History, Mission, and Vision of AIL Español

Welcome to AIL Español

My name is Chris Haworth, and I am the director and founder of AIL Español. I’d like to take a moment to tell you a little bit about our Spanish language school, its history, quality, and why so many students choose AIL Español for their Spanish studies, encompassing Spanish schools in Barcelona, Madrid, and Málaga.

Chris Haworth

Director & Founder

Our History

2000 - Where it all begins

Though the academy actually begins fifteen years ago, in the tiny living room of my Madrid city center flat, the beginning of the story dates back to when I first arrived in Madrid in the year 2000. My initial experience of the city was intoxicating; the language, the nightlife, and the vibrancy and history of the city itself. I fell in love with Madrid immediately, feeling a thrill every time I had the opportunity to introduce visitors to my new home, and knew Madrid would form a long term narrative in my life.

2009 - Opening of the first school in Madrid

After nearly a decade in the capital of Spain and becoming fluent in Spanish, although my British accent will never leave me, I decided to take the big leap. I had been taking an intensive French course in Montpellier, and the school director shared his vision on teaching and running a language school. Something clicked in my head, and I started thinking that maybe I should think big and go all in.

With the help of some friends from university and the idea that had been brewing in my mind year after year in Madrid, the creation of my first school in the city became possible, and AIL Madrid was born.

As I mentioned, I had been a Spanish student for many years, so I knew what I wanted to make my school a reference in teaching Spanish to foreigners.

The teachers were going to be the most important part of the school. I wanted passionate native teachers who would provide an unparalleled experience to the students. Additionally, the academy was going to be located in one of the most central areas of Madrid. I wanted the students to feel in the heart of the city and fully experience the language immersion.

2010 - AIL Madrid becomes an official Collaborating Center with the Madrid Chamber of Commerce

Shortly after opening our school and thanks to the excellence in Spanish teaching, we established a valuable partnership with the Madrid Chamber of Commerce. Through this fruitful collaboration, our students have access to specialized training programs, seminars, and events related to the business world in Madrid.

2011 - AIL Madrid joins FEDELE

AIL Madrid is honored and excited to announce that we have been invited to join FEDELE, the Spanish Federation of Spanish Schools for Foreigners. This prestigious membership highlights our commitment to excellence in Spanish language education and our dedication to providing high-quality programs and services to students from around the world. We are proud to be part of this esteemed organization and look forward to collaborating with other language schools to promote the Spanish language and culture.

2012 - AIL Madrid becomes an Accredited Center by the Cervantes Institute

Continuing our trajectory and pursuing our goals, in 2012, AIL Madrid achieved accreditation from the prestigious Cervantes Institute. This implies that AIL Madrid has met the standards and requirements established by this institution regarding academic quality, highly qualified teaching staff, updated teaching methods, and appropriate resources for learning Spanish.

2015 - AIL Madrid becomes an Official Examination Center for the SIELE Exam

In 2015, we became an Official Examination Center for the SIELE (International Spanish Language Evaluation Service) Exam. SIELE is an internationally recognized exam that assesses and certifies the level of proficiency in Spanish for non-native speakers. As an Official Examination Center for SIELE, we are authorized to administer and evaluate the exams in our facilities. This gives our students the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognized official certification that supports their level of proficiency in Spanish.

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2015 - Official Examination Center for the CCSE Exam

In 2015, our institution was honored to become an Official Examination Center for the CCSE Exam, which is a crucial requirement for individuals seeking Spanish nationality. The CCSE Exam assesses the knowledge of the Spanish Constitution and sociocultural aspects of Spain.

2016 - Expansion throughout Spain: Opening of a new school in Málaga

After the success and recognition achieved by AIL Madrid, the time had come for expansion to other cities in Spain. It was in 2016 when we took an exciting step forward by opening a new school in the beautiful city of Málaga, named AIL Málaga.

The choice of Málaga as our next destination was not random. This city, located on the Costa del Sol, is a popular tourist destination and an important cultural center in Spain.

The opening of our school in Málaga allowed us to reach a new community of students and offer them the opportunity to learn Spanish in a dynamic and effective way. Just like in Madrid, our priority was to have highly qualified and passionate teachers for teaching Spanish as a foreign language. We located our new school in the heart of Málaga, in a central and accessible area, so that students could fully immerse themselves in local life and make the most of their stay. We designed a welcoming and modern environment equipped with the latest technologies and educational resources to ensure that our students have all the necessary tools for their learning.

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2017 - AIL Málaga adhesion to Extenda

In 2017, AIL Málaga became a part of Extenda Andalucía TRADE, a transformative initiative by the Andalusian Government focused on enhancing economic potential through streamlined business interactions. This project consolidates support areas like business growth, innovation, knowledge exchange, internationalization, and investment attraction.

