A new partnership began earlier this year when the first group of MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) student teachers arrived in April to teach in Costa Rica and study Spanish with CALL (Christian Academy of Language and Learning). The second group arrived this month for the same purpose. The students live on the SENDAS campus during their month long stay in Costa Rica.
This partnership provides a great experience for the MNU student teachers who travel to Costa Rica to student teach at the private school called International Christian School (ICS), located about 15 minutes from the SENDAS campus. During their time in Costa Rica, the students complete the requirements for their bachelor’s degree in education, and they study with CALL, SENDAS’ Spanish language program, for a total of 25 hours of class time.
The first group in April was comprised of three MNU students who enjoyed their ICS experience, their weekend travels and Spanish class. They visited both the beach and the mountains during their time in Costa Rica.
The second group that recently arrived is comprised of six MNU students. There are four elementary education majors, one music major and one physical education major in the group.
The students received one hour of Spanish class by videoconference before arriving to Costa Rica. This semester there are two classes offered based on the needs of the students: Basic I and Intermediate I. The MNU students study Spanish two or three days per week in the afternoons, after student teaching at ICS.
This fall the students have the opportunity to participate in Weekend Home Stays. In coordination with the local congregation of the Los Angeles Church of the Nazarene, the MNU students stay with families for a weekend. This allows the students the opportunity to learn more about family life and culture in Costa Rica, as well as practice the Spanish they have learned.
Dr. Ramona Stowe, Associate Professor of Education at MidAmerica Nazarene University and the Director of Clinical and Field Based Experiences says, “The MNU student teachers had a wonderful experience in Costa Rica. They all came back with a much better knowledge of teaching, the Spanish language, and of the Costa Rican culture. MNU is truly blessed to have this partnership with SENDAS!”
SENDAS, CALL and MNU look forward to a long partnership to provide a study abroad student teaching experience for education majors of all disciplines.
If you would like more information about CALL or student teaching in Costa Rica, please contact the CALL program at @
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