Nosara Spanish Institute

We are a Spanish Institute located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

We use a communicative teaching approach. Our primary objective is to better the student´s communication skills and competency. We encourage spontaneous and creative use of the Spanish language in real life situations. Our instructors carefully monitor the progress of each student and adapt their teachings to suit individual learning styles and capabilities.

Rather than follow the lessons and activities of a single textbook, we utilize a variety of well-defined content and linguistic goals that remain flexible to the competencies, needs and interests of our students. All course materials will be provided by the instructors throughout the program. Students are required only to bring a notebook, pen or pencil and folder to organize class handouts.

Programs are offered year-round Mondays through Fridays. The minimum teaching unit is 1 hour and 40 minutes and is divided between two 50-minute lessons.

 

Location

Situated in the Guanacaste province on the western edge of the Nicoya Peninsula, Nosara is a place of rare beauty and tranquility. Famously referred to as a Blue Zone, Guanacaste is one of five places in the world known for the remarkable longevity of its population. Whether due to climate, food, water or relaxed lifestyle, scientists are still pondering, but locals commonly live to be 100 or older.

Nosara Spanish Institute is very aware of the importance of the social and cultural environments around a language as central part of the learning process. With this philosophy, Nosara Spanish Institute offers our Costa Rican and foreign students a cultural and recreational activity program which encourages contact and interaction between cultures, parallel to learning the language, in their corresponding social and linguistic contexts.

 

Extracurricular Activities

Nosara offers a variety of fun activities to enjoy when you are not studying including:

  • world class surfing
  • internationally renowned yoga instruction
  • beach and mountain horseback riding
  • sportfishing with Fishing Nosara
  • hiking
  • stand up paddle boarding and stand up paddle surfing
  • cooking classes, dance classes, music classes
  • festivals and much more…

 

Bilingual Interchange Activities

Whenever possible we offer opportunities for our Spanish (ELE – Español como Lengua Extranjera) and English (EFL – English as a Foreign Language) students to share experiences and fun activities, both in our classrooms and in their free time. Whether it’s dancing, cooking and eating together, turtle watching, discussing important topics or just chatting over a cafecito, everybody gets a chance to learn, practice and teach, all at once.

 

Volunteering

We are glad to help our many enthusiastic and talented students invest some of their free time in leaving a positive mark behind them and getting involved in the community’s development. One of them created a website for the fund-raising Aventura Nosara event, some have taught English to local school children, many have helped clean our beaches and barrios and there is always something more to do.

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