"Spanish for Ministry" is the traditional program, with a more grammar-oriented approach. It is appropriate for learners who
The usual length of time needed to complete each level is one trimester. The content of each level may vary somewhat depending on the experience, age and natural ability of the students within a group.
Taught in Spanish. Analysis of the production of all of the sounds of Spanish, phrasing patterns, and proper intonation of sentences. Methodology is very oriented towards pattern drilling. Bilingual book with CD provided. Students must have access to a computer or a CD player.
Taught mostly in Spanish, translation to English provided in specific situations. Includes main topics of grammar, seen in general. Methodology is very visual, but includes the drilling of patterns and creative production. Books and hand-outs provided.
Taught in Spanish. Vocabulary and basic structures intended to enable the speaker to communicate simply in routine business and survival situations. Methodology is very eclectic, including communicative competencies, and visual and kinesthetic activities. Booklet and hand-outs provided.
Taught in Spanish. In-depth study of main topics of grammar, with exceptions included. Methodology is very visual, but also includes pattern drills and creative production. Books and hand-outs provided.
Taught in Spanish. Vocabulary needed for detailed descriptions of people and things. Narration and comparisons are introduced, as well as Bible studies and presentations. Methodology is eclectic. Correction of pronunciation is also given as needed. Hand-outs provided. Bible is needed.
Taught in Spanish and English. May be substituted for SPAN 203. Introduces the same linguistic functions, using the FARO method of community language learning. (See description of FARO below *.)
Taught in Spanish. Exhaustive study of all grammar topics aimed at helping the speaker sound more native-like. Methodology is visual, but includes oral drilling and creative production. Books and hand-outs provided.
Continuation of SPAN 203, now aiming at more complex structures and better functionality. Opportunity to improve narration and be exposed to more abstract and hypothetical situations. Learners are encouraged to find ways to express their ideas and opinions using circumlocution. Methodology is very eclectic. Hand-outs provided. Bible is needed.
May be substituted for SPAN 303. Covers the same linguistic functions, using the FARO method of community language learning. (See description of FARO below*.)
FARO takes the place of the conversation class and introduces the participant to a methodology of life-long language learning that utilizes the resources of the language community. These resources are: (F) the facilitator, a staff member of the Institute who lends direction, encouragement and accountability to the process; (A) the helper ("ayudante"), a native speaker with some knowledge of English who assists the learner in preparing and practicing texts to be memorized, frequently in exchange for help with English; and (R) the route, which consists of 10-15 people in the community (store owners, neighbors, etc) whom the learner visits twice a week; and (O) listen and observe ("oir" and "observar"), two important responsibilities of the learner.
FARO participants meet three times a week with their facilitator: once individually and twice with their small group. They are expected to spend six hours per week on their route or in a planned activity and two hours a week with their helper. In addition to being a creative, learner-directed way of practicing Spanish, FARO has proven to be an effective means of sharing the gospel and forming lasting relationships with Latins.
We have been overwhelmed by the amazing faculty, staff and administration at The Spanish Language Institute! The teachers were able to accommodate our personal learning styles as well as to ease us into the full immersion of living in Costa Rica. The staff and administration were always warm and kind and they always had encouraging words for us. They genuinely cared about our family and always wanted to make sure that we were doing well in all areas of our life here. We entered the institute with no Spanish and we are leaving with a solid foundation of understanding, speaking, and writing the language. We also gained the invaluable cultural experience of living in such a beautiful country!