Spanish Language Schools
Over 350 million people speak Spanish world-wide; needless to say that it is one of the most important languages on the planet. Many have dreamed of learning the language, knowing how useful it is to know a second language, particularly one that is so widely used. And it should come as no surprise that Mexico offers some great Spanish language schools where many have enrolled in extended Spanish immersion classes, taken private or group lessons of shorter length, and even engaged in classes tailored for their individual needs. Classes are offered at any level, beginner to advanced, children and teenagers to adults, college students to professionals.
Students come to Mexico from all over the world to study in the country’s Spanish language school. People come from such places as the United States, UK, Germany, Canada, Australia, and France.
Mexico has Spanish language schools in all of its major cities, including Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen, Cuernavaca, and Oaxaca City. For the optimum educational experience, the best Spanish language schools are accredited by Mexico’s Secretary of Education from the Public Education Ministry, or Secretaría de Educación Pública. This registry certifies the quality of the Spanish courses offered by a school to its foreign students.
Many of the schools are also accredited by the Instituto Cervantes, an organization based in Spain that is mandated to regulate and standardize Spanish instruction worldwide. The organization is committed to quality in excellence in the instruction of the Spanish language.
Schools offering Spanish Immersion Programs typically provide the option of participating in a home-stay program with carefully selected Mexican families. A home-stay program has the benefit of allowing the student to be entirely engaged in the use of the Spanish language in the home while learning from the traditional hospitality of a Mexican family.
Spanish Immersion coursework might include:
- Spanish grammar lessons
- Conversation Classes
- Lecture and Round Table Discussions
- Cultural Workshops
- Cultural Events
- Weekend cultural excursions
Examples of lecture topics:
- Art in Mexico
- Mexican history
- Mexico’s political system
- The role of women in Mexico
- Mexico's geography
- Mexico’s indigenous cultures
Examples of cultural workshops:
- Cooking Classes
- Dancing lessons (Salsa)
Many make plans to study Spanish while on vacation, and Mexico’s Spanish language schools are geared to provide the best learning experience possible for vacationers.
While on vacation, you could take private lessons, or study in a small group of no more than 4-5 people. The groups are purposefully kept small to provide individual attention to each participant. And you won’t feel that you’ve missed out on the tropical sun because the classes often take place beneath the palm trees in the school gardens. You could even participate in cultural activities, workshops, or weekend excursions.
Mexico’s Spanish schools are also very adept at meeting specific learning objects. For example, travel agents, social workers, flight attendants, and healthcare professionals have all participated in Spanish language classes that have, if not advanced their careers, certainly helped to bridge language barriers in their work situations.
Tuition for Spanish language classes vary, but you can expect to pay anywhere between $175 and $275 a week for extended coursework, with the amount reduced per week based on the length of coursework. For example, you might pay $250 for the first week, but in a 16+ week program, you may pay $160 a week by the 16th week.
Private lessons, on average, run $300-$400 per week, again lowered each consecutive week for extended programs. Alternatively, private classes run about $20-$25 per hour, discounted for children.
One-time registration fees range between $50 and $100.
Group programs range from $270-$300 a week, with subsequent consecutive weeks reduced in price.
Individually tailored language program are individually priced, but you can expect to pay about $400 a week. However, the schools are good about trying to arrange a program that meets your needs and your budget.
Students are awarded a certificate at the end of each study period documenting the hours and course program.
The prestigious Spanish language schools of Mexico are committed to high educational standards and follow a strict code of ethics in teaching foreigners the language and culture of Latin America. And they are happy to help you select a Spanish program that is perfect for your skill level and interests.