Our regular immersion language
If you are looking to study Spanish in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, you have come to the right place.
The Spanish class format we use is based on the proven one on one instruction. Our Spanish and Quiche (K’iche’) teachers have been extensively trained to provide students a more active role in their learning process with various interactive sessions (student centered instruction). As a result of this, our students are not just bystanders, but actively involved in the language learning experience, which enables them to learn quickly in class.
Our Spanish immersion program is language learning based on a top down whole language and traditional methodologies. This methodologies immerse the student completely in the second language does not require the heavy use of memorization of grammar rules, since the focus is on understanding and conversing in the language. how we learn our first language from our parents, relatives and friends when we are children. It has been demonstrated through extensive research that students who learn a second language using this methodology tend to retain their new knowledge longer because it stimulates their long-term memory processes. Grammar and other nuances of the language are focused on at a later stage.
Casa Xelajú has incorporated the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards into the teaching curriculum. These standards are currently used by thousands of universities and school districts worldwide and are regarded as the highest quality of teaching.
Our teachers, with more than 25 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
We strongly believe that through education we can change the world. For this reason, part of you payment will be used to help rural schools in Aldea Francisco Vela, Nuevo Palmarcito, Caserio Guadalupe and La Pedrera Community Project to run the computer lab and pay for internet services. The Secretary of Education mandates computer classes, which require parents from every community in the country to pay $100.00 a year per child to learn computer skills. With your help students can take these classes at their local school and no longer have to pay for private lessons. We have successfully donated more than 60 computers and 20 musical instruments for the school band. With over 400 children now able to access computer classes, the computers we have donated have helped families save approximately $40,000 collectively each year. Your support is greatly appreciated!
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Spanish Literature Program
- Semester Abroad
- Educators Program
- High School Program
- College Credit
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.