Language comes alive for LT Spanish students: Chicago Tribune

Over spring break, 34 Lyons Township High School students and two teachers travelled to Cuernavaca, Mexico, a city of 1.5 million people located about 70 miles south of Mexico City, and were completely immersed in the Mexican culture and language.

Students attended classes at the Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca, a specialty school of linguistics. They studied in small classes, with anywhere from 3 to 5 students, from 8am to 2pm, Monday through Friday for two consecutive weeks. Students and teachers stayed with host families who are affiliated with the university.

After school and on the weekends, students had plenty of opportunity to sightsee. Sites and activities included on this year’s itinerary include:

*Mexico City – formerly known as Tenochtitlán
*The ancient ruins at Teotihuacán
*The magical city of Tepoztlán
*El Río de las Estacas – a natural aquatics park where the original Tarzan movies of the 1930s were filmed
*Taxco -a vibrant small city made famous for its silver mines
*Hispanic cooking class
*Salsa dance class
*A trip to the theater to see a movie in Spanish
*A trip to a brand new bowling center to bowl a few games while practicing Spanish in a real-world setting

One of the two teacher chaperones, JoEllen Pisone Gregie, was among the original nine students who participated in the inaugural journey to Cuernavaca in 1987. This year’s trip marked LT’s fifteenth trip in the last 28 years.


Taken from: Chicago Tribune