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Intercultura's English Program
“Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs. I again realized that we were not different people speaking separate languages; we were one people, with different tongues.” - Nelson Mandela -
The words of Nelson Mandela reflect the ideals of the English Department at Intercultura. The English department was developed in order to give back to the community, and to aid in closing the communication gap between cultures on a local and international scale, as stated in our mission.
The student body is made upmostly of Costa Ricans as well as students from various other Central and South American countries, making up a rich mix of Latin culture. Our students' ages range from 4 years old to 60+ years old! The student body has grown to around 900 students, while maintaining the minimum of 6, maximum of 14 students per class, which promotes an atmosphere in which all the students are given the opportunity to speak. Intercultura also offers various corporate classes for businesses.
Intercultura's English classes are held in the mornings, afternoons and evenings and are from 1.5 to 3 hours each. Students sit face to face at tables, rather than in traditional desks, in order to promote conversation and more dynamic activities. We use the Communicative Approach, which is student centered, and upholds communication as the main objective.
The English Department is staffed by native English speakers from the U.K, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zeland and the United States. The teachers are all college graduates, hold TEFL /CELTA certificates and have teaching experience. The teachers are contracted for one year and teach on average 20 hours per week, which includes regular staff meetings and workshops in which the teachers share ideas and give supportive feedback regarding classes, problems and other issues. The teachers are encouraged to take Spanish classes which are offered to them free of charge. We feel it is important that, while sharing their own culture and language, they immerse themselves into the Costa Rican culture and language.
If you are interested in a teaching position, please click here to read the requirements and FAQ's to be an English teacher at Intercultura.
Interested candidates may write an email to Lindsay Fair, our English Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with their cover letter, resumé, and photo attached.