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Spanish Courses in Costa Rica

Our Spanish courses in Costa Rica have been designed to get the most out of your time. We have the right course for everyone.

For the Standard Spanish programs, the difference is in intensity (from 10 up to 30 lessons per week) and modality (between group lessons, individual lessons or a combination of both). Our Special Spanish programs feature some of the most popular requests that we have received over time.

All of our Spanish courses start every Monday and include weekly free-time activities (cultural classes and excursions to toursitic hot spots) and all our students have access to our tourism services incluiding free advice on tours, hotels and bookings. Courses also include: written and oral testing on the first day, certificate of attendance, orientation kit and tour on the first course day, book lending from school library, free use of Internet and WiFi.

Each lesson is 50 minutes long.

Academia Tica Spanish Course Overview

Spanish CourseLessons per weekLengthAvailabilityStarting on
Intensive20 group1 - 48 weeksCoronado
& Jacó Beach
$250
Intensive plus20 group +
5 private
1 - 48 weeksCoronado
& Jacó Beach
$355
Super Intensive Plus20 group +
10 private
1 - 48 weeksCoronado
& Jacó Beach
$490
Private lessons2 - 30 private1 - 48 weeksCoronado
& Jacó Beach
$25
Surf and Spanish20 group +
3 surf
1 - 8 weeksJacó only$570
DELE Exam Preparation20 group +
10 DELE group
1 - 8 weeksCoronado only$350
Spanish for Professionals25 private1 - 8 weeksCoronado only$700
Spanish for Teachers20 group +
2 cultural
2 - 4 weeksCoronado only$700
Bildungsurlaub course30 group1 - 2 weeksCoronado only*$350
click on every course name for more information

 

Why choose Academia Tica?

Academia Tica has 28 years of experience in the Spanish teaching industry and is one of the first schools established in Central America.

Here are some of the reasons you can consider when choosing your school for a Spanish immersion program:

  • Academia Tica is owned, managed and run by Costa Ricans.
  • We employ local, qualified teachers with many years of experience. Most have been with us for a long time.
  • We are an Instituto Cervantes Accredited Center. Click here to find out why this is important.
  • We can be flexible and adapt to your needs. Ask us what is possible!
  • We offer two great locations with very different environments. Why not try both? Click here to learn more about our locations.
  • We use a modern methodology following the latest guidelines and international standards from Instituto Cervantes regarding Spanish teaching.
  • We are in Costa Rica! This is a fun and safe country with lots of natural wonders to explore and an interesting culture to experiment. If you’re wondering about where to go in Latin America, start here!
  • We offer a full range of services other than courses to help you live the “Pura Vida” experience while studying and while traveling all around Costa Rica.
  • We love to teach Spanish, to share our culture and have a good time while doing it!
  • We’re only as good as our students say! Click here to read and watch student testimonials.

Methodology

Academia Tica uses the communicative method following the guidelines of Instituto Cervantes for Spanish teaching. These are based on the standards proposed by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (you can read more about the CEFR here).

Our classes are small groups (max. 6 students) and all our teachers are highly-trained native speakers. Classes are student-centered which means that you’ll be doing most of the speaking!

This method is based in oral communication to get your conversation skills up quickly, also, because of the types of exercises, you will be learning the underlying theory but not from a grammatical point of view (rules first) but from a functional one (conversation first). This means that you will practice grammar by using it and the teacher explains and expands on what rules are applied.

There are many different activities involved in and out of class that will make your learning more dynamic and useful. You will be learning about Costa Rican, Latin American and Hispanic culture as well, this has always been an important part of what we teach and it is a fundamental aspect of Spanish, necessary for a true understanding of the language.

The learning process of the participants is shaped by our philosophy: competence, authenticity, a reflection of Costa Rican democracy and equality, and respectful interaction with one another and with the environment.

If you’re coming from North America and are used to the ACTFL standards, you may be wondering how it compares to the CEFR. You can read about this here.

 

Volunteering and Internship

We coordinate professional interships in many companies. Take a look at the internship section.

Volunteering is an excellent way to practice your Spanish and have a deeper immersive experience while working towards social or environmental causes. Please read our volunteering section for more information.

Groups, Families and More

We have special offers for groups, families and just about everything you can imagine. Please ask us about the current programs and offerings.

 


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