Editor’s Note: I didn’t find any recent information on this school and the old website is no longer functioning while I find two site (one listed here and this one) that both seem out of date (2009). The FB page listed on one of the websites is no longer available either and the two websites show two different addresses. So, is this school still in business? If you have any information to share, please do so.
CLI Spanish School was founded by a group of professional Spanish language teachers in order to provide quality language courses at a reasonable cost. Personalized attention is our standard; everything revolves around you, the language student learning to speak Spanish, whose needs and desires receive our complete attention. Our job is to provide our students with the required skills to effectively communicate in the Spanish language whether they study intensive Spanish for academic reasons, for career enhancement, or pleasure.
Centro Linguistico Internacional Spanish school is recognized and accredited by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education, the tourist commission INGUAT in Antigua, and Universidad Rural in Guatemala City. CLI is not a US Title IV school.
Useful Info (FAQ)
Is there a registration fee?
There is never a registration fee. For beginners’ group lessons and group semester programs, a small deposit is required as these programs depend on a certain number of attendees. Also, there is a $100.00 deposit (to be paid by Pay Pal or bank transfer, subject to surcharges) for any apartment deposit and for certain special programs (e.g. All-inclusive).
How many students do you have at one time?
It really depends on the season, and can range anywhere between 10 and 100, however 30-40 is a good average. The learning center is quite large with outstanding facilities; however we limit our student enrollment to 100 (this includes lessons at different times of the day, and off-site lessons, so there are never near this many students at any one time at the school) in order to give our students more personalized attention. This ensures you receive the attention that you deserve.
What makes your school different from all the others?
We are a full-service learning center, with excellent customer service, and the most program and lodging options of all the schools in Antigua. Furthermore, we have our own Internet café with hi-speed and Wi-Fi access, laundry and meal service, and are probably the only school with apartments and rooms right on the school grounds. Our prices are a little below average for top-end schools in Antigua; some schools charge a little less, most charge a lot more. Our prices are extremely reasonable, and on the lower end of the spectrum for the reputable schools in Guatemala. Despite our reasonable prices, we pay our carefully selected teachers about 20% more than the industry average, ensuring academic quality and teacher motivation.
Which textbooks does the school use?
Our focus is on communication, hence the lack of a standard textbook. You can only learn so much from a book, and with language the most important thing is to start speaking. We realize that some students are visual learners, and prefer to use such a book. We therefore allow each teacher to use his or her own course book. Also, rather than force a certain text on a student, we suggest that if he or she wishes to use a certain book that they go with their teacher to borrow or purchase a textbook, suitable to their level and interest. We also have our own textbooks, created and edited by CLI staff, for our students to use in their lessons.
What kind of Internet services do you offer?
We have are very own Internet café, where students have unlimited use Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings. There are cables available for people with their own laptop computers. We also have Wi-Fi, enabling anyone with wireless capabilities to access the Internet anywhere on the school grounds. Internet access is available in our apartments and rooms, 24 hours per day for those bringing their own computers.
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