INTRODUCTION TO THE MEXICAN CULTURE FOR FOREIGNERS

Impartimos cursos de español donde se ven temas de la cultura mexicana.

Develop in all the areas of learning

In RACE we worry about our students, we value the relationship between the language and the sociocultural context, moreover we foster our students’ autonomy in the day-to-day life in the shortest possible time.

Our courses are designed to develop our students’ learning with the appropriate grammar structures so that they can function effectively in both the daily and working environment. We use materials developed by the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) to support our courses.

Our methodology covers, besides the academic, diverse sociocultural aspects related to life in the city:

Introduction to our culture, customs and holidays

Household services (gas, running water; cable TV)

Typical dishes, domestic foods and products

Health issues

Security: Places to visit or avoid

  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Level 4
  • Level 5
  • Level 6
  • Level 7
  • Level 8
  • Level 9

SYLLABUS

Unit 1

Formal and informal dialogues. Greetings and farewells. Introducing oneself and others. Asking for and giving personal information: name, origin, marital status, nationality, profession or occupation. The alphabet. Spelling. Identifying and describing other people.

Unit 2

The family tree. Ties among people. Physical and personality traits. Expressing possession. Numbers from 0 to 1000. Mathematical operations. Clothing items, shoes, accessories and jewelry; their characteristics: color, material, prints, texture, size and number; clothing for different occasions. Vowels, diphthongs.

Unit 3

Public places. The letters b, v, p. Job and housing ads. Indicating the existence of places, people or objects. Expressing the location of a place. Numbers from 1000 to 5 000 000. The rooms in a house and their furniture. Expressing location in space. Intonation patterns. Question and exclamation marks. Expressing a continuous action in the present.

Unit 4

The time. Days of the week and parts of the day. Food preferences and meal schedules. The months and seasons of the year. The letters c, q, k and g. Birthdays and objects to be given as presents. Invitations and apologizing. Good, bad, a little, a lot and plenty. Talking about the weather. Interrogative words.

Unit 5

Body parts. Expressing the health condition, symptoms, feelings and needs. A little, a lot, intense, strong and plenty. At the doctor’s office. The letters g and j. Expressing physical states, states of being or temporary emotions. The letters d and t. Expressing actions at home, school or work, in the daily life, free time and the manufacturing, construction or making of an object.

Unit 6

Vacation activities. Expressing preferences. Expressing future actions. Plans, trips, destinations, places and baggage. The letters c(+a, o, u); qu(+e, i); k. The letters c(+e,i); s, z, l, r.

Scope

After finishing the Level 1: A1 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

SYLLABUS

Unit 1

Cities Mexico City. Describing or identifying beings, places or things. Locating people, animals, objects or places. Expressing the weather conditions in general or emphasizing their duration. Expressing existence in the present. Holidays and fairs in Mexico City. Expressing plans about the future. Mexican dishes and celebrations in December. Giving information about events: day time and place.

Unit 2

The means of transportation of the past and the present. Transportation in the world. Giving arguments in favor or against an idea. Consonant groups: b, c, f, g, p, t + l, r, / d, r. Asking for the location of places. Giving and asking for directions. The public transportation system in Mexico City. Describing the sequence of events and giving instructions in order. The stressed syllable and written stress rules. The colon (:).

Unit 3

Ordinal numbers from 1st to 10th. Abbreviations of academic degrees and professions. At the travel agency. Planning a vacation. Asking for favors, permission or authorization. The state of Oaxaca. Behavior characteristics. Daily and personal care activities. The speaker’s location regarding their actions. Weight measurement units. Words ending in –ma and-mas.

Unit 4

The days of the week. Mentioned in a general, specific or constant way. Formal and informal invitations. Mankind and animals. Human nourishment. Describing past habits

Unit 5

Weddings and other celebrations. The intonation of exclamatory statements. Personality traits. Expressing emotions such as likes and dislikes. Different ways of congratulating people depending on the occasion. Dancing in Latin America. Expressing affirmative opinions. Ways of denying. Describing a famous person. Expressing preferences, wishes and needs. Phrases for accepting suggestions.

Unit 6

Interrogative preceded by the prepositions: a, de, en, hacia, hasta, por, bajo, entre, sobre y con. Problems and solutions. Complaints, suggestions and congratulations. The comma (,). Calling the drugstore. Intonation of interrogative phrases. Expressing opinions in an impersonal way. Medical specialists. Informal styles of greeting, agreeing, proposing, asking for opinions and answering.

Scope

After finishing the Level 3: A2 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

SYLLABUS

Unit 1

The Mexicans. Uses of the period (.). Gifts. Mexican celebrations. The astrology. The routine. Expressing the sequence of actions. The written stress of words.

Unit 2

The media, their consequences and origins. The written stress of words. Uses of the comma (,) and the semicolon (;). How long? /Since when?/How often?/How much longer?

Unit 3

Inventions and discoveries. Discussing in order to reach an agreement and drawing conclusions. Narrating past or completed events. Researching and summarizing information. Asking for and giving information about previous knowledge. Interesting facts about things. Definition of words. Expressing opinions. Biographies of important people. Historical accounts.

Unit 4

The woman in the past and nowadays. Ancient beliefs. The teeth. Traditions, households and urban characters. Prehispanic cultures, leyends and government types. The origin of Mexico City. The history of the cities. Mankind and its environment. The indigenous past of the Mexican Spanish.

Unit 5

Languages. The presence of English worldwide. Origin and meaning of words. Describing imaginary situations. The language of the hearing impaired, the flowers and gestures. Assuming, summarizing and giving arguments. The Olympic games. Cardinal and ordinal numbers from 1 to 100. Weight and measurement units.

Unit 6

Aspects of the city: noises, foutains, neighborhoods and characters. The architecture. Asking for explanations. Biographies. Giving a presentation.

Scope

After finishing the Level 3: A2 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

SYLLABUS

Unit 1

A natural disaster. Writing a text. Telling an anecdote. The Monarca butterfly. Recognizing main and secondary ideas. Reading and narrating a story. Writing a letter or e-mail. Mexico, a country of great diversity. The extinction of species. Writing a news headline. Expressing actions in progress that started in the past and still continue.

Unit 2

Traditional medicine. Beliefs and superstitions. Medicinal plants. Giving a description. Habits to stay healthy. Expressing obligation, need or convenience. First aid. Giving orders, suggestions and advice. A doctor’s appointment. Body types. A balanced nutrition. Expressing conditions in the present. Vocabulary according to the similarity of words. Expressions and sayings related to eating habits.

Unit 3

Prehispanic games. Doing a summary. Expressing likes, dislikes and preferences. Sports and free time activities. Phrases and idioms typical of entertainment and sports. Olympic sports. Slowly and fast. Arguing. Expressing actions that involve acts of will, hopes and wishes. The Raramuris. Sports and money.

Unit 4

Foreign immigrants and their integration in Mexico. Placing an action in time. Writing a letter. Colloquial phrases. Describing objects and situations, specifying their meaning. Writing a notice. Alternative ways to express an opinion. Famous foreigners in Mexico. Listening and Reading comprehension. Composition.

Unit 5

Sociocultural aspects of the Mexico Valley. Synonyms and antonyms. Writing a tourist brochure. The Mexican southeast. The Chocolate. Writing a script.

Scope

After finishing the level 5 B1 CEFR ( Common European Framework of Reference)