MEXICO – Spanish Course in Playa del Carmen
Location: Playa del Carmen
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Start dates: All year round
Price: from 2 weeks, 300 USD
The language school in Playa del Carmen is part of one of the most recognized chains of Spanish language schools in Mexico. Each month, the language school receives students from around the world who are interested in improving their Spanish skills or learning Spanish for the first time. The school’s building is typical Mexican style and a short walking distance away you will find public transportation, bars, nightlife centers, restaurants and the most important shopping malls of the region. And, most importantly, the beach is just a few blocks away! The school is run by Mexicans with longstanding experience in managing language schools. All Spanish teachers have a degree in Spanish language and have been teaching for more than three years. Groups are small and classes are personalized to guarantee an appropriate student - teacher relationship. The Spanish school is small and offers a very familiar environment to the students. School’s facilities include a computer with free internet access, a student’s study center and free coffee and snacks during breaks.
The Spanish school in Playa del Carmen offers various types of language courses. The courses vary according to the student’s requirements, but range from basic 4 hour courses every day to customized groups for Universities and students interested in learning special topics. All language courses start every Monday. Classes normally begin at 10am in the morning with students showing up on the first day at 9:45 am to take a placement test in order to identify their Spanish level and assign them to the right group. The Spanish courses in Mexico are divided into 6 levels: Beginners (A and B), Intermediate (1 and 2), and Advanced (1 and 2). After completing each level, students will receive a diploma indicating the completed Spanish level.
The teaching method emphasizes both grammar and conversation. However, they try to focus more on conversation catering to what most foreign students want in order to be able to get around easily and chat with Mexicans in the afternoon, at the beach, or when going out at night. Interactive material is used for an easy language approach and activities during conversation lessons help students practice their communication skills. Usually, after 3 to 4 weeks, students take a Spanish test to pass on to the next level.
One Spanish lesson lasts 60 minutes and the courses are divided from the standard group course to the super intensive course.
Standard Group course: The group course consists of 4 hours of Spanish per day. A maximum of 8 students are gathered in one class to ensure easy and fast learning. One level of group course finishes after two weeks of class. At the end of each course students take an evaluation test to pass on to the next level.
Intensive course: Intensive course consists of the standard group courses in the morning and two extra lessons in the afternoon. Each group counts a maximum of 8 students. The intensive course allows you to complete each Spanish level faster.
Intensive Course I: The intensive course I consists in the standard group course during the morning and two additional private lessons in the afternoon. This course is only available for beginners or intermediate Spanish speakers. The individual lessons are specifically designed for your specific needs. With your private teacher during the afternoon you can work on weaknesses and strengthen your individual Spanish skills.
Studying at the Spanish school in Playa del Carmen is both hard learning and fun. The school offers cultural and spare time activities in order to make your experience in Mexico complete and unforgettable. Playa del Carmen is the perfect spot for enjoying a wide variety of activities. From its world famous nightlife to its enchanting beaches, visitors will have plenty of activities to do during their stay.
A typical week at the Spanish School consists of the following activities: Welcome party, Cooking classes, Salsa, Bohemian night on the beach (cultural) / disco night (fun), Mayan Culture video (culture) / disco night (fun), Visit to pyramids during the weekend.
All accommodations are situated near the language school and are easily accessible by bus or walking. You can live with a Mexican host family, in the school residence, a shared apartment, or even in a hotel. We are always screening the option that best fits your preferences. If you would like to experience Mexican family life and traditions first-hand, we recommend you stay with a host family. Home stays include a private room and breakfast. With your host family you can practice your new Spanish knowledge immediately.
If you prefer being independent and meeting other language students, a room in a shared apartment is most likely suitable for you (self-catering). You get your private room and bathroom but the kitchen is shared with your flat-mates.
Alternatively, we offer the option to live in the school residence. It is located 10 minutes walking from the school, 20 minutes to the beach. The residence is equipped with a kitchen, a bathroom, a TV, and shared bedrooms.
Please inform us about your accommodation choice in order to assure that places are available. Your room will be reserved from Sunday before your program starts until Saturday after the last day of your program.
Volunteering is an extraordinary opportunity for those of you who would like to learn Spanish through a unique experience. Volunteering can be both challenging and extremely gratifying. You will have the chance to help local people while acquiring new skills, learning Spanish, and totally immersing yourself in the culture. The program is open to anyone wishing to gain new experiences while getting to know people hailing from different cultural backgrounds. Over the years, students, graduates, professionals and retirees have all been able to obtain first-hand confirmation of the enriching experience of volunteer work.
Volunteering in Playa del Carmen is a prime chance to expand your professional horizons while broadening your personal views, getting to know another culture, enhancing professional skills, improving your command of the language, building an international network of friends, sharing and learning.
The volunteer program is a tool to answer local social needs, issues and interests, and offers the opportunity for personal spiritual enrichment to its participants. Volunteer work involves a commitment to improve community life in certain areas.
Potential volunteer work fields are:
- Working with children
- Helping disabled people
- Developing poor communities
- Teaching English lessons
- Assisting the Elderly
- Caring for victims of natural disasters
- Assisting in urban development
- Saving turtles and animals through conservation
|in USD|| Standard Course |
| Intensive Course I |
(20group + 10private)
| Private Lessons
| Additional week
|in USD|| Host Family* ||
| Student Residence
| Additional week
|Additional service||in USD|
|Airport pick-up|| upon request
| Volunteer Placement
The school is closed due to public holidays. 2013: Jan 01, Feb 05, Mar 21, May 01, Sept 16, Nov 02, Nov 20, Dec 25. Spanish classes will be rescheduled.
- Orientation kit
- Local support
- 24h-Emergency Number
- Free internet access at school
- Teaching material
- Evaluation test
- Refreshments, coffee and tea at school
- Activity calendar
- Language Certificate
- Accommodation as booked
What’s not included:
- Medical Insurance
- Local Travels
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