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 About Yelapa English Spanish Institute

About Yelapa English Spanish Institute

YESI is a small school, operated since 2001 by the proprietor, Jean, (commonly Juanita to the Mexican population or even Jessie from acronym YESI)), and a collection of teaching associates and guides. She works from the patio of a small jungle house, 85 stairs up a hill on the village waterfall trail. Worth the climb for the great ocean views, cooling ocean breezes, tranquility and quiet for study, and the beauty of nature. The perfect classroom. We teach small groups – typically 2 to 4 per class. We teach five levels of studies, so we can match you with students with similar skills. We can also teach private classes, or at your home or at other select locations to experience more of Yelapa.

JeanJuanita    - Jeannie Hnytka, the principle instructor and proprietor, a Canadian by birth, has spent much of the last 30 years working in environmental planning, teaching, guiding throughout Mexico, Central and South America, and Spain. She's been a Yelapa regular visitor since 1989, instructed languages here since 1999, and opened the Yelapa English Spanish Institute program in 2001. She also brings experience from teaching English in Canada and Portugal. Since 2000, she has worked within the Canadian school system with children with learning problems. She studied linguistics and language acquisition in a Master's Program for Speech Therapists. Her language experience includes some proficiency with Portuguese, French and Ukrainian.

Jean wrote the text provided for the Beginner's and Advanced Beginner's Levels of Study, refined over the last sixteen years from a wealth of teaching styles and materials. She's in the process of completing a second level text that is offered also to intermediate students.

Teaching associates are available based on demand, and your requirements, with excellent reviews from students:

“The fact that after one short week Jean somehow managed to give me a solid base on which to further (my previously nonexistent) Spanish studies and allow me to have simple conversations and to shop amazes me and speaks to the quality of her teaching. Not only is she a great teacher, she's a wealth of local knowledge and a warm and friendly person. ” Gabriele Nolte, Gibsons

“An awesome experience for someone looking to either learn or perfect Spanish. Jean is an exceptional teacher, understands how adults learn and want from a second language experience”. Angie Augier, St. Mary´s High School Calgary .

“I LOVED the course … . You are not only a great and very dedicated teacher of language, but a very inspiring and entertaining person as well, nothing but wonderful memories.” Bill Gorishek, Grand Junction .

Guides:  Yelapans know their environment. They're exceptional guides on the sea and the land. We use various people who have exhibited their skills in plant and animal identification and natural history studies, fishing, walking tours with knowledge of the complex maze of trails into the jungle, medicinal plant identification and uses, etc. All guides will help you as you try to expand your vocabulary and practice. (see the  Activities  section)