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If you’re a senior or any other adult above traditional college age, you may have entertained thoughts of regret about not learning a popular language like Spanish. Well, although the need for Spanish in the US has been on the rise for decades, nothing compares to today’s demand, use, and opportunities for Spanish speakers of any age or background. So if you’re asking yourself, “Am I too old to take a Spanish immersion program,” the answer is a spontaneous and triumphant “No!” Here’s why:
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Studying Spanish in Costa Rica is a great idea. You get the chance to learn a new language and see a new country. Costa Rica is full of natural beauty and host to some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Check out these five things to do while you study Spanish in Costa Rica.
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Participating in a study abroad program can offer you the experience of a lifetime. You’ll learn a new language while you immerse yourself in an exciting new culture — and you’ll have countless opportunities to make new friends inside and outside the classroom. However, there are always risks involved whenever you spend time in another country. To help you prepare for your total immersion Spanish language experience, we’ve compiled a list that will help you know the risks of studying abroad — and how to deal with them.
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Why students prefer us What better way to learn Spanish than to completely immerse yourself in the language, culture, and beauty of Costa Rica! According to the World Economic Forum, more than 437 million people globally speak Spanish. Students learn more quickly and retain the language better when they are able to use it in natural situations, and the program we offer at Costa Rica Language Academy CRLA provides the best environment possible to join a volunteer project, experience a way of life, make new friends, and much more.
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Do you hear silver bells ringing? Angels singing? Cash registers cha-ching-ing? Do you have someone in your life with a passion for other languages, a bad case of wanderlust, an interest in Spanish, or all three? How about you? Do you dream of getting away from the gloom of soggy boots and snowstorms? We know a place with tropical air and sunny beaches year round.
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You've been dedicating yourself to your students all year. And as a Spanish teacher, you know that keeping up with your expertise in Spanish and Spanish-speaking cultures is a lifelong project -- and a lifelong joy.
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The relationship between studying abroad and language proficiency is well documented in the foreign language literature (Brecht, Davidson, & Ginsberg, 1995; Collentine, 2004; Freed, 1995; Jochum, 2014; Schmidt-Rinehart & Knight, 2004; Segalowitz & Freed, 2004; Swender, 2003).
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As an adult, you may wonder why you didn't take the time to learn Spanish when you were in school. It's not too late: Costa Rica offers some of the best Spanish language immersion programs for adults you can find. And in today's global society, there are more reasons to take Spanish than ever before.
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If you live in the Northern hemisphere, you're getting ready to experience cold weather in the weeks and months to come. But remember, along with the sometimes whimsical changes of winter comes the opportunity to take a December vacation.
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So you've renewed your passport. You've already picked the country where you're going to study Spanish. In fact, you've probably been filled with anticipation for weeks. Although there's always lots to do before you go on a trip, here are some basics that you'll definitely need to know before your arrival.
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