Spanish Language Programs

Instituto Cultural Oaxaca

Spanish Language Programs

The Instituto Cultural Oaxaca is a Spanish Language School in Oaxaca with more than 35 years of experience teaching Spanish as a Second Language. We offer various programs for adults and children.

In all of our programs, students learn vocabulary and grammar appropriate for each level through the four language skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading. Also, students can develop an understanding of Oaxacan and Mexican culture through the reading, analysis, and discussion of Spanish language content.

Spanish Programs Available

Spanish Language Programs - Instituto Cultural Oaxaca

Main Spanish Language Program

The Institute offers six levels of beginning through advanced Spanish instruction. Spanish classes at the Institute are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). They are developed within the Communicative Model, a model that focuses on the student’s need to understand and use the fundamentals of the language daily.

The organization of each of our lessons emphasizes communication functions, linguistic and cultural content, and activities to develop the four abilities of the language: written and auditory understanding and oral and written expression. On arrival at the Institute, students are given a written and oral placement test to determine their class level.

This program is for students who want to focus on improving their Spanish language knowledge and skills. The program provides you with up to 4 daily contact hours of total immersion.  

Each day students will have two hours of Spanish Language Classes followed by two hours of language and culture classes about culture, literature, history, gastronomy, and art to practice what they have learned during the first two hours. 


  • 09:00 – 11: 00: Spanish Language Class (2 hours)
  • 11:00 – 13: 00: Language and Culture Class (2 hours)

Students looking for immersion can add to their Spanish Language Programs, cultural workshops to practice Spanish during the afternoon, and learn about Oaxaca’s culture, history, gastronomy, and folk art. Please note that workshops take place Monday to Thursday. Learn more about what workshops are available (internal link to workshops).

Courses start on a Monday every other week. Please take a look at our calendar.



Group Classes are the best option for students who want to improve Spanish in an interactive environment with students worldwide.

When the students arrive at the Instituto, they must take a placement test (written and oral) to determine their Spanish level and the appropriate class placement. We keep the size of group classes small (Maximum six students) to participate in the class entirely.


Spanish Classes

Private classes are the best option for students with specific needs and interests or learning styles. The teacher will develop an individualized study plan to meet the student’s needs effectively.

Specialized Private Classes. 

  • General Spanish (For all levels)
  • Medical Spanish
  • Business Spanish
  • Preparation for DELE Exam
  • Spanish for “Hablantes de Herencia”

For students interested in taking only private classes, we ask that they inform us before they arrive at the Instituto to organize their classes. If students are taking group classes in the morning, they can also add private classes in the afternoon. If this is the case, we would be happy to arrange private classes once the student has arrived at the Instituto

These classes are a good option for students who want to work on specific grammar, such as tense, prepositions, vocabulary, etc., or practice and improve listening, reading, or writing skills. Through these one-on-one private classes, the students will improve their ability to communicate, with confidence, in Spanish with other people.

Recommended for those who :

  • Have specific requirements for their program of study.
  • Have a particular style of studying
  • Have particular physical characteristics.
  • Have limited time to take group classes.

Medical Spanish classes are for students who want to learn Spanish as a Second Language and work or are looking to have a career in health, medicine, nursing, or social work. Students will learn how to approach a patient and learn medical terms such as the human body, body parts, functions, symptoms of physical discomfort and disease, types and characteristics of disease, medical and surgical equipment. 

 Medical Spanish Classes are best for:

  • Working or studying a healthcare-related career.
  • Students with a basic level of Spanish as a Second Language(Required).
  • Students who are working or involved in the careers of health, medicine, nursing, or social work.

These classes are for students who are learning Spanish as a Second Language and work in economics, management, business, finance, and marketing. Some of the themes include organizations and businesses, employment of workers, functions, hierarchies, working methods, the trade of goods and services, relationships between business owners and the consumer, or between the market and competition.

Business Spanish classes are best for:

  • Students who are involved in the professional fields of administration or marketing.
  • Students with a basic level of Spanish as a Second Language(Required).
  • Are connected to the field of business, finances, or marketing.

These classes are for Heritage Spanish Speakers who want to increase or formalize their linguistic skills in Spanish. In this program, students will perfect their listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills. Specifically, it will be focused on reading comprehension and writing expressions to enrich their vocabulary.

Recommended for those who :

  • Speak Spanish as a Heritage Language.
  • Students who want to refine their use of Spanish.

The Instituto Cultural Oaxaca is an authorized DELE Test center by the Instituto Cervantes  

Private classes to take the DELE test are tailored to the student needs.

For more information about DELE


Online Spanish Classes

Online Classes are available for all students who want to keep learning Spanish with an ICO professor. We have different Online Spanish Classes.

Online Spanish Private Classes.

Tertulias:  Conversation classes with a purpose. 

Reading Club:  Every month, students read, analyze and comment on a book of Spanish or Latinamerican Literature. 

Online Spanish Classes


Children Program

Our Spanish for Children Program includes recreational and playful activities. Children will learn Spanish while having fun.

This program is for children between 3 and 12 years old who are studying Spanish. We can organize the program in the format of either group or private classes.

During these classes, the students will improve their psychomotor skills in an environment of learning, interaction, and fun. They will do group work that promotes cooperation and integration to improve their communication skill in Spanish.  

Spanish Classes for Children are organized according to their Spanish level and age.

  • 6 – 8 years old
  • 9 – 12 years old


  • Ages 6 and 12 years.
  • Attending preschool or primary school.
  • Accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For those interested in registering their children, please contact us to organize their program before your family’s arrival at the Instituto.