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A Year of Awesome Students and Staff / Un año de estudiantes y personal sobresalientes


It has been one year since we started recognizing the amazing people of Instituto Estelar in the form of Stellar Teacher of the Month and Student of the Month — “Estelares del Mes.” We are so proud to have such incredible staff and students that make our school great! We want to recognize this achievement one more time and thank them for their hard work, positive attitudes, and stellar dedication.

Ha pasado un año desde que comenzamos a  hacer reconocimiento a la increíble gente del Instituto Estelar, escogiendo un profesor y  un estudiante del mes – los estelares del mes. Estamos muy orgullosos de nuestros estudiantes y personal  del instituto! Queremos reconocer otra vez  su gran logro, duro trabajo, actitud positiva y su dedicación!

Estelares abr 2013-2014

 

Abril 2013: Greta y Teo

Mayo 2013: Melody y Ana Maria

Junio 2013: Merlyn y Lee

Julio 2013: Manuel y Hellen

Agosto 2013: Sharai y Diego

Setiembre 2013: Brittany y Felipe

Octubre 2013: Rosa y Jasmine

Noviembre 2013: Gabriela

Diciembre 2013 y Enero 2014: Stephanie y Emily

Febrero 2014: Sonia y Charlotte

Marzo 2014: Kate y Amelia

Abril 2014: Kate y Valeria

 

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Camping in Costa Rica!


Forget the luxury resorts and pricy hotels – try camping instead! Camping is a fun, inexpensive way to get out and see Costa Rica! There are many beaches and other beautiful places to camp for FREE! Other spots, like national parks and designated camping zones, may cost up to $10 per night. Although this does require a small fee, these places usually have bathrooms and showers to use so that you don’t have to “rough it” completely. Wherever you decide to camp, you will find that it is a relaxing, pura vida way to spend your next vacation. Get a group of friends or family together and camp out on your favorite beach for a beautiful, unique adventure!

If you are planning to go camping, here are some things you might need:

  • Tent – under $20 at Maxi Pali! Be sure to get a rain cover in case of bad weather.
  • Yoga Mat or Air Mattress (optional) – for those who can’t sleep on the hard ground, these are relatively inexpensive items that can make the nights more comfortable. Yoga mats are $15 at Jumbo, Air Mattresses are $20-$35 in the mall (depending on the size).
  • Sheet or blanket – it depends where you go, but a sheet is usually enough to stay warm at night
  • Flashlights – because it gets dark at 6pm in Costa Rica, it is very important to bring a flashlight! They cost $5-10 and can be found in most stores. It is also a good idea to bring extra batteries.
  • Pillow – bringing your regular pillow can make sleeping much easier. If you find it hard to pack, try rolling it up and clipping it to the side of your backpack.
  • Food – pack food according to the number of days you plan to camp. Some great camping foods include: tuna sandwiches (canned tuna and bread), bean burritos (tortillas and packaged beans), meat (if you bring a grill or build a fire), nuts and chips
  • Toilet Paper – even in the places with bathrooms, there isn’t always toilet paper.
  • Water – some places don’t have clean drinking water. You should call before your trip to find out if there is water available for purchase nearby.
  • Other Items – clothes, swimsuit, towel(s), sunscreen, mosquito repellent, toiletries, plastic silverware and plates, cash, matches, a fold-out chair ($15 in the Mall), a grill and charcoal, a book, cards or games

Happy camping!

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Spanish students, who are also English teachers, from Instituto Estelar Bilingüe camping in Manual Antonio.

Olvídate de los caros hoteles y resorts de lujo – trata de acampar en su lugar! Camping es una manera divertida y barata para salir y conocer  Costa Rica! Para acampar gratis hay muchas playas y otros bellos lugares, como parques nacionales y zonas de acampar designadas, pueden costar hasta $10 por noche. Aunque esto requiere de una pequeña cuota, estos lugares generalmente tienen baños y duchas para uso de modo que no tienes que preocuparte completamente. Donde quiera que usted decida acampar, usted encontrará que es una forma derelajación, para pasar sus próximas vacaciones. Reunir a un grupo de amigos o familiares y acampar en tu playa favorita es una aventura hermosa y única!

