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The Programs

Mayan Riviera Spanish School provides students of all levels with intensive, interactive programs designed to meet the needs of each student. Courses begin each Monday year-round and consist of sessions of 50 minutes with breaks in between.

Upon arrival, students are given placement exams to determine their Spanish levels.
At Mayan Riviera Spanish School we focus on the conversational ability of the students though writing, comprehension, pronunciation, grammar and reading are also emphasized. Following are descriptions of the grammatical points covered in each level.

Beginner Spanish I. - Gender and number, definite and indefinite articles, adjectives, the verbs "estar", "haber" and "ser", demonstratives, regular and irregular verbs in present tense, direct pronouns (part I).

Beginner Spanish II. - Irregular verbs in present tense (part II), present progressive, present perfect and preterit tense, reflexive verbs, direct and indirect pronouns in the same sentence.

Intermediate Spanish I. - Imperfect tense, imperfect progressive and preterit progressive tenses, preterit and imperfect in the same sentence, accidental verbs, comparisons, past perfect tense.

Intermediate Spanish II. - Future tense, conditional tense, passive voice, comparisons of "por" and "para", familiar and formal commands.

Advanced Spanish I. - Subjunctive mode (present
and past).

Advanced Spanish II. – In depth analysis and review of all the grammatical points seen in the previous levels.

Advanced Spanish III. - Analysis of literature, newspapers, journals and other material, Grammatical review.

Light Program & Standard Program

Group 15 or 25 hours/week. Both programs are designed for students who desire proficiency in Spanish, with the 15 hour/week program best suited for students who anticipate studying Spanish for a longer period of time. Participants may elect to begin studies any Monday of the year. The Mayan Riviera Spanish School offers eight levels of group Spanish instruction, from beginner to fluency. Each level takes 4 to 6 weeks to complete. The main goal of lessons is to improve conversational, writing, comprehension, pronounciation, and reading abilities in Spanish.

Group and Tutorial: 25 lessons
This program is available for those students who want to combine the benefits of group interaction with the benefits of focused private instruction. The program offers 10 hours/week of group language classes combined with 15 hours/week of private tutor lessons.

Group and Tutorial: 40 lessons
(25 group lessons + 15 individual lessons per week) Students in the executive program receive three hours of intensive, one on one instruction in addition to the five-hour course of our Regular Program. Together with the eight hours of classes, an executive lounge, executive assistant services, and a virtual office are provided to meet the needs of these students. Private lectures with professionals in the students' fields of interest can be arranged for an additional charge per hour of lecture.

Mayan Riviera Spanish School's executive lounge provides executive students with an area to read the newspaper, watch the latest news or simply relax. During school hours, there will be a bilingual executive assistant to take and deliver phone messages, send faxes and e-mails, type letters and assist the students in anyway possible.

Spanish for Teachers (25 group lessons + 15 individual lessons per week)

This program combines a general Spanish conversation program in groups of no more than 5 students with 15 individual lessons for Educators of Spanish as a Second Language and is held from 12:20 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Afternoon Workshops

We offer afternoon workshops and activities that include, cooking, arts and crafts, salsa classes, singing Mexican songs, a fiesta or a picnic. Students at Mayan Riviera Spanish School meet once a week with the staff and faculty for "Café Social". A movie is shown each week during one of the conversation classes, and all students wishing to test and improve their auditory comprehension are welcome to watch it.

Daily Schedule

Group Classes: 9:00am to 10:20am

Break: 10:20am to 10:40am

Group Classes: 10:40am to 11:50am

Break: 11:50am to 12:20pm

Conversation Classes: 12:20pm to 2:00pm (without breaks)

Break: 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Individual Classes: 2:30pm to 5:30pm (with a 20 min break)


Admissions & Academic Credit

The school welcomes students age 17 years and older regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their studies should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

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