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

Method

  • Lectures
  • 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 2023:
  • From January 30th to April 28th
  • Winter 1: From January 30th to March 17th .
  • Winter 2: From March 20th to May 5th.



Spring 2023:
  • From May 8th to June 19th
  • From May 8th to August 31st



Summer 2023:
  • June 26th to August 4th



Fall 2023:
  • September 11th to December 5th
  • Fall 1: From September 11th to October 23rd
  • Fall 2: From October 30th to December 8th

Available workshops

Anti-Franco Cultural Movement (on-line)
(Intermediate level)

    If you want to deepen your knowledge about the social, historical, cultural, political and even economic realities of the Spain of the civil war and the postwar period, and get closer to the classics of Spanish literature, this is a course for you. Through a route presented chronologically, the course will allow you to understand and transport yourself to a dark and fruitful time in Spain. The different movements that were avant-garde before the civil war, such as the harrowing stories in the form of literary works, will offer us a vision of the barbarism suffered by citizens who were against the Franco regime. Analyzing fragments of poems, works and watching short videos, the student will be able to “relive” those moments and understand the feeling of exile, loss, despair and anger. Finally, after having immersed in the entrails of the war, the course will invite to understand the emergence of different nationalisms and the cultural movements in accordance with said nationalisms. Two nationalist movements that are still of public interest today will be presented and analyzed to open a dialogue between the group of attendees with different views. During the course there will be a conversation to analyze, understand and explain the passages read and to answer all those questions about what is visualized. Likewise, the teacher will explain some elements of the historical contexts and we will discuss the evolution of the image of current Spain and nationalisms. At the end of the course, the students will have read fragments of the great Spanish authors and discovered cultural movements of which they might not have had previous knowledge.

    Teacher: Amaia Nerea Aizpuru Arrillaga

    Schedule

    Term: Winter 2023

    Schedule: From February 8 to April 26: Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. (on-line)

    Prerequisite: Level B1 or intermediate, or Placement test

    12 weeks

    Cost:$320 (online)

Classics of the Latin American narrative of the 20th century (on-line)
(Intermediate level)

    The period of the Latin American artistic avant-gardes is known for establishing some of the founding narratives of national imaginaries, as well as a much discussed and controversial Latin American identity. This course aims to provide students, through short narratives (stories), with some of the fundamentals of the fictions of important authors of Latin American narrative of the 20th century, such as the Argentine Jorge Luis Borges, the Cuban Alejo Carpentier, the Colombian Gabriel García Márquez and the Brazilian João Guimarães Rosa. The common aspect addressed in these works resides in the writers' relationship with the modernization process of the Latin American subcontinent between the 1920s and 1960s, and the way in which they portrayed complex and often contradictory realities.

    Teacher: Fábio Salem Daie

    Schedule

    Term: Winter 2023

    Schedule: From January 31 to April 25 (No classes: March 7):Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. (on-line)

    Prerequisite: Level B1 or intermediate or Placement test

    12 weeks

    Cost:$320 (online)

Mexico with sight and hearing, movies and documentaries to practice Spanish
(Intermediate level)

    We will use Mexican cinema and documentaries to practice Spanish and, at the same time, to enrich our knowledge of the cultural, artistic, literary, historical, social and scientific universe of the country. This will allow us to increase our vocabulary, recognize structures, integrate new phrases and, above all, discover Mexico through sight and hearing. Note: Free access films and documentaries will be used for classes and activities, so it is not necessary to contract film systems such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney, etc. However, recommendations will be made for those who have them at home.

    Teacher: Verónica Lomelí

    Schedule

    Term: Winter 1 2023

    Schedule: From February 2 to March 16 (No class: March 9):Thursday, 12 a.m. to 2 p.m. (on line) or 5 to 7 pm (in-person)

    Prerequisite: Level A2, Basic Grammar, PIEC 3 or Placement test

    6 weeks

    Cost:$162.50

Cultural renaissance in the early years of post-revolutionary Mexico, revisited a century later.
(Intermediate level)

    This course will address the various, sometimes contradictory, cultural currents that emerged in post-revolutionary Mexico during the twenties and early thirties of the last century. We will analyze the social context that promoted and fostered artistic nationalism and the rejection that it aroused among some artists, jealous of their independence, who successfully explored heterodox paths. The topics covered are: 1. Historical context; 2. Cultural work of José Vasconcelos in his role as rector of the National University and Secretary of Public Education; 3. Unwavering feminists, including among others: Nahui Olin, Frida Kahlo, Lupe Vélez, Concha Michel and Antonieta Rivas Mercado; 4. Renewal of the arts: Stridentism and Contemporaries; 5. Mexico, a meeting point for exiles and artistic vanguards 6. Other arts (architecture, dance, music, illustration). The course focuses on oral expression. Participation of students who so desire is encouraged by providing them with select references available online.

    Teacher: Ramón Fexas

    Schedule

    Term: Winter 1 2023

    Schedule: January 31 to March 14 (no class on March 7): Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. (in-person)

    Prerequisite: B2 or Advanced or Placement Test

    6 weeks

    Cost:$162.50

Mexico City with all our senses
(Intermediate level)

    Mexico City, one of the largest and most populous capitals in the world, is a place where history, architecture, art, science, gastronomy and much more come together and coexist. This course will allow us to learn about pre-Hispanic life in Mexico-Tenochtitlán; tour the colonial streets of New Spain; get lost in some of its more than 130 museums; be amazed by its vibrant University City, a source of knowledge, culture, science and technology; as well as marvel at its architectural wealth; have fun with its daily sounds and, of course, fall in love with its gastronomic universe.

    Teacher: Verónica Lomelí

    Schedule

    Term: Winter 2 2023

    Schedule: From March 23 to April 27 (Winter 2): March 23 to April 27 (Winter 2)

    Prerequisite: Level A2, Basic Grammar, PIEC 3 or Placement test

    6 weeks

    Cost:$162.50

Mezcal, a drink of time and patience (on-line)
(Advanced level)

    During this course the public will learn about the famous distillate, as well as distinguish the different varieties and their difference with tequila. A historical, biological and economic analysis will be carried out to know about sustainable production. Some of the topics that will be addressed are: the maguey and alcoholic beverages in ancient Mexico, geography, history, tradition and daily life; extraordinary distilled mezcal: types of agave, differences between tequila and mezcal, productive analysis process; Denomination of Origin, and valuation of mezcal in the export market; decalogue of a mezcolatrá, contemporary production, cocktails and mixology; poetry and short film.

    Teacher: Juan Felipe Ramos Amezcua

    Schedule

    Term: Winter 2 2023

    Schedule: From March 22 to April 26 (Winter 2): Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m. (on-line)

    Prerequisite: Level B2 or advanced, or Placement test

    6 weeks

    Cost:$162.50

If you are interested in our courses or activities, please contact us