We offer classes for students who are absolute beginners to the most advanced students searching to increase fluency or put their knowledge into practice. Our classes run from one week (minimum) for those with little time or who wish to gain enough fluency to travel. Students are placed according to their level and abilities with a written and oral test.
Colonial Setting and classrooms
Located in a beautiful colonial building in the historic centre of Oaxaca, we are only a few blocks from the Santo Domingo Cathedral and the main square. The school’s central patio is a good place to sit, chat with students and teachers while enjoying a cup of coffee. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the school, free of charge. Our classrooms are all well equipped with comfortable chairs, white boards, tape and cd players, video and dvd.
Class Focus and Program
We offer you classes that allow you to maximise your conversation practice time using modern teaching methods. At Vinigulaza, we provide grammar practice through conversation and oral exercises offering students the possibility to practice even limited knowledge in role-plays, games and conversation exercises. We leave you written work to do at home, allowing you to review and reaffirm what you have done during the day. Many schools still separate grammar and conversation, resulting in turgid repetition of grammar forms or the teacher watching you while you write for hours, our aim is radically different. If you are only here for a few weeks or days, we really enable you to eke out as much from your classes as possible.
These methods have been very successful and our students greatly enjoy their classes. We have had several teachers and professors take classes at Academia Vinigulaza and I am pleased to say they have been very happy with both our program and our teachers.
Our program has been developed by our own teaching staff to ensure that students progress coherently and fast. We constantly strive to improve the service we offer our students and are always looking for innovative, interesting activities to incorporate into our program or new workshops to offer you. We have published our level one book and are in the process of publishing the second. At more advanced levels classes routinely include text analysis, discussions of topical events, debates and local culture.
Classes are small with a maximum of 6 students. Other schools offer a maximum of 5 students per class, but as at Vinigulaza our classes focus on student production and time, our classes consequently include a lot of pair work and an odd number just doesn’t allow us to give you the ‘talking time’ you need! We cater to all levels so whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced student we have the perfect course for you.
Our teachers are all trained native speakers with an exceptional amount of patience, so even the most nervous student feels comfortable. We use a variety of methods (including our own course book) and other aids, all of which are dynamic and fun and mean that you can actually communicate in Spanish rather than just knowing a few standard phrases.
we offer certificates that state the number of hours studied and the student's level. We also offer a more comprehensive breakdown of the study period. This states the material covered, student level, additional cultural activities and hours spent on these. Please check with your school to see exactly what your institution’s requirements are.
We have recently written and publshed our own textbook to provide a framework for our course, this is available for level one, level two will be available soon. This gives students grammar reference, exercises and a clear idea of their course progression. The course book is available at the school for 120 pesos.
Students who pre-book their course with us receive a minimum 5% discount, free classroom materials (a notebook and pencil). All our students benefit from language workshops and free conversation exchanges. We also offer an increased discount for a stay of 4 weeks or more, and for groups of 8 or more. Wireless Internet access is also available throughout the school free of charge.
Please bear in mind when paying in pesos that the rates are calculated at the higher rate. Prices are quoted in dollars so the dollar rate charged is what it costs to buy dollars, not to sell them. The difference is minimal but please take note – especially when paying for homestays.