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The Programs

We have small classes starting most weeks of the year for all levels - and students tend to improve their language skills rapidly. Classes are taught using the immersion method, which is considered to be the most rapid form of language acquisition. Classes can be taken for varying number of hours per week, with 20 hours per week being the standard program, especially if you are going for more than 8 weeks. Local extracurricular activities and excursions are also an important part of the program, and conducted in the local language, as well.

The school offers:

Free wireless connection to students at the school facilities.
Weekly workbook of materials & photocopies of additional material as requested by the teacher.

15 hours per week. The Standard Program consists of 4 hours per day, Monday through Friday, of Spanish language study in a group setting with a maximum of 5 students per class. Because of the small class size students receive individualized attention allowing for maximum contact with both the Spanish language and the culture

Private Spanish Classes
20 hours per week. Get the most intensive Spanish course available with the Tutor program. Students are taught in a one-on-one setting with a private tutor for maximum immersion. This program is ideal for business professionals or anyone who has tight schedule and/or specific needs.



Beginner: This curriculum has been designed for individuals with no functional ability in the target language. This course covers a two week period, and then students will move into our regular Introductory curriculum. Students will cover 4-5 functions from a different theme each day. The purpose of this course is to give students a foundation upon which they can begin to communicate at an introductory level.

Introductory: This curriculum has been designed for individuals who have a very limited knowledge of the target language and can express only some memorized words and phrases, using limited grammatical structures. Students generally cover one theme per week. The Introductory curriculum is organized into 8 themes: Introductions; In the Restaurant; The Family & Friends; Daily Activities; Around Town; Going on Vacation; Going Shopping; and Health & Fitness. Within each theme, students will practice all 4 language skills, in order to reinforce the functions at this level. Grammar, vocabulary, key phrases and pronunciation will be incorporated into each unit.

Basic: This curriculum has been designed for those individuals who are capable of using simple structures and have a general, limited vocabulary. The Basic curriculum is written with higher level functions than the Introductory level, which utilizes slightly more complex grammatical structures. Students generally cover 1-2 themes each week, depending upon the ability of the students. The 8 themes are: Meeting & Greeting People; The Family; The Workplace & Leisure Activities; Going on Vacation; Food & Clothing; Entertainment; Health & Fitness; and Today's Society. The focus is on building fluency, starting with what the students already know, and building upon this knowledge to develop full confidence in performing the functions. Grammar, vocabulary, key phrases, pronunciation and culture are incorporated into each unit. Students at the high Basic level may be recommended to cover the Intermediate curriculum based upon ability and need.

Intermediate: This curriculum has been designed for individuals who can already communicate in a variety of contexts and situations, but who need to speak with greater grammatical accuracy, use more difficult vocabulary and phrases, and improve their pronunciation and general fluency to feel confident in their communication skills. Students will be given a theme per week, from the following list, based upon their interests and needs: Education, Work & Leisure Activites; Travel & Vacations; Around Town & Going Shopping; Art, Music & Literature; Daily Activities & Food; Health & Ecology; Customs & Traditions; Problems in Society; Much more culture is incorporated into this program, and comparisons are made between Puerto Rico and the United States, as well as with other Latin countries.

Advanced: This curriculum has been designed for individuals with an almost native-like mastery of the language. Students will have different topics to choose from such as: Origins of the Hispanic Culture; Religion in the Hispanic World; Aspects of the Family in the Hispanic Society; Men and Women in the Hispanic Society; Customs and Beliefs; The Economy of the Hispanic Society; Education in the Hispanic World; and Hispanic Presence in the United States.


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 16 years and older are welcomed regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult or have parental consent. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study program should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

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