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Program & Admission Information - Sosua, Dominican Republic  



Programs We believes that learning a foreign language is a communicative process and should focus on everyday usage. Personalized and specifically designed teaching materials supported by audiovisual media, such as video and overhead projectors, are used to aid students in the improvement and development of their foreign language skills. Some course material is taught outside the institute so students have the opportunity to practice and apply language structures and vocabulary acquired in the classroom to everyday situations.

Several programs are offered to suit the needs of every student and groups never exceed 7 students per class. In all programs, students are placed in appropriate levels by a written entrance exam. Classes that coincide with public holidays will take place or be rescheduled, if necessary.

The four levels of instruction are: beginner, post beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Standard Course Group 20 hours per week. 4 hours of morning classes are given daily Monday - Friday in a group setting. If only one student is registered for a specific level of the Standard course, the student will then be entitled to 15 hours of Tutor per week.

Intensive Course Group 30 hours per week. Six hours of classes are given daily Monday - Friday in a group setting, with the two afternoon hours focusing on conversation, Dominican geography and specialized vocabulary. If only one student is registered for a specific level of the Intensive course, the student will then be entitled to 24 hours of Tutor per week.

Standard Individual Course Tutor 20 hours per week. Four hours of classes are given daily Monday - Friday in a one-on-one setting. The course is designed for those students who wish to concentrate on specific language needs.

Intensive Individual Course Tutor 30 hours per week. Six hours of classes are given daily Monday - Friday in a one-on-one setting. The course is designed for those students who wish to concentrate on specific language needs at an intensive pace.

Traveling Classroom The Traveling Classroom program is 2 weeks in duration (20 hours per week) and takes students through many of the enchanting and diverse regions of the Dominican Republic. All levels are welcome, however, students will be separated into only two groups. The first group will consist of Beginner and Post Beginner, while the second group consists of the Intermediate to Advanced students.

The journey begins in the beach town of Sosua where students will gather and prepare for the trip. It then moves to the mountains of Jarabacoa and continues on to the capital city of Santo Domingo. From there, students travel to the beaches of Las Terrenas on the peninsula of Semana, and the trip ends back in Sosua. All transportation is provided in the school's own mini-bus.

The Group Spanish study of four hours daily, Monday through Friday, are held in different settings, from the school's own classrooms in both Sosua and Santo Domingo to the terrace of a small beach hotel in Las Terrenas.

Accommodation for 13 nights, Sunday through Saturday morning, is provided in either a pension or hotel (depending on the location) and a shared room with breakfast daily is included in the cost. Single rooms are available on request and at additional cost.

Leisure activities abound during the trip and are available at additional cost. These include:

Horseback Riding:
Approx. $15-20 U.S./2 hours

Approx. $35 U.S./4 hours

River Rafting:
Approx. $45-55 U.S/trip

Approx. $40-50 U.S/dive trip

Approx. $35 U.S/4 hours

Approx. $10-15 U.S/hour

Please Note: This program is not guaranteed. A minimum of 4 students of either group (Beginner and Post Beginner AND/OR Intermediate and Advanced) are required for the program to take place. There is a maximum of 16 students total.

Because the "Travelling Classroom" course starts in Sosua, it is very important that the students arrive at the airport in Puerto Plata.

Early Summer Special From April 30 to June 3, 2006 there is special pricing available for all programs. Please inquire with NRCSA for more information.


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students age 18 years and older are welcomed regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study programs should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

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All participants will receive a certificate of completion after successful completion of the course.

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