Spanish Language in Coronado & Playa Jaco


    Study Spanish in Coronado & Playa Jaco (beach town)
    Spanish Language & Costa Rican Culture: 20 hrs / wk
    Start any Monday – Minimum age 16 yrs
    2 wks: $995 / 4 wks: $1795 USD

    The Program / Location

    Locations are in Coronado and in the beach town of Playa Jaco. Coronado is just outside San Jose near the southern border of the beautiful Braulio Carrillo National Park. The study center is equipped with 10 well furnished classrooms, a computer lab with free internet access, wifi, a mobile cafeteria, garden, luggage storage room, game room, cable TV with over 100 channels, local newspapers, resource library, and a tourism service desk.

    Classes are taught in small groups, 4 lessons per day – 20 per week (M-F), morning to early afternoon schedules. In addition, fun cultural activities are arranged to help students and teachers get to know each other. Orientation provided the first day. Overall, a fun and educational program. Can start on any Monday. Minimum age is 16 yrs.

    Courses – Start Any Monday

    Small group courses – 4 lessons per day (M-F), 20 per week. Morning and early afternoon schedules. All students take a placement test, and are placed in the proper level group course. Minimum age is 16 yrs.

    Certified instructors provide an “immersion method” in all classes. Emphasis on oral production and strengthening grammar.

    Academic credit can be earned. 1 – 2 credits per 2 weeks.

    Beginners Level: For those students who have little or no knowledge of the Spanish language and wish to acquire the basics in order to be able to understand and communicate on a simple level. Students are taught to read and produce simple texts, letters, and to understand short descriptions and texts. Basic daily conversation Spanish.

    Intermediate Level: Aimed at students who are already familiar with Spanish and wish to consolidate their basic knowledge and improve spoken and written skills. Enable students to participate in conversations and debates, intervene in discussions relevant to daily life. Students are taught how to understand newspaper and press reports and narrative texts. Enhance comprehension ability.

    Advanced Level: For students capable of expressing themselves and understanding standard Spanish. Building on their knowledge, gaining confidence in expression, and reaching higher standards of fluency. Students are taught strategies and communication skills in written and spoken Spanish, enabling them to express themselves in public, understand complicated scripts and elaborate reports.

    Superior Level: This is the highest level for students with an advanced level in Spanish, and wish to perfect and specialize their skills. Gives students the capacity to communicate fluently, conduct speeches, and be able to grasp the message implicit in technical debates and programs. Students are taught to recognize hidden messages and connotations in texts to understand contemporary scripts, as well as to write fluent texts, using creative Spanish at the highest standard.

    Elementary Spanish 101: Pronounciation and fundamental grammatical structure in the language are introduced in both classroom and laboratory drills. Emphasis is on development of the language skills. Student will learn daily Spanish to satisfy routine travel needs and minimum courtesy requirements, ask questions and give answers on topics familiar to them while using the present indicative with both regular and irregular verbs, the present progressive, the preterit with regular verbs, ser, estar and ir and direct and indirect complementary pronouns. Course activities will include “Conversation”, dicussion of short cultural readings, dramatizations of dialogues, situational role playing, transformation drills, oral and written exams. Class uses a variety of materials, but the main textbook is: Espanol A Lo Vivo, by Wilkins and Larson. Units 1- 5.

    Intermediate Spanish 102: Continued emphasis on the development of language skills, supplemented by classroom and laboratory drills. Reading materials of moderate difficulty introduced. Focus is on pronounciation, oral expression, listening, comprehension and reading. Students are introduced to cultural patterns and heritage of Spanish speaking world, especially Costa Rica. Reflexive verbs, pronouns in sequence, the present subjunctive clauses, imperatives, comparatives and both the indefinite and imperfect preterits. Textbook: Espanol A Lo Vivo, by Wilkins and Larson. Units 6 – 10.

    Intermediate – Advanced Spanish 201: Continued reading with more emphasis on oral work, vocabulary building, and a review of the basic principles of grammar. Reinforcement of oral communicative skills within a wider context and emphasizing greater grammatical accuracy and fluency. Students learn to communicate with greater ease and confidence about sports, entertainment, social problems, and cultural differences, while using the preterit, imperfect, simple future, simple conditional, the uses of “se”. The perfect and pulperfect preterit, future perfect, the compund conditional and the passive voice. Classroom activities include reading of short literary and cultural excerpts, discussions of current events, dramatizations, role playing, question and answer sessions. Oral and written exams. Textbook: Espanol A Lo Vivo, by Wilkins and Larson. Units 11-15.

    Advanced Readings and Conversation 202: Special emphasis on comprehension as well as oral and written expression. Controlled conversation in the language and review of the basic principles of grammar. Discussions, readings, question and answer sessions, drills, and reviews of all grammar. Stresses greater accuracy and fluency in oral expression. Textbook: Espanol A Lo Vivo, by Wilkins and Larson. Units 16-20.

    Advanced Composition and Conversation 303: Drill in original composition in the language with attention to style, syntax, idioms, and verb forms. Class dicussions in the language.

    Topics in Language and Linguistics 403: Intensive Study of a specialized area of language or lingusitics. Course may be repeated for credit when content of each offering is different.

    Activities – Cultural

    Fun cultural activities are organized. Announced a few days prior to taking place. Sign up there, and pay any small fee required. Excursions also provided to such places like: Volcano National Park, Carara or Manuel National Park, a coffee plantation and processing plant, Waterfall Gardens, or even a visit to the RainForest. Excursions usually cost about $30 for a 1/2 day tour….plus an entrance fee of $8 – $18 per student. Sign up and pay there if you want to participate (optional).

    Also, all students have free access to the nearby club – Los Jaules Club. This is a sport club that offers Pools, Gym, Sauna, Basketball Court, Soccer Court, Restaurants, Bar, and outdoor ranches.


    Housing cost is separate – $250 per week.

    You have 2 choices:

    • Host family and 2 meals daily – breakfast & dinner. Buy own lunch. Single or double room. Bed linens provided. Bring own towels.
    • Student residence – single or double – share kitchen and bathroom. Includes phone, cable TV, laundry facility, Wi-Fi, bed linens. Bring own towels.
      Meals can be prepared by each student, or purchased locally.

    You can also arrange your own housing if you prefer, just let us know. Local hotels available.

    Dates and Fees

    * Spanish Language – 4 hrs per day / 20 hrs per week
    * Minimum age is 16 yrs.

    2 weeks $995 USD
    3 weeks $1395
    4 weeks $1795

    * Addtl week = $400 USD per week extra (housing not included)

    * Airport transfer (pick-up) costs $50 approx each way (door to door). Pay there if requested.
    From airport – International Airport – Juan Santamaria. Let us know if you want airport pick-up, and email us flight info. Transfers to Playa Jaco cost $75 each way.


    Open to all students and adults. Minimum age is 16.


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