All teachers, who are mostly women, have university titles or degrees in different subjects and with diverse professional experiences, but with the common denominator of experience and passion for teaching languages and the cultural exchange with the international students. With this diversity and with our material we are able to offer, in addition to our standard course program of Spanish, Quechua and Aymara, programs that are focused on different spheres - social, economic, cultural and political - of society in Cochabamba, Bolivia and Latin America. All of our teachers, before working directly with the students and no matter what professional degrees or title they have, must observe lectures and classes with the director or with experienced teachers who know our method very well and are familiar with our material. Before they start teaching, teachers receive solid preparation with our school’s method and material. We teach utilizing a communicative method, which we have been developing and putting into practice for more than 20 years at Runawasi School. This method allows us to use grammar lessons, dialogs, lectures, exercises, conversations, pictures – didactic or artistic -, radio, television and other resources to make communication possible from the moment a student enters his or her first class. With this method, the classes are direct, active, intense and completely participatory. The school offers 4 levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced and superior, and all intermediate levels. The school also offers courses and material adapted to the interests of the student. Thus, from a medium/advanced level on, topics of the choice of the student can be included. The classes are one on one, that is, one teacher works with one student; however, small groups can be formed circumstantially, with topics of common interest such as grammar, literature, history, social concerns, economics, etc. intensive discussion and practice of the language. Beginning students have a teacher who speaks their own language or another language common to both. We must also mention that our practice of changing teachers every day has yielded very positive results. Each of our teachers brings his/her own experience in the classroom, and these vary according to the contexts in which each has lived and worked. Often the teacher-student interaction blossoms into a friendship. Most of the material we use is developed by the director of the school, a Bolivian linguist who studied in Zurich, Switzerland, and has more than 30 years of experience teaching Spanish and Quechua in both Switzerland and Bolivia. The material reflects life within the neighborhood in which the students live and attend school, as well as the daily reality of Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Latin America. Teaching materials are drawn from own texts, official history books, oral traditions, Bolivian and Latin American literature, ethnographies, and various other publications. We believe that the learning process is more comprehensive, interesting, and rapid by incorporating all of the senses as well as by focusing on reading, speaking, and writing. In order for this to happen, however, the learning material must fit the context, be up-to-date and representative of the surrounding reality. The material is frequently revised, corrected, implemented and brought up to date because it must fit the specific needs of each student, and because the process of teaching and learning is an exchange of information, an iterative process which needs continued actualization. Classes start any day of the week. The school is a one-story building built around a small inner patio. It has nine classrooms, an office/library/meeting room, and two toilets. In front of the building, there is another small patio where students and teachers gather during the half-hour break to chat, plan afternoon and night activities and excursions and enjoy delicious snacks, such as fruit juices, milkshakes, tea, coffee, and sandwiches. The meeting room is used for conversations, discussions and to show films; sometimes also for exhibits of national artists. Two classrooms can be converted into a “Salon de Fiestas” for parties where students, teachers, and family members join to dance Bolivian and Latin-American dances. The name of the neighborhood is Villa Juan XXIII. Villa Juan XXIII was founded by a miner´s cooperative in the mining centre of Catavi (North of Potosi) more than 40 years ago. In Villa Juan XXIII live former mine workers, retired workmen, and low-middle income families, simple and hospitable people. Necessity has obliged the residents to help themselves. Their own initiative and hard work have brought them electricity and water 24 hours a day. They also built a primary school and a multi-purpose community centre, "Casa Comunal". It has a large hall for concerts, parties, wakes, workshops and other functions, as well as a library and a health centre. Nowadays, with the new generations, our neighborhood is expanding upwards, up to 5 floors. There are several internet services in and around our neighborhood and uncountable more in the city, at an average cost of Bs. 3/hrs.
Či ste študent, odborník na biznis, alebo turista, v Cochabambe je jazykový kurz, ktorý je vhodný pre vás. Sú k dispozícii kurzy španielčiny pre všetky úrovne plynulosti, vekové kategórie a doby trvania. Len si vyberte typ kurzu zo zoznamu dole a môžte začať.
Kurzy všeobecnej španielčiny sú určené pre dospelých, ktorí si chcú zlepšiť svoje rozprávanie, počúvanie, čítanie, a písanie v španielsky. Väčšina intenzívne kurzov španielčiny v Cochabambe je pre dospelých, ktorí majú 16 a viac rokov. K dispozícii sú 2 - 48-týždňové kurzy. Väčšina kurzov má v priemere 30 vyučovacích hodín do týždňa.