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Supervised Study Abroad

SPAN 172/201
4 credits
4 weeks in Costa Rica
Professor Jeff Barnett

A period of intensive language training and exposure to the language, culture, and people of Costa Rica. SPAN 172 course develops intermediate communicative Spanish vocabulary and active intermediate competence in the language. The traditional skills of foreign language instruction (structure, listening comprehension, reading, writing and speaking) are carried out in a small class environment at the Instituto Guanacasteco in Nicoya, Costa Rica and supervised by a W&L faculty member. SPAN 201 is designed to improve grammar and vocabulary of the advanced student through intensive training in Spanish with special emphasis on oral proficiency.

Nicoya is the cultural capital of the Guanacaste province, situated between the Pacific to the west and mountains to the east, along with Nicaraguan border to the north. The program includes a home-stay with a Costa Rican family, excursions to local and national sites of interest, cultural activities, and a service learning component at the local elementary school, hospital, law and accounting firms, or other community agencies.

Pre-requisite for SPAN 172: SPAN 111 and 112, or equivalent, and permission by the instructor.

Pre-requisite for SPAN 201: SPAN 162, 164 or equivalent

For more information, please contact Professor Barnett.