Filed Under (General) by admin on junio-3-2010

cervantes Following a rigorous inspection, our school in Santander has just been awarded accredited status with the prestigious Instituto Cervantes.

This means that it joins the ranks of a selected group of language schools that have met certain quality standards in the teaching of Spanish. Our school in Valladolid (Plaza Mayor) joined this network of accredited centres over 3 years ago.

The Institute´s logo is a badge of quality that guarantees students will be:
taught Spanish by properly qualified and trained teachers,
• taught in centres that meet the legal requirements for carrying out teaching activities
• taught using a teaching plan that guarantees satisfactory progress
• taught in groups which have a set maximum number of students per class to ensure effective learning
• given information that accurately reflects the services offered
• taught in centres that are subject to periodic inspections and quality reviews

Travelling abroad to learn a foreign language is a major commitment both in time and money. Students often have to book courses over the internet with very little information about the quality of the courses provided. At least with an internationally recognized quality mark from the Instituto Cervantes, students have the reassurance that they will be buying high quality courses where the learning needs of the students are the priority.

For more information about the Instituto Cervantes see

Want to learn Spanish with us in IH Santander or IH Valladolid? For more information on our courses contact us at

Filed Under (General) by admin on septiembre-22-2009

AlumnosClase3Type “Spanish lessons in Spain” into a search engine and you’ll be overwhelmed with millions of entries. (119,000,000 results last time I tried!). You need to be certain that the language school you choose from this overwhelming selection will provide you with the highest quality tuition to justify your travel, accommodation and tuition costs.

One way of ensuring your money is turned into a long term investment and not an expensive mistake is to choose a school that is accredited with EAQUALS, the only widely accepted European quality standard for language teaching provision. It provides external quality control comparable to the British Council’s scheme in the UK. International House Valladolid & Santander is a full member of EAQUALS (The European Association for Quality Language Services)

International House Valladolid is also a member of the Instituto Cervantes (with whom it is about to undergo another rigorous inspection in the next few weeks) which sets and monitors standards in the teaching of Spanish.

Membership of these schemes ensures:

• Teachers are observed and evaluated in regular inspections to ensure they provide effective, well-planned and enjoyable lessons
• Teachers are all highly qualified, have access to extensive teaching resources and participate in training and development programmes.
• All legal requirements in respect of student welfare, health & safety, staff pay & conditions are scrupulously checked.
• All published information is checked to ensure it is clear and accurate regarding courses and services offered.
• The curriculum provides balance and variety and is based on recognised European professional frameworks. Lesson plans are designed to encourage progress among learners.

International House Valladolid & Santander are also members of The International House World Organisation, a leader in the training of language teachers around the world.

For more information on Spanish classes at IH Valladolid & Santander contact and for further information on EAQUALS go to and on Instituto Cervantes and on International House World Organisation go to