How would it be a Spanish school without teachers?

How would it be Learn More than Spanish without its magnificent team?

In our blog, we have been talking about the Spanish language, about the Colombian culture and about Bogota city.

Our goal at LMTS is not only to help you learn Spanish but that you get to know the authenticity of Colombia and its people. We want you to feel close to us; to our country, our traditions and our language.

LMTS is more than just a Spanish school, it’s a place where all cultures converge, it’s a place where people feel at home while learning a language.

Nothing we do would it be possible without the outstanding job of our teachers and the administrative team.

We know many of you wanted to visit us during 2020 but due to the pandemic, it wasn’t possible. Instead, many of you have decided to start – or continue- learning Spanish online.

You have had the opportunity to interact with some of our teachers but you still don’t know all the team.

That’s why we have started a series of short articles in which we introduce you to the LMTS family (i.e. teachers, administrative team and students).

Let’s start with one of our teachers.

Meet Luis González, he is not only one of our Spanish language teachers but he is also our academic coordinator.

Luis has been working at LMTS since 2017 and he loves working with us.

Luis says:

“What I like about my job is that there is a very positive and calm atmosphere.

This allows us to develop new strategies, to do research, and to do different things to improve academic processes. To improve students’ experiences and for them to have good results in learning Spanish.

I also like that there is a great work team. That allows us to grow constantly, both as a school and as a person.

It’s really like a family, and I like that a lot.“

Once all borders are open and it is safer to travel, we hope to see you in Bogota!

Script & Translation Video

¿Qué te gusta hacer?

Me llamo Luis González, soy profesor de español aquí en Colombia.

Me gusta leer, me gusta hacer algo de ejercicio, montar en bicicleta.

What do you like to do?

My name is Luis González, I am a Spanish teacher here in Colombia.

I like reading, I like exercising, I like cycling.

¿Qué haces en Learn More than Spanish?

En Learn More Than Spanish, yo soy profesor de español y soy coordinador académico desde el 2017

What do you do at Learn More than Spanish?

At Learn More Than Spanish, I am a Spanish teacher and academic coordinator since 2017.

¿Qué es Learn More Than Spanish para ti?

Para mí, Learn More Than Spanish es un lugar de trabajo donde las personas pueden sentirse cómodas, bienvenidas, recibidas.

Es un lugar donde yo puedo desarrollar habilidades, investigar, hacer diferentes cosas. Por eso me gusta.

What is Learn More Than Spanish for you?

For me, Learn More Than Spanish is a workplace where people feel comfortable and welcomed.

It’s a place where I can develop new skills, do research, and do different things. That’s why I like it.

¿Por qué Learn More Than Spanish es diferente?

En mi opinión, es diferente porque es una escuela que se adapta mucho a las necesidades de los estudiantes.

Es una escuela muy flexible, se adapta a los horarios.

Tiene diferentes formas de hacer que el estudiante sienta que es una buena experiencia para él.

También, porque es muy organizada. En mi experiencia trabajando en otras escuelas y en otros lugares enseñando español he visto que hay mucha organización académica, en los temas, hay contenidos muy claros.

Eso me parece muy importante, por eso me parece a mi que les diferente la escuela de otros lugares.

Why is Learn More Than Spanish different?

In my opinion, it is different because it is a school that adapts to the needs of the students.

It is a very flexible school, it adapts to everyone’s schedules.

It has different ways of making the student feel that it is a good experience for him, or for her.

Also, because it is well organized. In my experience -working in other schools and in other places teaching Spanish-, I’ve seen they are well organized academically with regards to the subjects. Their content program is very clear.

That’s very important to me. And, that’s why I think the school is different from other places.

¿Qué es lo que más te gusta de Learn More Than Spanish?

Lo que me gusta de mi trabajo es que hay un ambiente muy positivo, muy tranquilo.

Eso permite desarrollar estrategias, investigar, hacer cosas diferentes para mejorar los procesos académicos, para mejorar las experiencias de los estudiantes y para que ellos tengan muy buenos resultados aprendiendo español.

Me gusta también que hay un muy buen equipo de trabajo y eso nos permite crecer todo el tiempo como escuela, como personas.

Es como una familia realmente, entonces me gusta mucho.

Me gusta eso de mi lugar de trabajo.

What do you like most about Learn More Than Spanish?

What I like about my job is that there is a very positive and calm atmosphere.

This allows us to develop new strategies, to do research, and to do different things to improve academic processes. To improve students’ experiences and for them to have good results in learning Spanish.

