We think there are several factors that make IH Riviera Maya stand out from the increasingly large crowd of Spanish language schools...
IH Riviera Maya is full of people actively engaged in either learning how to speak a language or learning how to teach one - people of different ages, from different nationalities and backgrounds, people who stay for a few weeks, others who stay for months or even years. There is always an incredible amount of interaction going on between all these people, at many different levels, but the focus is always the same - achieving a pedagogical goal.
Unless you've experienced it for yourself, it's difficult to appreciate just how special this corner of the world is. Humming birds feed from the exotic trees and plants in the school's garden. A white sand beach is less than 5 minutes walk away and the colour of the warm sea is simply breathtaking. And then there's the rest of the Riviera Maya to explore.
International House was a pioneer in the development of practical training courses for teachers of Spanish and has continued to innovate in this field. The language teachers that we train are acknowledged as amongst the most able, creative and authoritative within their profession. The fact that our teacher training programmes have been recognized by UB Barcelona, one of Spain's most prestigious universities, is itself a good indication of their excellence.
A significant number of IH teachers, past and present, have been involved in the writing of best-selling Spanish language teaching books and materials - and have also contributed to a wide range of publications in the field of language teaching.
Why do publishers look for authors from IH? Because they know that our schools are centres of teaching excellence.
IH Riviera Maya adheres to a code of practice, outlined by the IH World Organisation (IHWO), that ensures high standards in our all activities, both commercial and pedagogical. These high standards are corroborated by regular inspection visits from within and outside IHWO.
For our Spanish courses, IH Riviera Maya has obtained Instituto Cervantes accreditation, having met the requirements established by the Sistema de Acreditación de Centros ELE del Instituto Cervantes, the only international accreditation focusing exclusively on the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language (ELE).
IH Riviera Maya is also an Institución colaboradora for the examinations leading to the award of the Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE), i.e. Spanish as a foreign language
For Cambridge Exams, including our teacher training courses, we are an authorised centre.