Study Spanish in Puerto Rico with Coastal Bend College

 CBC offers intensive Spanish study in Puerto Rico July 10-23, 2011

 Coastal Bend College’s summer intensive Spanish course offers students the opportunity to spend two weeks and two days, July 10-23, 2011, in the beautiful Puerto Rican city of San Juan, study Spanish at the Institute for Second Language Acquisition, live with friendly Puerto Rican families, make excursions to interesting sites across Puerto Rico, experience life in a foreign environment, and enjoy 85 degree weather.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

 Small classes are for high school students, college students, Spanish teachers who need to renew their teacher certificates, and other adults who wish to improve their Spanish-speaking skills. Students can earn beginning- through advanced-level classes with credit for one or two semester of first or second year college Spanish or Continuing Professional Education credits. Students may also take “American Minorities,” a Humanities course, over the summer program.

 Because the ISLA offers classes for both teenagers and adults, CBC makes the class available to high school students who have passed their TAKS exit exams (or the equivalent) and to college students and adults of any age.

 Students may earn CBC credit for either semester of first year college Spanish (4 semester hours), either semester of second year college Spanish (3 semester hours), or for an advanced sophomore conversation class (3 semester hours), or Introduction to Spanish Literature (3 semester hours).

 Public school Spanish teachers may earn 48-60 hours of continuing professional education credit toward renewing their teaching certificates.

 Dr. Emmanuel Alvarado, Spanish instructor at CBC, accompanies the group, supervises the Puerto Rico program activities, assesses student progress on a daily basis, offers out-of-class assistance in the language, administers the final exam for the course, and assigns the CBC grade.

 In order that air travel may be arranged early enough to get the best prices, $460 needs to be paid by April 30, 2011. (This amount is non-refundable.) The balance of $1,000 is due by June 1, and CBC tuition is due by June 30. Students may still join the group after April 1, but they may not be able to get seats on the same flight with the director and the group.

 The group will fly from San Antonio to San Juan, where an ISLA representative will meet them in a charter bus and transport students to their host families.

 Airfare and registration for Coastal Bend College credit are additional. Airfare is approximately $460. If more, students will pay additional cost. $1,000 covers the ISLA tuition, room and board with a Puerto Rican family (with a roommate), excursions and two meals a day.

 Tuition Options (must choose one):

  •  (1) CBC tuition is extra, ranging from $40 for Bee County high school dual credit students to $500 for out-of district students in a four-hour course.
  •  (2) Teachers who wish CPE credit for the entire program will pay $169 for that credit, in addition to the $1,000 ISLA total.
  •  (3) Teachers who wish CPE credit for the cultural portion only will pay $139 for that credit, plus $700 for room and board and excursions.
  •  (4) Participants who do not wish to receive any CBC academic or CE credit will pay a $40 continuing education fee , plus $600 for room and board and excursions.

 For more information or to sign up, contact Dr. Emmanuel Alvarado at (361) 592-1615 Ext. 4071 or


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