I also like that there is a great work team. That allows us to grow constantly, both as a school and as a person.

It’s really like a family, and I like that a lot.

That’s what I like about my workplace.

¿Qué te gusta de Colombia?

De Colombia me gusta mucho que es un país muy grande. Es un país con una diversidad de personas, de culturas.

Es un país muy rico en muchos sentidos. Es un país que tiene una calidad de gente muy buena, es muy amable. La gente siempre trata de ayudar.

Y también me gustan muchas cosas, la gastronomía, los paisajes.

Colombia es un país que tiene todos los climas.

Es un país muy chévere, me gusta mucho.

What do you like about Colombia?

What I like about Colombia is that it’s a big country. It is a country with a large diversity of cultures and people.

It is a very rich country in many ways. It is a country that has good and warm people. Colombians are friendly; people always try to help.

I also like many other things such as its gastronomy and landscapes.

Colombia is a country that has all climates.

It is a very cool country, I like it a lot.

¿Qué te gusta de Bogotá?

Lo que más me gusta de Bogotá es que es una ciudad que siempre está en movimiento.

Es una ciudad donde hay mucha cultura, hay muchas cosas para hacer.

Siempre hay algo que hacer, hay museos, hay tiendas, zona histórica, zona cultural. Siempre hay algo para hacer.

Me gusta también, principalmente, el clima porque casi siempre es el mismo.

No tenemos estaciones entonces eso es muy bueno porque es muy tranquilo, no hace tanto frío o tanto calor. eso a mi me gusta mucho.

Y sí, la comida es muy rica.

En Bogotá hay una variedad de comida muy grande.

Hay comida de todos los países; hay comida colombiana, peruana, asiática, de todos los lugares porque es la capital.

Entonces, bueno, eso es lo que a mi me gusta de Bogotá.

What do you like about Bogotá?

What I like the most about Bogotá is that it is a city that is always on the move.

It is a culturally and diverse city, there are many things to do.

There is always something to do; there are museums, there are shops, there is a historical area and a cultural area. There is always something to do.

And, mainly, I like its climate because it is almost the same all the time. We don’t have seasons and that is very good because it is very chill, it is not too cold or too hot.

I really like that.

And, the food. It’s delicious.

In Bogotá, there is a large variety of food. There is food from all countries; there is Colombian, Peruvian and Asian food. There is food from all over the world because it is the capital city.

That’s what I like about Bogotá.

There are hundreds – or even thousands- of Spanish schools around the world. All schools claim they are different, or the “best in town”.

But, what actually makes one school different from the others?

And, what makes LMTS not only different but special and unique?

In this article, we will go through some of the features that -according to our students- make LMTS unique.

Let’s start from the beginning!

What’s Learn More Than Spanish?

LMTS is a diverse and multicultural Spanish school based in Bogota, Colombia. We have been established since 2013, and we have hosted hundreds of students from multiple countries around the world.

Languages go beyond just grammar; languages are also cultural expressions.

As our name indicates, our students learn more than the Spanish language. They learn – and experience- the Colombian culture.

We aim to create the most dynamic learning experience for each one of the students that come to LMTS.

We know that each person has a different motivation for learning the language. We also know that each person learns at a different pace and wants to focus on specific skills.

That is why our Spanish language programs are as personalized as possible. And, this is exactly one of the things that make LMTS unique.

What makes LMTS unique?

What makes LMTS unique is the mix of professionalism and a cozy environment.

LMTS is an authentic Spanish school. The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. Students feel welcome from the reception to the classrooms. Teachers show their interest in the progress of each student.

Students can feel that both teachers and the administrative team love their job, love having students around and do every single thing from the bottom of their hearts.

Furthermore, our programs have a strong academic component, they are well-structured and interactive.

Students learn the proper use of the language; they learn formal and informal variations. They learn how to get around, but also learn how to communicate properly in academic and professional environments.

We are proud to say that LMTS has been a life experience for all our students, regardless of the length of the course.

They have learned Spanish with us for one week, two weeks and even intensive one-month courses. We are also proud to say that many of them continue learning Spanish from home.

What are the features they like the most about their experience?

1. Small class size

Colombian Spanish slangs meaning

Our group classes vary in size but they are never bigger than three students.

The smaller the class size, the more personalized attention for students. Small-size classes allow the teacher to tailor lessons to each one of the student’s needs.

