Accredited Spanish Programs
Accredited Spanish Programs
Our Heredia city campus has recently became an official SIELE examination center where students can take their SIELE exam and take classes beforehand to prepare themselves accordingly. Our accredited Spanish courses are in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
WHAT IS SIELE?
SIELE stands for Servicio International de Evaluación de la Lengua Española and is the most recognized Spanish proficiency certificate in the world, and is endorsed by the Instituto Cervantes, Universidad Autónoma de México, Universidad de Salamanca, and Universidad de Buenos Aires.
It is used to certify Spanish levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and to improve the employability of students.
The exam certifies the degree of proficiency for the Spanish language divided in four tests:
- Written expression and interaction, and spoken expression and interaction
THERE ARE FIVE EXAM MODALITIES
SIELE is modular which means that you can either take the complete exam (all four tests, called SIELE GLOBAL) or take one section/ test at a time. The exam duration is three hours. At the end of all the tests you will receive an internationally recognized certification, valid for two years and which includes the base score corresponding to the CEFR.
This modality offers four possible combinations of the above mentioned tests which make up the GLOBAL SIELE exam:
- S1: Reading and listening comprehension
- S2: Reading comprehension and written expression and interaction
- S3: Listening comprehension and spoken expression and interaction
- S4: Spoken expression and interaction
The duration varies depending on the test combination. At the end of the independent modality or test combination you will receive an internationally recognized report/ statement, valid for two years and which includes the base score corresponding to the CEFR.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS? HOW AND WHEN CAN I SIGN UP?
The SIELE exam is offered on Fridays (at 9 am, 1:30 pm and at 6 pm) at our Heredia city campus only. For your exam preparation you can take Spanish classes year-round at either or both campuses, Heredia or Samara. There will be no exams or classes if a Friday falls within our school closing dates.
Option 1 - Ready to take the exam?
If you just want take the SIELE exam you need to register through the SIELE website and choose Intercultura Heredia as your examination center. Payment has to be done through the SIELE platform upon inscription. You will receive a code in order to activate the exam for the date you have signed up for.
Option 2 - SIELE preparation and exam
How to best prepare for your SIELE exam?
Take classes at our Spanish school in Heredia and/ or in Samara, and choose the course level that is right for you. You can enroll in Spanish group classes only or combine them with personalized private lessons. You can also just take private classes only in order to focus on your problem areas. This option is ideal if your pre-exam preparation time is limited. Go to our Spanish class enrollment form!
Can I take the preparation course in Sámara and the exam afterwards in Heredia?
Yes, you can, except for your last week, which you will need to complete in Heredia, as the exam will be on Friday of your last week of classes. During your last week it´s also important that you receive an introduction to the technology which is required for the exam and which we only offer in Heredia.
DIPLOMA IN SPANISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
WHAT IS THE DELE EXAM?
The DELE exam is an internationally recognized certification for Spanish learning, providing students of all ages with a valuable work and study advancement tool. Intercultura offers comprehensive DELE exam preparation courses, open to students from levels A1 through C2.
WHERE AND WHEN DO I TAKE THE EXAM?
DELE exams can be taken at any of the more than 900 official examination centers in more than 100 countries throughout the world, upon completion of the Intercultura DELE preparation course. For locations in your region, see http://diplomas.cervantes.es/informacion/centros_examen_espanol.html). Exams are offered up to five times a year, and you must register approximately 6-8 weeks before the exam date. See http://diplomas.cervantes.es/informacion/inscripcion_fechas_examen_dele.html for dates and levels available.
HOW IS THE INTERCULTURA DELE PREPARATION COURSE STRUCTURED?
Our regular group courses are structured using the same framework followed by the DELE courses, and we recommend that students sign up for 4 weeks of group classes (20 hours per week) for each level you wish to complete, plus 4 hours per week of private classes, during which you will use the DELE textbook and complete practice exercises exams such as those you will see on the test. This structure enables you to develop the key competencies evaluated by the DELE exam, including oral communication skills, reading, listening and written comprehension, idiomatic language use, pronunciation, and grammar. DELE courses cost the same as our regular group + private classes. If a group class has only one student in it, group instruction will occur for 3 hours per day instead of 4. Maximum class size is 6.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Exam prices vary by country, and can be consulted individually at the center nearest you, however based on current rates you may expect to pay from $100 - $150 US. In addition you will pay for the course ($1100 per month) and the book ($20 per level). If you choose to stay with a homestay family (highly recommended for communication skills development), you can choose one of two options, including private room, laundry service, breakfast or breakfast & dinner for $145 or $175 per week. All families are within walking distance of our schools, at both the beach and city campuses. Prices also include all extra-curricular cultural activities (Latin dance, cooking, movies, arts & crafts, yoga, zumba, city tour, etc) see http://www.interculturacostarica.com/cultural-activities for sample schedule.
WHAT MATERIALS WILL I USE?
The books, “Las claves del Nuevo DELE” contain five thematic units, a CD, keys to understanding in every unit, the cultural references necessary for each level, and test exams. Books cost approximately $20 US and can be purchased online before departure, or onsite in Costa Rica. In addition, the official examining body provides detailed explanations of exam structure and content for each level at http://diplomas.cervantes.es/informacion/guias/default.html.
GERMAN BILDUNGSURLAUB (BU)
If you are a German employee, you can receive government funding during your Spanish vacation in Costa Rica, spending time right on the beach or in a typical Costa Rican city. You will receive your regular income during your studies with this option.
Intercultura offers Bildungsurlaub Spanish courses at both campuses.
- In Heredia: offered year-round
- In Playa Sámara: offered during the green season and on a space-available basis during high season.
The accreditation for Bildungsurlaub guarantees
- high quality Spanish classes for students from all over the world.
- Our courses have been revised to meet the standards of professional teaching which is valued by Spanish learners of all ages.
What is the German BU?
The German Bildungsurlaub is an accredited program in which German employees can take 5 additional days of educational leave (paid vacation) per year, or 10 days in 2 years, that are recognized as a professional advanced training. Spanish classes have become a popular option for Bildungsurlaub. It gives you the opportunity to travel and advance your foreign language skills, while at the same time enjoying a vacation in beautiful, tropical Costa Rica.
Intercultura Spanish Language School is recognized for all German Federal States.
We offer different Bildungsurlaub classes depending on the Spanish level and specific area of interest of the employee. The Bildungsurlaub Spanish course is in line with our Intensive Course 30 (group and private classes combined), consisting of 30 lessons per week for a duration of one or two weeks!
During Bildungsurlaub vacation employees receive their regular income, while the costs of the Spanish classes are covered by the employees.
Any further information about the German Bildungsurlaub in Costa Rica please click here: www.bildungsurlaub-sprachkurs.de.