Ideal Escuela de Español

Privada Narciso Mendoza 107

Cuernavaca (México)

+52 (777) 311 7551

+52 (777) 311 5910 (Fax)

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For more than 34 years we have been dedicated to teaching Spanish as a second language and the Mexican and Latin-American culture. Ideal´s method is directed towards the development of your ability to communicate in Spanish, especially within the Spanish-spoken world. From the very first day you will be able to immerse yourself in the language as well as the culture. In this way, you will become familiar with how we live, our beliefs, our history, our politics, our fiestas (and why we celebrate them) and much more regarding Mexican culture and social life.

Your program at Ideal begins with semi-personalized Spanish classes of no more than 5 students. But it doesn’t end there! We also offer various extracurricular activities. These activities are optional, but they are designed to complement the cultural program and are highly recommended. These include charlas (informal talks) and conferences, round table discussions, songs and movies in Spanish, cooking classes, dance classes, coffee socials, excursions to cultural and historical sites and much more.

Ideal students are generally placed with different host families living in Cuernavaca whom, as a part of the Ideal program, include their student guests in everyday Mexican activities. As a student, you are not just a client, but rather a member of the family. With your availability and preferences in mind, you are always invited to go shopping, attend family celebrations, receive suggestions on what to do in Cuernavaca or simply wander around town.

We also receive groups of students, for which we provide tailored language and cultural programs, depending on individual needs and preferences. Simply contact an Ideal representative to discuss your particular needs. It will be our pleasure to further discuss a plan that will fulfill your requirements.

Ideal School for Spanish is incorporated by SEP, the Mexican Secretary of Public Education (Secretaría de Educación Pública – Clave 17-PBT-01451). Furthermore Ideal is an Associate Founder of AIPEC, the Association of Institutes for Teaching Spanish in Cuernavaca, of which, Hermilo Brito, the Director of Ideal was President (2005-2007). Also, Ideal is an Associate Founder of Mexico Si, the Mexican Association of Spanish Language Institutes.

Since December 2006, Ideal has been an Associate Center of Instituto Cervantes of Spain (www.cervantes.es).

Intensive Program

This program allows students to make the most of the opportunities offered to learn and practice Spanish. The Intensive Program is the oldest and most comprehensive program we have.
Five hours of class time a day are divided into two parts. From 9:00am to 12:00pm students learn new things, review vocabulary, practice grammar (using an inductive learning strategy), work on exercises, go over homework, etc. In the second period, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, the main activity is practicing Spanish, with activities that include conversation, watching films or television, listening to the radio and audio materials, reading newspapers, going out into the street to talk to people, and anything else that helps students put what they have learned in class into practice.
In addition to the 5 hours of class time in groups of no more than 5 students, there are also a variety of optional activities, which are cultural, recreational, and social. While these activities are optional, we strongly recommend them as the perfect complement to any Ideal program.
Typical Spanish classes teach you how to speak Spanish, at Ideal we teach you to speak Spanish.
Start: Every Monday throughout the year.
Duration: Each student chooses the number of weeks s/he wants.
Lessons per week: 25 hours per week in small groups.
Lessons per day: 5 hours.
Class size: Maximum of 5 students per class.
Schedule: From 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, plus daily optional activities.

Basic Program

(You can study any level: basic, intemediate or advance)
The Basic Program is designed for those who are looking for something more relaxed. This program is an excellent way to take advantage of their time in Cuernavaca to improve their Spanish, and to become familiar with Mexican culture. As with the Intensive Program, students are encouraged to participate in the optional activities at Ideal. The difference between the Basic and Intensive programs is the number of hours students study daily.
Start: Every Monday throughout the year.
Duration: Each student chooses the number of weeks s/he wants.
Lessons per week: 20 hours per week in small groups.
Lessons per day: 4 hours.
Class size: Maximum of 5 students per class.
Schedule: From 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, plus daily optional activities.

Basic Program + Private Lessons

For those who wish to best take advantage of their stay at Ideal we offer, in addition to 4 hours of small group participation, one hour of private instruction daily.
Start: Every Monday throughout the year.
Duration: Each student chooses the number of weeks s/he wants.
Lessons per week: 20 hours per week in small groups + 5 hours of private lessons.
Lessons per day: 4 hours in groups + 1 hour private lesson.
Class size: Maximum of 5 students per class.
Schedule: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in groups, with private lesson hours of the student’s choosing, Monday through Friday, plus daily optional activities.

