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THE INSTITUTE

We are a group of teachers, administrators and entrepreneurs who value the myriad benefits of studying languages and cultures abroad. We take pride in our ability to provide linguistic and cultural training combined with a level of service and hospitality rarely encountered in study abroad programs. Our native Spanish-speaking instructors are both experienced and engaging. Each possesses a university degree and is passionate about sharing his or her knowledge.

At Nosara Spanish Institute, 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.


OUR VISION & GOALS

  • To offer high quality Spanish courses to our visitors and non-native residents.
  • To enrich the community of Nosara by providing a non profit English program to the local Spanish speaking population.
  • To encourage integration of non-native residents into the community.
  • In an atmosphere of tolerance and openness to diversity, we aim to cultivate a better understanding of the social and cultural impact of enhanced communication through language learning.

Methodology

Nosara Spanish Institute uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) for the creation of its language syllabus and curriculum guidelines. We maintain an open and student-centered curriculum. Utilizing clearly defined goals; our instruction is adapted to the abilities, needs and interests of our students. Read more about Level System CEFRL here.

Despite the diversity of methodologies currently available in the field of foreign language instruction, there is a strong consensus around the importance of developing a students’ communicative competencies. The Nosara Spanish Institute utilizes a modern and open approach to foreign language acquisition.

In addition to the strong emphasis on conversational skills, proper language learning also includes practice and training in the following areas of communication:

  • Communicative Competence
  • Listening
  • Oral Expression, Pronunciation and Fluency
  • Grammar and Structure
  • Vocabulary and Accuracy
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Composition and Spelling

From day one, advanced, intermediate or beginner students will benefit from total immersion into the Spanish language. In the classroom, our experienced instructors will develop a class and instruct students exclusively in Spanish. They will use clear diction, gestures and audiovisual strategies to provide a well-rounded, comprehensible approach enabling students to participate and communicate in Spanish from day one.


THE BLUE ZONE: NOSARA, COSTA RICA

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.

In addition to the unique beauty of the natural environment, Nosara provides a wonderful example of responsible planning and development. In spite of the numerous homes, restaurants and services that can be found here, first time visitors will be impressed by the pristine beach and jungle surrounds that remain in tact.

The community of Nosara also promotes alternative and sustainable types of recreational and adventure tourism, and is respectful of the local culture and values. At Nosara Spanish Institute, we pride ourselves in our ability to teach both Spanish and English language programs, which provide an invaluable opportunity for linguistic and cultural exchange.

Hotel chains and fast food restaurants do not exist in Nosara. Instead, visitors will find smaller boutique hotels and quaint, family owned restaurants serving a variety of international cuisine. Nosara remains a truly eclectic mix of Costa Rican and international culture where surfing, yoga, wellness and other new age practices readily compliment the Costa Rican “pura vida” lifestyle.

Nosara Spanish Institute is located in the beach area known as Playa Guiones. We are walking distance to the town center where amenities include: a community pool, full service bank with ATM, bakery, ice cream, smoothie, crepe & sandwich shops, minimart with local and international products, coffee shops, bars and restaurants, a walk-in private medical practice, car, atv, bicycle, and scooter rentals, yoga, Pilates and fitness studios, surf instruction and nature tour operators, among other services.

NSI is ideally situated within walking distance to Guiones Beach. Stretching 9km in length, Guiones is exposed to swells coming from various directions, creating a year round, consistent beach break. We have aptly earned the reputation as one of the best surfing spots in Costa Rica.

Find out more about the culture and activities in Nosara here!

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