Ratings and Comments for don Quijote - Barcelona
Student ratings for don Quijote - Barcelona
Evaluation from ljohnson:
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in this city. The situation is ideal.
Evaluation from sacratomato:
I studied at this school in the summer of 2010 and 2011. The vast majority of my teachers (especially Montse) were great and a lot of fun. However a couple of them were quite inexperienced although also very nice and they were trying very hard. I like that the school has a book that the teacher's follow, and that you switch teachers every couple of hours so that your exposed to different teaching techniques and styles just as your getting bored. The main problem that I have with this school is the size. There are not many organized activities outside of class just because there are so many students at the school as to make it unmanageable to organize something such as a tour or an excursion on the weekend. The facilities are also not the greatest and there not a cafe that you'll find in other schools. I did not make use of their accomodatinos (i.e. a homestay).
Evaluation from joshnic:
We did a three week course in June 2010. Courses are on-going throughout the year and new students join the groups after a level test each Monday. Class size was around 8 students. The school in Barcelona was dominated by Swedes and Americans. In my class there were three from Sweden and three from the US. Average age early 20s. Most "out of class" conversation took place in English which I was disappointed with. I am a trained language teacher myself (EFL). The course materials we used (provided as part of the course) were very up-to-date in using a communicative approach but all the teachers we had (and they changed nearly every week), though all academically trained, demonstrated very little awareness of practical classroom management and lesson planning. As a result they appeared not to know how to exploit the materials they had to best effect. Classes involved a lot of fairly aimless conversation and at worst became grammar exercises padded out with chit chat. Though the materials had listening exercises we didn't do any of these sections of the book and the CD was not available to purchase for self study or use in the libary which was a bit annoying. Some of the teachers were able to carry this off their classes with very outgoing personalities. They were all very nice and friendly people. Fortunately the teachers seemed to change nearly every week so that helped give a bit of variety when we had teachers who were less out-going. We did not use the schools accomodation services. The two in our group staying at the school's hostel were very positive. Those staying in flats complained about the distance from the school (ave about 6 metro stops). One of my group had a homestay and really liked her family. Social programme was very active. Trips every weekend outside Barcelona. An activity every evening. A party every Monday night for new students. There was also a free culural lecture programme every day but you needed to have quite good Spanish to make it worth attending. Facilities - the classrooms were fairly small. All airconditioned. There was a library but I never found out how to use it. There was free internet access which was heavily used. The admin team were very friendly and approachable. I enjoyed the experience overall but I am not sure I would go back. I will probably log on for their follow up on-line lessons to given them a try.
Evaluation from leok:
An excellent school that's huge meaning there is always a class on offer to match your level - something that can be a problem elsewhere as you progress through to more advanced stages. Follows the dq lesson system (interchangeable between their schools) with highly adept teachers. If you can stay at the residence which is in the same building right in the centre of the busy part of the city. Huge clean rooms with tv and en suite bathrooms, a large terrace and kitchen - there's also a very good social life amongst those living at the school - though it seemed less so amongst others. Highly recommended.
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Evaluation from clinton:
The school and teachers were quite accomplished. The accomodations for the residence "Casa Lenguas" were terrible. The school was absolutely not interested in complaints about the residence. Truly amazing the lack of oversight at this residence as compared to the one in Granada.
Evaluation from Baldwin:
Hello. I'm from Germany, 43 years old. I need Spanish for business (second most used language in the world). I chose Barcelona as easiest from home and the most european city in Spain. And I chose Don Quijote and I'm glad I did it. I don't know when went the other people, I did for two intense weeks in December 2013 and was great in all senses: accommodation, the teachers and of course the classes. I said 4/5 stars on fun because... well, I wasn't there for fun, just working hard. Yes, I definitely reccommend Don Quijote.