Frequently Asked Questions
WHS offers two ways to study on your own.
1. The hard copy materials include the workbooks, flashcards, and audios, sold separately or as a complete package. These materials do not include any videos of Warren teaching.
2. Webtutor is a complete Spanish course that includes videos of Warren teaching, just like he does in a classroom. We offer Spanish Levels 1, 2 and 3 through Webtutor. The beauty of Webtutor is that you have Warren teaching you each level in 41, 20 minute videos. You can watch the videos over and over until you feel comfortable with that lesson. Your purchase of Webtutor does not include any hard copy materials and they are not necessary to complete the class. It includes the videos and a download of the workbook along with the online audio games. The audio files and flash cards the workbook refers to are supplemental materials and are optional. The audio games you play with the Webtutor are essentially the same as the CDs. Some students prefer to also purchase workbooks and flashcards through our online bookstore.
Absolutely. We teach grammatically perfect Spanish that is spoken in every Spanish-speaking country. There are different dialects as you travel to different countries, and in some cases there are minor changes to nouns and verbs. Castilian is spoken in Spain, but the basic structure is what we teach that will take you everywhere!
Warren has been teaching Spanish for 45 years and has developed a unique methodology for learning Spanish. Warren developed his program after studying how the adult brain learns language and after really listening to how native speakers speak! WHS incorporates the four learning modalities of hearing it, seeing it written, speaking it and writing it.
WHS is a course of study that teaches the verb tenses and grammar of Spanish. It has learning tools that no other course has such as self-study workbooks supported by flashcards, audios and videos. Duolingo and Rosetta Stone are programs designed to teach vocabulary through word association. There is no attempt to teach verb tenses or grammar in an organized format. You can study these courses forever and never learn the verb tenses in Spanish.
In our classrooms, we engage partnered learning so that you are always working with someone at your skill level. You are never waiting your turn or being called upon in class. Of course, we welcome questions.
Yes! Our amazing team of WHS teachers are native to San Miguel de Allende and have been part of the WHS team for over 22 years!!! They are trained in our methodology and have taught thousands of students over the years. We are very proud of our teachers.
No, we are not and have no need to be. Our students are mostly retired adults who are world travelers. They want to learn Spanish so they can create relationships with the local people wherever they travel or live. When teenagers come to our school over the summer months, they end up testing out of the next level of their high school or college curriculum. This method works for all ages.
January and February are our busiest months and we have up to 30 students in the Level 1 course. A more typical class size is anywhere from 16-20 students. In the Storytelling class, we take just 8 students as it is a skill development course.
For each day of class, you will have about two hours of homework. This must be done to be successful and to be prepared to work with your partner in class.
No. We experimented with immersion, but found Warren’s methods are much more fun and effective. Immersion is overwhelming and can be extremely frustrating. For those wanting immersion, we recommend either taking two courses concurrently, or taking one course and studying with a tutor on days when you don’t have class.
Our Level 1-4 foundation courses and Storytelling meet three days a week for three hours a day for 2.5 weeks. This amounts to eight classroom days for a total of 24 hours of classroom time. Learn more here.
Click here to see our schedule of courses. We have a list of accommodations including BNB's, hotels, apartments, host families, rental agents, houses and airport shuttle pick up services for you to check out and make your own arrangements. WHS does not book any of the above. When traveling to/from Leon or Queretero airports we recommend that when arriving late at night or leaving very early in the morning that you stay in an airport hotel. We have listed a hotel for each airport. Be sure to check out other hotels and accommodations as well. Click here to learn more.
Warren Hardy Spanish is centrally located in Colonia San Juan de Dios and is a five-minute walk from the "Jardin". We are located at San Rafael #6. From the Jardin, go down Calle Canal and go under the Quebrada bridge. After you go under the bridge, make your 2nd right on Calle San Antonio Abad. Follow it down two short blocks and we are right in front of the San Juan de Dios church. Click here for a map.
Our office hours are 9am-12noon, Monday - Saturday. After each session, we have a 3-day weekend. The school phone is 011 52 415 154 4017 from 9am - 12pm. The best way to contact us is through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.