ABOUT THE SCHOOL
José Hares established the Latin Connection School of Spanish in 1992, and has taught more than 4000 adults to speak Spanish. His approach is to work through grammar into conversation so that the student actually learns the language, and does not merely memorise a few phrases. José teaches a universal Spanish that the whole of the Spanish-speaking community understands and speaks – it is not South American Spanish or Spanish for Spain; it is both. He teaches from beginners to advanced levels, in small groups (maximum 12 students) and in private classes.
José's students are educated, professional people, and many have already studied a second or third language such as Afrikaans or Latin. They use their Spanish for travel or business – and the school often connects students who share a passion for Latin America or Spain. José also teaches gifted teenagers of 16 years and older accompanied by an adult.
José brought the examinations of the Instituto Cervantes, the language arm of the Spanish government, to South Africa in 1998. More than 200 of his students have passed the exams and been awarded diplomas by the Instituto.
The Director and founder of the school, José Hares, a native of Argentina and a qualified lawyer, personally teaches all courses. José is a highly skilled and much-loved teacher, and has been awarded a knighthood by King Juan Carlos of Spain for his work in bringing Spanish language and culture to South Africa. José spends substantial time each year in Latin America, keeping abreast of cultural developments and sourcing innovative teaching materials.
Classes are held at the school's teaching loft in Bree Street in central Cape Town.