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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



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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 for Expats in Coco starts on Monday!

This Monday, January 13, 2014, we will start our third session in Playas del Coco of our Spanish for Expats program. We have three groups of 3-6 students in the first, second, and fourth levels. There is still room in two of the classes if you are interested in signing up!

We have made a slight change to the course schedule and are excited to see the results. This session, the classes will meet twice a week instead of once a week, and the course will finish in six weeks instead of three months. We expect to see students progress much better with the additional hours per week. The course schedule is Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30pm, at Green Life Academy.


Our Spanish for Expats program is specifically designed for people who live in Costa Rica and need to be able to communicate every day in Spanish. Students converse up to 80% of every class, and they also study grammar in order to understand the structure of the language. Each level has two Survival Spanish themes, such as going to the hospital, talking on the phone, or eating at a restaurant, and we also give additional Survival Spanish workshops on these topics that are open to the community and free.

We are excited to also have our Spanglish Social event in Coco every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30pm at Coconutz Bar. This event, also free and open to the community, involves speaking English for 30 minutes, and Spanish for 30 minutes. It’s a fantastic activity for practicing the language and meeting new people. Invite your Tico and Expat friends!


For more information about our programs, please visit our website, http://www.estelarcr.com, or email Bethany, the director, at Info@estelarcr.com. You can also call our institute in Liberia: 2665-6921.

Survival Spanish for Expats in Coco Beach!

Despite the fact that we are in the low season and many Expats are away, visiting their home countries, we are proud to say that our Survival Spanish for Expats classes are going very well at Green Life Academy in Playas del Coco! We have completed the first month of this 3-month session, and we have three small groups: Beginner 1, Beginner 2, and Beginner 5. The courses are on Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30pm, and we have open-enrollment, so students can join the classes any time!


Some graduate students from our previous May-July session!

 We have offered several Survival Spanish workshops that are open to the public and free, and they have been a big hit! We plan to offer two more this month on October 16 and 30, 4:30-5:15pm, at Green Life Academy. We focus on every-day themes that are useful for our students who live here in Costa Rica.


This was our first Survival Spanish workshop about the bathroom and keeping it clean!

Don’t miss the next session that will start in January! For more information, please contact Bethany, the director of Instituto Estelar Bilingüe, which is based in Liberia, Costa Rica: Info@estelarcr.org, 2665-6921, or 8730-0904.