Students, professionals can benefit from Central Arizona College’s Spanish immersion classes in Cuernavaca

March 27, 2009

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Central Arizona College is offering a pair of two-week Spanish immersion courses in Cuernavaca, Mexico, to help improve language skills.

Designed to vastly improve the Spanish comprehension and speech of the participants, the three-credit, 14-day classes will run from May 30-June 13 and June 13-27.

Students will be housed with a Mexican family so they may improve their language skills through interaction in the home.

Each two-week adventure is worth three credit hours at Central Arizona College.

“This program is ideal for teachers, school administrators, medical professionals – anyone who works with the high Spanish-speaking populations in Arizona and the neighboring border states,” John Prevost, the Central Arizona College professor who runs the trip, explained. “It is a terrific opportunity for people to improve their education, increase their marketability, and earn continuing education credits. There is definitely a need for this type of program in our communities, especially among professionals and students learning the Spanish language.”

Prevost, the instructor of record for the classes, has been affiliated with the Universal Center for language and Social Communication “Universal” for more than 20 years.

“Local students have gone in groups or studied individually in the program for many years,” he explained. “The on-site instructors – who have a strong academic background in teaching Spanish to foreigners – implement an innovative approach to teaching the language using a cultural background.”

Students may enroll in one class or choose both and spend the entire four weeks in Mexico.

Learning the language is just part of the program.

“The excellent cultural and sightseeing trips are designed to immerse participants in the Latin American culture so their knowledge and understanding of the language grows,” Prevost added.

At no additional cost, the program offers exotic trips to Mexico City, Taxco, Tepotzlan, archeological ruins and many other fascinating places.

Coaches who need to communicate with Hispanic athletes could see a huge benefit in the Central Arizona College immersion program, especially when searching for and recruiting talent throughout the Spanish-speaking regions of Central and South America. Recruiters are now tapping heavily into the baseball and basketball markets of the region.
Businesses also could send employees to Cuernavaca to enhance their language skills and create global opportunities for improved commerce. Law enforcement officials, government workers, military personnel and medical professionals all interact with large Hispanic populations in Arizona and would be ideal candidates for the program.

Known for its temperate climate, impressive archaeological ruins, and spectacular mountain scenery, Cuernavaca is 90 minutes from Mexico City. At 5,000 feet above sea level, it boasts a pleasant year-round temperature in the mid-70s and provides a summer respite from the triple-digit heat in Arizona.

Students will receive a total of 40 hours of class instruction by highly qualified native-language instructors. These instructors utilize a cultural backdrop in an immersion format to teach Spanish – proven to be the best way to learn a foreign language.

Mexican Culture & Spanish Conversational I (SPA-198) is an individual three-credit course designed to introduce students to the Spanish language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

In this interactive course, students learn and use the language by speaking, listening, reading and writing at their own ability level. Language structure and vocabulary for communication are examined and explored.

Mexican Culture & Spanish Conversational II (SPA-298) also is a three-credit course that is a continuation of SPA-198. In this interactive class, students use listening, reading, speaking and writing at a more complete level. Students further develop their receptive and productive competencies to a higher level.

The registration deadline for the program is April 23, 2009. There is limited space available so participants are urged to sign up quickly.

For more information on registration or to receive a detailed brochure about the program and its costs, please contact John Prevost by e-mail at, or by phone at 520-494-5386 / 800-237-9814, x5386.


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