Filed Under (General) by admin on marzo-26-2010

CentroThe IH Valladolid Spanish Department continues to go from strength to strength and is soon to get even bigger and better!

William Ott, Director of IH Valladolid and Santander, announced this week that negotiations are in the final stages to secure larger premises for both the English and Spanish Departments of the IH Academy. “Our Spanish Department has an excellent academic reputation and attracts students from all over the world. If we are to continue to grow this successful part of our Academy we need to upgrade and expand our premises with dedicated spaces for teaching, private study and relaxation”

IH Valladolid Spanish Department currently occupies one of the most coveted sites in the city, a recently restored building overlooking the historic Plaza Mayor right in the heart of Valladolid. The spacious new premises will be located in the same building.

Interested in taking a Spanish course with International House Valladolid & Santander? Contact us via the website

Filed Under (General) by admin on noviembre-5-2009

DSCN1472During the last week of October 2009, International House Valladolid welcomed Russian-born film director Masha Novikova into the academy.

Masha, a prize-winning veteran of the Valladolid International Film Festival (or “Seminci” as it is known), is a regular contributor to the official festival programme. This year she entered a documentary entitled “IN THE HOLY FIRE OF REVOLUTION” about Garry Kasparov whom many consider to be the greatest chess player of all time. The film also explored his more recent political activities in opposition to the administration of Vladimir Putin.

Masha kindly agreed to be interviewed for our blog on the last day of her Spanish course before flying back to Amsterdam (where she now lives).

Next week read her story exclusively in our blog!

Filed Under (General) by admin on septiembre-15-2009

45ck3Another beautiful sunny day in early September, just perfect for sitting in one of the many lovely terrace cafes surrounding the historic Plaza Mayor where the IH Valladolid Plaza Mayor school is based. I joined one of the students, a girl from Birmingham, England who had been studying Spanish and asked her for her impressions of the IH Spanish course.

“This is my second time here” she said. “I came last year for an intensive four week Spanish course and loved it so have returned this year for a course of private lessons. The first time I came I was a bit apprehensive about lessons conducted entirely in Spanish, but actually it helps to improve your fluency as you only have to think in one language. We get lots of time to speak in the classes which is really what I was after and why I came to Spain. Being part of a multi-lingual class ensures you don’t slip back into your native tongue as Spanish is the only common language you have to talk to each other in”.

“This year I decided to come back to get some one-to-one help with particular grammar problems, verb tenses mainly, and all the classes have been tailored to helping me overcome my individual issues and improving my fluency. I decided to come now as the fiestas are about to start here. There is a great atmosphere with processions, fireworks, stalls of regional foods and wines, concerts and other entertainments. You can see the preparations from the classroom window as the Plaza Mayor is the focal point for the celebrations.”

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