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Isabella & Ferdinand® Academia de Español™ is a Spanish language learning program for children and adults with locations in Washington, D.C. and Miami. Our mission is for students to become both linguistically and culturally fluent in the Spanish language. We teach our students the best, most proper standard of Spanish they can learn, as well as making sure that they gain a solid understanding of the art, literature and culture of Spain and Latin America.  Studies have shown that by learning a foreign language in a cultural context, children achieve fluency at a faster rate, gaining a more comprehensive array of vocabulary and oral expression in that target language. By learning through culture, children also become more engaged learners, gaining a love, respect and appreciation for the Spanish language for life.

Isabella & Ferdinand offers classes for first-time learners of Spanish as well as bilingual children.  All of our classes are taught in an immersion environment exclusively by qualified, native Spanish-speaking teachers. Our innovative Isabella & Ferdinand Learning Gems™ teaching system and CultureCentric Immersion® curriculum are based upon the standards of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid.  Children are encouraged to become conversational as soon as possible, learn correct pronunciation and a wide array of vocabulary and phrases in Spanish.   Our dual emphasis on linguistic excellence and cultural understanding results in an engaging, best-in-class Spanish language program for children.

“[Learning a language from a cultural perspective] in the early stages of learning can enable the learner to progress beyond basic communication levels to a fuller mastery of the intricacies of the new language.”
Conditions for Second Language Learning, Dr. Bernard Spolsky, Oxford University