Our method emphasizes function and use versus rules and theory, but this doesn’t mean that grammar is ignored. Also, the program includes real world tasks for using Spanish in real life situations when your teachers take the out or seeking opportunities for learners to use the language beyond the classroom, for example in our cultural activity program. This is both a challenge and a fun activity, which summarizes our take on Spanish teaching: “fun classes, serious learning”.
Academia Tica uses the total immersion method and all classes are conducted in Spanish only. Our teaching method is interactive, communicative, intercultural and learner-centered. Course levels and programs are defined in compliance with the Common European Framework through the “Curricular Plan” of Instituto Cervantes.
Group courses are conducted in classes of a maximum of 6 students. The average per class is 3-4 students only. One lesson is 50 minutes. On the first morning of each course you will be tested to evaluate your level of Spanish. Following the test you will be assigned to the course level that fits best to both your writing and oral skills. You can also take an online Spanish test to know which level you’re at.
Our book method consists of a textbook and a workbook. It also includes 2 audio CD’s and an interactive CD-ROM. This book method, written at Universidad de Salamanca and following the program guidelines of Instituto Cervantes, is a carefully structured system for learning the Spanish language and is among the best we’ve found for it.
Each level includes grammatical structures of the Spanish language and presentation and discussion of details and special characteristics of life and society. Technical Spanish and Composition exercises are available too. Levels C1 and C2 include writing exercises, Technical Spanish, contemporary Latin American literature, Latin American tradition and folklore, Latin American political and social issues.
In addition to our own working materials we also use local newspapers, magazines from Central America, songs, videos about the Latin American reality, illustrations, maps, textbooks and many other materials which are especially prepared for use in Academia Tica. We also visit places related to the topics and invite experts to give lectures. Discussion themes are presented in sections and include a variety of listening exercises. Some examples from the catalog topics:
- National Parks of Costa Rica
- Ecological problems of Costa Rica
- Contemporary Latin American Literature
- Costa Rican Educational System
- Situation of Indigenous Minorities in Latin America
- Costa Rican Traditions
- Political Parties and Elections in Costa Rica.