Summer Classes in Sayulita – We’re open for the months of June, July and to mid-August, focusing on two hour classes with Activities. As Sayulita is hot in the summer, we’ll arrange to be in the coolest outdoor settings, and offer speaking opportunities during Activities throughout town. Classes will be early morning and late afternoon. Special groups may be accepted in the off-season months of May and October if there is considerable demand.
Regular School Year – Fall classes begin in November and run to the end of April. Group classes run for three hours, or Private classes for one to two hours Monday to Friday (with a mid-class break). For some who prefer more practical time in a real life situation, we can do two hour classes and arrange a one hour local tour (meet local business proprietors, visit green grocers and fish stands, take a nature walk, Friday market garden, visit the Seniors Activity Center, etc.). We can custom-make the class for your group, with morning or late afternoon starting times. Please inquire.
The style of teaching is to use elements of structured grammar and combine them with lots of vocabulary by theme (environment, houses, foods, etc). Most work is oral, using written materials that provide a model. We use songs, exercises, games, food rewards (break) and visual materials to engage all the senses to help “fix” the vocabulary and language patterns. Beginners are taught initially in English, but quickly offering more instruction in Spanish and skills develop.
After the class, we can set up various activities for you with local providers and individuals (surf instruction, Zip-lines, horseback rides, fishing, snorkeling, hiking, bicycling, kayaking).
Study Sayulita AND Yelapa!! with Marietas Islands Tour
Confirmed for 2016 – Classes in Sayulita 1 or 2 weeks, then take our 50 min boat ride to Marietas Islands. We’ll stay 1.5 – 2 hr stay on the islands for a great whale watching tour, snorkeling, bird viewing, swimming, beach-combing, swimming into an amazing cave open to the sky above, and then follow the dolphins back to Yelapa. We can study in Yelapa for 1 or 2 weeks and shift gears and activties. Yelapa is a beautiful natural environment, slower-paced with horses, mules, dogs, frogs, all the sights and sounds of nature filling the small Bay (bahía), full of hump-backed whales and dolphins (ballenas jorobadas y delfines). Check for confirmed dates give us your preferred dates. Jan 10th to Jan 24th. We have an Advanced Beginner Class in the morning, with other levels possible. We can plan Activities (1 hr +) within the community or region (Alta Vista petroglyphs). Then on Jan 25th we move to the Marietas and Yelapa. For those wanting just a Day Tour to Marietas and Yelapa, the boat can return the same day or the next morning. Our captain, Jose Lorenzo is nephew to the large Lorenzo clan. Juanita has been teaching in Yelapa since 2001, and is a biologist. It’s a treat for us to combine and introduce you to Yelapa.