Every afternoon in Lima, students spent three hours with their Spanish teachers, Irene Arce Zavala, Ana Bracamonte Bardalez and Biviana Goto Sanchez. They belong to the Grupo de Español Inca Garcilaso, a teaching team that offers on-site Spanish classes to visitors in Lima.
Irene, Ana and Bivi like to get the three classes interacting with each other and with Peruvians as much as possible. They prefer not to focus too much on levels – realizing language learning is a fluid thing – so they named the classes after Peru’s three regions: Sierra, Selva and Costa (mountains, jungle and coast).
Irene, Ana and Bivi are fun, creative teachers who make sure their students get the most out of their class time. In addition to classwork to build skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, the students wrote and performed short plays for the concluding Despedida (farewell party), interviewed people in a park and practiced the imperative forms by describing how to make some favorite recipes.
After six weeks of combining classwork with daily interaction with host families, students gained confidence in their improved Spanish skills and were better prepared for their service assignments.