THE SPANISH LANGUAGE
is the second most spoken language in the world due to the number of speakers who claim it as their native tongue (after Mandarin Chinese). It is spoken as a first and second language amongst 450 and 500 million people. It is the third most spoken language as a first or second language after Mandarin Chinese and English combined, and is the mother tongue to 400 million people worldwide... Read more
Spanish School in Cuernavaca, MEXICO
This school was founded in 1977 and is not only a Spanish school, but a center for cultural and language exchange between foreign and Mexican students. It offers a dynamic program of cultural, linguistic, sports and other activities. Both teachers and students consider our school their second home. Spanish classes take place in our lovely, green garden. We are one of the first Spanish schools in Cuernavaca with over 30 years of experience. The school building is in the city center, at only fifteen minutes from the Zocala, the main square. Cuernavaca is a preferred spot for its historical richness, spectacular scenery, colorful life, and attractive climate.
Open to everyone, all ages and all levels of Spanish from complete beginners to native speakers wanting to fine tune some aspect of grammar or a special application. There is a base of structured learning and several opportunities for language integration through experience such as lectures, salsa and typical Mexican dance classes, Mexican cooking classes, video events and cultural events. There is a maximum of five students per group and all courses start any Monday throughout the year. The teachers rotate. Your level is determined by a placement test before the course starts.
Our standard group program is designed for a total of 16 weeks, 25 hours weekly. However, for those interested in a ‘Survival Spanish’, we also offer a four week course which is more adapted to the needs and the interest of the traveler or the student who is more interested in an introduction to the Spanish Language. All classes include grammar, fonetics, vocabulary and conversation.
LEVELS AND EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
During the classes, only Spanish is spoken, at all the levels. We use illustrated teaching materials as well as grammar exercises, dictations and essays. The school has its own grammar book which is the basis for all the programs. All the teaching materials are written by the school staff, allowing the teacher to adapt the teaching-learning process to the needs and knowledge of the students (book is not included in the course price).
A special program can be offered to those with a specific learning objective, e.g. for business executives, teachers and educators, flight attendants, medical staff and technicians, social and mental health workers, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Also classes are available for teens and children. Teaching methods used with children integrate the fact that they have shorter attention spans and need to learn in a variety of modalities such as using games, arts and crafts and outings into the community.
All our teachers are very experienced and have participated in several trainings and workshops. They all enjoy teaching Spanish and have been dedicated to this for many years.
Living with a Mexican family is, for most students, a valuable experience and we consider it an important part of the Spanish language immersion program. We have carefully selected the families and each student will be welcomed as another family member as the families have extensive background in hosting international students. Vegetarian meal requests and other special need dietary requests are available upon request.
Dorms at the School
There are 10 dorm rooms available at the school, although we request early registration to guarantee availability, especially in the summer. Breakfast is the only meal provided for this type of accommodation. There is a kitchen for those that want to cook their own meals while living on campus. There are many local family-operated restaurants within a few blocks of the school. The school also provides low cost freshly prepared food until about 12:30pm Monday through Friday. We offer different types of rooms according to your needs (single or double with private or shared bathrooms).
The school offers a cultural program in the afternoons. There are lectures on history, politics, Mexican culture, as well as dance classes, Mexican songs and a Cultural Exchange with Mexican students.
Mexico is a great destination for everyone. The student be overwhelmed by the remains of ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations, while beach lovers will think they've arrived in heaven, and nature enthusiasts will go wild. Mexico is an enticing mix of old and new, predictable yet surprising, busy but remote - and it's all these things put together that make it such a fascinating destination to visit. Don't miss the pre-Hispanic ceremonies dedicated to La Virgen de la Guadalupe, the Carnaval and the Semana Santa. These and more make Mexico the a great place to visit, and, certainly a great place to study Spanish and be immersed in culture. Whether you like to dive along superb stretches of barrier reef, lose yourself in jungle surrounding long-forgotten Mayan ruins, surf the Mexican coastline or join the Day of the Dead celebrations, you will never be short of things to do!
Cuernavaca, "The City of Eternal Spring" is the capital of the state of Morelos. It stretches across a beautiful green valley and, at about 1542 meters above sea level, enjoys a lovely average year-round temperature of 22 – 25 degrees. Cuernavaca and the surrounding area, boast impressive biodiversity, dramatic mountains, abundant and colorful vegetation, and striking examples of colonial architecture. The terrain is hilly and the streets are narrow and quaint. An extensive variety of activities are possible with all of the normal services of a modern city.
The presence of indigenous peoples, primarily Nahuatl-speaking, enriches the cultural landscape and serves as testimony to Mexico's great plurality. This amazing city has ruins of ancient Aztec and Tlahuica cultures and of colonial buildings such as the Palacio de Cortés. Cuernavaca has historical sites from the Revolution, workshops of important artists, and much more.
We go on excursion every weekend, some of them are free, others not. There are plenty of possibilities, e.g. Xochicalco (a ceremonial center of the Toltecs), Malinalco Monolith (a pyramid site carved from the side of a mountain), The pyramid of Tepoztlán (a tradition village of Morelos), Las Estacas River (underground river surfaces here with crystal clear water for swimming and enjoying "un día en el campo") and many many others. It is also possible to go to Mexico city and visit, for example, the Museum of Anthropology and Ballet Folklorico. During the weekends we can visit the Colonial towns of Puebla, Querétaro and Guanajuato, Acapulco, a world famous town on the Pacific coast, Oaxaca, the pyramids of Monte Albán and Mitla.
Free available for all students are free internet access, use of the safe deposit box, a money exchange, laundry service, use of the T.V. Room, the swimming pool and the kitchen, and fax service. The school also offers a pickup service form the airport in Mexico (not included).
We can arrange volunteer and/or internship experiences in a hospital, a children's clinic, or an orphanage. Please contact us for more information.
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