Program for SPAN 101 Phonetics
This course intends first, that students be able to discern and reproduce the different sounds in Spanish. In second place, this course aims that students be able to read out loud with good pronunciation and fluency. A third objective is that students learn spelling rules that affect pronunciation in Spanish.
Program for SPAN 102 Basic Grammar
This course offers the grammar elements that students need to speak with appropriate structures. At the end of this course, the student will be able to perform oral and written exercises, use his cognitive abilities to analyze and understand the basic grammar rules, and to strengthen his memory. The student will also be able to identify when he makes some conjugation mistakes.
Program for SPAN 202 Intermediate Grammar
This course offers an in-depth study of all the basic grammar elements covered in SPAN 102; that is, it includes all the exceptions and special uses of each topic. In this course, students begin studying the compound tenses of the indicative and the subjunctive mode. This course offers the grammar elements that students need to speak using longer structures. At the end of this course, the student will be able to perform oral and written exercises, use his cognitive abilities to analyze, understand more grammar rules, and narrate using both Present and Past tenses. The student will also be able to correct himself.
Program for SPAN 103 Language (Oral Expression)
This course intends that students learn basic vocabulary, develop memory and learn study strategies, so that they can reach the following proficiency level.
Program for SPAN 203 Language (Oral Expression)
This course aims that students increase their vocabulary for detailed descriptions of people, animals and things. Narration and comparisons are introduced, as well as Bible studies and presentations. As in SPAN 103, a goal is that students continue developing memory and study strategies, so that they can become more fluent.
Cursos Avanzados de Español como Segunda Lengua
(SPA 3025) Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition. (Gramática Avanzada y Composición).
(SPA 3035) Advanced Conversation and Literature. (Conversación Avanzada y Literatura).
(SPA 3053) Latin American History, Culture, and Civilization . (Historia, Civilización y Cultura de América Latina).
(SPA 3063) Spanish – American People (La Gente Hispanoamericana).
SPAN 104 Spanish for Health Staff
This course aims to increase relevant vocabulary for students that 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 that students acquire vocabulary in this specific area. Students investigate, expose and discuss issues related to the world of business and business administration. They will also learn technological 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
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.
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
This course provides 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 the perfecting of the spelling of Spanish words. Students will learn and practice all spelling rules. They will also learn to write different types of writings, such as memos, newspaper ads, comments, summaries, poetry, curriculums, and more.