Our program offers students the opportunity to learn
Spanish and to discover Costa Rican culture on first hand.
Our programs include:
Intensive Spanish classes, Homestays with carefully selected Costa Rican
Families, afternoon Latin Dance, Costa Rican Cooking and Conversation classes,
24 hour airport transportation, excursions and cultural activities.
Class schedules are flexible. We offer diverse programs and the opportunity to
design your own schedule.
OPEN ENROLLMENT: Courses are offered year round. New classes start on Mondays
every week of the year.
SHORT & LONG TERM COURSES: You may choose the length of the program (from one
week up to six months).
HOURS OF INSTRUCTION: With any of our programs you may select as many hours of
Spanish instruction per day as you wish.
SMALL GROUPS: Spanish classes are offered in small groups with an average of 3-4
students (max. 6). Individual classes and special packages for groups are also
At the School we believe that only things that are interesting and fun to do
can be learned quickly and easily. Consequently, the essence of our courses is a
varied and dynamic teaching approach. Our aim is to teach classes that are
intensive, yet challenging and enjoyable.
Our methodology calls for active participation from our students. Our practical
courses enable the students to communicate, comprehend and use accurate
pronunciation in Spanish as quickly as possible.
The intimate classroom setting and particular training methods provide the
flexiblility to adapt our teaching style and approach to meet your individual
Class schedules are flexible. We offer diverse programs and the opportunity
to design your own schedule. Students may also choose to supplement their group
classes with additional private lessons.
Our Spanish classes usually consist of 3 to 4 students-never more than six. This
intimate class size helps us tailor our programs to your specific needs and to
adapt our teaching method to your learning style. You will be placed in classes
according to your Spanish proficiency level, which is determined by an
evaluation exam before starting your course.
We provide four levels of instruction:
Beginners I, II & III
Intermediate I, II & III
Advanced I, II & III
Beginner's course I, II and III has been designed to teach introductory Spanish.
The primary objective of this course is to offer students the opportunity to
acquire communication skills in what we call "Survival Spanish". They would be
able to communicate in different situations for example in a bank, in a
restaurant, giving their personal information, asking/giving directions, and
other everyday situations. As a Beginning student, you will study basic sentence
structures, learn everyday vocabulary and develop the ability to clearly
communicate basic ideas in Spanish.
The intermediate course is divided into Intermediate I, II & III and covers most
grammatical structures, which will give students the tools to achieve fluency.
Students will learn these grammatical structures, while improving vocabulary,
pronunciation, comprehension, as well as written and oral expression. They will
be able to hold conversations on various topics with native speakers and use
appropriate verb forms. Course emphasis is on culturally authentic reading and
writing, along with continued development of listening/speaking competencies.
This course includes the study of advanced Spanish grammar. The student should
begin to master complex syntactical and morphological structures and special
differences used in the language, mainly the subjunctive mode and other complex
forms. In addition, different topics are introduced to the class in order to
encourage discussions and improve general oral proficiency. Written texts will
be presented to the class for analysis, to increase vocabulary, and to promote
advanced conversations about Hispanic countries, culture and current events.
The objective of this course is the proficiency and fluency in the Spanish
language. Furthermore, emphasis is placed on the comprehension and use of the
language in unrehearsed situations in culturally appropriate ways.
If you already speak fluent Spanish, the Costa Rican Language School offers the
opportunity to improve your ability to converse in Spanish. We help you achieve
an understanding of the technical structure of Spanish, as it relates to your
specific interests. You will learn more about our culture and its impact on the
If you are a Spanish Language teacher or studying for this profession, we offer
private courses providing additional training. We discuss Latin American history
and literature, focusing on textual and advanced grammatical analysis,
composition and literary style. You may select the area in which you would like
to specialize, then our Spanish Language Coordinator will work closely with you
to develop your own program.
We also offer medical Spanish for nurses or doctors, business Spanish and
Spanish for lawyers.
After completing their Spanish courses, some of our students wish to stay in
Costa Rica and do volunteer work.
The San Josť Language School is glad to help our students with information, assistance, telephone
calls, setting up appointments, legal documents, letters of recommendation and
other arrangements necessary for finding volunteer work.
As a general rule, it is not easy (almost impossible) to set up a job before you
leave home. Most places will require several phone calls, visits to the
organization and a personal interview before anything is decided. Most
organizations also require that the applicant have a medium to high fluency in
Classes and Homestay with Costa
Spanish classes at the San Josť Language School can be taken on an hourly basis or in conjunction
with one of our Homestay Programs. The Homestay Programs include a regular
schedule of Spanish lessons and lodging with a Costa Rican family. Your Costa
Rican family provides you with breakfast, dinner and laundry service.
Our families are carefully selected for their friendliness and warmth. They all
offer clean lodging in safe neighborhoods. Homestays are an excellent way to
immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture. As part of the family, you will
practice speaking Spanish everyday and learn first-hand about the Costa Rican
way of life. You can stay with a family for a minimum of one week or as long as
you would like.
With any of our programs you may select as many classroom hours per day as you
wish. Please see the enclosed price list for current prices.
You may also participate in our outside excursions, social and cultural
activities. Some of these are included in intensive Homestay Programs or they
are available at an additional charge, which varies according to the type of
Classes by Hour (without Homestay)
If you are not interested in a Homestay program, we offer you the flexibility of
paying for your classes by the hour. You may take any number of private classes
or participate in our group sessions. Latin Dance classes, Costa Rican Cooking
Classes and our Conversation "Hour" are also included for students enrolled in
classes without homestay.
Please see the enclosed price list for current prices.
Many of our students have received college credit for their studies at San
Josť Language School.
Most of these students come on their own and apply for credit independently at
different universities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. This is usually the most
In order to meet the requirements for credit we provide students and
universities with the following documents:
- Confirmation of enrollment
- After completing the course: a certificate of attendance and a letter stating
the Spanish level and type of course received.
- A transcript of their grades, including the total amount of hours completed.
Usually, students who are applying for credit must first have approval from
their university prior to beginning studies at San Josť Language School. Most institutions also
require that students take a final exam and receive an evaluation of their work
& progress during the course. However, each university or college has a somewhat
different system for granting credit so if a student is interested in this
option, we can work with their Spanish or Study Abroad department to set up a
program that will meet their specific credit requirements.