Si usted está planeando ir  acampar, aquí hay algunas cosas que necesitas:
Tienda – menos de $20 en Maxi Pali! Asegúrese de obtener una cubierta impermeable en caso de mal tiempo.
Colchoneta de yoga o colchón de aire (opcional) – para aquellos que no pueden dormir en el suelo, ya que es muy duro, estos son artículos relativamente baratos  que pueden hacer más cómodas las noches. Colchonetas de yoga son $15 en Jumbo, colchones de aire $20-$35 en el mall (dependiendo del tamaño).
Sábana o manta – depende de donde vayas, pero una sabana suele ser lo suficiente para mantener el calor en la noche
Linternas – porque en Costa Rica oscurece a partir de las 6pm, es muy importante llevar una linterna. Cuestan $5-10 y puede encontrarse en la mayoría de las tiendas. También es una buena idea llevar pilas de repuesto.
Almohada – traer su almohada regular puede dormir mucho más cómodo. Si le cuesta hacer las maletas, trate de enrollarla y guárdela en la mochila.
Los alimentos – planee los alimentos según el número de días que va acampar. Algunos alimentos para camping: bocadillos de atún (pan y atún enlatado), bean burritos (tortillas y frijoles envasados), carne (si trae una parrilla o una fogata), nueces, y papas fritas
Papel higiénico – incluso en los lugares con baños, no siempre hay papel higiénico.
El agua – algunos sitios no tienen agua potable. Usted debe llamar antes de su viaje para averiguar si hay agua disponible para saber cuando su compra este cerca.
Otros artículos: ropa, paño(s), traje de baño, bloqueador solar, repelente de mosquito, artículos de aseo, cubiertos de plástico y platos, efectivo, fósforos, una silla plegable ($15 en el mall), una parrilla y carbón de leña, un libro, juegos o cartas

Feliz camping!

Learning Language with Stories


Although learning a language is something that takes persistence and dedication on the part of the student, the methodology of the teacher can make a huge difference. Anyone who puts in the time and effort to learn will certainly learn, but when we are able to do so in an interesting and enjoyable way, it is much easier to advance.

Instituto Estelar Bilingüe is proud to use TPRS – Total Physical Response Storytelling – in our curriculum. This innovative method uses bizarre and amusing stories to teach new vocabulary, increase fluency, and get students involved by giving them the opportunity to alter the details themselves.  Because of the silliness, creativity, and repetition involved, TPRS allows students to learn easily and retain information effortlessly.

Making these stories is fun, memorable, and helps you learn new things without knowing it. At Estelar, we make sure that our classes are never boringwith conversation, games, activities, and TPRS, we help our students learn a language the easy way!

To see this method in action, watch our videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHeaisRSiHc

What people are saying about Instituto Estelar Bilingüe’s Spanish Program


We are excited to see such positive feedback on Google reviews from our clients. Thank you for taking the time to write a review! Here’s what they’re saying about studying Spanish in Liberia, Costa Rica, with us:

Greta: The Spanish classes at Instituto Estelar Bilingue are great! They are interactive and fun while still being practical and challenging. I took a few weeks of intensive Spanish classes in 2012 and 2013. What sets Estelar apart from the rest is its bilinugal atmosphere – since there are English classes for local Costa Ricans and Spanish classes for us, there are a lot of opportunities for language exchange and getting to know great people. A bilingual conversation club, called Spanglish, and volunteering with the kids groups were particularly fun! Highly recommended! Pura vida!

Cassie: Estelar is a wonderful place to learn or practice your spanish. You have classes every morning, afternoon activities to practice using your spanish as well as trips on the weekends. You also have the opportunity to stay in a Tico home. I was able to stay with a family that was truly amazing, They helped me with my spanish and invited me into their everyday family activities. Between the great teachers, the city and it’s people I would definitely recommend Estelar. I hope I get the chance to go back some day!

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Spanish class with Rosa!

Maria: Had classes at Estelar for 2 months and went back home with a profound understanding of Spanish grammar. They really demand a lot (!) – it’s not only a school to spend time, but a proper educational institution with serious attitude to learning process. Books are designed in-house and are included in fees, so are activities. Recommend to anyone who is eager to learn Spanish up to higher level (I came with intermediate and was very happy with the knowledge I was getting).

Shelley: We took some beginner Spanish classes at Estelar during our 10 day visit. The owner and staff were incredibly accommodating; not only making suggestions about class times that would best fit our schedule, but also offering recommendations on where to stay, eat and “play” in the quaint little town of Liberia. We took classes in the morning and then had the opportunity to explore in the afternoon, including short trips to waterfalls, a national park, hot springs and several stunning beaches in the Guanacaste province. Our teachers were kind and helpful and we also had the opportunity to meet other travelers and local Ticos. This school is an excellent place to experience authentic Costa Rican warmth and charm. This area is not “Gringoland” and you will actually get to practice some of that Spanish you are learning. We plan to return in the future, because we did not feel like temporary language students. We truly felt a part of their school and community.

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Cooking class with Dayana!

