Last week, I had the opportunity to take part in the Spanish full immersion program and it was a very rewarding experience. The classes consisted of people from Germany, the United Kingdom, and Canada, so it was a really interesting mix. Our teacher Caroly was absolutely amazing. The class was dynamic with multiple games, which made learning fun. I also took advantage of the Costa Rican cooking and Latin dance classes, which are both great ways to immerse yourself in the culture and learn. There is also a “Spanglish” social where the native English speakers converse and interact with native Spanish speaking students and locals. It’s an organic way to practice your Spanish as well as make new friends and enjoy great company.
I am an English teacher at Estelar, so being on the other side of the table and experiencing what it felt like to learn a new language was a humbling experience. It allowed me to understand what some of my students might feel when they see themselves progressing or the frustrations they might have with difficult concepts. The class definitely made me appreciate my students and their determination to learn a new language and motivated me to continue pushing myself to learn Spanish.
Blog post contributed by Stella, an English teacher for Instituto Estelar Bilingue from Canada.