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Frequently Asked Questions!

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Below we have compiled answers to the most common questions we are asked about lessons for children, our Pipo products and lessons for adults. Simply click on a question to reveal it's answer. If you're question is not answered here, then feel free to contact us!

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Lessons for Children

Q: What are the advantages for young children that learn another language?

A: Research has shown that learning another language is not only useful for travelling the world, it also gives children a deeper understanding of their own and other cultures, improves problem solving skills and increases their capacity for learning generally. Additional benefits include higher scores on standardized tests, increased self-confidence and social skills, and often children will be motivated to learn additional languages at a later stage of their development.

Q: Why choose Spanish?

A: Around 500 million people around the world speak Spanish as their first language. Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, not only as a first language but also as a second language and its importance economically and socially increases daily. Spanish is a fairly easy language to learn for beginners as pronunciation and grammar rules are very clear.

Q: How can I help my child learn Spanish?

A: The importance of early language learning has finally been recognised by the British Government, who have declared that by 2010 all children aged 7-11 should be taught MFL (modern foreign language) at primary school as part of the school curriculum. Pipo is a unique product in that it can be used in conjunction with parents and children at home to motivate children to learn and can also be used by teachers within schools for whole classes.
Pipo

Q: Why choose Pipo?

A: This fantastic product has already proved a runaway success in Spain, and is now market leader in its field. It has helped thousands of children learn to identify, read, pronounce and write Spanish and can help your children do the same, with its dazzling array of games available on its software. Many products are bilingual, so the reader can choose to play either in Spanish or English- ideal for families where one or both parents may already be Spanish speakers.

Also, this product can be used to teach all areas of curricular education for early learners, not only Spanish! For example, you could use ‘maths with pipo’ to enhance numeracy, in either Spanish or English! Or why not try ‘Imagine and create with Pipo’ to increase creative skills within your class? Also in either Spanish or English. The possibilities are endless. We also recommend explore the universe, learn Geography with us, let’s learn music, etc of course, in either Spanish or English.

Q: Can Pipo be used in schools?

A: Certainly, Pipo is being used by hundreds of schools throughout Spain, USA, Canada and South America already. We can offer licenses (ideal for a class). Please enquire for a quote to us. Each module covers one different subject. All modules are also bilingual in Spanish so you may also want to take advantage of this if your students are learning Spanish as a MFL.

Please emailinfo@school-e.co.ukfor more information and prices.

Q: Why should I buy Pipo?

A: A fresh, educational software that enables your child to learn Spanish through the use of fun games and activities. Research has shown that children who learn a language early on reap many benefits in their educational progress.
Lessons for Adults

Q: Do I have to buy a book?

A: No, however we will show you the book and or materials that we are going to use and if you would like to buy the book you can do so. Otherwise we will provide you the material when required.

Q: What is the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)?

A: The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a basis for the mutual recognition of language qualifications.

A1-A2 Basic User B1-B2 Independent User C1-C2 Proficient User These levels are documented by the Council of Europe (COE).

Q: What is the maximum class size for group classes?

A: There are different factors so the average number depends really on the season, the level, the times, etc but will often be several students below the maximum. (8 will be the maximum)

Q: Is your course better than other big institutions?

There is a Catalan proverb that says “Al pot petit esta la bona confitura” which means that in the small tin you can find the best jam. We are an enthusiastic group of individuals degree qualified, with teachers accredited by qualifications from Cervantes and with professional experience and we think small companies can be as good as big institutions because we can personalise and offer excellent tuition as well. Also if you live in Didsbury or close to Didsbury we are close, 5 -10 minutes walking from the station and from the Metrolink.

Q: Do you speak Spanish in the class all the time?

A: Yes, that’s the best way for you to learn but don’t worry if something has to be clarified in English we can of course do that.

Sometimes, but it depends on the individual, we can help you a bit more in English at the beginning.

Q: I haven’t studied Spanish but I was in intermediate or advanced level. What shall I do?

A: You can take the test and we can decide or you could start with an easy level to catch up. It is really up to you.

Q: Do you have a test level?

A: Students may take a test to decide the best course in case of doubt. The language assessment test by School-e Ltd has been created according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages. The Spanish test provides a reliable method to determine your Spanish skills.

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