|2015 Summer Spanish Immersion Program|
Once again, Central Arizona College is sponsoring an annual trip to beautiful southern Mexico in Cuernavaca. Students will study in a wonderful language school named Universal. The school is located in the heart of Cuernavaca and centrally located to many places of interest. Students will be offered outside school activities and excursions such as Spanish cooking, dance, and Mexican history classes, visits to museums, markets and shopping trips, along with main plaza visits. During the second weekend, students can participate in two out-of-city excursions to places such as Mexico City, Taxco, Sun and Moon pyramids, etc. Most daily excursions and both weekend excursions will be offered at no additional cost. Students who successfully complete the two-week immersion program will recieve 3 credit hours.
Three 14 Day Sessions
May 29 - June 11, 2016
June 12 - June 25, 2016
June 26 - July 9, 2016
Complete program fees including lodging, classes, offered activities and excursions: $940 and Airfare: $350-$500*
(40 hours of classes - $450; Tuition and fees (3 credits) - $246, [price reflects instate tuition rates]; Lodging - $490, Group insurance policy-$21.00 -per 2 week session).
*Airfare is subject to change. All students are responsible for purchasing their own airline ticket and should make this a first priority. CAC works with ADA Travel.
Travel Agency (520-836-7411) to assist students in booking flights for the Spanish immersion summer program, or flights can be arranged independently. A passport for travel is required and applications can be found at www.travel.state.gove/passport.
Additional excursions and classes may be available for added fees. These will be optional.
If you are interested in finding out more information about this opportunity, please contact Spanish Professor John Prevost at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 494-5386. He is available to assist you in completing the registration and payment process. The deadline is May 19, 2016. Students are also highly encouraged to visit Universal's website at www.universal-spanish.com.
The basic philosophy of Universal is that while a precisely defined core program is fundamental to ensuring the learning of the structure of the language, it is equally important that each student's course of study be appropriately geared for his or her aptitude, previous experiences, personal interests, and ongoing rate of progress during the program. Prior to starting a course of study, an outline is developed collaboratively by the student, the program director and the instructors. Each week, the student's progress is evaluated and adjustments are made to his or her course outline as necessary. Classes consist of one to five students per instructor and meet for five 50 minute sessions, Monday through Friday.
Central Arizona College Spanish Professor, John Prevost has been affiliated with the Universal Center for language and Social communication "Universal" for more than 20 years. The on-site instructors have a strong academic background in teaching Spanish to foreigners and implement an innovative approach to teaching the languages using a cultural background.
Cuernavaca, Mexico is world famous for its tropical climate, impressive archaeological ruins and spectacular valley scenery. The location is 90 minutes from Mexico City and at 5,000 feet above sea level boasts pleasant year round temperatures of 70 to 80 degrees.
Upon arrival students will be tested on their Spanish proficiency level and placed in a class size of one to five students. Students will be given five hours of intensive daily instruction by a highly qualified native instructor. Students enroll in one or more classes for the duration of the two, four or six week program:
SPA117 - Mexican Culture & Spanish
Conversational 1 (3 credits) - An individual course designed to introduce students to the Spanish language and cultures of the Spanish speaking world. Students learn and use the language by speaking, listening, reading and writing at their own level of ability. Language structure and vocabulary for communication are examined and explored in Spanish.
SPA118 - Mexican Culture & Spanish
Conversational II (3 credits) - A continuation of SPA117. In this interactive course, students use listening, reading, speaking and writing at a more complete level. Students further develop their receptive and productive competencies to a higher level.
Students will be hosted by selected families. Home stays are an invaluable way to learn about Latin American culture and an important factor in mastering Spanish. You will be provided with an excellent opportunity to improve your Spanish, explore first-hand the cultural context of the language and cultivate new and enriching relationships.
Facilities at Universal
The extensive facilities at the language school include 20 different classrooms, a small library with books in English and Spanish, a cafeteria serving light breakfast foods and rich Mexican delights, a clean swimming pool, extensive tropical gardens, a ping-pong table, and volleyball and racquetball courts. The ample grounds offer plenty of comfortable spaces to study and relax.
Sightseeing and Excursions
CUERNAVACA - Capital of the state of Morelos. The city is home to many sites of historical significance: wonderful restaurants; the sites of Hapsburg; the Cathedral with its famous Sunday Mariachi Mass; Robert Brady Museum; the workshop of Muralist David Siqueiros; the Teopanzolco Archaeological site and temple of the pre-Hispanic Tlahuica culture; and the colorful market is open daily to purchase souvenirs. The most famous points of interest are:
TEOTIHUACAN - An ancient Toltec city which flourished at the beginning of the 1st century, with 18 square miles consisting of the Sun Pyramid, Moon Pyramid, Feathered Serpent Pyramid plus other impressive sculptures.
XOCHICALCO - Another pre-Columbian archaeological site, also consists of several building, terraces and pyramids and creates and early fortress complex that came into prominence after Teotihuacan was declining in 600 A.D.
LAS GRUTAS DE CACAHUAMILPA - Illuminated stalactite and stalagmite caverns which create spectacular natural sculptures with names like The Fountain, The Goat and the Bell Tower.
MEXICO CITY - The capital city with over 23 million inhabitants. Many important sites including the main square (zocalo), cathedral, Templo Mayor, government palace where Diego Rivera murals are prominently displayed, and the Museum of Anthropology.
TAXCO - A colorful colonial city with cobble-stoned streets. Its silver artisans are known worldwide for their jewelry, housewares, etc.
TEPOZTLAN - A peaceful little village nestled in the mountains and known for its famous weekend craft market and its 16th century church and convent. The adventuresome can take a hike up the Tepozteco pyramid for impressive views of the area.