Six Spanish III Honors students hopped into a Suburban and headed for the border last Wednesday, in a pilgrimage to CETYS, a prep school in Tijuana, Mexico. They’ve been exchanging emails with the students there since last fall, in an effort to build proficiency and comfort level in communicating as well as learning about how to be more effective language learners.
“I love how I was able to learn more day-to-day Spanish that is rarely spoke of reviewed in a classroom,” says Jessica B. “For example, I learned how to say ‘cool’ (curarda)! Having even the most basic knowledge of the subtle facets of a language and its idiomatic expressions makes a profound different in fluency.”
The CETYS high school is part of a bigger internationalized university program with locations in Tijuana, Mexicali, and Ensenada. The system, founded by businessmen in the 1960s who wanted to create more opportunities for quality higher education in Baja California, is nationally accredited by WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges). CETYS offers degrees in business, engineering, and psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with a humanistic emphasis on sustainability, cultural education and formation of character.