Kate Sommers-Dawes recommends some schools in Mexico for Spanish language learning
San Miguel de Allende
Habla Hispana guarantees a high quality educational service in a friendly environment. Teachers are experienced in teaching Spanish as a second language and they focus on active participation with the students in class, with the goal of improving their Spanish communication skills from the very first day. Every four weeks, they start a session, offering small groups for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. The school arranges comfortable and economical accommodations either with selected families, or in their beautiful residence on the school grounds. Since 1996, thousands of students of all ages and from all over the world have studied at Habla Hispana, thanks to its commitment to anyone genuinely interested in learning Spanish and studying Mexican culture.
Universidad La Salle is among Mexico’s most innovative private universities, noted for the personal attention given to students, its traditional values, and community spirit. It is centrally located within the heart of the trendy Colonia Condesa, a suburb of Mexico City which is easily reached by subway, bus or taxi. The area is a blend of attractive homes and apartments,quaint shops, galleries, discos, outdoor cafes and a great variety of restaurants. Student-related services and facilities include libraries, computer centers, internet access, cultural activities, cafeterias and fully- equipped athletic facilities including gyms, swimming pool, weight room and ball courts. The university offers optional university-sponsored homestays and open listings of housing opportunities. The Coordination of Spanish for Foreign Students offers well- rounded programs of not only language studies, but also the culture, traditions and history of Mexico. Spanish courses provide a balance of oral and written expression and listening and reading comprehension with special emphasis on communicative skills. They offer year-round three-week or five-week modules for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. A Spanish Language & Culture Summer Program is available including 45 hours of Spanish, 18 hours of Mexican History and Culture, an intercultural awareness session and cultural field trips.
Kate Sommers-Dawes is assistant editor of Language Magazine.