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Playa Tamarindo Summer College Credit Program

Program Outline

For the summer of 2016 students looking for college credit can start any Monday. You can take one, two, three of four semesters of Spanish credit at one go. Students can choose to attend for as many weeks as they need in order to receive the necessary number of class hours for the credit they seek. Beginning Spanish I & II are four credit hours each. Intermediate Spanish I & II are three credit hours each.

Students looking to received Beginning Spanish I & II credit will need to attend classes for 120 hours. This can be broken down a couple of different ways. You can do it in five weeks by signing up for the following: six hours of class a day for the first two weeks, followed by 4 hours of class a day for the final three weeks. You can also do it in six week by just doing the four hours of class the entire time. Students needing Intermediate Spanish I & II will attend classes for 100 hours. This will be broken down into four hours of class a day for five weeks.

The price of the college credit program depends upon where you are a resident, what credits you need to receive, how many weeks you attend and what lodging options you choose. Please contact us to find out more about the program option and price that works best for you. Students will need to apply for admission into Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas before the start date of the programs. Once accepted, students will be enrolled in the college. During the program students will be graded on their attendance, classroom participation, written assignments, homework, oral ability, weekly test scores and final course essay. Upon successful completion of the program, grades will be posted and transcripts will be sent out.

For Information about pricing for the program, please contact an ISLS representative.

Lodging Options

We have two affordable lodging options for students on the college credit program; Home stay and our On-Campus School Residence. Both options offer students very different experiences as well as different prices. It all comes down to what you want to accomplish and which is best for your individual needs.

The home stay option is for those students who would like to experience more of the culture of Costa Rica by living with a local family. This is the most intensive option and will help students to practice their ability to speak Spanish. When living with a family students have no choice but to speak the language with their hosts. The houses are clean and well kept, but rustic by our standards. Breakfast and dinner are included in this option, as well as laundry service.

The school residence option is for those students who want the convenience of being at the school, on the beach and in the middle of town. The Residence is on the third floor of the school building. There are two dorm style rooms each with a/c, private baths with hot water and showers. Student will have access to two balconies overlooking the ocean, a large common area and a communal kitchen. During the weekdays, the large common area, one balcony and the kitchen are used for Spanish, yoga and cooking classes. However at night and on the weekend, it is for the private use of the students in the residence.

Course Descriptions

SPAN 1411 - Beginning Spanish I (4 units)
This course is an introductory course intended for students with little or no knowledge of the language. Its aim is to present essential vocabulary and grammar, and to develop the pronunciation, listening, reading, and writing skills necessary for basic communication and comprehension. Customs and cultural insights are also presented. (3 Lec, 2 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1609055113

SPAN 1412 - Beginning Spanish II (4 units)
Prerequisite: Spanish 1411 or the equivalent or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
This course continues the oral practice, reading, writing, grammar and cultural studies begun in Spanish 1411. Students are expected to acquire a substantial amount of vocabulary and begin to deal with idiomatic language and more advanced syntax. (3 Lec, 2 Lab)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1609055113

SPAN 2311 - Intermediate Spanish I (3 units)
Prerequisite: Spanish 1412 or the equivalent or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
This course is designed to further develop students’ overall language proficiency and cultural knowledge through more advanced reading, listening, speaking and writing exercises. Grammatical concepts are reviewed and expanded. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1609055213

SPAN 2312 - Intermediate Spanish II (3 units)
Prerequisite: Spanish 2311 or the equivalent or demonstrated competence approved by the instructor.
This course is a continuation of Spanish 2311. The stress is on reading, composition, grammatical complexities, and intense oral practice, with continued studies of the culture.(3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1609055213

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