Updated 02/01/2010 05:00 AM
Language Courses Offer Fluency Through Travel
Making an effort to speak the local language can be one of the richest rewards of travel, and learning a bit of Spanish will go a long way. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
To view our videos, you need to
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.
Then come back here and refresh the page.
Spanish is the official language for a couple dozen countries around the world, not to mention pockets of other places that have locals who speak it. So, if you are hoping to get another language under your belt, Spanish might just be the one.
On a recent trip to Guadalajara, Mexico I attended a four-day Spanish immersion class with the accredited IMAC Spanish language school where besides Mexico, they have locations in Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Spain and Ecuador. While it is recommended to live with a local family in a homestay program, there are other accommodations available including hotels and apartments. I stayed in a hotel, but had the opportunity to dine with a local family and flex my reflexive verbs as well as my taste buds.
After a placement test, you are assigned to a classroom with students of the same abilities, and spend four hours a day with instruction and conversation. The balance of the day can be spent in the language lab or out on the streets practicing with the locals. Excursions are held to teach students to navigate public transportation, order food from local vendors and to visit colorful markets where you can test your retention.
The rate for the one-week classroom program in Guadalajara is $194 and an extra $98 a week if you do a family homestay including three meals a day.
The more time you can spend, the better. The tuition is also discounted on a sliding scale if you stay longer than four weeks. To become fluent on paper, it is recommended to stay for four months. For more information, visit spanish-school.com.mx.
Now here's a D'Elia's Deal for the month of February at IMAC in Guadalajara. Get a 50 percent discount off tuition for the second person’s course when two people enroll together. If you travel alone, it's 15 percent off.