Jasmine: I am a long term student here. Bethany is a very caring person who hires caring teachers as well. She also offers extra curricular activities for everyday life here that is very useful. She and her teachers try their best for providing students with a fun and learning environment. I would recommend to others.

Sharon: If you are planning on learning Spanish and at the same time some local culture, I would recommend Instituto Estelar Bilingue. The class is fun and at the same time informative. The classes are held in Liberia , and some at the beach in Playas del Coco. So have some fun and learn a language at the same time.

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Spanish for Expats in Playas del Coco, held at Green Life Academy!

Greg: I took a week-long intensive last spring. I was a beginner, and an old one at that. I spoke Spanish, every day, for 4 hours a day, for a week, in class. And then, I went home and took a nap. The teachers were enthusiastic, devoted, friendly and helpful, as were the extracurricular activities we experienced. Definitely got my money’s worth.

Miriam: Excelente! Wow. I had a fabulous time studying Spanish at Instituto Bilingue Estelar. Even though I could only take a week to study, my Spanish improved soooooo much — I found my confidence and fluency had really taken a “Quantum Leap” when I came back, I just naturally found myself speaking Spanish to anyone I met who spoke Spanish. I loved the Bilingual experience and the “Spanglish Hour” — met great people — my teacher was adorable, creative, and fantastic — Bethany (the director) is super caring, helpful, dedicated — and I learned to cook Gallo Pinto and also had a GREAT time learning (finally) to Salsa Dance! era completamente fantastico. Muchas gracias.

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Proud Spanish graduates of our Intensive Spanish program!

Manuel: The school is in an adorable historic house in the middle of a quiet city with everything you need within walking distance and everything you want to do in Costa Rica within reach. Beaches, parks, volcanoes, everything you’ve dreamt of when you dreamt of Costa Rica is just a bus ride away. The teachers are all native speakers and are very good at correcting errors to increase fluency and the classes are small which means you get a lot of personal attention.

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More happy Spanish students at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe.

Christine: In November my husband and I attended Spanish immersion at the Estelar Biligue in Liberia Costa Rica. We had been pleased with our trips to a resort in the area but we wanted to have a cultural experience as well as learn some Spanish. We spent 2 weeks in the program and lived at a Home Stay arranged by Bethany the director. When we had our final day at the Institute and with our Home Stay family I was really sad that my amazing adventure had come to an end. Our trip was everything we had hoped for and more…

See more of this review and write your own at https://www.google.co.cr/search?q=Instituto+estelar+bilingue&oq=Institu&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i57j69i60l3j69i59.1488j0j8&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#lrd=lrd.

Spanish Immersion Program in Liberia, Costa Rica


Do you know that even just one week of fully immersing yourself in Spanish will yield impressive results?Image

Survival Spanish for Expats: Info Session Tomorrow!


Tomorrow, December 11, we will be at Green Life Academy from 2:30 to 4pm for a special Information Session about our Survival Spanish for Expats program in Coco Beach. Walk in any time to get information, take a placement test, and enroll (and pay) for classes starting on January 13, 2014. Take advantage of our early-bird discount of 10% if you pay for your course before December 23.

Course schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30pm

Duration of course: 6 weeks

Location of classes: Green Life Academy in Coco Beach

Special price: $250 ($70 less than the same course in Liberia!)

Price includes: Enrollment fee, placement exam, Survival Spanish Workshops, Spanglish Social (a weekly meeting at a bar/restaurant where we speak Spanish for 30 minutes and English for 30 minutes, helping each other improve!), course workbook, and certificate of completion.

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Don’t miss this opportunity to learn REAL-LIFE SPANISH that you can use every day living here in Costa Rica. Our classes are fun and interactive with just 3-6 people in each group. We have 15 courses, from beginner to advanced, and our professors are university graduates and trained professionals.

For more information, contact Bethany, the director, at Info@estelarcr.com, or visit our website: http://www.estelarcr.com.

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Study Spanish in January 2014!


Escape the cold and come to sunny Liberia, Costa Rica this January to study Spanish! Experience first-hand what everyone is talking about: gorgeous beaches, stunning landscapes, exotic birds and animals, natural mud baths and hot springs, and more! Liberia has an international airport, so getting here is easy.

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Experience rapid progress in your Spanish in our fun, interactive classes! The intensive Spanish program runs every week from Monday through Friday, 8am-12md and includes lots of cultural activities in the afternoons. Our Spanish professors are highly-qualified and experienced – all are university graduates and trained professionals. We have a structured program with curriculum developed by education experts. For a complete immersion experience, you can live with a local family while you are here.

Sign up today on our website: http://www.estelarcr.com.