About The School

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About Cuernavaca

The “City of Eternal Spring” offers a showcase full of art, history, culture and tradition in one of the most perfect climates in all of Mexico. Its enviable climate at 5,000’ (same elevation as Denver) offers a radiant sun almost 365 days a year.  In addition, Cuernavaca, the capital of the state of Morelos, is a beautiful, culturally vibrant city, that has been home to artists and international celebrities.  Residents have included Diego Rivera, Carlos Fuentes, Helen Hayes, Barbara Hutton, Rufino Tamayo, just to name a few.

It is located one hour and thirty minutes from Mexico City’s International Airport.  The ancient name of Cuernavaca is Cuahnáhuac in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs.  It was founded almost seven centuries ago.  It has long been a place to find perfect weather and a relaxed lifestyle.  Its culture is quite different than the beach mentality, as it is located in the central mountains of Mexico.  It is considered a sunny place for creative or intellectual inquiry, where you can find cultural stimulation and spirited conversations.

Cuernavaca is a modern city which hosts universities, luxury hotels, ex sugar cane haciendas, a colonial center with a palace built by the conqueror Cortés, spas, world famous gardens, and archaeological ruins within the city.  It is a perfect jumping off point to explore the charms of central Mexico.

TRAVEL – Fly into the international airport of Mexico City.  There are direct airport buses to Cuernavaca, and a private airport pickup can be arranged by the school.

See our website for a free download of our Cuernavaca guide book.

 

About The School

Language Link serves as the U.S. office for this outstanding School and has done so since their opening.  The Spanish Language Institute has had an outstanding reputation of professionalism and personal attention for more than fifteen years. It is a medium-sized school with a maximum of 100 students.  The attractive colonial style building is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood of the city, in a secure gated privada.  The school consistently receives outstanding evaluations, as it is dedicated to its goal of student satisfaction.  It has deliberately limited its size to ensure the individual attention necessary for rapid progress. The quality of the school has been acknowledged by the American Embassy of Mexico, and the school counts among its corporate clients such prestigious international corporations as Caterpillar, International Paper, the World Wildlife Fund, the Interamerican Development Bank and many foreign embassies.

It is accredited by the Secretary of Education of Mexico.  It is also accredited by the Bildungsurlaub program by the German states:  Berlin, Brandenburg, Hamburg, Niedersachsen, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheinland-Pfalz, Sachsen.

Style of teaching – Communicative method with much interaction by native Spanish speaking teachers with professional training. All instruction is based on a communicative approach. It is well known that the best way to acquire a language is through total immersion, and this is exactly what the program will provide. It is designed to provide you with the ideal learning environment so that you will think, write and speak in Spanish naturally within the context of real-life situations.  All native speaking teachers have been specially trained in the communicative method and have many years of experience.

Levels offered – ALL levels of Spanish are accommodated, from complete beginners to advanced.  Your first day will include a written and oral evaluation to determine your level so that you will be appropriately placed.

Class size and hours – Maximum group size 5, private classes available.   Classes 9 am – 3pm

Materials – Text books written by the school staff are available for purchase from the school.

Academic Credit – Available for this program.

Students - The student population is made up of great people who want to return from Mexico with more than a souvenir in their suitcases. Some are experienced travelers, while others are making their first foreign trip. Ages range from children to 80-plus. Some have studied Spanish previously, and others have no experience with the language. All professions and interests are represented. There are usually college students, couples, singles, unaccompanied spouses, some parent and adult child combinations...a little of each. The environment lends itself to quickly making new friends. Some participants have a definite goal in Spanish, and others come just for the exhilaration of learning a new skill or sharpening their minds. There are also students who are studying for academic credit. Participants come from throughout the world, and this creates a stimulating environment for all.

Children ages 5 to 12 may study if they are accompanied by an adult who is also studying.  Teens of 13 and up can be accepted in the Teen Program.

Calendar – Start classes any Monday year round for any number of weeks from 1 to 24.  Calendar (open during Christmas holidays): No makeup days or classes held on official holidays.
Jan 1, Feb 5, Mar 21, Good Friday, May 1, Sep 16, Nov 20, Dec 25
Students should arrive on Sunday to be available for orientation Monday 9:00 am.  Most students leave on the Saturday or Sunday following their last day of class.

Activities – Free activities include a walking tour of Downtown Cuernavaca.  There are salsa  and cooking classes offered for a small fee.

The paid excursion program is announced weekly and often includes:
Half-day Excursions (during the week)
Xochicalco archaeological zone, Las Estacas natural springs, transport, entry and guide
Full-day Excursions (weekend days)
Taxco, Teotihuacán Pyramids, Mexico City Museums and Centro Histórico, Bazar Sábado, Olmedo Museum (Diego Rivera), Xochimilco, transport, entry and guide
Full-weekend Trips to Acapulco or Puebla
Usually offered during summer months, include transport and hotel