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From the very beginning, study abroad students learn to think and express themselves in Spanish. They progress very rapidly since they are in constant, daily contact with the language.

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Our Spanish Courses

A holistic approach to language acquisition

Our goal is for learners to be able to rapidly use Spanish in different social contexts. For this, we use a method aimed at integrating linguistic skills called the Communicative Approach to Language Acquisition.  We focus on the modern, communicative and participatory approaches to learning, while not forgetting about the formal, grammatical and structural contents. Our classrooms are student-centered. The four skills (comprehension, speaking, reading and writing) are all utilized in different in-class and out-of-class exercises and projects.

 

We use a holistic approach to Spanish language learning and believe in the unlimited potential of each learner.

  • We create a stress-free experience.
  • We use music and rhythm for a variety of purposes: to enhance acquisition, to open the limbic center of the brain where emotions (a key to retention) live, and to establish a state of relaxed alertness.
  • We engage all the senses. They work together and multiply our capacity to learn. This helps to open new neurological pathways in the brain for greater understanding and retention.
  • We stimulate both the left and right brain for both analytical and analogical thinking: that is, taking things apart and putting them back together again.
  • We invite the sense of the "child" from participants, since childlike qualities enhance exploration while having fun.

We aim to teach students not only to speak a new language, but also to be happier, more responsible, and more cooperative. We use innovative techniques to shape our students into not only new speakers of the beautiful Spanish language, but also better citizens.

“From the very beginning, students learn to think and express themselves in Spanish. They progress very rapidly since they are in constant, daily contact with the language.”

 

Spanish learning activities and exercises

We use practical activities and exercises that focus on developing oral and written skills based on real situations. Students learn to communicate in meaningful ways about meaningful topics.  The students actively participate in:

  • field trips to marketplaces, art galleries, farms and more
  • visits to cultural activities
  • interviews
  • oral presentations
  • comments on newspaper articles
  • discussions
  • bibliographical research
  • research papers on aspects of Costa Rican culture