Our regular immersion language

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Our  travel and intensive  regular Spanish   immersion school program  in  Guatemala,   Quetzaltenango is based on Whole Language and traditional methodologies. These methodologies  immerse the student in the second language acquisition without the heavy use of memorization of grammar rules. In other words, our  school offers a learning experience that  is a replica of how we learn our first language from our parents, relatives,  friends and community when we are children with some  corrections. It has been demonstrated through extensive research that students who learn Spanish or another language using this  combination tend to retain their new knowledge longer because it stimulates the long-term memory processes.

Our teachers, with more than 20 years of teaching experience, are fully licensed by the Ministerio de Education in Guatemala.  They delivery the lessons with knowledge, enthusiasm  and linguistic skills.

Casa   Xelaju  is pleased to offer an alternative and unique Spanish curriculum for intermediate to advanced students who want to learn more about the current events in Guatemala (genocide, repression, mining, poverty, corruption, how the CIA overthrew Jacobo Arbenz Guzman ). Studying these events will introduce a historical perspective based on internal and external affairs that have shaped Guatemalan society up to the 21st century. Read more..

Valerie Harleg, an English teacher from Pensylvania, talks about her learning experience in Xelaju.  vharleg@fandm.edu

We are  currently offering more than 45 Spanish courses including test  preparation for the DELE, OPI, Praxis II, BCLAD, TOPT, FSI, SAT II, CLEP, Content Knowledge  0191, MTEL among other tests. Our program has been successfully incorporating the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards into its  teaching curriculum (these standards are currently used by thousands of universities and school districts worldwide).  These standards are a tool that benefits our current and future students because we know with more precision the language level and experience the student is bringing with him/her. Therefore, there is no time wasted and no confusion the first week trying to measure the student’s level.

Furthermore, we are the only program in Guatemala with two academic agreements with two major universities in the United States.

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Our language learning format is one on one instruction, and our programs including  Quiche (K’iche’)  teachers have been extensively trained to give the students a more active role in their learning process (student centered instruction). As a result of this, our students are not passive but actively involved in their language learning experience, which enhances their ability to learn quickly in class.

We  also offer Spanish test preparation for teachers, specialized and advanced Spanish, and Latin American literature courses to all interested students.

                                                                                            Video about our regular Spanish  immersion program in Xelaju

Casa Xelaju recommends bringing any textbook you feel comfortable with.

For drills and homework, you may want to purchase The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice by Ronni L. Gordon and David M. Stillman (Passport Books), a Spanish and English dictionary, and 501 Spanish Verbs by Christopher Kendris, (Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.). You are welcome to bring your own text book with its workbook to do homework.

Tuition Includes

  • 5 hours of one on one  instruction, 5 days a week.
  • Private study rooms free of noise or visual interferences and with a beautiful view of the city.
  • approximately three hours of cultural activities daily.
  • homestay with a Guatemalan family, 3 meals daily and private bedroom.
  • translation available.
  • free unlimited WIFI access, and cheap international calls using our USA phone.
  • lectures, conferences, and guide fees.
  • free organic coffee, tea, and bread during break time every day.
  • free access to the school’s library
    (over 1000 books and a video library with nearly 200 dvds & videos and educational movies).

* Laundry services and weaving lessons are available for an additional fee.

Casa Xelajú’s language programs are fully accredited by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education.

Casa Xelajú offers a variety of specialized  courses tailored to your needs. You will find a few of them listed below. If you have interest in specialized classes in a field that is not listed, please let us know and we can help you create a program precisely created to match your specific needs.

Holidays – No Classes

January 1 Good Friday
May 1 June 25*
September 15 October 20*
November 1* December 25

Upon receipt of your e-application to our program, you will have access to 20 pages of detailed information and tips on travel, dress, climate, recommended reading, etc.