Following January 2014’s feature on Argentina as a Spanish-immersion destination, it is worth highlighting BridgeArgentina — one of the country’s most popular Spanish schools.
Bridge’s methodology is designed to make students comfortable using Spanish in practical, everyday situations, such as traveling, meeting people, using the telephone, conducting business, and participating in conversations. Students combine Spanish courses and authentic cultural experiences, enabling them to fully immerse themselves in the culture of Argentina.
The basic principles of the BridgeArgentina methodology are:
No translation in class: students and teachers speak only in the language being learned; teacher rotation: this exposes students to many different pronunciations and vocabularies, ensuring that they understand the language in a variety of situations, and it keeps class fresh and interesting; and emphasis on communication: the focus is on speaking and listening. Grammar, reading, and writing are all included, but are taught through a very practical approach.
The school is located in the center of the action in Buenos Aires, just a few blocks from the iconic Obelisk and steps from Calle Florida. This bustling pedestrian shopping zone is home to the beautiful Galerías Pacífico, a shopping mall located in a restored historical building that also houses the Centro Cultural Jorge Luis Borges.
During breaks, students can walk a few blocks from the school to peaceful Plaza San Martin, full of elegant trees and shaded benches in the midst of the city. The school is also located near numerous subway and bus lines, as well as train stations and even a ferry to neighboring Uruguay.