Andalucía TRADE operates from central headquarters in Seville's PCT Cartuja, with strategic locations in Madrid and Barcelona, along with a global network spanning 70 countries. The initiative centers around three key pillars: Business Development, Financing, and Internationalization.

With a team of over 300 specialists, Andalucía TRADE is committed to supporting businesses, from SMEs to large enterprises, startups, and investors. Our goal is to drive economic growth, job creation, and prosperity in Andalusia, fostering innovation, digital transformation, and global expansion. Explore our homepage for insights and upcoming digital enhancements as we continue to facilitate business development and internationalization.

2020 - AIL Málaga becomes an Official Examination Center for the SIELE Exam

In 2022, AIL Málaga achieved the status of an Official Examination Center for the SIELE (International Spanish Language Evaluation Service) Exam. SIELE is a globally acknowledged assessment that certifies the proficiency level of non-native Spanish speakers. As an Authorized Examination Center for SIELE, we are empowered to conduct and assess these exams at our premises. This empowers our students to attain an internationally recognized official certification, validating their Spanish language proficiency.

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2021 - AIL Madrid obtains the Accreditation as a Socially Responsible School by FEDELE

AIL Madrid is proud to receive the Accreditation as a Socially Responsible School by FEDELE. This recognition highlights our commitment to ethical practices, community engagement, and environmental sustainability. We strive to create a positive impact on society while providing top-notch Spanish language education to our students from around the world.

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2021 - AIL Málaga becomes an Accredited Center by the Cervantes Institute

Málaga secured accreditation in 2021. This achievement signifies that our institution meets the esteemed standards set by the Cervantes Institute, validating our commitment to academic excellence, proficient educators, modern teaching methodologies, and valuable resources for effective Spanish language learning.

2021 - AIL Málaga adhesion to FEDELE

AIL Málaga is delighted to share that we have received a special invitation to become a part of FEDELE, the Spanish Federation of Spanish Schools for Foreigners. This esteemed affiliation underscores our unwavering dedication to delivering top-notch Spanish language education and exceptional services to global students. Joining this prestigious network allows us to contribute to the promotion of Spanish language and culture alongside fellow language schools. We're excited about this partnership and the opportunities it brings to enhance our commitment to excellence.

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2021 - AIL Málaga adhesion to NACEM

NACEM is the Association of Spanish Schools for Foreigners in Málaga, dedicated to education through diverse methods and experiences: academic, cultural, culinary, sports, and leisure activities.

NACEM aims to achieve maximum recognition and trust from its members, acting as an institution that represents their interests and collaborates in achieving their objectives. They can assist you in easily discovering the location, features, courses, and services offered by all their affiliated Spanish language schools. In 2021, AIL Málaga became a part of this association, further enhancing its offerings and connections within the Spanish language education community.

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2021 - AIL Málaga adhesion to Español en Andalucía

EEA, the Association of Spanish Schools for Foreigners in Andalusia, represents Accredited Private Schools of Spanish for Foreigners that offer a wide range of Spanish courses in the most attractive locations in Andalusia. The schools affiliated with EEA are located in the provinces of Seville, Granada, Malaga, Cordoba, and Cadiz, providing students with the opportunity to choose from the coast, historic cities, picturesque Andalusian villages, or even combine multiple options. In 2021, AIL Malaga became a part of this association, enhancing its offerings and connections within the vibrant landscape of Spanish language education in Andalusia.

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2022 - AIL Málaga Official Examination Center for the CCSE Exam

In 2022, AIL Málaga had the distinct privilege of being designated as an Official Examination Center for the CCSE Exam. This achievement is of great importance as the CCSE Exam plays a vital role in the journey of individuals who aspire to obtain Spanish nationality. The CCSE Exam serves as a comprehensive assessment of one's understanding of the Spanish Constitution and the sociocultural intricacies of Spain. This official certification is a fundamental requirement for those seeking to become Spanish citizens.

Escuela Socialmente Responsable
2022 - AIL Málaga obtains the Accreditation as a Socially Responsible School by FEDELE

Malaga, just like its sister school in Madrid, achieves this quality seal. We strive to create a positive impact on society while providing top-notch Spanish language education to our students from around the world.

2023 - Expansion throughout Spain: AIL opens in Barcelona

In 2023, AIL Madrid expanded its presence by acquiring Olé Barcelona, one of the city's most prestigious Instituto Cervantes accredited Spanish language schools. Olé Barcelona (which is cobranded as "AIL Barcelona") welcomes over 1,000 students a year in the 11 classrooms of its ground floor, city centre premises. These students are immersed in the vibrant Spanish and Catalan-speaking communities, fostering cultural exchange and providing an enriching language learning experience.

Escuela Socialmente Responsable
2023 - AIL Barcelona obtains the Accreditation as a Socially Responsible School by FEDELE

Barcelona, just like its sisters schools in Madrid and Málaga, achieves this quality seal. We strive to create a positive impact on society while providing top-notch Spanish language education to our students from around the world.

