Language acquisition depends greatly on an individual's desire and motivation to learn, the amount of time dedicated to homework and conversation practice outside of class, as well as the student’s general ability to learn a second language (this is positively influenced by having studied a second language before - for instance, students who have studied French have an easier time grasping certain grammatical concepts). Generally, in 4 weeks of study while staying with a homestay family, students can ascend one skill level in Spanish fluency (meaning, if you speak Spanish at a low beginner level now, after 4 weeks you might speak at a low intermediate level). CPI manages all Spanish levels from Beginner zero through Heritage speakers.
If you are looking for a way to fast track preparations for your Spanish immersion experience, our in-house CPI Spanish ONLINE classes could be your answer! Study from anywhere in the world with the latest online class technology through our LIVE program format; this is a terrific way to get a jump start on learning prior to arriving to Costa Rica for the immersion experience.
All CPI Online Spanish programs include conversational class blocks of 90 minutes (1.5 hours) that are 100% live instruction in addition to out of class didactic activities at the CPI Virtual Campus; supervised by the professor; assigned activities are submitted by each student and are followed up with professor feedback. Examples of didactic activities are: written practices, blogs, forums, study of vocabulary, expressions, etc. This program piece permits each participant to study the class material at his/her own pace. Depending on the model selected, recommended virtual activity is from 2.5 to 5 hours. An added value is that each participant receives the professor's contact e-mail to submit questions during the course.