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Foto Gallery Escuela de Español Casa Xelaju

School description:
A big professional school, which pays a fair salary to its teachers. Casa Xelaju uses a holistic method where the motivation to understand and learn grammar comes from interesting texts, poems and songs. It has several specialty programs: A program for children, nurses and doctors, police, firemen and Spanish teachers. There are also Latin American literature courses ($10 extra, very recommendable).
At casa Xelajú you can get university credits.
Wireless internet for free.
The school now also offers tutoring via Skype for $15 per hour.
Total immersion in Quetzaltenango: excellent, if you don′t hang out with other students.

Teachers and students

The school has 23 fulltime teachers. Only professional school teachers are invited to job interviews. They have to pass a course in teaching adults and a Spanish grammar course; only the best are then employed. Every week, students report on their teachers.
For university credits, just ask your university teacher to contact the school and give them your curriculum. The school will then teach the curriculum to you. After your return the university will automatically credit your work or examine you first. All sides are happy: your teacher and yourself for your fast progress, and the school for their opportunity to serve you.


There is a small, quiet classroom for each student. Relax in a big patio with water fall and cafeteria. Students and teachers have quiet and well-lit rooms in a four floor house. There is no interference from other classes. Depending on the teacher, these rooms are bare like monks′ cells or full of posters and educational things. Every room has a window with a good view of the city.

Methods and Materials

No official textbook but verb and exercise lists. Teachers develop their own materials. Library: excellent: over 1000 books. Video library: excellent: over 160 educational videos/DVDs. Teachers develop their own materials. There are board games to help learn vocabulary, and posters with a variety of different topics in order to practice conversation.


Visits to local villages and attractive sites, dancing, local food cooking course, videos, talks. Salsa and Merengue courses. During low season three activities per week, during high season five. There are excursions on weekends. In all activities students pay for transportation.


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