Camp Spanish Program
Students will receive 120 minutes daily Spanish lessons on week days, taught by native Spanish speaker teachers. A Spanish evaluation will be made to campers the first day of Spanish lessons to verify their Spanish level and provide individualized tutoring depending on their level. During these classes, the method used will be TPR Storytelling - Method for teaching Spanish as a Second Language. This method has been the most effective for acquiring a foreign language since 1960. Our teaching method encourages the student to participate actively at all times. Campers will be encouraged to communicate only in Spanish with staff and friends inside and outside the class time.
TPRS is a teaching method for foreign languages that was invented by Blaine Ray, a Spanish Teacher in Bakersfield, California, in 1990. He began to use James Asher's Total Physical Response to teach Spanish. Asher believed that students acquire their second languages as they acquired their first languages when babies. Blaine believed that telling stories was a long-term memory technique. Students are asked to act out the parts of the characters in the stories which had a highly effective physical element.
Blaine’s Method steps:
1. The new vocabulary structures to be learn are taught using a combination of translation, gestures, and personalized questions .
2. Those structures are used in a spoken class story.
3. Language structures are used in a class reading.
Campers will be assessed and placed in three different levels. Each level will be based on interpretation as opposed to translation. Teachers will encourage independence, creativity, and
individuality. All language tasks will be connected to Costa Rica, the activities developed during the camp, and the reality of teenagers.
Campers will be encouraged to communicate only in Spanish with staff and friends. They will
use all kinds of strategies. For example, making up words, using their imagination and
association skills, creating drawings, using gestures, collaborating with friends, etc.
We believe that there is a strong correlation between expectations and students achievement.
A teacher plays a tremendous role in making learning meaningful to students, and therefore, makes a difference in student learning choices and experiences. We hold high expectations and challenge our campers. However, our main goal is our campers to have fun and create unforgettable memories while learning.