Obtaining credits for studies completed in the Intensive Spanish Language Programs at Cuauhnáhuac is often important to college or university students. In general, each academic institution has its own policy for granting credits; in turn, it is up to each individual student to contact the Spanish Department Chair of their particular institution and arrange credits directly with them. Many institutions that currently work with Cuauhnáhuac will grant up to six units of credit when a student successfully completes four weeks of the Normal Intensive Spanish Language Program at Cuauhnáhuac. The following is a summary of hours for that program.
Summary of Four Week Program Hours
- 120 Hours of Normal Intensive Language Program
- 20 Hours of Craft Workshops
- 12 Hours of Conversation Exchange Program
- 8 Hours of Volunteer Work Program
- 8 Days of Excursions
- 4 Mexican / Latin American Films
Unlimited hours of language and culture exposure living with a Mexican family.
Upon arrival at the school each student takes an entrance exam. The Cuauhnáhuac testing method is composed of oral (OPI) and written exams, allowing to completely evaluate all aspects of the student´s knowledge of the Spanish language. The oral exam is conducted in a relaxed interview situation, which helps us to get to know the student. The thoroughness of this test allows us to place the student in the most appropriate class level for his/her level of comprehension and comfort. When group grammar class is not available at the level of the entering student, private grammar instruction will be given for 2 hours. Copies of our entrance exams are available upon request by the institution granting credits.
The weekly evaluation is completed at the end of each week by the student´s instructor. These evaluations are turned in to the Spanish Department to be able to evaluate the student´s progress. Based on these evaluations, we can determine the student´s "trouble areas", and focus on these in future classes. Cuauhnáhuac has also found that hearing the language spoken by a variety of people enhances learning. As instructors rotate weekly, these evaluations are used to have a very precise idea of the student´s progress.
The final evaluation can be requested as a transcript by the student prior to his/her departure. This evaluation is a complete report of the material covered by the student during the course of their studies at our Institute; the equivalent grade (A,B,C or D) is also calculated. Cuauhnáhuac is an accredited Language Institute by the Mexican government. The certificate number from the Secretary of Public Education, (Clave SEP No. 17PET0087F) (SEP: Secretaría de Educación Pública), is displayed in the upper left-hand corner of the final evaluation.
Cuauhnáhuac employs its own method, organizing 55 lessons in an original and logical grammatical sequence. This sequence provides the student with all necessary skills to speak Spanish. A list of the succession of lessons is available upon request for Spanish Departments of colleges and universities.
The various educational institutions that extend credits to their students who attend Cuauhnáhuac do a number of different things to evaluate the student´s progress. Those that have been sending students for years automatically accept our evaluations and grant the appropriate number of credits for the length of study in our Normal Intensive Spanish Language Program. Others ask us to provide a written exam upon the student´s completion of his/her course which is graded and forwarded to the universities. As in the case of some students, credits are often granted because their professors have attended the program at Cuauhnáhuac and have experienced first hand the quality instruction provided. Sometimes the student has to take a written and/or oral exam upon his/her return to school testing the student´s achievement according to the specific school criteria.
In considering granting credits to students, the administration of many colleges and universities also likes to know about the faculty at Cuauhnáhuac. Professor José Daniel Camacho M. is the head of the academic department of Cuauhnáhuac. He speaks three languages: Spanish, English, and Swiss-German, and is the coordinator of the four book series that Cuauhnáhuac has published in conjunction with their teaching method. All grammar instructors are native Spanish speakers, certified in the instruction of Spanish as a Second Language, who have also received special training in the Cuauhnáhuac Method of Intensive Spanish Instruction, accredited by the Secretary of Public Education. Cuauhnáhuac teachers receive refresher courses each year and are periodically monitored by the Spanish Department. The teachers of advanced Spanish classes and mini-courses have the Mexican equivalent to a Bacherlor Degree or better. The conferences are given by these teachers or by professionals, such as psychologists, authors, composers or historians.
If the Student's College or university is not able to grant credits for courses taken out of the country, many students work with the University of La Verne in California or Georgia Southern University in Georgia to receive transfer graduate and undergraduate credits, please contact:
Dr. Ann K. Hills,
Associate Professor of Spanish
University of La Verne
1950 Third Street, La Verne, CA
Tel: (909)593-3511 x 4367
Chair, Eric Kartchner,
Department of Foreign Languages
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8081 Statesboro, GA 30460