Beginner 1 Spanish Immersion Course: My Experience

Beginner 1 Spanish Immersion Course: My Experience

Today marked the end of a great week: I completed the Beginner 1 Spanish immersion course at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe. Studying 20 hours in one week is pretty intense. You see a lot of material in a short time, but since the classes are taught in such an energetic and playful way, it honestly doesn’t feel like four hours a day. The interactive games and activities helped me retain a surprising amount of new words and basic conversation. The more conventional ways of teaching have convinced us that every path to knowledge is grueling and spent with your eyes firmly locked on the pages of a book. Estelar proves those ideas wrong.

Cooking class is a great way for Spanish students to practice language in a new context...as well as make and eat delicious Costa Rican food!
Cooking class is a great way for Spanish students to practice language in a new context…as well as make and eat delicious Costa Rican food!

In the morning on my way to class, I had my first genuine conversation, it lasted all of two minutes but a conversation nonetheless, in Spanish. There is a very nice man I see every day on my way to the school. He sweeps the streets in the morning and always offers me a “buenas dias” combined with a warm smile whenever I pass him by. Since yesterday was the last actual Spanish class, I figured I might as well turn a simple good morning into some chit-chat. It is truly surprising what you pick up even without realizing it. I kept thinking “I wasn’t aware I knew that word.”

Beginner 1 Spanish Immersion Course: My Experience

I would recommend these Spanish immersion courses at Estelar to anyone who wants to have fun while they learn…and learn quickly. Estelar also offers ways to practice Spanish in different contexts outside of the classroom. There are activities provided from cooking to working with the less fortunate children of this area. All in all, the experience is truly language immersion at its finest, and we all know that immersion is the best way to adquire a new language.

This blog was written by Mieke from Belgium who is studying Spanish at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe.