PASSIVE LEARNING:  The curriculums for the large majority of Spanish schools in the Medellin area are fill-in-the-blank / worksheet-driven.  These exercises are similar to the DuoLingo approach to language learning, considered passive learning, and are good for vocabulary building and language theory (Spanish knowledge).  These techniques develop reading and writing abilities, but are weak in listening and speaking skills.  

ACTIVE LEARNING:  OLSA students practice and learn Spanish through actually listening, processing and speaking Spanish with native Spanish-speaking teachers.  The result is improved Spanish fluency (not just Spanish knowledge).  This is what is needed if you would like to meet and speak with Colombians at events or on the street.  This concept of learning Spanish through practice in-real-time is called active learning and is the preferred method for language learning for those who wish to interact (not text) with native Spanish speakers.


OLSA’s Conversational Spanish curriculum designed to help students improve their Spanish fluency. This program, written, recorded and taught by native Spanish speakers, uses themed conversations, stories, videos and other multimedia to present the living Spanish language outside of the grammatical restrictions of a textbook. This is the actual Spanish students will hear and use on the street, in the market, making new friends and participating in events with native Spanish speakers.  These interactive conversation classes are an excellent choice for travelers, expats living in Medellín, and/or a full-time university students looking to gain Spanish fluency in an immersive environment.


Designed for improved conversational fluency.
Focus on speaking/participating in Spanish.
NOTE:  Many people enjoy a combination of the Conversational Spanish classes below along with the Private Spanish classes here.

Small Group Conversational Spanish In-Person Classes
Classes start weekly – 4 days per week – all levels.
Class days:  Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Class times: 9:00am or 10:30am
Class duration 75 minutes
Maximum class size 7; Average class size 3-4

1 week = $60 US dollars ($12.00 dollars per hour)
2 weeks = $115 US dollars ($11.50 dollars per hour)
3 weeks = $160 US dollars ($10.65 dollars per hour)
4 weeks = $200 US dollars ($10.00 dollars per hour)


Conversational SpanishOther Academies  An student enters a bicycle academy and asks for a course to learn how to ride a bicycle.  The instructor tells the student, “Of course! Here, I have two books and five magazines about bicycles.  We will spend the next two years studying how to ride a bicycle”.  After two years, the instructor tells the student, “Today, we finish with the bicycle-riding course.”  The student replies, “But we haven’t ridden any bicycles, yet.  When are we going ride a bike?”  At that, the instructor claims, “I have given you all of the knowledge you need to ride a bike.  Now, you go figure out how to ride the bike on your own”.

OLSA International – An student enters a bicycle academy and asks for a course to learn how to ride a bicycle. The instructor tells the student, “Of course!  Let’s go outside and get on a bike right now!.”  After two years practicing how to ride a bike, the student knows how to maneuver, do tricks and is earning a salary using the skills he learned by practicing with the instructor.

Learning a language is similar to riding a bike.  To be able to hear, understand and speak a language in real-time, you must physically/orally interact with that language with native speakers.  Yes, at first it is difficult, and brushing up on a little language theory doesn’t hurt, but through actual language practice, your ear will get used to new sounds and you will be able to converse in the language, easily.  The more actual practice, the better you will speak and the deeper the conversations you will be able to have.


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