Private Lessons

Flexibility is the best word to describe our Private Lessons Program. Whether students want to complement one of our other programs with private lessons or take lessons with the duration and scheduling of their choosing, private lessons are an excellent option. Students choose the number of hours they want to study each day and make their own schedule. Private lessons are available 7 days a week, all year round.
Start: Any day of the year.
Duration: Each student chooses the number of weeks, days, and hours s/he wants to study.
Lessons per week: To be chosen by the student.
Lessons per day: To be chosen by the student.
Class size: 1 on 1.
Schedule: To be chosen by the student, plus daily optional activities.

Professional Vocabulary Program

Each year our student body includes Managers, Attorneys, Doctors, Nurses, School Teachers, Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Engineers, Ministers, Seminarians, Nuns, and people in many other professions for whom it is essential to learn specific vocabulary in Spanish of their respective professions.
This program includes 4 hours of group Spanish lessons, designed to reinforce general language skills, and a 1 hour private lesson to study professional Spanish. Professional Spanish consists of vocabulary, aspects of Mexican culture, visits to places of professional interest for the student, analysis and discussion of documents and written information when needed, and meetings with professionals in the student’s field, if deemed necessary.
Start: Any Monday, all year round.
Duration: Each student chooses the number of weeks s/he wants.
Lessons per week: 20 hours per week in small groups studying general Spanish + 5 hours of private lessons studying professional vocabulary.
Lessons per day: 4 hours in groups + 1 hour private lesson.
Class size: Maximum of 5 students per class.
Schedule: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in groups, with private lesson hours of the student’s choosing, Monday through Friday, plus daily optional activities.

Volunteer Program

In Cuernavaca there exists a variety of options for those who wish to learn or improve their Spanish serving as volunteers with Social Organizations, Schools and Hospitals. Over the years we have seen that volunteer work is as much an enriching experience for the volunteers as for organizations they help.
Start: Every Monday throughout the year
Duration: 4 or more weeks.
Lessons per week: Choose from any of the previous programs.
Volunteer activities: Students can choose their volunteer sites depending on the time of year and availability. The most common places for volunteer work include: Elementary Schools, Community Medical Clinics, Orphanages and Hospitals (with a hospital volunteer group).
Requirements:
Participation for no less than 4 weeks.
Minimum age of 18 years.
Each volunteer must provide a letter in Spanish explaining why they wish to participate.
Intermediate Spanish or above.

Cuernavaca – Cancun Program

If you want a Spanish program studying in two different places in Mexico, the Cuernavaca-Cancun Program is for you. You’ll see mountains and beaches in a single course! Like almost all our programs at Ideal, you can choose the number of weeks you want to study in each place, although we recommend 2 weeks in Cuernavaca and 2 weeks in Cancun.
In Cuernavaca you will study at Ideal, and in Cancun, with our associates. Our Cancun associates, like Ideal, have high standards of teaching and service, which guarantee your satisfaction with the program.
Above all, the Cuernavaca-Cancun Program gives you the opportunity to get to know two Mexicos. In other words, you will experience two realities in the same country. You will discover entirely different cultures, contrasting landscapes, and different people, all in an enjoyable amount of time.
Start: Any Monday, all year round.
Starting venue: Your choice of Cuernavaca or Cancun.
Duration: Each student chooses how many weeks s/he wants to participate, both in Cuernavaca and in Cancun.
Lessons per week: 25 hours per week in small groups.
Lessons per day: 5 hours.
Class size: Maximum of 5 students per class.
Schedule: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday, plus daily optional activities.
Notes Regarding the Cuernavaca-Cancun Program:
At Ideal in Cuernavaca, you can also enroll in one of our regular programs (Basic, Basic + Private Lessons, Private Lessons, etc.). Ask about prices for these options.
For travel from Cuernavaca to Cancun or vice versa (depending on your itinerary), we recommend that you buy your airline tickets in your home country, as fares are often lower. The cost of a roundtrip ticket between Mexico City and Cancun is approximately $350 USD.

Combo Programs

Our Combo Programs are packages that include: Inscription, Tuition, Accomodation, Excursions and many more activities for you to take full advantage of your Spanish learning experience and perfectly get to know Mexican culture.
The Combo Programs start at predetermined dates and last 2, 3 and 4 weeks.
The main benefit is that students obtain discounts on registration fees, tuition, lodging, activities and programmed excursions.

General Recommendations and Notes for all programs of Ideal:
We recommend participating in a program at least 4 weeks to see significant progress in your Spanish.
If you want to receive academic credit, inquire about your college’s or university’s requirements. Ideal does not offer academic credit directly, but most academic institutions grant credit for studies at Ideal.
Remember that for almost all our programs you can start any Monday of the year, and study for as many weeks as you want or need.
Bear in mind that Ideal is required by law to close on Official Mexican Holidays.

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