Escuela Mexicana in Guanajuato

Old Aug 24th, 2005, 03:21 PM
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Escuela Mexicana in Guanajuato

I am considering the Escuela Mexicana in Guanajuato for myself and daughter. I had wondered if anyone on the forum had taken clsases there or had heard anything about it.

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P.S. Falcon is the other school we are considering.
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Old Aug 26th, 2005, 03:12 PM
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Old Sep 9th, 2005, 08:23 AM
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sparkelgem,

Are you looking for a long term or short term course? How old is your daughter? I also looked at language classes for my daughter and me. She had just finished her 2nd year of high school Spanish and looked into courses in Oaxaca and San Miguel de Allende. She wanted to have more confidence in speaking Spanish. Her first two years were based on reading, writing and conjugating many verbs.

I was looking for a class which offered an immersion and cultural experience. She did not want additional high school credit. On the web I found an ideal school Language Adventures, the concept is immersion travel. http://www.langadv.com/ They are located in Playa however they also have trips out of Spain & Guatemala and seemed very flexible in satisfying travelerís wants and needs. The best part of the trip was the mixture of fun and learning with soft adventure travel (snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, biking) and culture (ruins, villages, museum). There was little to no English spoken during the week we were there--I speak no Spanish--frustrating at first but through the immersion you really begin to understand alot more than you would in a traditional classroom setting. You are also placed with other traveling families for the week so everyone learns from one another. The language guides were from US & Europe and had education backgrounds.

Each morning they would pick us up from our hotel (small boutique type--no all inclusives) review the dayís itinerary in Spanish with written and visual materials. The curriculum appeals to all learning styles and they want you as a learner to be in the most relaxed setting. We would go over what we did the day before building on the language and our field trips took us to Tuluum, Isla Mujeres, Coba, Xe-El. They have a very nice lunch prepared. We were on our own for dinner to practice our Spanish skills.

The trip was very successful. My daughter returned to school in the fall with more conversations skills. She is now in her 4th year of Spanish and she is considering Spanish as a major in college. Language Adventures offers 1 or 2 week trips. Ideally, the 2 week trip offers greater results in the immersion.

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Old Sep 23rd, 2005, 11:46 AM
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rbw,

Thank you for the reply. I am so glad that you and your daughter have had such a successful learning experience.

My daughter will be nine when we travel.

We are planning for summer and I think that Playa will too hot for us. Also, Playa is too busy for me now. I lived there many years ago when it was quite small.

Thank you again for taking the time to reply!

Best Wishes,
Gem
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I have first and second hand experience here in SMdA and I'm investigating (mostly one on one) language classes in Gto. for someone else.
I'll post on both Fodors and tripadvisors when I get some feedback from the/my language instructors here.
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