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Special Courses

The Academic Experience

The Institute offers special courses for people who are looking for a program that is strong in both academics and hands-on in a specific field. At the Spanish Language Institute, students receive outstanding instruction from native speakers who are experienced in helping them achieve the language proficiency they need to be effective. At the same time, students have the opportunity to live in a middle class, Costa Rican home and do volunteer service, twice a week, in a ministry to poor families.

To set up a program for you, please use our Contact Us form to contact the Academic Director (choose “Academic Director” in the To: field), who will endeavor to put together a program designed to meet your particular needs.

SPAN 104 Spanish for Health Staff

This course aims to increase relevant vocabulary for students who are or will be involved in a medical career or service. It aims also at helping the communication skills of students through role-playing and reading.


SPAN 205 Spanish for Business Administration

This course aims to aid students in acquiring vocabulary for business administration. Students investigate, expose and discuss issues related to the world of business and business administration. They will also learn technology vocabulary and learn to write business documents in general.


SPAN 302 Advanced Grammar

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.


SPAN 303 Advanced Conversation

A continuation of SPAN 203, this course aims to teach more complex structures and improved functionality. Students will have 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.


SPAN 401 Latin American Culture

Concepts of culture (definition and cultural expressions); human behavior (concepts of reality, time and space, sex and gender, race and racism), cultural changes (adaptation, culture shock), and culture and society (social class, social stratification and how it applies to Latin America), to the end that students grow in God´s love toward other cultures by means of practical activities and classroom discussion. This course may include field trips (minimum of six students in the group required).


SPAN 402 Community service

Opportunities for hands-on participation in Costa Rican culture and society by means of volunteer service (six hours per week) to the community, under the supervision of Institute staff and an associated ministry. Active participation and written reports are required.


SPAN 403 Translation

This course aims at promoting awareness of the complexities involved in producing a translation that is faithful to the original and sensitive to the reader, or listener, of the target language. Students will be provided with written, oral and listening exercises that allow them to apply and practice the basic translation guidelines, principles and theoretical concepts they have studied.


SPAN 404 Latin American Literature

This course aims at enhancing comprehension skills and extending vocabulary. Students will be asked to read at home and also read out loud in class, discuss new vocabulary, and summarize what they read. Samples of poetry, short stories, novels and dramas will be chosen. Also, the student will learn to understand newspapers and current magazines.


SPAN 405 Creative Writing

This course aims to develop the writing skills, and also at perfecting the spelling of Spanish words. Students will learn and practice all the spelling rules. They will also learn to write different types of writings, such as memos, newspaper ads, comments, summaries, poetry, resumes, and so forth.


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