GL/SP 3100 6.0: Advanced Spanish (Taxco, Mexico)

Instructor: Professor Caridad Silva: Prerequisites? GL/AP SP 2000
Glendon Course Dates: May 10 - June 16, 2022
Course Abroad Dates:
June 18 - July 2, 2022
Open to Non-Majors? Yes


Program Coordinator: Professor Jerzy Kowal (


Course Overview

SP 3100, as the last required language course, has been designed to help Glendon and Keele students develop the necessary linguistic precision (grammatical, lexical, phonetical, and especially pragmatic) while optimizing their strategies to effectively communicate in Spanish (oral and written language).

The course content is organized around functional, grammatical. lexico-semantic, sociocultural, pragmatic, and phonetic aspects of the language.Students in this course learn Spanish with the communicative approach during the Glendon component of the course, and then, while in Taxco, they are also offered an opportunity to enhance their Spanish with the tasked-based approach while participating in a variety of activities designed by the host institution.

Program Highlights:

  • Spend the first 6 weeks of the course at Glendon preparing for the intensive 2 weeks in Taxco, Mexico
  • Immerse yourself in the beautiful Mexican culture through
    • Cultural activities and meals
    • Excursions
    • City and museum tours
    • Volunteerism

See the SP 3100 Schedule 2020


Attend the Information Session on Friday, April 1st @ 3:00 – 4:00 pm 

Info Session Zoom Link:


About SP 3100 course prerequisites:

(1) SP 2000 Second Level Spanish Language (= B2, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages): This intermediate level language course provides an in-depth treatment of the more complex aspects of grammar. By enhancing students' listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, this course enables them to continue training in advanced Spanish language and literature.

In addition to learning vocabulary to be able to converse on a variety of topics (Sentir y vivir / Vivir en la ciudad / La influencia de los medios / Generaciones en movimiento / Las riquezas naturales / El valor de las ideas / Perspectivas laborales / Ciencia y tecnología / Escapar y divertirse / Herencia y destino), in this second-year Spanish course students focus in particular on verbal morphology and on the correct use of tenses, aspects, moods, and unconjugated verb forms.

SP 2000 offers a lexical and grammatical continuum of SP 1000 Elementary Spanish, an intensive Spanish course where students acquire the basic grammar and vocabulary to be able to take second year discipline courses already offered in Spanish td (= A1-B1, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

(2) SP 2100 Introduction to Spanish Literary Texts: An introduction to literary texts written by Spanish and Latin American writers. Selected texts are analyzed for their literacy, linguistic and cultural content. This course also prepares students for analytical reading and writing of essays in the advanced-level courses.


Program Fee

Program fee: TBC

  • Includes:
    • Accommodation
    • Excursions/Field activities
    • Welcome Reception
    •® Health Insurance
  • Not Included
    • Airfare to and from the Mexico
    • Tuition fee (payable to York University)
    • Any personal expenses

*Subject to change, program fees will depend on the final number of participants.

Deposits and Payment Deadlines

To secure a spot in this course, you'll need to submit a non-refundable deposit of $500 to York International. Contact Renee Marks ( for payment procedures. 

  • Deposit ($500): May 2, 2022
  • Outstanding program fee: May 9, 2022

PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to come to York International Office. All payments will be conducted online. We only accept Visa and Mastercard. No cash or cheques.

Financial Support & Budget Planning

All participants of this course will receive the York International Mobility Award (YIMA) upon completion of the Pre-Departure Training and Travel Risk Requirements.

This is a summer abroad course. Open to non-majors by permission of the course director, Professor Jerzy Kowal. Participants outside the major must demonstrate B2 proficiency in Spanish.

Pre-Departure Training & Risk Management

Attending a Pre-Departure Session is mandatory for all YorkU students participating in the GL/SP 3100 Advanced Spanish. York International provides pre-departure training to York students who are scheduled to participate in global learning programs (exchange, internships and other short-term programs).
Content covered at Pre-Departure Sessions include:

  1. Travel preparations (research about destination, flight, accommodation arrangements)
  2. Risk Management (waiver, emergency contact card, Registration of Canadians abroad)
  3.® Insurance
  4. Funding and Finances
  5. Inter-cultural awareness

York Students traveling abroad for international programs are required to purchase® insurance. To ensure safety and well-being of York students traveling abroad, York University has developed a partnership with® Insurance. It provides comprehensive insurance coverage and benefits that are in the best interest of the students and the university at-large.®covers medical, emergency, evacuation, and 3 party liability, among others. Please read the® benefit summary for more information. Students must register directly with®.
More information on registration will be outlined in the link below.



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