are conducted in entirely in Spanish, and use the Communicative
Approach as the basis for instruction. The instructors emphasize
student participation, conversational skills and educational
activities, within a framework that teaches you not only the
necessary grammar, but also how to converse and be understood
in real-life situations. Hands-on experience, role-plays,
games, music, interviews with locals, and intensive class-work
support your language acquisition goals, helping you become
quickly familiar with and comfortable in the language. As
you advance, you will begin to study Latin American history
and culture, read selected literature from the region, and
participate in debates, write essays, critique films and generally
refine your language skills as you expand your cultural knowledge.
begin every Monday. There are a total of 12 levels, followed
by 6 levels of specialized courses, and all are taught entirely
in Spanish. Groups are small (maximum 6 people, average 4)
and allow for much participation and student interaction.
Classes are held in the mornings or afternoons, alternating
in the green season so that everyone has a chance to enjoy
the sunny mornings! Each week students complete one level,
moving up in weekly units through the comprehensive program.
Students missing classes or falling behind may be asked to
repeat a level, so we advise you to come to class and make
sure you do your homework!
The professors are university
qualified and credentialed to teach Spanish as a second language.
They have all been certified by the Professional Development
Training Program, and regularly participate in ongoing seminars,
both in Costa Rica and abroad, in order to remain abreast
of current methodology issues and teaching concepts.