About Our Classes

CLASSES: METHODOLOGY AND DAILY SCHEDULE

OBJECTIVES

Our courses are planned for students at various levels who wish to take their first steps in Spanish or who are simply interested in improving their fluidity.  The program is divided into weeks, with new students beginning classes every Monday throughout the year. The standard package is four hours a day of classes given by university teachers with experience in teaching Spanish as a second language.

GENERAL AIMS

At the end of each course, the student will be able to understand and use Spanish in a variety of contexts, expressing him/herself with control and assurance.

METHODOLOGY

In the process of teaching Spanish we apply the “Natural Approach”, a theory for the acquisition of a second language which emphasizes the primacy of oral and conversational skills. This methodology can be applied at all levels: basic,
intermediate and advanced.

INTERNAL ORGANIZATION OF THE CLASS

Grammar , exercises explanations, and explanations of grammatical rules followed by exercises related to the theme.

Oral activities conducted in class with the instructor an classmates.  These will provide the opportunity to hear and interact in Spanish.  Material use of slides and transparencies along with supplementary activities including crossword puzzles, open dialogues, flash cards, situational activities, and discussion with personal opinions.

Oral expressions with short readings of cultural texts with topical and relevant themes of interests.  Materials include:  Short videos, documentaries for analysis and discussion in class about Costa Rica and Latin American Regions.

Literature, short stories, and films of literary works.  These are used to expand the students knowledge of the cultural and political environment as well as supplement to language classes.

TEACHING MATERIAL

  • Audio visual material: use of educational videos, cassettes and films
  • .We use a text-book in class adapted for teaching Spanish as a second language.
  • Exercise book / notebook
  • Transparencies and slides
  • Educational learning games
  • Use of internet for individual research (preparation for discussion etc)
  • Support material (newspapers, magazine articles etc).
  • Cultural and intercultural activities.

Typical Day

Daily
Schedule
8:30 –  10:00 AM
10:00 – 10:20 AM
10:20 AM –
12:30 PM
12:30 – 1:30 PM
Monday
 Spanish Class
Break
 Oral Expression
 Lunch
Tuesday
 Spanish Class
Break
 Oral Expression
 Lunch
Wednesday
 Spanish Class
Break
 Oral Expression
 Lunch
Thursday
 Spanish Class
Break
 Oral Expression
 Lunch
Friday
 Spanish Class
Break
 Oral Expression
 Lunch

The afternoons are available for such items as Latin Dance Classes, excursions, museums, etc.