Latin-American culture and current affairs

Courses for people with knowledge of Spanish
Placement tests required for non-beginners
Enrich your knowledge of Spanish-speaking culture

















Characteristics

  • 6 or 12 sessions of 2 hours, once a week
  • Various themes
  • Material included
  • Available schedules: morning, after-noon and evening
  • Small groups
  • Highly qualified Spanish-speaking teachers
  • In-person and online classes

Cultural immersion

  • Reading and poetry workshops
  • Coffee-chat
  • "Bohemian evenings”
  • Choir and theatre

Método

  • Lectures-Conferences
  • Participative and communicative approach
  • Authentic cultural content
  • Dynamic




Extras

  • Access to books and movies from the library and in digital format
  • Classes via internet to continue your learning
  • Special offers available
  • Free cultural activities
  • Participation in the theatre group and the choir (Optional)

Course periods

Winter 2021:
  • January 25th to March 12th
  • March 15th to April 30th
  • 12 weeks: From January 25th to April 30th



Spring 2021:
  • May 10th to June 21th
  • 12 weeks : From Mai 10th to August 6th



Summer 2021:
  • June 28th to August 6th
  • 12 weeks : From Mai 10th to August 6th



Fall 2021:
  • September 13th to October 25th
  • November 1st to December 10th
  • 12 weeks : From September 13th to December 10th

Workshops available in Spring and Summer 2021

Cinema at home: words, phrases, accents and songs to practice your Spanish
(begginer level)
Video

    The cinema is used as a way of learning and understanding the use of Spanish words and phrases; recognize accents and discover cultural manifestations through images, dialogues and songs. In this course we will watch movies to practice Spanish discovering stories, characters and cities. Students will understand and learn expressions and accents from each country, having the opportunity to practice in class and at home.

    Schedule

    Term: Spring 2021 / 6 weeks / May 13 to June 17

    Thursday, 10 am to 12 pm or 5:30 to 7:30 pm

    Professor: Verónica Lomelí .

    Prerequisite: A2 and those who are finishing Dialoga 5 or placement test .

    Cost: $ 150.

Rock in Spanish. More than salsa!
(Intermediate level)
Video

    The course will take a tour of the development of rock in Spanish in different countries, from its birth in the late 1950s, involving the social and political context of the region, until reaching our days with industrialization and reaching the platforms of Streaming. During this progress, rock in Castilian Spanish goes from being a mere copy of a first world movement, to becoming an entity with its own shape, and with various peculiarities, which at times moves away from Latin roots, but is always seen influenced by a rich and diverse heritage. In class, various musical works of special relevance will be discussed. The main objective of the course is to immerse UNAM-Canada students in a didactic, entertaining and real way in the world of Latin rock (including some relevant cases from Spain, Italy and Brazil with artists who sang repertoire in Spanish), linking their development to different milestones in the recent history of Latin America. Biographies of the most relevant exponents and exploration of the repertoire that will be delivered to the students will be considered. Today we know rock as a consolidated and iconic genre throughout the world, but this course will seek to know what its real dimension is within Latin American culture. How did rock enter the region? What are the barriers that it has had to overcome to become mainstream and remain an attractive genre for Latinos? In order to know the identity of this genre, which at first had a marked foreign character, the course will try to tell the story with historical antecedents. In addition, discussion spaces will be sought on the relationship between rock and platforms such as radio, film and television. However, an attempt will be made to inquire about its role as a social emancipator in times of bloody dictatorships; and in contradiction, an alienating agent amid the rampage of fierce free-market policies.

    Schedule

    Term: Spring-Summer 2021 / 12 weeks / May 12 to July 28

    Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm or 5:30 to 7:30 pm

    Professor: Mario Ignacio León Martínez.

    Prerequisite: Level 5 or Workshops B1 or placement test.

    Cost: $ 300.

Social movements in Latin America
(Intermediate level)
Video

    This course offers an overview of the various social movements that have struggled to transform the political and economic reality of Latin America. The teacher will present the historical context that led to the emergence of the struggles that will be discussed in the course and will make known to the students the voices and words of the groups that gave them life. The teacher will suggest relevant documents (readings, films, documentaries, journalistic reports ...) to learn more about the topics addressed in class and will invite specialists to share their experiences and knowledge about these movements with the students.

    Schedule

    Term: Spring-Summer 2021 / 12 weeks / May 11 to July 27

    Wednesday, 10 am to 12 pm or 5:30 to 7:30 pm

    Professor: Alexandre Beaudoin Duquette

    Prerequisite: Level 5 or Workshops B1 or placement test.

    Cost: $ 300.

Art in Mexico: from the Independence to the Revolution
(Advanced level)
Video

    As part of the commemoration of the bicentennial of the consummation of the Mexican War of Independence and the centenary of its Revolution, this course reviews the production of Mexican plastic arts around the years in which these armed movements were taking place. Over time, the plastic arts have been concerned with reflecting the events of the historical period that their creators had to live, not only because with their art they narrate, revive, praise or deplore certain events, but because they themselves are at the same time protagonists and witnesses of said events. The course aims to study this reflection in painting, sculpture, engraving and architecture; all within a broader context that allows us to relate them to the history and literature of their time. Each topic will be profusely illustrated and will suggest some reading that students can do during the week to enrich the corresponding topic.

    Schedule

    Term: Spring-Summer 2021 / 12 weeks / May 12 to July 28

    Wednesday, 5 to 7 pm

    Professor: Esperanza Garrido

    Prerequisite: Level 6 or Workshops B2 or placement test.

    Cost: $ 300.

Our Hispanic-sonority: the intimate relationship between sound and word
(Advanced level)
Video

    Spanish is much more than a popular language. Within it, from the word itself, its vast and millenary cultural wealth stands out. In this case we have in music, or the art of sound, one of its most recognized references. From the Mexican colonial Christmas carol to Latin rock, through children songs or protest songs, there is a sound memory that refuses to be lost in oblivion, or that is still very much alive in its singing. These sounds also spread, from their ephemeral and remote temporality, from individual and collective interests, through aesthetic ideas and ideological thoughts, to social changes and movements. In this course I am interested in reviewing and exploring sparks of a repertoire that is still very present. The objective is from a select reading to be able to listen and see, discuss and write about musicians and music, genres and styles, forms and contents; and let us sing or dance some of these melodies.

    Schedule

    Term: Spring-Summer 2021 / 12 weeks / May 10 to August 2 (May 24 – Holiday)

    Monday, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

    Professor: John G. Lazos

    Prerequisite: Level 6 or Workshops B2 or Placement test.

    Cost: $ 300.

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