¡Hay que hacer el deber!*
* You have to do the work!
We believe that the classroom comes first, but then by interacting with the locals in Spanish you live what learn in class. This is far and away the best and easiest way to learn Spanish.
If you choose to live with a family you will truly know what 'total immersion' is. With your host family if you want to be understood you absolutely must speak Spanish ...and you will!
In a Spanish school–a good one anyway–one doesn't just learn the language, but local culture; in our case the indigenous Mayan culture who have lived here for millennia. Our extracurricular activities are dedicated to doing just that–that and much more.
Our teaching methods are based on learning correct grammar through very intensive classes with oral and written exercises. Basic conversation is also a very important part of our program for analyzing pronunciation as well as accent. Formal reading and reading comprehension is highly stressed.
Objectives of the School:
- To introduce you to the Spanish language as quickly as possible using the most appropriate and advanced methods.
- To encourage you to explore and share a part of our culture, experience life in Guatemala while you team the language, and be a language center dedicated to the student.
- To offer formal practice and intensive classes so you can advance easily.
- To help assure you have a pleasant and enjoyable time during your stay with us.
- To assist you with your travel plans, help with any health concerns you may have or special dietary needs you require.
- Last but not least, our staff and administration would like to feel we have helped provide an educational and enjoyable experience here and leave you wanting to come back again.
Our General Academic Schedule:
- 8:00 to 10:00 am. ~ Lessons and written exercises (ie. vocabulary and grammar).
- 10:00 to 10:30 am. ~ Break, time to chat with other students or teachers so that you can get to know each other better, drink coffee, tea, or water; or simply rest.
- 10:30 to 12:00 pm. ~ Practice vocabulary, exercises, and conversation.
- 12:00 to 2:00 pm ~ Lunch
- 2:00 to end of class ~ Reading comprehension, practice vocabulary emphasizing pronunciation, conversation involving traditional and cultural topics, games and group dynamics (depending on students needs and interests.
Learning verb conjugation is just plain work, work that must be done, but the sense of accomplishment that comes with actually speaking with someone in their language makes it all worthwhile.