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We look forward to creating rich and rewarding language and cultural extension/exchange programs for our students, and would be delighted to work with you in developing them.
The Cuauhnáhuac Instituto Colectivo de Lengua y Cultura, S.C. in Cuernavaca, Mexico is a government accredited educational institution that was founded in 1972. The institute operates two separate departments dedicated to teaching language and culture to its students. The Spanish department features a trained staff of native Spanish speaking teachers and receives students of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world. For further details about the Spanish department, and to see photos of the school, visit our website at www.cuauhnahuac.edu.mx. Now in its eighth year, the English Language School at Cuauhnáhuac features a trained staff of native English speaking teachers and offers English as a Second Language instruction to residents of Cuernavaca and surrounding areas of the state of Morelos. We create our own course materials within the department and adapt a variety of instruction methods to achieve our primary objective: to use our native English speaking skills to teach students to speak and understand English as it is normally spoken. The program lasts almost two years and is composed of 15 blocks. Each block focuses on a single aspect of the language while continually reinforcing what students have learned in preceding blocks. The average age of our students is 24, though the range is from 10 to 70+. The majority of the students are professionals or students at one of the many junior high schools, senior high schools, or universities in Cuernavaca. They are individuals who want or need to learn English. Exposure to native speakers speaking the language naturally and in context is perhaps the number one reason students choose Cuauhnáhuac over the many, many other English language schools in town. Increasingly, serious students enrolled in our programs seek experiences that will allow them to apply what they've learned in a country where English is the first language. We would like to be able to provide our students with an opportunity for a total-immersion experience in English. We are seeking intensive practice scenarios for our students rather than traditional programs abroad that feature formal coursework. Our hope is to integrate home-stays with volunteer projects in English-speaking host communities. This would provide an enormous boost to their English speaking skills. Having provided housing and intensive Spanish language practice opportunities to foreign students for more than 30 years, we would be capable and willing to provide home-stays for Spanish students studying in parts of the world where Spanish is not the first language. Cuernavaca, with its wonderful climate and varied historical and cultural attractions, is an ideal place for Spanish language students to experience total immersion. Community service projects exist in and around the city, and would benefit from the participation of foreign volunteers. We would welcome the opportunity to establish affiliations with organizations like yours, which might be interested in establishing or expanding a reciprocal home-stay/community volunteer program. We look forward to creating rich and rewarding language and cultural extension/exchange programs for our students, and would be delighted to work with you in developing them. Please contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org