The purpose of this article is to introduce you to the best schools in three different categories. The schools with more individual attention, flexibility and price advantages that come with this kind of schools. The more established schools that help you with international tests and give you more networking opportunities thanks to the size of the school. The third category is the one with longer programs conducted by a university in more official setting and access to the campus, academic resources and college credit.
Lengua y Cultura or L&C is a language school dedicated to teaching Spanish language to foreigners. They are located in Condesa, one of the most popular neighborhoods of Mexico City. The L&C school is known for their flexibility and highly conversational approach. As an example for flexibility, the school’s administration told us you can mix your vacation with learning Spanish and not worry about rigid hours or a week absence from the class to visit another part of Mexico. They use different pedagogical techniques to address student’s learning style, place them in the right level class, and deliver enjoyable Spanish lessons.
The motto of the school is learning by doing. The classes are not bound to traditional systems of language learning. Games, visits and tours, real life situations, etc. are all components of classes in L&C to help you enjoy learning Spanish with a cultural approach, but with a proper syllabus according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The other reason Lengua y Cultura is one of the best schools in Mexico city is the passionate team of teachers and staff. Academic director of the school, Marco Téllez, is a Linguist who speaks five languages and teaches three. He has gathered a qualified team of teachers who are all officially certified to teach Spanish language.
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International House is a network of hundreds of language schools in more than fifty countries. There are three IH schools in Mexico city in different neighborhoods. International House schools share the same philosophy and teaching approach. They offer a wide range of English and Spanish language courses and services for students, language teachers and professionals.
International House is also an exam centre internationally recognized official exams like IELTS for English language and DELE for Spanish language. This might make it easier for you to prepare for the exam and be closer to a school that is already a test center if you are planning on taking DELE Spanish test. The certificate for this test is normally required if you are going to study at a university level in Spanish speaking countries like Mexico or Spain.
Laura, the manager at IH in condesa reassured us about high quality of their Spanish programs. She is excited to guide students through language learning as well as exploring the beautiful neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa at the heart of Mexico City. IH Condesa also organizes activities for students like dance classes, cooking lessons or excursions to tourist attractions
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National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM, offers Spanish programs in 9 different levels. Each level is three blocks and takes about six weeks. The department in charge of Spanish language programs is called CEPE which is abbreviation for Centro de Enseñanza para Extranjeros meaning Teaching Centre for Foreign Students. One of the advantages of studying at CEPE UNAM is that you can earn academic credits by learning of Spanish language.
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These are just some of many good language schools in Mexico City to give you a general idea of what is available out there. The best practice is to not rely on this list and expand your search. Check reviews on Demiks website, Google, Facebook and other sources. Try to find someone who spent time in Mexico City or even better, find someone who learnt Spanish in Mexico City to see how life looks like for a foreign student and what are the options in terms of schools and courses.
Learning a new language opens doors to a new culture. Spending time in the country that speaks the language, not only gives you a better grasp of the language and culture but also accelerates the language learning process.
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