I have studied in 10 different schools in different Spanish speaking countries. This one for me was rated about at the bottom. I had no challenges and many "busy work" worksheets. The school does a good job of catering to the younger students. In Boquete, however, a lot of retirees like ourselves come to study and we felt the school was aimed at an under 35 crowd. The teachers teach 8 hours a day, are quite young for the most part, and commute long distances. They have no time and evidently are not encouraged to innovate. All the classes use the same worksheets and stories, despite the interests of the students. I was disappointed. However, my husband had better teachers and was placed at an appropriate level. We were there for 2 weeks.
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22 March 2012
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Thank you very much for your feedback and we're sorry to hear that neither of the teachers you had satisfied your needs. After your first week of lessons, we changed your teacher and at the end of your 4 week course the rest of your 3 classmates did rate their course as excellent.
All of the feedback that you provided during your course was always taken into account.
In regards to our teachers having no time, and commuting long distances, about 90% live in David, 38 kms away from Boquete where our school is (the rest live here in Boquete). They don't have to employ public transportation to get to the school as we provide a private bus for all of them. So instead of having to commute for 1.5 or 2 hours to get to their jobs and back, they do so in 45 minutes, allowing them to sleep more and spend more time with their families. And when the road works finish next year, the journey will probably only take 30 minutes.
About not encouraging them to innovate, all of our teachers are hired full time and aren't always busy teaching. We rotate them so that they can also keep learning by themselves and 2 Saturdays a month they come to the school during the morning for teacher training. Next month our Academic Director is being sent to Colombia for a workshop with 15 other Spanish schools from all over Latin America who are accredited by the Instituto Cervantes and in a couple of months representatives from the Instituto Cervantes will be giving training to our teachers as well here in our country.
Innovation, listening to our students, and being effective teachers are things that we do work very hard to encourage. Our teachers are passionate about what they do and we're very sorry that your specific teacher did not reach your standards. We're happy to hear that your husband was indeed satisfied with his course and we will work even harder to make sure all of our teachers exceed their students' expectations.
Thanks for your feedback and buena suerte with continuing your Spanish studies all over Latin America.
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