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Spanish Courses

Learn Spanish in a relaxed family environment. Enjoy traditional Spanish food, walk around the mountains, chill in the spa, visit the prehistoric caves and have wine in the excellent local bars and restaurants after your Spanish lessons.

Learn Spanish while living at your tutor’s home

Study abroad at one of the top 3 universities in Spain or in a local secondary school.

Spanish courses for teachers recognised by the Department for Education

GCSE and A-Level Spanish revision courses while enjoying lovely excursions and activities

A fascinating Spanish history course based on true facts, not on myths.

The online course is based on teacher interaction and support.

Quality Spanish Courses

The Spanish Course adheres to the British Council’s Statement of Principles for the Ethical Recruitment of International Students by Education Agents and Consultants also known as the London Statement.


Our teacher training courses are recognised by the British Department for Education and comply with Teacher Standards as specified in the National Curriculum.


Fernando was in charge of the University of Surrey online language courses. He’s an author of the A-Level textbook ¡Ponte al Día! and developed online materials for the BBC


Fernando was awarded by the British Government and the European Union with the European Award for Languages because of his innovative online teaching methods.


Fernando Pérez Cos is a Google Certified Educator who has earned and demonstrated the fundamental skills necessary to use Google’s tools in the classroom.


We are members of the prestigious professional body AEPELE, an association that comprises small Spanish schools around Spain. We promote excellence, quality and professionalism in immersion Spanish courses.


We are an official examination centre for SIELE exams, which certify the degree of proficiency for the Spanish language for students and professionals. It’s promoted by the Instituto Cervantes and different universities.

Please, watch this video to see some activities you can do after your lectures.

Enjoy while learning Spanish

As well as learning Spanish, there are plenty of activities and sports you can do. You can go to the local swimming-pools, walk in the mountains, horse riding or enjoy surfing in the different beaches of the region.

If you prefer other activities apart from sports, there is also a wide variety of them like visiting the prehistoric caves and workshops, cooking, etc. Please, let us know your preferences.

Sports & Activities

As well as learning Spanish, there are plenty of activities and sports you can do. You can go to the local swimming-pools, walk in the mountains, horse riding or enjoy surfing in the different beaches of the region.

If you prefer other activities apart from sports, there is also a wide variety of them like visiting the prehistoric caves and workshops, cooking, etc. Please, let us know your preferences.

Practice sports

You can practice different individual or team sports in local facilities or in Santander where you will be able to practice most sports.

Surf in Somo

Our beaches are among the best ones for surfing the waves. Somo is one of the most famous places in Spain and there are plenty of surf schools.

Ski in Alto Campoo

For the winter travellers, you have the option of going to Alto Campoo ski resort which is just 1 hour from our home.

Would you learn how to dance Sevillanas?

Sevillanas is the most popular dance of Spain. We have teamed up with a local dance school to offer you the possibility of learning it.

Become an expert Spanish cook!

We will teach you the basics of Spanish cooking while you are hosted with us but you could also take a professional course in Santander.

Learn how to play the Spanish guitar

We are in contact with a music school that will teach you how to play the Spanish guitar.

