Spanish for Educators Spring Break Course

Sharpen your Spanish Skills with this 8-Day Professional Development Course

while Revitalizing your Spirit in Paradise!

March  24th – 31st, 2012

Spend 8-days this spring on the lush, tropical coast of Mexico in our 2012 Spanish for Educators Spring Break Course. Participants will learn or refine their conversational Spanish and Spanish for Educators skills, participate in the rich and colorful Mexican culture through events and activities with the local people, take  excursions to places interest, and build new friendships and networks with other professionals from different parts of the U.S., Canada and Mexico!

In addition to this fabulous professional development opportunity for educators, participants will get the well-needed vacation they need and have some time to relax and recharge after a long year of hard work in our beautiful, charming beachfront community of La Manzanilla, Mexico. We know that it is through truly taking care of and nourishing ourselves, that we can most fully share our passion as educators with others and be most effective at what we do.

Who Can Participate?

Our 2012 Spanish for Educators spring break program is specifically designed for educators, faculty, staff, administrators, and education students of all disciplines from the U.S., Canada, or other parts of the world, who work or plan to work closely with Spanish-speaking students and parents.

Spanish for Educators Program Overview

Our program consists of the following:

  • 3-hour Spanish immersion classes daily delivered at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels (M-F) – workbooks & Cds provided
  • 2-hours daily of Spanish for Educators Course (M-F) – includes public school visit
  • Cultural activities, including Mexican cooking class, Latin film night with discussion, meeting local Mexican teachers and more!
  • Daily 1-hour yoga class for your relaxation and health
  • Snorkeling excursion, guided hiking trip, day trip to Barra de Navidad
  • Professional Development

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn. ~John Cotton Dana

Spanish Immersion Classes

Students will participate in a beginner, intermediate, or advanced Spanish small group Spanish course, held 15-hours in the week (3-hours a day, M-F). Classes are small in size (limited to 6 students per level) and all students receive plenty of one-on-one time with the teachers. The emphasis of these classes will be on improving the students’ overall fluency in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, translating and some writing. Our teachers are native Spanish speakers who are caring, professional, well-trained, and experienced.

As part of the course material, students will receive a course workbook and CD, which they can use to develop and refine their oral and auditory fluency.

Spanish classes are held in our beautiful outdoor cool and breezy Palapa classroom overlooking La Manzanilla’s beach and oceanfront.

Spanish for Educators Course

In addition to the regular Spanish fluency classes delivered 3 hours a day, student will receive an extra 2 hours a day of a specialized Spanish for Educators course, where they will develop vocabulary, speaking and comprehension skills specific to the educational setting where they work. There will be two course levels offered: Level 1 for beginners and Level 2 for intermediate and advanced students. To view a course syllabus for our Spanish for Educators Course, please click HERE. As part of this course, students will also get to visit our local public schools.

Teaching Methodology

At La Catalina, we have integrated the latest research and findings on language acquisition, along with a holistic mind/body/emotion approach to learning. Our methodology puts little emphasis on conceptual grammar with speakers who are not at a fluent level. Instead the emphasis is on familiarization and usage of Spanish. Our approach helps student see and experience first-hand that they can learn Spanish quickly and naturally through right practice and encourages students to take risks with the language and just “blurt it out” initially.

La Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico

La Catalina Natural Language School is located in the safe and charming Mexican village of La Manzanilla, in the state of Jalisco. La Manzanilla is a small beach town of just over 1,500 Mexican residents. The village is nestled between gently sloping mountains covered with dense tropical foliage on one side and a beautiful beach with lofty palms on the other. The warm climate, beautiful beaches and friendly Mexican people make La Manzanilla a true tropical paradise! The tight-knit and caring community makes La Manzanilla a safe place for women traveler’s and families. La Manzanilla is approximately three and a half hours south of Puerto Vallarta and one and a half hours north of Manzanillo by car, with the Manzanillo’s airport (ZLO) only 45 minutes away.

