Our newest Instituto Chac-Mool Spanish School is located in Turrialba, outside of San Jose, Costa Rica. Full details and rates can be found at ChacMoolCostaRica.com
We also invite you to study the Spanish language at Instituto Chac-Mool Spanish School in the town of Tulum, Mexico, south of Cancun. The website can be found at TulumSpanishSchool.com
Progressive Language Learning
Progressive: relating to an educational system that allows flexibility in
learning procedures, based on activities determined by the needs and
capacities of the individual.
Instituto Chac-Mool Believes...
-"language acquisition" versus "language learning" is the best way competence in a second language occurs.
- the new language should be naturally acquired and not formed through mental translation from one's first language.
-a low anxiety environment, with sympathetic and motivating instruction, is essential to acquiring the target language.
-Spanish teachers should not only be native Spanish speakers, but masters in second language acquisition.
-a program should be tailored specific to student's interests and needs, with the flexibility to maximize and accelerate learning even when working within a group.
-personalized attention is essential in helping students achieve their language goals.
-an understanding of the culture of Mexico makes it easier to acquire the new language.
-actively participating students will learn Spanish quickly.
Why is Immersion better than trying to learn
Spanish with products such as Rosetta Stone® or Pimsleur®?
Learning a new language while everything around you is in your current
language is difficult and a very slow process. Most people dedicate an
hour or so a day to these language learning products and then quit because they don't receive outside motivation or
advance at a measurable speed. The products don't
allow you to check your progress with professional instructors, or other speakers. This
interaction is very important, as is staying surrounded by the new language
every day. While learning a new language, input from others about
how you use the language (verbiage, pronunciation, vocabulary) is the most
valuable tool you can have.
Instituto Chac-Mool Spanish Instructors
In addition to being university educated and native Spanish speakers, all of our teachers
have been specially trained in Stephen Krashen's Theory of
Language Acquisition. Stephen Krashen is an expert in the field of
linguistics, specializing in theories of language acquisition and development. Much of his research has
involved the study of non-English and bilingual language acquisition.
Our Spanish instructors are also taught Seven Intelligences
enabling the instructor to identify each ones learning ability so that
instruction may be tailored specifically to the individual.