2023 - Opening of a new building in Málaga

The opening of our new school center at 16 Pacific Street represents an exciting step forward in our commitment to quality education in the city of Málaga.

This building, specially constructed to accommodate our facilities, provides a modern and welcoming environment for our students. With a total of 6 fully equipped classrooms, we are prepared to offer exceptional education that inspires and motivates our students.

This new school center not only expands our presence in Málaga but also reflects our ongoing commitment to educational excellence and the holistic development of every student... and it's a stone throw away from the La Misericordia Beach!

2023 - Prize Best Academic Project 2023, II Semana del Español, FEDELE

For the recognition of its work as a pioneer in the development of online Spanish learning materials, completely free, result in growing the AIL Community across the globe and reaching all those that are unable to come to Spain.

2024 - AIL Barcelona becomes an Official Examination Center for the SIELE Exam

In 2024, AIL Barcelona becomes an Official Examination Center for the SIELE (International Spanish Language Evaluation Service) Exam. SIELE is an internationally recognized exam that assesses and certifies the level of proficiency in Spanish for non-native speakers. As an Official Examination Center for SIELE, AIL Barcelona is authorized to administer and evaluate the exams in its facilities. This gives our students the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognized official certification that supports their level of proficiency in Spanish.

Our Mission

At AIL Español, we are dedicated to delivering exceptional education and fostering an immersive learning experience in Spanish and Hispanic culture for our students.

Our goal is to stand out as the premier Spanish school, located in the heart of Español, cultivating an inviting and enriching atmosphere conducive to both personal development and linguistic proficiency.

Our relentless efforts are focused on aiding students in attaining fluency in Spanish, while also nurturing a deep understanding and admiration for Hispanic culture. We take great pride in providing a dynamic and individually tailored approach that meets the unique needs of every student in our community.

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Our Vision

At AIL Español, our vision is to establish ourselves as a global benchmark in Spanish language instruction and the promotion of Hispanic culture. We are dedicated to attaining leadership status in the realm of teaching Spanish as a foreign language, crafting cutting-edge and top-tier programs that cater to the diverse needs of our student body.

Our overarching objective is to evolve into a hub of educational distinction, where students encounter a dynamic and encouraging milieu conducive to the comprehensive development of their linguistic and cultural competencies. We aspire for our students to acquire genuine fluency in Spanish and a profound comprehension of Hispanic culture, empowering them academically and professionally in an increasingly interconnected world.

Our vision extends to the creation of a lively and inclusive community, wherein students find inspiration, support, and recognition. We cultivate a collaborative and enriching learning environment that facilitates interactions with highly qualified educators and peers from across the globe, augmenting their educational and cultural journey.

Aligned with our vision, we are steadfast in our commitment to remain abreast of the latest educational methodologies and technologies. This ensures that our students have access to the most advanced and effective resources available. We strive to be at the forefront of Spanish language instruction, championing innovation and continuous enhancement in every facet of our institution.

In summary, our vision at AIL Español is to emerge as a preeminent institution in the realm of Spanish language instruction and the celebration of Hispanic culture. We are dedicated to delivering top-notch programs, providing an enriching educational experience, and fostering an inspirational learning environment for our students.

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Our Values

At AIL Español, our educational philosophy and organizational essence are shaped by a set of core values that serve as our guiding principles. These values define who we are and propel us to deliver quality education, ensuring an enriching experience for our students:

  1. Academic Excellence: Our relentless pursuit is to offer educational programs of the highest quality, adhering to rigorous academic standards. We are dedicated to achieving excellence in Spanish language instruction and the promotion of Hispanic culture.
  2. Student Commitment: Each student is regarded as a unique individual, and our commitment is to provide a supportive and personalized learning environment. We prioritize their well-being and academic success, endeavoring to equip them with the tools necessary to realize their goals.
  3. Corporate Social Responsibility: We believe in the transformative impact we can make on society and the environment. Our commitment extends to being a socially responsible institution, implementing sustainable practices, and actively contributing to the development of our local community.
  4. Diversity and Inclusion: The diversity among our students, employees, and collaborators is valued and respected. We actively cultivate an inclusive environment that celebrates differences in culture, ethnicity, gender, and thought. We firmly believe that diversity enriches our community, fostering collective learning and growth.
  5. Innovation and Continuous Improvement: Positioned at the forefront of Spanish language education, we embrace new educational methodologies and technologies. Constant improvement is ingrained in our ethos, as we consistently seek advancements in all facets of our institution to offer our students an updated and relevant educational experience.

These values serve as our compass in every action and decision, embodying our commitment to being an educational institution distinguished by excellence, social responsibility, and a steadfast embrace of diversity.

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