Samford in Costa Rica
Jan Term 2019
Since JanTerm 1990, Samford students have had the privilege of studying Spanish in the beautiful Central American country of Costa Rica. Escorted by Samford professors and hosted by private language school Centro Linguístico Conversa, the annual JanTerm program features home stays with local families in the San José suburb of Santa Ana and daily classes at Conversa's rural mountainside campus.
Classes at Conversa are small (three to five students), intensive, and interactive, taught by native speakers trained in Peace Corps teaching methodology. Grammar instruction is blended with conversation, and students are in constant contact with the language through a wide range of personal contacts with local people throughout the course of each day. Learning takes on new dimensions, as it becomes a tool for facilitating communication and finding one's way around this small but diverse country. Afternoons and weekends offer opportunities for both group activities and free time, allowing students to visit local sites and explore the natural wonders of Costa Rica on their own.
Through the program's Problem-Based Learning activities students work together to plan group activities as well as service learning projects in the local community. In the words of one student, "I have learned enough now to not only greet people, but to understand them, their thoughts, and their feelings--not just who they are as a culture but who they are on the inside as individuals; Costa Rica was the best experience I have ever had."
Course(s): SPAN 202, 351, 352 or 450
Professor: Marigene Chamberlain (firstname.lastname@example.org)