In Mexico we work with the
Spanish Language Institute - Center for Latin American Studies Program
in Cuernavaca. Known as the “Eternal Spring” due to its
year round perfect temperature (70-85 F / 20-28 C), Cuernavaca is
located in the mountains 50 miles south of Mexico City. The city offers
a wide range of garden restaurants, nightclubs, cultural events and
sport activities and has been a favorite travel spot since the days
of the Aztec emperors and Mexican rulers including Cortés,
Maximilian, and the Empress Carlota. Because of its beauty and variety,
it is a perfect place to study Spanish.
The Spanish Language Institute
(SLI) is located in a residential area of the city. The beautiful
complex is built in the Mexican colonial style and includes comfortable
and attractive conference rooms, small group classrooms, a swimming
pool and cafeteria.
The SLI program is designed
to provide all its students, from the complete beginner to the advanced,
with a learning environment conducive to thinking, writing, and speaking
naturally in Spanish within the context of real-life situations. You
can begin classes any Monday of the year. The length of stay varies
from one to twelve weeks, depending on your goals. You should plan to
arrive on the Friday before classes to attend a Saturday morning orientation
and placement activity to assure that you are in the appropriate classes.
Classes are held Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (six hours).
Classes are small (no more
than 5 students per teacher) and include a variety of activities to
enhance the student’s learning. Late afternoon optional programs
include videos, round table discussions, grammar clinics, Mexican
contemporary literature and cooking classes. In addition, SLI offers
a variety of excursions including trips to Xochiacalco Archaeological
Zone, Santiago mountain wool market, Taxco, Teotihuacan Pyramids,
Mexico City Museum of Anthropology, Bazzar Sábado, Frida Kahlo
Museum, Puebla, and Cholula, Full weekend trips are offered to Acapulco
and San Miguel de Allende.
SLI offers special Spanish language options such as Spanish for Hispanics, for Medicine, for Senior Citizens, Teens, Teachers, Business, Airline Personal and other specific programs. College credit may be granted for study at SLI See web page www.asli.com.mx for special programs and prices.
An important part of the
immersion experience is living with a Mexican family. The host families
are screened and chosen to provide excellent attention. Families are
middle and upper middle class by Mexican standards. The family provides
you with two meals daily and transportation to and from school,
if not within walking distance. You can choose to have a Private Room
or Shared Room. Options for hotel living are available for those who
desire that form of lodging.
A typical day will look like the following:
9:00 am - 3 pm
1. Lanuage Class (3-5 students) - 3 hours
Grammar, drills, and conversation
2. Functional Spanish (or cultural) - 1 hour
Situations at the bank, restaurant, hotel, posts office, idiomatic expressions, dictation
3. Conversational - 2 hours
Sports/Arts/Other Activities—football, swimming, fiestas,
picnics, movies, bowling, salsa dancing, guitar, ceramics,
visits to the market, interviews with local people, art classes,
weaving, Mexican singing classes, excursions.
$100 (per person - non-refundable)
Tuition fee per week - Regular
$260 (2 week minimum recommended) Books and materials (when needed)
Additional Programs: Semi
Private—3 hours of private classes and 3 hours of regular program.
Tuition $650 per week.
For those with professional
needs, a completely customized private Executive Program of 6 hours
of private classes—30 hours per week can be arranged. Prices
Special low season programs of 4, 8, and 12 weeks are offered from September 1 - December 15 and from March 1 - May 15 at lower rates.
Half day $30-$35.
Full day $30-$40. Weekend (1 or 2 nights) $120-$140.
Airport transfer Mexico
to Cuernavaca, one way $120. two people traveling together $180.
Private room and bath $40. Private for couples $70. Shared room and bath $30.
These prices are on
a per night basis and include two meals daily. Payments are made directly to the families.
High School students (ages
13-17) can experience an unforgettable adventure by joining one of
the SLI groups for a two week or more stay in Cuernavaca. Young people
will receive the incomparable benefits of an increased fluency in
Spanish, as well as the unique experience of being a participant in
Note to Parents: This program is designed as a group experience. All travel is accompanied
by adults. Reasonable curfews will be in effect and no alcohol will
be allowed. Class attendance is mandatory.