Spanish for Teachers

An Authentic Spanish Language Learning Experience for Teachers & Administrators

Every summer, ASLI offers courses on a variety of topics of interest for educators who want to bring the culture of Mexico into their classrooms. The activities include classes, readings, foods, art, music, and field study excursions.

The Intensive Spanish for ESL teachers and Spanish teachers is designed to supplement and perfect the Spanish language skills of teachers who interact with native-Spanish-speaking students, or for teachers who want to teach more about Mexican culture and history. Our program for educators focuses on the study and practice of specialized vocabulary for use in, and out, of the classroom. The aim is to provide this vocabulary for both formal and informal conversation in communicative contexts related to specific content area.

Special courses are offered for teachers who have been teaching other languages and who are now being asked to teach Spanish language classes.

Improve What You Teach

Many teachers who come to our school are interested in teaching about the culture and history of Mexico. We are happy to help teachers develop Mexican resources and tools to use in their classrooms. Consider that information gained in Spanish language classes and on field trips to actual sites can spark and develop ideas about how this information can be best delivered in the classroom.

Better Serve Your Spanish-speaking Students

Most educators are aware of the debate in education across the United States about using only English in the classroom, or about whether it is appropriate to teach children in their home language. Regardless of how this debate is resolved, a teacher who hopes to reach students in the most positive way possible will want to learn the basics (and probably more) of the home language of her or his students.

The Spanish Language Institute offers special programming for teachers, which includes 
basic Spanish classes, additional vocabulary classes for educators and administrators, as well as guided professional visits to schools and other types of educational centers in Cuernavaca. (If you want a professional visit to a school in Mexico, make sure you come before schools close for the summer!)

Benefit From Our Teacher Network

Spanish Language Institute has agreements with many school systems in the United States, including some of the largest school districts in the country.

Both the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) offer scholarships to language teachers who want to study at Spanish Language Institute.

Academic credit is available for all teachers who study with Spanish Language Institute. All study programs of two weeks or more can be considered appropriate for academic credit, graduate or undergraduate.

Choose Your Level of Spanish

Courses at the ASLI are held five days a week for six hours a day. You may choose the group program to learn in classes of 3-5 students, or choose the semi-private program for a mix of private tutoring and group classes. You couldn’t find a better format for learning Spanish fast.

Below you’ll find more details about each level of our programs, fees and costs, as well as what’s included with homestay in host homes.

To join classes for advanced speakers, indicate on your registration form that you are fluent in Spanish. Requirements for all classes include attendance and participation in the classes, participation in the cultural activities and visits, some readings and short essays, an exam, and a research style paper to be completed. In some cases, you may receive materials to read before the start of the program.

Daily Schedule Classes are held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Group Program
Language Class (grammar, drills, conversation, culture)Held in classes of 3-5 students 3 Hours
Functional or Cultural Spanish (skills for daily life and learning cultural expressions) 1 Hour
Conversation Program (Oral Proficiency) 2 Hours
Semi-Private Program
Language Class (grammar, drills, conversation)Private instruction 3 Hours
Functional or Cultural Spanish (skills for daily life, cultural expressions)Group classes of 3-5 students 1 Hour
Conversation Program (Oral Proficiency)Group classes for both programs 2 Hours

Private Program

Completely customized program for teachers with higher level needs who want some individual attention.

Your private program at the Spanish Language Institute Six includes 6 hours daily (Monday through Friday) of completely private classes taught by preferred specialized instructors, customized vocabulary in the field, cross cultural training, and one book per week.

It also includes a private room and bath, two meals daily and laundry service in our preferred Mexican homes, and a private driver for pick up and delivery between Mexico City and Cuernavaca.

Group Programs for Educators

We work with many educators who want to return and bring a group of teachers or students with them. We would be delighted to work with you if you are interested in developing a program for a group of teachers from your school system or professional education association. No two group programs are alike, each one including special educational activities.

We will help you develop a fee structure that will make your own study program very low in cost. And don’t forget that any study program of two or more weeks can be considered for academic credit, graduate or undergraduate.

Enroll today in a Spanish course for teachers.

More details: Learn more about your travel to Cuernavaca and your accommodations during your stay. Find information about pricing and tuition, as well as resources such as course materials for your language learning experience.



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