CAC offering Spanish immersion program

Central Arizona College is once again offering its annual Spanish immersion program this summer in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Three different sessions are being offered this summer to help participants improve their Spanish comprehension and speech. The 14-day class sessions will run May 29–June 11, June 12-25 and/or June 26-July 9.

Students who partake in this experience will attend five hours of Spanish courses daily with native instructors at the Universal language school located in the heart of Cuernavaca. Daily activities and excursions will include visits to museums, cooking opportunities, Mexican history classes, and main plaza visits. Additionally, participants will stay with local families, offering intense language practice and a full cultural experience.

Each two-week adventure is worth three credit hours at Central Arizona College.

“This program is ideal for teachers, school administrators, medical professionals – anyone who works with the high Spanish-speaking populations in Arizona and the neighboring border states,” John Prevost, the Central Arizona College professor who runs the program, said. “It is a terrific opportunity for people to improve their education, increase their marketability, and earn continuing education credits. There is definitely a need for this type of program in our communities, especially among professionals and students learning the Spanish language.”

Mr. Prevost, the instructor of record for the classes, has been affiliated with Universal for more than 20 years.

“Local students have gone in groups or studied individually in the program for many years,” he explained. “The on-site instructors – who have a strong academic background in teaching Spanish to foreigners – implement an innovative approach to teaching the language using a cultural background.”

Learning the language is just part of the program.

“The excellent cultural and sightseeing trips are designed to immerse participants in the Latin American culture so their knowledge and understanding of the language grows,” Prevost added.

At no additional cost, the program offers trips to Mexico City, Taxco, Tepotzlan and many other places.

Known for its temperate climate, impressive archaeological ruins and spectacular mountain scenery, Cuernavaca is 90 minutes from Mexico City. At 5,000 feet above sea level, it boasts a pleasant year-round temperature in the mid-70s and provides a summer respite from the triple-digit heat in Arizona.

The registration deadline for the program is May 19. There is limited space available so participants are urged to sign up quickly.
For more information on registration or to receive a detailed brochure about the program and its costs,  contact Mr. Prevost by e-mail at, or by phone at 520-494-5386.

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