Intensive language immersion and cultural immersion schools. Experiences
through Spanish immersion schools throughout Mexico, Costa Rica, elsewhere
in Latin America and Spain. Specialty programs designed and implemented.
Classes and courses in the context of culture. Group trips also-ask
about discounts and other incentives to those arranging to
bring groups. Stays from one week and longer. English, French,
Italian, Greek, German, Japanese and Chinese language immersion available.
Language software and other language learning resources.
ACACIA is a directory
of independent Spanish, Italian, German, French, English and other immersion
language schools, courses, classes and institutes in the world. To satisfy
the requests of many students, we are currently expanding our directory to
include other immersion language schools and programs throughout the
world. Schools may contact us regarding site inclusion.
Each day students
use our website to review information on language schools worldwide. Some
of you are searching for schools of varying degrees of intensity. The immersion
schools in our list includes those with complete or total intensive language
immersion programs including classes, cultural programs, excursions, travel
study, and family homestays. Other schools offer a variety of less intensive
options. Schools may include general travel and conversational use classes
and courses. Others offer specialized travel study options with a specific
number of hours of instruction in the context of travels and conversational
use with their teachers as the travel within a specific country. Many schools
understand the increased demands for linguistically competent and culturally
competent workers. As such, they offer specialized and individualized courses
of instructions in a variety of professional
Our search options
allow you to quickly locate language schools offering dozens of specialized
language programs including: medical, international business, social
work, real estate, legal, technical, and other areas of interest. You may
also search language schools by the activities available, such as dancing,
cooking, horseback riding, hiking, surfing, mountain biking, wine tasting,
and many more.
internet for information on language immersion schools has become difficult
due to the proliferation of websites and multiple agencies representing each
school. In our directory you can are able to review information on a variety
of immersion schools, institutes and programs with out having to search each
school individually. We cooperate with individual schools in providing this
information to you. Our costs are paid for by a small number of participating
up-to-date information on international language immersion studies. We list
schools, courses, classes, institutes in various international locations
as well as a developing list of other language links and links to language
study resources. We have an online store for language software, fiction and
non-fiction language study needs, including lists of books, music and videos
(CDs, and DVDs).
THE PROCESS OF
VIA IN-COUNTRY LANGUAGE IMMERSION STUDIES
of a second language requires an understanding of the context of the language
in order to bring it to life. It also requires an intensive integration of
producing spontaneous speech. We receive many inquiries from students who
have studied Spanish in high school, universities, and colleges that start
with the familiar refrain: "I know a lot about Spanish, but I can't speak
much. Even though many colleges and universities place more emphasis on "natural
learning", "the natural approach", "the communicative method" and other
similar methods, these do not compare to the immediacy of in-country
language immersion and very small class sizes of 3-6 students. Language
immersion study provides a living, breathing laboratory for the student
to experience "en vivo" learning for language integration. It also brings
an immediacy to using the language. It is not a "sink or swim" approach,
but a learn to swim approach with strong supports in place in the water with
you! A vital part of an in-country immersion experience
is living with a homestay family. This helps the student
produce continuous spontaneous speech in real time conversations which better
integrates small group or private class on-campus learning. This helps
the student integrate the language in a more natural and useful
MOST LANGUAGE IMMERSION programs integrate small classes or individual,
one-to-one classes with homestay family experiences, excursions and other
learning integration activities. These programs provide combined didactic
structured learning combined with the opportunity to live in the culture
and begin using the language in a more spontaneous manner.
MOST INTENSIVE IMMERSION LANGUAGE SCHOOLS begin new classes at all levels
every Monday throughout the year. They are able to do this because the small
group class course materials are formatted into one week modules. Private
classes are individually negotiated between the instructor and the student
to individualize the learning plan. Many schools accommodate flexible start
dates for private classes. Most schools offer family homestays, school
arranged apartments or housing or outside hotel or apartments/houses. Most
serious students choose the family homestays because of the extra time
practicing and integrating their learning. Although many students go
to study for one week, serious periods of studies begin at two and three
weeks and beyond.
LANGUAGE VACATIONS AND HOLIDAYS are the way many students are thinking
today, including many families who value their children learning
another language early on and gaining a more global perspective.
Many also are professionals in healthcare, education, business and other
fields where skills in Spanish or another language are invaluable to
them professionally. Those needing the language for professional use often
take time each summer or holiday season working visiting a favorite immersion
school or continuing their learning as they visit, study and vacation their
ways through Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain.
BEGIN DREAMING IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE or forgetting how to say something in
your native language, you know you are getting immersed! This level of
integration may take a few weeks, although if you have considerable background
in the language before studying "in-country" this may begin to happen even
somewhere in the second or third week of your
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT
LEVEL OF YOUR INTENDED LANGUAGE OF STUDY?
is how many intensive immersion language schools ask students
to code their level of Spanish prior to arrival.
Most have many more levels to offer you than these six noted
below and will evaluate you more exactly for placement prior to start of
your language studies.
1) Complete beginner
2) Knowledge of some words or phrases
3) Can hold simple conversation
4) Beyond basic survival speaking ability
5) Able to deal with most any topic
6) Near native level of competence
Our focus is on helping students develop their understanding of the ir intended
language language of study in the context of a specific culture.
HAVE QUESTIONS regarding language immersion studies please email us!
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