Texts and Teaching Methods
WAYRA has developed its own classroom methodology. Our textbook is designed to accelerate the learning process. Grammar is presented in an organized and logical manner followed by examples. An array of practice exercises and short stories give the students and teachers many conversational opportunities. Additionally, we incorporate materials from various conversational text sources. This results in an eclectic system that enables the student to learn Spanish as quickly as possible, with special attention paid to individual learning styles and modalities.
We maximize the students learning experience with a thoughtful balance of personal, cultural and academic challenges within a secure and supportive environment. The instructors are skilled in blending conversation with grammar to meet the individual needs of the group members.
In the classroom, we make learning an enjoyable natural process. Teachers encourage debate, conversation and exchange of ideas to promote critical thinking and verbal skills. Games, videos and music are frequently used in the classrooms.
Outdoor activities, such us visits to different businesses in town to gather information and conversations with people from the community are all used to practice and learn more about the ecology, economy and culture of Costa Rica. Your language ability will grow as your outlook broadens. Every day the students are required to do about one hour of homework.
SPANISH IMMERSION PROGRAM
Objectives and contents of our programs
CEFR Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Aprox. weeks to achieve each level at WAYRA
Average Lessons per level at WAYRA
Aprox. Lessons to achieve each level starting from the beginning at WAYRA
Average Lessons with similar programs
80 - 120
80 - 120
90 - 100
80 - 120
160 - 240
180 - 200
120 - 160
280 - 400
350 - 400
120 - 160
400 - 560
500 - 600
120 - 160
520 - 720
700 - 800
120 - 160
640 - 880
1000 - 1200
GoalsThe student does not require prior knowledge of Spanish at the beginning of the course. In the first week the student will acquire the basic linguistic skills to develop in situations of survival and acquire a basic vocabulary leading to his initial immersion in the local language and culture. In the next three weeks he will develop the ability to understand and use everyday expressions of very frequent use as well as simple phrases intended to meet immediate needs. He can introduce himself and others, order or buy food, ask for and give basic personal information about his home, belongings and the people he knows. He will be able to relate in an elementary way whenever his interlocutor speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to cooperate.
GoalsAt the end of the course the student will be able to understand frequently used phrases and expressions related to areas of experience that are especially relevant to him (basic information about himself and his family, shopping, places of interest, occupations, social relationships, sports etc .) The student will be able to communicate when carrying out simple and everyday tasks that require simple and direct exchanges of information on issues that are familiar or habitual. He will be able to describe in simple terms aspects of his past and his environment as well as issues related to his immediate needs.
GoalsAt the conclusion of the course the student will be able to understand the main points of texts that deal with specific or abstract topics if they deal with questions within the field of their knowledge. The student will be able to develop at times with enough fluency and naturalness but sometimes it will be evident, that the student needs to strive himself. He will be able to produce coherent and detailed texts on various topics in which he is interested. He can justify his opinion or defend his point of view on social, family and personal issues.
GoalsAt the conclusion of the course the student will be able to understand the main points of clear texts and in standard language if he deals with issues that are known to him, whether in study or leisure situations. He will be able to perform in most situations that may arise during a trip in areas where the language is used. He will be able to produce simple and coherent texts on topics that are familiar or in which he has a personal interest. He can describe experiences, events, desires and aspirations as well as briefly justify his opinions or explain his plans.
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