Activities

 

Language and Cultural Exchange Group
For those interested in practicing their Spanish, a language and cultural exchange group is available. It is made up of other Spanish students and students studying English. Students take turns practicing language and sharing information about their culture. With over 2000 Mexican English students, you are sure to obtain a real cultural and linguistic interchange. This activity takes place in our auditorium.

Focused Conversations
If you wish to live in Mexico, we highly recommend you gain a deeper insight of Mexican culture. You are cordially invited to lectures with lecture related discussions that follow. With the use of movies, and slide shows, among others, some of the following topics are discussed daily at 1:00 p.m. with participation at no extra charge.

Topics. For a description click titles below:

1. History and Culture of Guadalajara & Guadalajara Now
An in depth look at the city of Guadalajara throughout the ages. The importance of the city of Guadalajara and its historical significance are discussed and an overview of Guadalajara and it present trends and future perspectives.
2. Conocer México
Mexican culture arose from many different influences. This introduction to an ancient land focuses on both the geography and the people. Learning Objectives: A-To teach the students about Mexico's topography. B-To heighten students' listening skills. C-To enhance students' vocabulary skills.
3. History and Culture of Mexico
This incredibly diverse, comprehensive introduction - conversation offers an in-depth look at the Mexico of yesterday and today with an enormous variety of spectacular illustrations. Among the topics covered in detail are the Mayans, Mexican pyramids, Mexico in colonial times, and Mexico City.
4. Princess for a day
In Mexico, a girl of fifteen enters adulthood with the full support of family and friends. All aspects of the festive "rite-of-passage" celebration are covered and the various participants are interviewed on this video. Learning Objectives: A-Students will discover how a girl's fifteenth birthday is celebrated in Mexico, and they will understand the importance of tradition to Mexican people. B-Listening skills will be improved. C-Students will think about the significance of milestones in a person's life. 24 minutes.
5. Mexican Holidays!
Get a taste of the richest expressions of Mexico's popular culture and gain an appreciation for the sense of tradition and community that are Experience the fiestas of Mexico: Cinco de Mayo, Day of the Dead, Flag Day, and many more are presented! Learning Objectives: A-Students will learn about the celebrations of Mexico. B-The history of each holiday will be discussed. C-Mexican celebrations will be vividly brought to life. video.
6. La Ley de Herodes
Mexico, 1949. The fable of a janitor turned Mayor on a little town lost in the Mexican desert, who gradually realizes how far his new acquainted power and corruption can get him. After the corrupt former Mayor is killed by the peasants, poor janitor Juan Vargas is appointed new Mayor of a desert town in central Mexico. Although he tries to bring the motto of the ruling party to town (modernity, peace and progress) he realizes soon that there's nothing to do against corruption... except to become the law and the worst Major in the town's history.
7. The Aztecs
This introduction followed by a conversation chronicles the rise and fall of the last great native empire to dominate the central valley of Mexico, that of the Aztecs. Learning Objectives: A-Students will sharpen listening comprehension skills as they hear the program's Spanish narration. B-Students will learn how the Aztec Empire came to be. C-Students will discover some of the customs and beliefs of the Aztec people.
8. Let's Visit Mexico
Go on a tour of the culture and geography of Mexico. Discover details on the population, government, communication and economy through photographs. Narration in Spanish or in English. Travel from Mexico City to Acapulco, tour Taxco Cuernavaca Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara.
9. Celebrating the Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead is a serious affair in Mexico, where relatives take the time to remember and honor deceased loved ones. We will tell you all about the holiday. Learning Objectives: A-Rituals and customs involved in the Day of the Dead will be explained. B-Handicrafts of Mexico that are created to celebrate the Day of the Dead will be shown. C-Students will get background information about the history and the origins of the Day of the Dead.

City Tours
Exciting activities during the summer months are the walking and bus tours. They are open to the public so that students can visit with other vacationers. The tour visits many places and sites of interest around the city. Since Guadalajara sports a wealth of beautiful architecture and historical buildings, these tours are very worthwhile. Most of the sites visited are located in the downtown area, as is IMAC Spanish Language Programs. There are also tours to other parts of the city and some little known, but very important sites. The tour guide informs participants about the significance and cultural points of each site. The best thing about these tours is that they are completely FREE. They are conducted on various days of the week, during both the morning and afternoon.

Mexican Cooking (Home Stay Program)
The homestay families are encouraged to have the students learn how to prepare a traditional Mexican meal each Monday while they are staying with the family. We know of NO OTHER program that promotes this. Once you choose the dish you want to make from the institute’s Mexican recipe guide, your host family will provide you with the ingredients, support, encouragement and warmth to help you make a traditional feast.

Salsa Lessons (free of charge)
Salsa is a street version of Mambo. Salsa reflects the joy and abandon of the tropical days. Major reasons why this social activity is so popular among our students are:

- Mingling of local English as a foreign language with foreign Spanish students.
- The way this activity combines flexibility with progression.

Karaoke Club (Free of charge)
Meet local students as you gather at the school auditorium for an evening where you will enjoy singing, practicing language or merely chatting along the tunes of “Cielito Lindo”, “Besame Mucho”, “Guadalajara” and many of the memorable songs that have made the native Tapatío singers and authors representative legends of the most traditional Mexican folk songs. Of course, if you wish to be trendy, modern Mexican and English songs are also available.

Ceramic Crafts
Would you be interested in learning the craft of ceramics during your stay in Guadalajara? This is just another one of the extracurricular activities that may be of interest to you. IMAC works with a local ceramic school that can teach you and give you pointers on how to create your own works of art. The lessons are provided FREE of charge, students only need to buy all the necessary materials. Classes are held in the afternoons and you may attend as long as you wish during the class hours. Do not let this opportunity to learn the art of ceramics pass you by.

Guitar Lessons (free of charge)
Free guitar lessons are offered at our school. These lessons are conducted in our facilities in the evenings, on Saturdays. Students must either bring their own guitar or rent one in the city. Lessons consist of many of the most traditional Mexican ballads and songs.

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