But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean
~ H. P. Lovecraft

Cultural Activities

In addition to the Spanish classes, there will be hands on cultural classes, including a Mexican cooking class, Latin film night with a discussion, opportunities to meet local Mexican teachers, a daily morning yoga class and more!

Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.~ Nehru, Indian Prime Minister, 1889-1964


In addition to Spanish program, we offer local excursions, which will provide insight into Mexico’s culture and local ecology, as well as recreational opportunities.

Local Excursions:

Guided nature hike (Duration: 2 – 3 hours)
The outdoor adventurer will enjoy this 2.5-mile round-trip guided hike along a riverbed and under the shady canopy of palms and tropical foliage to our waterholes (with running water during the rainy season – approximately June through October.) Learn about the local flora and fauna along the way.


Visit to Barra de Navidad (Duration: 4 to 6 hours)
Students will travel by bus to the picturesque and popular beach town of Barra de Navidad, located 30 minutes south of La Manzanilla. There they will have a “moving” class with their Spanish teacher while they explore the charming town with cobblestone streets and then take a boat tour of bay. The students will have a chance to shop at a number of the traditional arts and crafts shops and use their Spanish. To complete the trip, the group and their teacher will enjoy a very special authentic Mexican lunch in Barra de Navidad.



Snorkeling Excursion (Duration: 3 hours)

Students will travel 30 minutes by boat from La Manzanilla to a beautiful snorkeling area.  Gliding over the clear waters,  sea turtles and dolphins may be spotted along the way. Discover the magical underwater world while snorkeling in the warm Pacific ocean waters in a pristine coral reef area. All gear and a snack provided.


Accommodations and Meals

Sea Fever Villa offers 3 suites for groups, with a total of 5 bedrooms. Participants may opt to have a private or shared bedroom. Sea Fever is conveniently located right in the village center, next to a beach access and has sweeping ocean views. The top terrace will be used for a number of the program activities, including the catered meals for the group. For your convenience, Sea Fever Villas has wireless internet installed in the house.

Other nearby guest houses are also available for those wanting private accommodations.

Home is where your heart is…

Participants will receive a delicious, healthy, catered breakfast and lunch daily as part of the program package. Special dietary needs can be accommodated. Participants will be on their own for dinners, and may try some of the local restaurants around town, or prepare food in their guest apartments, which will have a well-equipped kitchen or kitchenette.

Program Costs

8-Day Spanish For Educators Summer Program Cost per Participant (in USD):

$1680 – Private bedroom in a shared guest house

$1530 – Shared bedroom in shared guest house

(Private apartment or guest houses also available, price varies based on accommodation type. Please inquire.)

Program Costs Includes the following*:

  • 15 hours/week Spanish intensive course (beg., int,. & adv. levels)
  • 10 hours/week Spanish for Educators Course (Levels 1 & 2)
  • Spanish workbooks & materials
  • Stay at beautiful Sea Fever Villa –
  • Catered breakfast and lunches daily
  • Excursion to Barra de Navidad
  • Snorkeling trip
  • Guided nature hike
  • Daily one-hour yoga class
  • Cultural activities
  • Certificate from School upon completion
  • Airport pick up and drop off at Manzanillo (ZLO) international airport located 45 minutes from La Manzanilla

*Cost does not include airfare to and from Mexico, dinners, and personal expenses.

Sample Week-day Schedule

8am-9am Morning yoga class
9am-9:30am Catered breakfast
10am-12pm Spanish for Educators course & public school visit
12pm-2pm Free Time or cultural activity (optional)
2pm-3pm Catered lunch
3pm-4pm Free Time
4pm-7pm Spanish immersion course (conversation & general fluency building)
7pm-8pm Dinner on your own

How to Register & Contact Us

To register, contact La Catalina Natural Language School at:
Telephone: 011-52-315-351-5362 (from the U.S.)

Space limited to 12 participants. Sign up now!


Reduced Trip Costs

Register by December 15th, 2011 and receive $50 off the program cost!

Refer a friend or colleague to the Spanish for Educators Summer Program and receive an additional $100 discount!!!

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