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Spanish Schools in Playa Jaco

So you have decided that the surfing, partying and nature loving paradise of Playa Jacó is the place where you want to study a Spanish language course? Well, look no further than here, we have conducted a short review of some of the Spanish schools in the area so as to make your decision as to which is the best for you that little bit easier!

Enforex Playa Jacó

(N.B. This is an Enforex partner school called Academia Tica)

Facts and Figures

Location7 blocks from the beach, in a quiet residential area with all the essentials such as internet cafes, food stores and restaurants
SizeSmall, 4 indoor classrooms and 1 outdoor classroom
Number of Students/ClassMaximum 6
Internet AccessYes (Access to computers and WiFi)

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  • Facilities and Services - This Spanish learning centre in Playa Jacó is a small and welcoming place with all you could possibly need within a few minute's walk, even the Pacific Ocean. For relaxing outside of class time there is a small swimming pool, a patio and a spacious tropical garden as well as a terrace for you to socialise in with fellow classmates. The outdoor patio can also be used for classes in the nice weather and there is a well-stocked library filled with Spanish language resources to help you with your studies
  • Teaching Methods and Accreditation - All the teachers at this Spanish institute are native speakers with a University degree and experience teaching Spanish to non-natives. The communicative approach is focused on here and it is combined with the equally important aspects of writing, vocabulary, listening, reading, grammar and current affairs. They recognise the importance of a country's culture in learning and understanding a language. The school is accredited/recognised by Instituto Cervantes, Costa Rica - German Chamber of Commerce, Corotur (Coronado Tourism Chamber) and the Costa Rican Tourism Board
  • Courses Offered and Levels - At this Enforex partner school you can study an Intensive Group course for 20 hours each week or One to One lessons to suit your availability and timetable. You can also combine a mixture of group and private lessons in one of their Combination courses, solely private lessons, or combine your Spanish with Volunteering. All in all plenty to choose from! There are 6 levels of ability at this Spanish learning centre, based on the European framework for language reference. They range from Beginner to Advanced
  • Extra-Curricular Activities and Trips - You will be made to feel at home right from the start at this Spanish language school as you will receive an orientation tour so that you can get to know Jacó and see the sights around you. There are also a number of different activities organised throughout each week such as latin dance classes, half day tours to Carara National Park or Manuel Antonio National Park and also sometimes cooking lessons and tropical fruit tasting sessions
  • Accommodation - It is recommended so as to fully benefit from your Spanish language immersion experience that you stay with a local host family during your language course, in order to practice your Spanish and experience what daily life is like in a typical Costa Rican household. However, if this is not suited to your needs, there is also the option of staying in a shared apartment

Instituto Pacifico de Idiomas (IPAI) Jacó

Facts and Figures

LocationJacó Sol Urbanization, close to the beach, 100 metres north of Subway restaurant
Number of Students/ClassMaximum 4 students
Internet AccessYes

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  • Facilities and Services - IPAI provides you with spacious classrooms with all the equipment necessary to take you on a Spanish learning adventure. The registration fee and all books are included in the course price and you will receive a certificate at the end of your course. The school is ideally located for you to be able to enjoy the beach in between classes and even fit in a bit of surfing
  • Teaching Methods - From Day One in your classes at this Spanish learning centre in Playa Jacó you will be speaking Spanish. Over the years they have built up numerous different types of exercises and developed their own book which you will receive upon arrival. They combine different techniques and make use of dialogues, oral practice and readings to facilitate the most thorough and rapid language experience possible
  • Courses Offered and Levels - At this Spanish institute you can choose a Spanish course that includes simply lessons only, either 2 or 4 hours worth in a day, and pay separately for surf lessons if you would like them. There are also courses that combine lessons with a home stay or courses that are all inclusive and the price you pay covers the lessons, the home stay, surf lessons and an airport pick-up. There are three main levels of language ability at IPAI, ranging from Beginner to Advanced
  • Extra-Curricular Activities and Trips - Every week there are trips organised to nearby towns, such as Hermosa and Herradura, to local waterfalls, parks, beaches and hikes in the mountains, not to mention the obvious surf lessons
  • Accommodation -During your Spanish language course you can choose to stay with a Spanish host family in the local area and practice the language skills that you are picking up during the day whilst experiencing life in a typical Costa Rican household. However, you are also free to arrange another form of accommodation if this is not suitable to your needs