The ENCUENTROS motto: "Speaking Spanish is the Key to Mastering It". language classes
and other activities are designed to get our students talking! The fun, exciting communicative approach is carried out in small group classes (never more than four students to a teacher.) Programs for professionals who need work-related Spanish include private tutorials focusing on specific language goals. We accommodate complete beginners to very advanced students.
Each week new students arrive so classes are re-organized on Mondays. The week begins with an hour-long coversation to assess new students' levels, followed by an outing in Cuernavaca while the week's schedule is elaborated. Spanish is for two hours only on Monday, three hours every other day followed by Conversation/Pronunciation, and finally "Survival Spanish" for beginners, and "Charlas" (presentations on Mexican traditions, history, culture) for intermediate and advanced. A second visit in Cuernavaca on Thursdays rounds out the weekly schedule. Afternoon activities (cooking classes, movies, and language interchanges) are included in the tuition. Additional courses such as salsa dancing and crafts are recommended for further language practice.
Age range, type of group
The average age is 28 but ENCUENTROS has had students from four years to 85. The program is aimed at motivated individuals who wish to acquire Spanish rather than large groups of university students seeking to fulfill credit requirements.
Sleeping and meals
ENCUENTROS recommends homestays with Mexican families. We have all kinds of homestays on our housing list (big or small, with children/without, with pets/without, etc) and ask students several questions about preferences to plan the homestay. We offer each incoming student three family descriptions to choose from and email the name and address of the student's choice before his/her arrival. Student who choose to use the airport shuttle are met by their Mexican family at the Cuernavaca bus station where the shuttle arrives.
Policies & Restrictions
No age or gender restrictions. Students who smoke are asked to do so during breaks- out in the garden.
Registration fee is $100 USD, the regular program is $200 USD per week. Professional programs with private classes focusing on specific needs and one visit with a Cuernavaca professional per week are $250 USD per week.
Shared room is $18 USD per night, Single room is $28 USD per night - both include three meals per day, clean sheets and towels once a week. Students leave personal laundry at laundromats closeby to homestays.
No need to send fees in advance - all charges can be paid upon arrival at ENCUENTROS. The easiest and safest way to pay for classes and housing is with American Express Travellers' checks. The school does not have the facility to accept credit cards but students can access pesos at ATM machines if they prefer and pay the fees at the peso/dollar rate of the day of payment.
Registration fee is paid only once - returning students are exempt from this fee.
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