Becari Spanish language school in Oaxaca, Mexico, has several new courses and electives in 2006. The four-week Medical Progam combines two hours of Regular Spanish and two hours of Medical Spanish daily. In their first week, course participants are also introduced to the public and private clinics and hospitals of Oaxaca and the town's medical situation. For the next three weeks, they will visit clinics in Oaxaca, coordinated by a local doctor. The Teachers' Program also last four weeks and features Regular Spanish for 15 hours per week plus visits to a public high school in Oaxaca to observe, practise and learn.
A special Program for Retired People features 10 hours per week of practical Spanish conversation for real-life situations.
The extended series of two-hour Spanish electives at Becari includes “Sing a Song”, in which students review Spanish lyrics and music for children or adults - ideal for teachers of Spanish looking for a new activity idea. Sharing and Reading Newspaper Articles is a relaxed discussion of articles about current events, while Useful Idiomatic Expressions and Slang teaches colloquial Spanish in real-life situations. An introduction to Mexican national history and cultural traditions is provided by Mexican General History and Culture.
Becari has also added new activities. Students can now try their hand at wood-carving and wood-painting in traditional Mexican style in a practical, two-hour workshop called “Wooden Carving Animals”. Students interested in volunteering in Oaxaca during their course can help out with the “Shoe Program”, which aims to help the poor children of Oaxaca by buying them a pair of shoes for school. Becari needs volunteers to develop the program, visit the centres that help the children in Oaxaca, establish the number of pairs of shoes needed and deliver them next Christmas.