The goal of the Lasallian Spanish Language Institute is to provide Spanish language instruction at the high novice and/or intermediate level for Lasallian educators.

Sponsor: District of San Francisco, Saint Mary’s College of California, Universidad La Salle of Mexico.

Dates: June 28 through July 16, 2010. Arrival in Mexico June 27 (Sunday) and departure July 17 (Saturday).

Location: Universidad La Salle in Condesa Colonial, Mexico City, Mexico

Application Procedure: See below


This initiative is under the direction of Frances M. Sweeney, Carole Swain, and Gery Short of the San Francisco District, Karin McClelland-Anderer, former Director of Shared Mission and Formation for the Midwest District,  and in collaboration with Joan Landeros and Rosario Escalada Ruiz of Universidad La Salle, Mexico.



15-20 faculty and staff of the Lasallian network in the United States, with special emphasis on the San Francisco District.


Lasallian Spanish Institute Format:

  1. Three weeks on site in a Lasallian institution: Universidad La Salle in Condesa Colonial, Mexico City, Mexico. This is a famous, beautiful, and safe area of Mexico City and the university is fully equipped!
  2. Time: June 28 through July 16, 2010. Arrival in Mexico June 27 (Sunday) and departure July 17 (Saturday).
  3. Complete program itinerary available.
  4. $1800, plus airfare.


Cost Includes:

  • Campus facilities, including the use of classroom space, student ID’s, computer center (e-mail access), gym, weight room and medical dispensary with on-call English-speaking physician.
  • Transportation to and from the airport and handling of luggage.
  • Classes on Mexican History, Culture, and Intercultural Awareness
  • Intensive Spanish Language classes
  • Day field trips (including guide, transportation, and entrance to museums) to:
    - Historic Downtown Center (lunch and Turibus tickets included)
    - Basilica of Guadalupe /Pyramids (lunch included)
    - Coyoacán, Frida Kahlo Museum
    - Xochimilco
    - Chapultepec Castle and the Museum of Anthropology
  • Welcome and Farewell Reception with buffet lunch
  • Materials - bag, pen, notebook, copies, etc.
  • Administrative fees
    - Use of Casa Rosa, facilities and staff
    - Housing placement



Home stay with Mexican family and accommodations for 21 days

  • Two meals per day
  • Weekly change of sheets and towels



  1. To provide a summer institute for Lasallian educators beginning in summer 2010.
  2. To develop a cost-efficient structure, with a program that is affordable for participants.
  3. To develop a language immersion curriculum that emphasizes conversation development, but includes attention to all language modalities (writing, reading, listening, and speaking). Grammar instruction is in service of reception and production development. Curriculum and pedagogy techniques will be aligned with helping students to access ACTFL definitions for high-novice to intermediate level proficiency. Sample elements will be every-day conversation vocabulary and skills; asking questions; asking for clarification; expressing ideas in simple tense; topical vocabulary for educational purposes and familial purposes.
  4. To include a component of Latino culture(s) instruction, primarily Mexican history and culture.
  5. To include a component of Lasallian development and reflection, in Spanish.
  6. To provide a program that helps participants answer “What do they need to better engage with bilingual students and families in our educational ministries?” Program staff will accompany participants before, during and after program to discern answers to this question.


Application and Deposit Procedure:

Anyone interested should contact Frances Sweeney ([email protected]), 925.631.4040) or Karin McClelland-Anderer ([email protected]), 773.882.2196.

Ideally, the program will work best for those who have had some basic language instruction and want to develop their ability further.  


Applications and non-refundable deposit are due by January 31, 2010.


We will work with each interested student to identify personal goals. We will help them develop a pre-travel plan for refreshing their Spanish, goals for the program, and post-program continued practice plan.

Ideally, there will be 15-20 participants at the high novice or intermediate level, with a commitment to further their development, to practice before, during, and after the program, to be part of the group cohort, and to assist their classmates in their own language development and cultural immersion.

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1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
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