The Spanish Course
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Michael HaymanMichael Hayman
07:35 03 Nov 22
Michael_H, Nov 2022It was a superb experience. The course is held at Fernando's and Merce's family home. The whole family was most welcoming and even their young daughters Raquel and Victoria spoke good english. Their home had been a traditional farmhouse that they converted into a blend of a comfortable home and language school. The food was excellent. I had a comfortable and capacious en-suite room that faced the warm foehn wind. It could certainly roar in the mornings.I was very lucky with my fellow guests who were two bright young teachers from the North of England who were very kind to include me in their adventurous outings. The house is situated up a fairly steep hill from the village of Aes and about 2.5 km from Puente Viesgo. We were often assisted with transport by Fernando and Merce.A leisurely breakfast was served at 0900 hrs and classes were held from 1000 hrs to about 1400 hrs when lunch was served. Particular diets were well catered for. The afternoons/ evenings were free with supper from about 2030 onwards. On occasions there were lively discussions after the meal.The tuition was very good and I overcame some problems that were impeding my learning of Spanish. I class myself as a beginner although I have attended Local Education Authority classes for some two years.We were provided with course notes. Fernando is a gifted teacher and the classes were informal. There was much emphasis on the importance of correct pronounciation.Aes , the local village, has a small supermarket by the roundabout. The main facilities are found in Puente Viesgo including a 4 Star hotel with the best Spa I have ever visited. The cave paintings are well worth a visit but the cave floors are very slippery and there are few handholds. We were assured that the churros of Los Terrazos were renowned and they were very good. Everywhere we went people were friendly and helpful. I want to go again and I think having a car would increase the range of places to visit as public transport is rather infrequent. A great experience and whole heartedly recommended both for improving one's Spanish and experiencing life in a Spanish family albeit one who spoke english well and put one at ease by their informality and friendliness.I cannot recommend the experience too highly.
Karin SeymourKarin Seymour
15:53 08 Sep 22
We really enjoyed our week's stay with Fernando and his family. The lessons were interesting and fun. We went out exploring the Cantabrian countryside in the afternoons. Merche provided us with fabulous meals which we ate with the family and other students, and I had a lesson in how to make a tortilla. We benefited from the immersion in Spanish and would love to go back again. Nos lo pasamos bien!
Irene CauleyIrene Cauley
13:58 09 Aug 22
I had some free days after attending a wedding in northern Spain and luckily I was able to book 4 days at the Spanish school. I was able to indicate what I wanted to revise, having attended the school many years ago. The 3 hours were pretty intensive - one to one with Merche - but with the free afternoons and evenings I was able to recharge my batteries. A very relaxing setup and having meals with the family , listening and joining in the conversation provided plenty of opportunities to practice my verb tenses.Attached are a few photos - meal time with the family (and fellow student Lesley) and cooking a Spanish Omelet.
Lesley DowdallLesley Dowdall
08:07 27 Jul 22
I spent a wonderful week at The Spanish Course and loved every minute. Fernando, Merche and their daughters were very welcoming so any apprehension I felt disappeared immediately. I spoke very little Spanish before going and my lessons with Fernando were fun, engaging and tailored to my abilities. I still have much, much work to do but I learnt so much in a short space of time. Merche's food was incredible and I loved learning how to make a proper tortilla (I have practiced on my family since getting home and they love it too!).When not in lessons, there is plenty to do. The setting is beautiful and there are many walks from the front door. Puente Viesgo is around 15-20 mins walk and is lovely. I went to the spa and also visited the caves nearby. Santander is an easy bus journey and definitely worth spending a day there. Merche and Fernando helped with recommendations etc and even arranged for me to go horse riding with their daughters which was a wonderful experience.If you are looking for total immersion in Spanish in a fun and relaxing environment, I don't think you could do any better. I hope to return!
Ilona KarpanosIlona Karpanos
10:55 24 Jun 22
It has been a joy being a part of Fernando and Merche's family. I stayed with them for two weeks. They are very warm, open, generous and friendly people. Experiencing authentic Spanish life, culture, cuisine and learning the language with Fernando and Merche was an unforgettable experience! The lessons that took place every day from Monday to Friday were well structured, tailored to my needs and abilities and delivered in a highly professional manner. My free time i spent exploring around. There are many places around for walks, enjoying the nature and mingling with Spanish people. I would highly recommend Fernando and Merche and would love to come back. Gracias por tu hospitalidad y espero que nos veamos pronto!
Shelley HilesShelley Hiles
09:08 24 Jun 22
I had an absolutely fantastic experience staying with Fernando & Merche. The lessons were really enjoyable & tailored to my needs. The meals were all absolutely delicious & the family taught us how to cook paella & tortilla. The surrounding area is so beautiful with lots to see and explore. I found the whole stay really relaxing and I would love to do it every year!
Steve TowningSteve Towning
18:50 09 Jun 22
My wife and I have just returned from a week with Fernando, Merche, Raquel and Victoria. We were welcomed into their home like family members and spent a wonderful week practicing our Spanish and exploring the area. Fernando is an excellent teacher and Merche also helps with advice and corrections. We met a number of their relatives and friends which added to the experience. It's a beautiful part of the world with great walks and some wonderful prehistory to explore. Puente Viesgo is within easy walking distance along the Via Verde path along the river and offers several bars, restaurants and a spa. Here you can meet other hispanohablantes to continue improving your Spanish. A week of total immersion with very little English heard or spoken and an experience we will never forget. Muchas gracias por todo.
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