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INTENSA LEARNING SYSTEM

Intensive oral practice is the key to achieving conversational proficiency, so our methodology focuses on the speaking and listening skills during class time.

Short readings provide different thematic contexts while the writing skill is developed after class at homestay.

A variety of conversational tasks maintains students’ interest, from acting out a dialog or asking and answering questions about a picture projected on the board, to re-telling a story using a picture sequence. During each task, students are progressively challenged to rely less and less on accompanying written material.

In the step by step process, you will role play practical situations in the classroom such as talking about yourself, ordering a meal, taking a cab, buying tickets, filling a prescription, giving directions, exchanging money, and cashing checks. Furthermore, you will practice Spanish grammar using guided oral exercises and reading discussions based on Costa Rica, its people, climate, culture, and geography.

Instructors limit their explanations to the necessary so that students have the most oral practice time possible. The small number of students allotted to each group allows teachers to give personalized attention to the individual student.

Our over-riding goal is to enable students to communicate their thoughts and feeling in a variety of situations, at home, in public, at school and professionally.

Placement:  On the first day of classes you will be tested and placed in a module that matches your conversational level from beginner to advanced.

Group
Lessons

You can choose between our 6 or 4 hours a day, lessons are imparted in small groups of 3 to 6 students. Ask for group availability

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Private
Lessons

Offered in fixed packages or on-demand, providing flexible schedules and course content adaptable depending on your needs.

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High-School Program

Intended for high school students who want to improve their Spanish-speaking skills while also experiencing Costa Rica’s natural wonders.

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University Program

Characterized to be mostly conversational, students will be able to communicate properly in Spanish in different environments.

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Customized Program

Provides flexible schedules and course content adaptable to your needs and interests.

 

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PROFICIENCY LEVELS COMPARISON

ACTFL CEFR AP USA INTENSA DESCRIPTION OF SCOPE ESTIMATED CONTACT HOURS (*)

Distinguished 

Superior

C1/C2 5

Advanced

High

You are able to understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. You know how to restructure information and arguments from various sources, whether in spoken or written language, and present a coherent summary.

You can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and with a degree of accuracy that allows you to differentiate finer shades of meaning even in complex situations.

86 hours

Advanced

high

B2 4

Module

13

You are able to understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, even if they are of a technical nature, provided they are within your field of expertise.

You can interact with native speakers with a degree of fluency and spontaneity, so that communication is possible without strain for either party.

You can produce clear, detailed texts on various subjects, and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the pros and cons of various options.

46 hours

Advanced

mid

B1/B2 3-4

Modules

11 – 12

You are able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to relevant and familiar areas (basic information about yourself and your family, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.).

Can communicate when carrying out simple and repetitive tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on issues that are familiar and routinely.

Can describe in simple terms aspects of your past and your environment as well as issues related to your immediate needs, ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

46 hours

Advanced

low

B1 3

Modules

9- 10

You are able to understand the main points of a text, if it is written in standard language and it is about familiar matters regularly encountered, either in situations at work, school or leisure.

Can deal with most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Able to produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or in which you have personal interest.

You can describe experiences and events, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

106 hours

Intermediate

High

Intermediate

Mid

Intermediate

low

A2

A2

A1/A2

2

4

3-4

Module 8

Modules

6- 7

Module 5

You are able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to relevant and familiar areas (basic information about yourself and your family, shopping, places of interest, occupations, etc.).

Can communicate when carrying out simple and repetitive tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on issues that are familiar and routinely.

Can describe in simple terms aspects of your past and your environment as well as issues related to your immediate needs.

126 hours

Novice high

 

Novice mid

 

Novice low

A1 1

Module 4

Modules

2 – 3

Modules 1

You are able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions of frequent use, as well as basic phrases aimed at satisfying immediate needs.

You can introduce yourself and others and ask and give basic personal information about home, your belongings and people you know.

You can interact in a simple way, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

86 hours

(*) Estimated contact hours needed to reach specific levels may vary according to individual achievement and if students are mono or multi-linguistic.