1.- When will the courses start?

Immersion courses begin every Monday and finish on Fridays five months a year (November through March) with the exception of the week on which Christmas falls). Students typically stay for 1 to 6 weeks and some even longer!

2.- Can I extend the duration of my study once I arrive?

Yes, students often like to take a week or two of classes and then decide if they would like to commit to staying longer. We can almost always accommodate students to stay for additional weeks in our courses.  To extend the length of their stay, students should register for additional weeks in our office with no less than a 3-day lead time.

3.- What do students do on their first day?

Students receive a brief orientation about the school and methodology and pay for the balance of their course. The School will do our best to place students in classes with other students who possess a similar level of Spanish.  If, however, the student feels uncomfortable with the level of their course, changes can be made after the first day of classes.

4.- What is the teaching method you use?

We use a natural methodology where the focus is not on learning grammar or on rote memorization of vocabulary. The goal is to practice listening and speaking in a natural, fun, engaging and painless way and move you to fluency naturally and quickly! We provide our own specially designed workbooks and Cds for our students, using the natural approach, that provide a wealth of activities and exercises to improve your Spanish quickly.

5. – What kind of activities do you do in your classes?

Classes are organized by themes. Beginning classes focus on survival, everyday Spanish, whereas the intermediate and advanced classes focus on specialized topics, including cultural, historical and current event issues. Students will have conversations, read and discuss articles or short excerpts, translate text, do repeating and listening exercises, and do some daily writing which will be corrected by the teachers. Students will also enjoy learning some traditional Mexican songs, like “Las Manañitas” (the Happy Birthday song), see short video clips, and play games.

6. – Is there required homework?

It is highly recommended that students listen to the Cd that they will get with their course materials 20 to 30 minutes a day, as we believe the true key to learning a second language is listening, listening, listening! It is also suggested that each student keep a short diary to practice writing daily.

7.- Are all your teachers qualified?

Our teachers are the cream of the crop in the area. Some of them are/were teachers in the public schools and hold their B.A. or advanced degrees. We also have tutors, which are teachers in training, who assist our teachers or teach small classes of 1 to 2 persons. Our tutors are also cream of the crop and many are as pleased with the tutors as they are with the teachers!

8.- Do you offer college credit to US students?

Currently we do not offer college credit, but do provide you with a certificate upon completing your course. Your certificate of completion will be presented to you on the last day of your course.

9.- What is the average age of students in your school?

We have a wide range in ages of students who attend La Catalina School. Typically our students tend to be in their 40’s, 50’s or 60’s, but we do often get backpackers who find us in the Lonely Planet Guide, teachers, college-age students, grad students, teenagers, and families as well.

10.- Are there group discounts?

Yes, we do give discounts for groups of 6 or more persons. Please email us with an estimate of how many people will be in your group and we will let you know what your discount will be.

11.-How do I get to La Manzanilla?

The most comfortable way to arrive to La Manzanilla is to fly into the the Manzanillo international airport (ZLO). You will then be able to catch a cab from the airport, for a comfortable 45-minute ride to La Manzanilla. One of our staff members can also pick you at the ZLO airport up for the same cost that you would pay for a taxi (approx. $55US). Just email us 3-4 days prior to your arrival day to arrange this with us. Students can also fly into Puerto Vallarta (PVR) or Guadalajara airport and take a bus San Patricio Melaque or Barra de Navidad, where they would then catch a taxi to take them to La Manzanilla.

12. Where can I find information on accommodations?

There are a number of options for places to stay in La Manzanilla, including renting guest houses, bungalows, or condos. For more information on other places to stay in La Manzanilla, check www.VisitLaManzanilla.comwww.santanarentals.comwww.lamanzanillahomes.com or www.lamanzanilla.info and make your reservation directly with them.

Santana Rentals offers a 10% accommodations discount for guests registered in Spanish classes at La Catalina School.

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