Students enjoy the attention they receive from the teachers. They feel more confident asking questions and they don’t feel the rush of learning at the same pace as their fellow students. They enjoy the learning process at their own pace.

Our school also offers 1:1 classes. Students love this option because they get full attention from their tutor, and they see results quickly. Students feel more confident after a few classes and they are able to communicate easily after a couple of weeks.

2. Flexibility

Spanish Exam Preparation courses in Colombia for international or foreign Students

Our Spanish courses are open all year round and our start dates are flexible to suit each student. And, our programs give each student the flexibility of choosing their own schedule; their course, level, duration and intensity.

Students can choose the program that suits their needs better and the number of hours they want per day/week. They can also mix their academic program with social and cultural activities to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom.

3. Highly qualified teachers

General Spanish courses in Colombia for international or foreign Students

All our teachers are native Spanish-speakers and certified professionals. They are fully qualified and experienced in teaching Spanish as a second language (ELE).

They are professionals in linguistics, political science, tourism, and other disciplines. They have also traveled the world and taught Spanish as a foreign language abroad. They are highly qualified to cover any topic the student wants to deepen in, from general Spanish to business Spanish.

4. Teaching methods

Spanish for Business Course for foreign Students

The teaching methods depend on the program and preferences of each student.

Some students prefer to focus more on grammar and the proper use of the language. Others prefer to focus on how to get around and interact with locals.

All lessons are planned following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Although the lessons have a strong academic component, each lesson is tailored to the student’s preferences.

5. Personalized & dynamic classes

Getting used to the different Colombian Accents

Our classes are not only small in size and very academic; they are also personalized and dynamic.

We ask new students what their motivation for learning the language. Then, we design and propose a program that suits their needs and expectations.

Students can choose General Spanish – let’s say for traveling around Colombia or Latin America-. They can also choose a private tutor for improving their academic skills to get high results in the D.E.L.E test. Or, they can choose business Spanish if their goal is working or investing in the country.

Furthermore, the materials used in each class are designed to be interactive and fun. We tailor each lesson -in and outside the classroom- to the student’s interests.

Our activities vary from reading books to learning Colombian songs. And, from learning the different Colombian accents to learning about the coffee culture.

6. Social and Cultural Activities

BOGOTA’S TROLLEY TOUR

Our Spanish courses go beyond the classroom. We offer several activities in which students can put into practice what they have learned during the week.

Interacting with locals not only gives students a taste of what life in Colombia is like. It also helps them to improve their listening and speaking skills.

Our social and cultural activities allow students to learn the most popular Colombian slang. Also, to be more confident when it comes to talking and interacting with people that don’t speak their mother tongue.

Furthermore, social and cultural activities connect students emotionally with our culture. These experiences allow them to expand their hearts and minds toward countries other than their native one.

7. Volunteering program

Volunteering in Bogota, Colombia

One of the activities our students enjoy the most is volunteering.

Throughout the years, at LMTS we have developed strong relationships with local schools and people from the local markets.

LMTS Volunteering Program put the students’ Spanish language skills to the test while supporting educational initiatives.

For instance, LMTS students volunteer as English teachers. Our school has partnered with “El Instituto para la Economía Social -IPES- ” to help kids from the Farmers Markets.

Markets such as “Plaza de mercado La Perseverancia”, “Plaza de mercado del 20 de Julio” and “Plaza de mercado Quirigua”.

What do our students say about LMTS?

Students come from all over the world to study Spanish with us in Bogotá, Colombia. Listen to what they have to say about their incredible experience studying with us.

Lois & Julia (Ireland)

Listen to Lois and Julia talking about their Spanish Classes at LMTS. They were traveling around South America for a few months and decided to study the Spanish language in Bogota.

They participated in our volunteer program and several cultural activities.

Wiam (Morocco)

Listen to Wiam talking about her experience with us. She had a private tutor for one month.

She was happy to see how quickly she improved her Spanish in such a short time.

Angela (USA)

Listen to the experience of one of the first students we received at LMTS after the national lockdown was released.

She studied Spanish with us for a week. She felt happy and safe with the biosafety protocols our school has adopted.

Adam & Kelly (USA)

Listen to Adam and Kelly talking about their experience at LMTS. They took classes as a couple for one month and had a wonderful experience.

Kelly had some understanding of the language, while Adam was a beginner. They were happy to see how they had improved in just one month. After the course, they were able to communicate easily with locals.

Do you want to know other students’ experiences? Check out our Testimonials page or our Youtube Channel. There are more than a hundred testimonials of students from all around the world.