We maintain a high level of professionalism and teaching capacity among our teaching team. Our teaching staff receives an 8-week intensive teaching course as well as refresher courses during their time with us. We train our team in various teaching methodologies and inter-personal relationships. Our program includes 5 hours a day of one-on-one intensive instruction. There are two sessions held daily. One in the morning from 8:00am to 1:00pm and one in the afternoon from 2:00pm to 7:00pm.).
Students may choose between either the morning or afternoon session. Please indicate your preferred session when you apply. In addition, there are daily activities that allow students to learn more about the culture, customs, history, politics and societies of Guatemala and all Latin America. These activities are in the form of documentaries, trips, movies, round table discussions and conferences.
You will be evaluated the first day of class to determine your level of Spanish. Then you together with your teacher will develop a study plan that reflects your needs, interests and expectations. To expose the students to different teaching styles and ideas, the teachers are rotated each week. We have various teaching materials including grammar and exercise books with explanations in several languages, including Spanish, English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish.
The teachers use these materials to supplement their teaching and to give the students practice exercises and homework. The students are also welcome to take these materials home and use them as long as necessary. Our Spanish Language Program is divided into three parts - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Our classes may be adapted for any level of learner. The complete program takes approximately 8 weeks of study.
All of our teachers have many years experience teaching Spanish as a second language to students from around the world at all different levels. Some of our teachers have been teaching Spanish to foreigners for over 10 years. Although each of our teachers have their own methods and style of teaching, the school has a set curriculum that all teachers must follow. As part of our goal to bring you the best Spanish Language instruction possible, we have many strict requirements for the teachers that we hire.
Teachers at our school are very involved with their students. It is not unusual for all the teachers and students to go to a coffee shop, go out to dinner, go and see a movie, go dancing in the evenings or just hang out and talk. The school takes trips together every weekend, participates in soccer games against other schools and has weekly Friday night dinners. Our teaching team works hard to make you feel at home while offering you the best Spanish education possible.
Staying in the class all day does get tiring. It also does not allow for our students to enjoy the beauty of nature and culture that Quetzaltenango and Guatemala has to offer. To help with this, we organize weekly activities and trips. These activities are in the form of movies, lectures, documentaries and group lessons. We also take hikes to indigenous villages, visit many area NGO's and meet with local community organizations. For those that want to see more of the surrounding area and enjoy the beauty of the land and people, the school also takes weekly excursions such as hikes and trips to the beach, hot springs, hot baths, steam baths and area markets.
Some of the places that we visit are: Mayan Ruins at Abaj Takalik, Beach at Champerico and Monterico, Hike La Muela, Las Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs, La Leguna de Chicabal Crater Lake, Villa Alicia Swimming Pool, Mariposario and Lake at Panajachel, Markets at San Francisco el Alto, Momostenango and Totonicapán.
Staying with a Guatemalan family is one of the most important parts of the language/ culture experience. Living in a Guatemalan home, you will be practicing your newly acquired language skills from the moment you wake up until you go to bed. We seek families that treat students like an additional member of the family, inviting them to take part in daily activities and conversation. The families are asked to provide you with a private room, a desk with a lamp for studying and three meals a day (including weekends).
If students arrive a few days early, they may stay with the family until their classes begin for a small daily fee. Most of our families have been with the school for many years and have experience with having foreigners in their homes. They all take the necessary precautions with cooking and handling food. They are also able to cook based on the student's dietary needs, for example vegetarians, lactose intolerant, etc.
- $140.00 per Week from September till May (If you study 6 weeks or more $130.00/Week)
- $150.00 per Week from June till August (If you study 3 weeks or more $140.00/week).
- Cost of your classes,
- Housing with a Guatemalan family,
- Three meals a day (including weekends),
- School activities and services.
Notes: You can pay in US dollars, Guatemalan Quetzals or travelers checks.
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M18094 has been devoted to Spanish Language education in Quetzaltenango since 1991. We offer one of the best programs in town. With our emphasis on quality Spanish Language education, trained and professional teaching staff, friendly and accommodating families and diverse calendar of activities and events, we guarantee...
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