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Schedules and methodology

At LOGOS Language Center we use the “total immersion” method, which means that the lessons are 100% in the Spanish Language from the beginning. In this way you will be able to relate words with concepts directly and not by means of a translation. This will help you manage the language in a more natural and fast way. You will not have any need for translations deep in your mind, and it will be easier for you to interpret the messages and think in Spanish, with no dependence on your native language.

With beginners, a great deal of materials that will be of great help in this stage, are used. Such materials are illustrations, mimics, drawings, objects and simple samples that show the student’s progress step by step in a natural way. The intermediate and advanced students will also enjoy a great variety of materials and activities that will help them shape and improve their skills in the Spanish Language and speak it fluently.

Our courses do not have any definite period of time. We advance at your own pace and devote the time you need for doing so.

The lessons are conversational and wholly participatory; you will always have the opportunity to speak, to ask, and to be corrected. Even though the focus is conversational, we do not set aside aspects of grammar. There are grammar capsules every day, but we teach grammar in a practical way and apply it to every day life situations. Each grammar topic is practiced and applied in the conversation broadly.

In addition, we take pride in the fact that our lessons are completely varied, dynamic, creative, and amusing; for this each one of our teachers will lead you through a wide range of individual and collective activities. We use all types of supportive materials that will contribute to your learning of the new language.

Our teachers have the skills to transmit confidence in the students and encourage them to feel comfortable in a familiar and quiet environment.

Thank you for helping me so much to learn Spanish. It was really beneficial. Also you all are so friendly. I enjoyed my class a lot.

Joy from Raleigh, NC

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Materials:

You do not need to pay more for the materials; they are included within the total price. We do have printed materials with grammar hints, vocabulary, practices, etc. that will be handed in. Furthermore, we make use of lots of supplementary books, readings from magazines, newspapers, books, etc, with diverse topics of your interest; we possess a great quantity of illustrations and visual materials as well as filing cards with verbs and activities for couples and/or groups ( for interviews, discussions, role-games, etc.). There is also a lot of material available with varied activities and dynamics that are designed to encourage conversation and discussion. We have a lot of audio materials: dialogues, monologues, songs, etc, with which we do amusing activities. We also have videos about Costa Rica: dialogues, documentaries and films. Anyhow all this material will help you in the process of learning.

Group sizes:

To guarantee you personal attention and homogeneity in each group’s level, the groups are small: from two to five students at the most, but the average number per group ranges from 2 to 3 students.

Duration of the courses:

You Define the Timeframe. The duration of the courses is only defined by you – you can study for a single week or a whole year. For optimum results we recommend at least 4 weeks of classes!

Courses are normally taught from Monday thru Friday. A combination with tours is possible if you take individual lessons or the if the whole group agrees.

When do the courses begin?

You can start each Monday, the whole year round – no matter if you are an absolute beginner or an advanced student. Just make sure to register SOON – to keep quality at the highest level we only take about 20 students for each week and often we will be booked out many months in advance!!!

If your flight is delayed or for any reason you cannot come on Monday, it is possible for you to start lessons on Tuesday.

Placement test:

It is possible for you to have an oral interview the first day of classes. From it we can determine your level of knowledge and communication skills in Spanish. In this way we might be able to place you in a group for your level. You will get to know about the topics you need to learn, which ones you are strong in, and those you need to reinforce or practice. This test is under the evaluation scale of ACTFL ( American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages). You do not have to pay any additional fee for this test.

Levels:

Beginner – Low P1
Beginner—Medium P2
Beginner –High P3

Intermediate -Low I1
Intermediate – Medium I2
Intermediate –High I3

Advanced-Low A1
Advanced-Medium A2
Advanced- High A3

Certificate of participation:

At the end of the period you are in in our school, you will be granted an Attendance Certificate with the total number of hours you attended lessons and the level you reached.

Schedules:

Courses are taught from Monday thru Friday. There could be a combination of tours if the mode is individual lessons. If the whole group agrees, there could be tours on Fridays.

Morning lessons:
Intensive courses: from 8:00 to 12:00 m.
Semi intensive courses: from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. or from 9:00 to 12:00 m

Afternoon lessons:
Intensive course: from 1:00 to 5: 00 p.m.
Semi intensive: from 1:00 to 4:00 p m or from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Additional tutorships: from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. or form 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For further information, feel free to write to us right away and very soon we will reply to you. Please, fill out our questions and comments form.

Thank you very much for your interest in Logos!

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P.O.Box 3688-1000 San José, Costa Rica. Phone/Fax: (506) 2258-7021
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