If you are looking to start some new Spanish courses, remember to make a careful choice of both language school and course, as you may find that if you just rush in without checking everything out properly you end up with a course that is not very good and no facilities or amenities to make your stay more comfortable. In order to avoid this situation, go only with respected and trusted language schools that fulfill certain requirements, which you can set out very simply as you look for the right school for you.
As there are a large number of people who are interested in learning Spanish in Barcelona and that number increases every year, Spanish courses in Spain tend to spring up constantly as new establishments are sadly just not good enough to compete with the existing companies. You should really opt to go with a school that are well established and have been around for long enough to prove that they have enough success to survive – look for those that have been around for at least fifteen years as a benchmark, and for real surety extend that to twenty. You will still find a large range of schools that fit this criteria, so do not worry about limiting yourself too much – you will have a good enough amount of choice either way.
When it comes to the actual lessons that are on offer, they should be in a Spanish immersion style as an absolute must. Do not settle for less here – if you are not being given immersion then you are being ripped off, as no other course style can be a substitution for the real thing. You should also expect your teachers to be native speakers as this guarantees a much higher level of language knowledge, as well as being fully qualified in the teaching profession. There is no use in being taught by some college student on work experience or a young backpacker looking to make a bit of money before moving on – you need a real dedicated teacher, who has devoted years to teaching Spanish as a foreign language already and fully intends to continue doing so.
Having good Spanish courses is not really much use if you are living in awful accommodation and there are no facilities in the area. Culture shock in this way can really detract from your learning and cause you to lose focus, so you will not be able to concentrate enough to get the best out of your lessons. Remember not to be distracted by any big claims the company may make: no matter how many Barcelona excursions they offer and how good their price plan is, it will all be a waste of your time and money if you cannot get the correct standard of Spanish courses that you both require and deserve. You owe it to yourself to get the best education possible, so do not let any of the finer details slip away from you!