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 2022:
  • January 24th to March 11th
  • March 14th to April 29th
  • 12 weeks: From January 24th to April 29th



Spring 2022:
  • May 9th to June 20th
  • 12 weeks : From May 9th to August 5th



Summer 2022:
  • June 27th to August 5th



Fall 2022:
  • September 12th to October 24th
  • October 31st to December 9th
  • 12 weeks : From September 12th to December 5th

Available workshops

The flavors of Mexican Cuisine to practice Spanish (online or in-person)
(Intermediate level)

    Mexican cuisine is internationally recognized for its variety, flavor and color. Today, many Mexican dishes and products are part of the world's gastronomic culture: beans, corn, chili and tacos. This cultural workshop will allow you to put your knowledge of Spanish into practice while discovering the traditional flavors of Mexico. Of course, it will also be an opportunity to learn some easy recipes to prepare at home.

    Teacher: Verónica Lomelí

    Schedule

    Term: Fall - 2022

    Schedule: From September 15 to December 1: Thursday, 12 to 2 pm (online) or 5 to 7 pm (in-person)

    Prerequisite: Level A2, PIEC 3, Dialogs 5, Grammar Básico or Placement test

    24 hours = 12 sessions x 2 hours

    Cost:$305 (online) / $330 (in-person, includes the products for some of the preparations)

History of civilization in the Andes, from Caral to the fall of the Inca Empire (in-person)
(Intermediate level)

    The course covers the beginnings of the Andean civilization, which according to research in recent decades is among the oldest origins on the continent and among the oldest civilizations of humanity. The dating of the investigations in Caral, approximately 3,500 years before our era, places it as a cultural development immediately after the Babylonian cities and almost contemporary to the construction of the pyramids in Egypt. The development of different civilizations in the area of the Andes mountain range is marked by diverse cultures; after Caral, among the most studied and that achieved cultural hegemony in certain areas are the Chavín, Paracas, Nazca, Moche, Tiahuanaco, Wari, Mochica, etc. This process reaches its cultural synthesis with what was called the Inca "Empire" in the fifteenth century of our era. This rapid growth, and which incorporates a territory that was the largest in South America, was called Tahuantinsuyu; and just as it quickly reached its peak, it fell suddenly in 1530 with the arrival of the Spanish.

    Teacher: Juan Miranda

    Schedule

    Term: Fall - 2022

    Schedule: From September 13 to November 29: Tuesday, 12 to 2 pm (in-person) or 5 to 7 pm (in-person)

    Prerequisite: Level B1, Conversation Intermediate 2 or Placement test

    24 hours = 12 sessions x 2 hours

    Cost: $305

History of Mexico through the history of women (online)
(Intermediate level)

    This is a course designed to explore the history of Mexican women within the different facets that the country we know today as Mexico has gone through. The history has been divided into several periods presented through the eyes of the women who lived them. Therefore, a global vision of the history of this country is presented, but in which the protagonists are women. During the course, we get to know the best known women in the history of Mexico as well as women who have historically been heard less. Program: 1. Women in Mesoamerica: goddesses and priestesses 2. Women during the colonial era: between viceroys and slaves 3. Women during independence and the first half of the 19th century 4. The second half of the 19th century and women: the first university students and day laborers 5. The soldaderas and the Mexican Revolution 6. Women in the 20th century: workers and intellectuals 7. The new challenges of Mexican women and the 21st century  

    Teacher: Fernanda Sigüenza Vidal

    Schedule

    Term: Fall - 2022

    Schedule: From September 12 to December 5: Monday, 12 to 2 pm or 5:30 to 7:30 pm

    Prerequisite: Level B2, Conversation Avanzada 2 or Placement test

    24 hours = 12 sessions x 2 hours

    Cost: $305

The Latin-American Short Story (online)
(Intermediate level)

    This course is intended to explore the styles, trends, and transformations of the genres during the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century in Latin America. Throughout the course, students will be able to learn about the various themes and literary styles that have been developed since the first decades of the 1900s, to date. To do this, we will explore the canonical figures, and their proposals, but we will also review examples of writers who have been marginalized from the traditional Latin American canon. Likewise, students will establish a link between literary production and the cultural, historical, social and political background of the region. 0. Introduction: The story in Latin America 1. The modernist tale 2. The avant-garde tale 3. Before the Boom 4. The Latin American Boom 5. The Post-boom: female production and the postmodern tale or short story 6. Homosexual-themed literature 7. The new millennium: McOndo, Crack and the contemporary Afro-Latin tale or short story

    Teacher: Zyanya López Meneses

    Schedule

    Term: Fall - 2022

    Schedule: From September 15 to December 1: Thursday, 5 to 7 pm (online)

    Prerequisite: Level B2, Conversation Avanzada 2 or Placement test

    24 hours = 12 sessions x 2 hours

    Cost: $305

Latin America in Movement: Plural and Transforming Societies (Online)
(Intermediate level)

    This course will address some of the main sociocultural transformations that have occurred in Latin America since the mid-20th century. Through an approach focused on the diversity that characterises the Latin American region, different social and cultural mobilizations that have sought to transform the reality of certain countries or the entire region will be presented. This is a course that focuses on oral expression, but with content more focused on social, cultural, and political issues. Some of the topics that will be addressed are: 1. A brief history of Latin America; and its current context 2. The great social revolutions (Mexican and Cuban) and their impact 3. The 1960s: student movements and the counterculture 4. Abya-Yala: Indigenous struggles and decolonization 5. Feminisms and LGBT movements 6. The Latin American diaspora in the world: new challenges  

    Teacher: Fernanda Sigüenza Vidal

    Schedule

    Term: Fall - 2022

    Schedule: From September 14 to November 30: Wednesday, 12 to 2 pm (online) or 5 to 7 pm (online)

    Prerequisite: Level B2, Conversation Avanzada 2 or Placement test

    24 hours = 12 sessions x 2 hours

    Cost: $305

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