Spanish schools they visited some days there seemed to be no one available to consult about Spanish classes and they had to speak with the maid or a surfer. (Not that we mean to put down “surfers in Panama”: some surfers may actually make good tutors, who are we to judge?!  But we always make sure that you’ll speak with a knowledgeable SpanishPanama staff member about your learning needs).

Telephone: (+507) 213-3121  Email: info@spanishpanama.com

“How do the students feel about studying at Spanish Panama?”

Spanish students feel real good at SpanishPanama

Spanish students feel real good at SpanishPanama

Spanish Panama has an excellent ranking on TripAdvisor, Google Reviews, Facebook Reviews, as well as all other Spanish school review systems,  and also has two full guest books of positive hand written comments from ex-students (from before online Spanish school reviews were really popular in Panama). We have several thousand hand-written reviews and comments and hand-written feedback forms which actually demonstrates that we are the most transparent and positively reviewed Spanish school.

We’re happy to report that many of our former students are now productive residents and success stories in Panama as well as abroad.

How much are the Spanish classes at Spanish Panama?

We have many Spanish programs for group courses as well as private courses. For example, one popular Spanish course starts at:

  • $720.00 for 64 hours of group classes done in 4 weeks (or $260.00 for one week)
  • $1090.0 for 64 hours of individual/one-on-one classes done in 4 weeks (or $320.00 for one week)

We have relied on personal recommendations for years instead of sophisticated marketing campaigns and have successfully built a solid student base on “word-of-mouth”.  For this reason, and others, we can offer you more affordable, value for money class rates.

 

Spanish Panama Spanish school Via Argentina : Known for its large social balcony ambience

Spanish Panama Spanish school Via Argentina : Known for its large social balcony ambience

 

FAQs      …and about the extra one week excursion option…

“About the extra excursions: -What do you mean by one week?” First asked by a student named Souad,

Hi Souad, with the one week excursion the driver takes you to a number of places within a one week period in and around Panama City. As you are doing afternoon classes this could be in the evenings and on Saturday and/or Sunday. You may offer suggestions as to what you want to see. This is not a professional tour company. Our driver does it as a favor to our students who would like to see things at a more economical cost. Also, we like and trust him. Our priority is, as a Spanish school, that the driver and student(s) just have an opportunity to practice more Spanish while seeing Panama.

Spanish students at Biodiversity Museum Panama SpanishPanama.com

Spanish students at Biodiversity Museum Panama SpanishPanama.com

-how many excursions are included in the extra excursions for that one week? He would take you out 3 or 4 times during the week.
-Also, since I will have classes in the morning and afternoon, will these excursions be provided over the weekend? At least one of the weekend days like Saturday or Sunday. It could be for the entire day 9am to 5pm so that you get to go a bit further from the city.
– Since the program I selected includes the City Tour around the Panama Canal, the Colonial City, Ancon, modern city will these excursions not be a repetition with the extra excursions?   No, he will show you separate places, and is open to your suggestions.
-Are the excursions just for the students? My husband will be visiting me for 3 days. Can I also register him for some excursions? If your husband is only here for 3 days and not interested in learning and practicing with a Spanish only speaking driver I would recommend he go with a professional tour company. Rrather than sell you an add-on it is more important that you and your husband enjoy your time in Panama. This is a good offer for a Spanish student who would like a few more pesonalized excursions around the area but your husband would probably enjoy someone who speaks and shows him the sites in English.

You do not have to commit to this extra portion ($250.00) until after you arrive in Panama. We are an excellent school for learning Spanish so if you’d like to investigate some tour companies we welcome that you do that. It’s more important that you and your husband make the best decision based on both your needs.

And, of course; where exactly is Spanish Panama Spanish school?

As we’ve said; The Canadian and Panamanian school directors have lived here on Via Argentina, El Cangrejo for 16 years and would never live anywhere else in the Republic of Panama. This is the best place for people from all over the world to live in Panama … and to have the most successful Spanish school in Panama.

Spanish Panama is the fisrst building, Building Americana, #1A, on Erick del Valle right at the corner of Via Argentina and Erick del Valle.The neighborhood is called El Cangrejo. Spanish Panama is down from the Albert Einstein Heard Statue known locally as Cabeza Einstein. We are right across from Subway Restaurant.

We are just across the road from Grand International Hotel, and right between Hotel SABA and Hotel RAMADA INN, and only 1 or 2 blocks from about 15-20 of Panama City’s best hotels. Many of the country’s best cafes and restaurants are close to SpanishPanama, along Via Argentina.

And Spanish Panama is only 2 blocks from the Via Argentina metro traim subway station. By metro train, get out of the Via Argentina metro station , go over to the beginning of Via Argentina street, and walk up 2 blocks and Spanish Panama is over on your left , seconds past Parque Andrés Bello.

Telephone: (507) 213-3121   email: info@spanishpanama.com

 

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