1. What is Club Ivy / Hiedra Centers?
Club Ivy and Hiedra Centers are part of the Club Ivy Group, an organization developed by alumni of prestigious universities from throughout the world. We are dedicated to the advancement of higher education in Spain and in the rest of the world.
Club Ivy is specialized in international educational programs and in the orientation, application processes and academic assessment related to accessing programs in universities, colleges, schools and academies abroad. We also handle translations and other academic services.
Hiedra Centers is dedicated to language learning and to the preparation of official exams needed to access programs abroad or to demonstrate the student's language level in both academic and professional contexts
2. What distinguishes Hiedra Centers from other Language Academies?
In other academies, students may take courses over a span of years resulting in a less pronounced learning curve. Here at Hiedra Centers, we help students reach their specific language aims within a short time span. Our extensive and flexible hours of operation also differ from other academies, as we offer classes from 9:00 in the morning until 10:00 at night.
3. What motivates our students to enroll in language classes?
Many come to improve their English for work, to expand their professional opportunities, and to prepare for interviews. Others take our courses to supplement their language classes in school, to prepare for exams, or to improve their language skills for study abroad programs. Some also study a foreign language for the pleasure of learning another useful language.
4. What types of students take your courses?
Our student profile consists of people from varying backgrounds, many from Madrid, and other parts of Spain and Europe. Many of our Spanish and international students work or study here in Madrid, or come specifically to take our courses.
What all of our students have in common is their interest in gaining fluency both in speaking and in listening. They all share the motivation of developing their English language level, to reach their professional, academic, or other goals.
5. Are your language courses taught by native speakers?
Yes, all of our teachers are native speakers, with solid teaching experiences. Club Ivy / Hiedra Centers works with teachers from many parts of the world, including the United States, England, Canada, Australia, Russia, France, Italy, Portugal and Germany. We believe that working with native accents and learning colloquial expressions are essential components of authentic language learning.
6. Can you select the nationality of the teacher?
The student's preferences are taken into consideration. Nevertheless, The student's choice cannot be guaranteed. A lot depends on the availability of the teacher and the type of course chosen. At any rate, the selection of teachers always takes into account the most appropriate matching of teacher and student.
7. How are the classes organized?
Our language classes can be contracted either one-to-one or in groups. Both group classes and one-to-one classes are offered in packs of hours. Courses vary in length and intensity, from groups that have anywhere from three to fifteen hours of class per week, to individual programs which offer greater scheduling flexibility.
8. Am I guaranteed to work with the same teacher?
No. In some cases, it is not even recommended. Besides, in certain circumstances, we will be obliged to substitute teachers in the case of illness or vacations, end of teacher contracts, etc. At all times, our primary interest is in the continuity of the course and a minimum of interruptions in your classes.
9. Can the classes be suspended once they have begun?
Yes and no. In the case of group classes whose length and schedule are predetermined, there is no possibility of suspending the program or cancelling classes. Nevertheless, one-to-one classes can be suspended so long as the specified maximum duration of the course is respected. Consult our general conditions for further details.
10. I don’t know my language level, what can I do?
Each student takes a diagnostic level test either at our academic center or online before beginning a course, to assign the student a language level and to help identify areas in which a greater focus is needed.
11. Do you offer specialized English courses?
Yes. Hiedra Centers offers language courses with specific goals and focuses, including Business English, Medical English or Legal English. Other popular courses we offer include Professional English for Preparing Interviews and Presentations, Finance English, and Short-term Business English.
Our business courses focus on developing the communication skills necessary to speak with confidence in a professional setting. Business English classes cover areas as diverse as writing emails, talking on the telephone, conference calls, meetings, and requesting information or complaining.
Our interview English classes are designed to prepare you for most any type of interview situation. These classes cover the gamut of different types of interview questions both personal and professional. And as always, both types of classes are customized to fit individual student needs.
12. Why do I need to learn English?
Because English today is no longer seen as a "foreign language." Today, English is essential to international relations, tourism, travelling, hotel management, working in public services, and surfing the Internet. ?English as a Second Language? is no longer the common expression; nowadays people speak of "Global English" or "International English."
13. GMAT, GRE, SAT, TOEFL, TOIEC: What are they?
The letters are acronyms for each exam. Each exam has a different purpose, and whether you need to take one or more depends on your goals. You should check the requirements for your specific case.
14. What exams do I need if I want to study in the USA?
If you want to study at a university in the USA as an undergraduate, you need the TOEFL and the SAT (and in some cases you will need two or even three SAT II exams).
15. What subjects are on the SAT?
The SAT consists of three section types distributed over 10 sections. Each type corresponds to a different final score, and three scores are normally considered together as a sum, although many schools set minimum required scores in one section or another. The three section types are Critical Reading (which consists of texts with questions and sentences designed to test vocabulary), Mathematical Reasoning (with three types of question related to general mathematics), and Writing Skills (which has one essay and various sections related to English sentence structure and grammar).
16. What is the SAT II? Are there different exams that I can take?
The SAT II (Subject Tests) are exams of one tour each, and exams exist for each of the following subjects:
- United Status History
- World History
- Mathematics Level 1
- Mathematics Level 2
- Biology E/M (Ecological/Molecular)
- Languages: Reading Only. French, German, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Spanish
- Languages: Listening and Reading. Chinese with Listening, French with Listening, German with Listening, Japanese with Listening, Korean with Listening, Spanish with Listening
17. What exams do I need to do a Master's program?
For MBA programs, with few exceptions, you will need both the GMAT and the TOEFL. This is true for the majority of MBA programs worldwide. For other types of Master?s programs, you will need the GRE. Finally, specialty exams exist for Medical degrees and Law Degrees (USMLE and MCAT, and LSAT, respectively).
18. What advantages are there to doing the Cambridge exams?
The Cambridge exams give you an official title proving that you have a certain level of spoken, written and aural comprehension in the English language. The Cambridge titles, technically, do not expire. Nevertheless, many organizations and schools take into consideration the year that you passed the exam, believing that if many years have passed, your English level may have deteriorated.
19. Do I need to take the TOEIC to demonstrate my Business English level?
Many companies today request this exam of their candidates as part of the recruitment / selection process, using the score as a measurement of your English level. Additionally, these companies require that their employees take the TOEIC periodically, especially before deciding whether to promote employees. Obviously, this requirement depends on the different needs and demands of each company. Hiedra Centers is an Official Distributor of the TOEIC exam.
20. Can I prepare for all of the exams mentioned here?
Yes. Hiedra Centers prepares students for all of the tests mentioned above. Classes are taught by teachers specialized in the exam in question.
21. How often are courses given?
Class planning and structure at Hiedra Centers is characterized by the flexibility in starting new groups and by the forming of classes that respond to the needs and preferences of each student. Courses run regularly, and classes are done in reduced groups or one-to-one.