What makes us different from other English language schools?
Our experience since 1967 as an English school with IB methodology and the Cambridge Examination Preparation Centre is our guarantee.
What teaching method do you use?
All our courses are planned in detail following a daily programme from the first day of the course to the last. These programmes are reviewed and supervised by the teaching coordinator to guarantee the content at all levels.
With the help of the textbooks, all the contents of the level being worked on ensure that the student can work on all areas of the language separately and as a whole.
Who are the teachers?
Profile of native teachers: they have a DELTA, TEFL or similar qualification.
Profile of non-native teachers: they meet the requirements of the University of Cambridge.
How is the level of each student decided?
All students are tested regularly to check their level.
In the case of new students, they must first take a written and oral level test, without obligation, to place them in an appropriate group according to their level and age. This level test is entirely free of charge.
They will also be able to present a Cambridge certificate to certify their current level and access the next one.
What are the advantages of online classes?
With just a camera and microphone, you can learn from a computer or mobile phone from anywhere in Barcelona, Spain, and the world. With classmates who have similar objectives, you can widen your networking circle.
Saving time is one of the aspects most valued by students. Even though Barcelona is a city that has a prestigious mobility, with its transport system and cycling lanes. Online English classes allow you to be in a café, on the beach in Barceloneta or from the comfort of your own home taking English classes.
Where do I buy the books?
We offer the possibility of distributing the teaching material to students directly at the centre.
What happens if the teacher is absent?
Although all teachers are tutors for their group throughout the school year, if a teacher is absent due to illness or other justified reasons, they will be replaced by another teacher.
All courses follow an annual programme with daily objectives, and in case the tutor is not present, the substitute teacher will continue with the established syllabus.
What exams are taken during the course?
Each student’s progress is monitored through continuous assessment of attendance, work, homework, and termly tests.
Termly tests: these tests assess the different areas of the language: written and oral comprehension, written and verbal expression, grammar, vocabulary and writing.
How can I prepare for an official exam?
One of our objectives is to prepare our students for the official qualifications of the University of Cambridge. For this reason, we emphasise the different areas of the exam from the initial courses, and we demand a mark equivalent to those required by Cambridge in each of the other areas.
We work on all areas in a general way with the support of course books, exercise books and reading material, and other methods available to us.
Classes are conducted 100% in English to maximise students’ opportunities to practise the language. Teachers are prepared to use different resources (mime, examples, drawings, etc.) to teach the language through the language without translation.
As a Cambridge collaborating centre, we offer all our experience and training to teachers to continue obtaining good results in all official qualifications.
What is the equivalence between Cambridge qualifications and the Common European Framework of Languages (CEFL)?
– Basic User
- Level A1: Beginner
- Level A2: Basic/KET
– Independent User
- Level B1: Intermediate/PET
- Level B2: Advanced/FCE
– Proficient User
- Level C1: Effective Operational Proficiency/CAE
- Level C2: Native/CPE
Is there a possibility of staying abroad or summer courses in Barcelona with Princess Margaret International School?
The school offers several options to continue practising English during the summer.
- At Princess Margaret International School:
- Playful summer camp (we practise the language at an oral level, and we have fun activities such as swimming, bouncy castles, ponies, etc.).
- Intensive English with conventional classes.
- Outside the centre:
- Stays in the United Kingdom.