Study Spanish in Tamarindo

Study Spanish in Tamarindo Costa RicaCoastal Spanish Institute offers quality intensive Spanish language courses in one of the most beautiful beach areas in Costa Rica. Students from around the world come to participate in our various Spanish language programs. Studying Spanish at Coastal Spanish will allow you to not only learn Spanish, but experience a truly unique immersion experience.

Location
The Spanish Institute is situated in the heart of Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica. From Coastal Spanish, everything in the town (including the beach) are just a few steps away. Currently classes are held in a brand new custom built facility which is perfectly suited for both small group and private language instruction. The top floor of the building also is utilized for a student break area and a place to offer various cultural activities. Around the classrooms and the residence, students can enjoy beautiful and well maintained tropical gardens. We feel that our Spanish language school provides the perfect atmosphere for those who want to study and learn Spanish in Playa Tamarindo.

The school has a number of air conditioned student residences on site. This is a perfect choice for those that prefer not to stay with one of our wonderful host families. Each residence has Cable TV and High Speed Wireless. Even if you are not staying in the residence you will still have access to the wireless internet connection (bring your laptop). No other school currently offers this option in Costa Rica that we are aware of.

he classes at Coastal Spanish start every Monday of the year. We currently have 9 different levels of Spanish courses, all of which are taught in Spanish. The maximum class size is 6 people per class. Normally classes will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. During peak times of the year, Coastal Spanish will also run classes in the afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Classes are held Monday through Friday

Spanish Programs
You can choose from any of the following Spanish course options:

Standard Spanish Program
20 Spanish lessons per week. 55 minutes per class. Max 6 students per class
Duration: From 1 week up to a period of months. Your choice.
9 levels: Beginner to advanced.
Description: This Spanish language program consists of classes with a maximum of 6 students per teacher. Spanish courses are held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and are composed of a a combination of conversational grammar and practical conversation and/or lectures.

Intensive Spanish Program
30 Spanish lessons per week. 55 minutes per class. Max 6 students per class
Duration: From 1 week up to a period of months. Your choice.
9 levels: Beginner to advanced.
Description: The perfect Spanish program for someone who prefers a more intensive Spanish language course. The format is the same as the Standard Program. The difference is that under this option you will receive an additional 2 hours per day of instruction in the afternoon. Courses are held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Private Spanish Program
20-35 Spanish lessons per week. 55 minutes per class. Max 1 student per class
Duration: From 1 week up to a period of months. Your choice.
9 levels: Beginner to advanced.
Description: If you have little time available or prefer something very intensive, then please consider taking private Spanish language courses. If you are taking a group class and would like to add a few hours per day to your Spanish program this is possible.

If you prefer to have your entire course utilizing private instruction that is possible as well. You can choose from 4-7 hours per day of private instructions. Private instruction can be utilized to cover general or specialized Spanish language topics.

Spanish & Surf Program
20 Spanish lessons per week. 55 minutes per class. Max 6 students per class. You also will receive surf lessons along with surf board rental.
Duration: From 1 week up to a month. Your choice.
9 levels: Beginner to advanced (for the Spanish classes)
Description: This program consists of classes with a maximum of 6 students per teacher. Courses are held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and are composed of a a combination of conversational grammar and practical conversation and/or lectures.

Surf Portion: Surf board rental is included in the cost of the program. The first 2 weeks you will receive (in addition to the board rental) 6 hours of surf instruction. Surf classes are provided by local surf professionals. On weeks 3 and 4 you will get one surf trip to a location outside of Tamarindo (along with surf board rental).

Methodology
Spanish Tamarindo Coastal Spanish offers a variety of well thought out courses. The methodology utilized for teaching Spanish is referred to as the Communicative Approach. This teaching style encourages student interaction. You might say that you learn more because you learn better. The program consists of a variety of interesting and interactive exercises created to encourage you to practice the Spanish language in a real life setting.

We feel this approach helps to build your confidence, which in turn increases your motivation to learn more.

The foundation of the Spanish language classes consist of a combination of exercises, role playing, reading, conversation, and grammar. Each Spanish teacher will then customize a program based upon the level of the participants in the class.

Academic Credit

Coastal Spanish has an agreement which allows students to receive academic credit for courses taken at our Spanish language school.

Activities: Offered Or Arranged

The Spanish Institute offers or helps to arrange a variety of cultural activities, afternoon trips and weekend excursions. We feel these type of activities constitute an important part of any Spanish language immersion program.

Each week depending on student interest and depending what is going on in the surrounding area, Coastal Spanish will offer or help to arrange these activities.

The following are examples of activities that are typically offered or that can be arranged.

Dance Classes: Very Popular! The purpose of this class is to help you learn some of the more common dance styles found in Costa Rica. Learn Meringue, salsa, marcado and cumbia.

Interesting Lectures: Topics cover a range of topics. Topics include: ecology of Costa Rica, Costa Rican history, culture and politics, etc.

Cooking Class: Learn how to cook some of the favorite local Costa Rican dishes.

Intercambios: Meet with locals who are learning English. You will help them practice their English and they will help you learn Spanish! Besides brushing up on your Spanish it is a great way to meet some Ticos!

Visits To National Parks: Costa Rica is famous for its beauty. The best place to experience this is to go to one of the country's many national parks. Many of these parks are close to Playa Tamarindo.

Spanish Language School TamarindoCanopy Tours: A canopy tour is one of the more popular things to do in Costa Rica. High up in the rainforest one gets an opportunity to see the unique ecosystem found high up in the trees.

Arenal Volcano: If you have never seen an active volcano then take advantage of your time in Costa Rica and visit one. Arenal is considered to be one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

River Rafting: Despite the small size of the country, Costa Rica is home to some of the best white water rafting in the world. Coastal Spanish has contacts with good organizations who run these types of trips.

Deep Sea Fishing: There are a number of charter boats working on the Pacific Coast area. Coastal Spanish can help you find the right charter outfit.

Surf & Scuba: See our Surf and Scuba page for more info.

There are many more activities and excursions available. The staff at Coastal Spanish will help to make sure that you have a chance to discover the best the Costa Rica has to offer!

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