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  • Feature Article:
    "The Benefits of Foreign Language Immersion"
  • Marketplace:
    The ILISA Foreign Language Institute in Costa Rica
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   Feature Article   

The Benefits of Foreign Language Immersion

"I wonder what we will do this afternoon," Angela thinks, "Will we visit the rainforest? The museum? Will we go to the market? Will we learn salsa?" ┐Aprenderemos salsa?
She smiles with anticipation, and realizes that for the first time, she is thinking in Spanish!

As a homeschooling family, you have the joy of participating in your children's learning process using a multitude of experiences. You are not limited to a classroom, or even your living room -- the world around you becomes your classroom! A trip to the grocery store becomes a math lesson, a trip downtown becomes a history lesson, or a family trip to the Grand Canyon becomes a geography lesson.

But how do you apply that same philosophy of teaching -- and learning -- a foreign language in a way that will give your children both a skill and a memory that will last a lifetime? This is often a subject that worries homeschool parents because they, themselves, are not fluent in a second language.

Being part of a foreign language immersion program as a family is one way to bring your homeschool experience to the next level, and is one of the best gifts you could give to your children. Bilingualism not only opens the doors for them socially and economically in an increasingly interdependent world community, but it also helps them become better problem solvers because they are challenged to process information in multiple ways.

Immersion programs can take place locally, but learning a foreign language within a native-speaking country adds a level of cultural integration that is an experience unmatched by anything you can offer your children, especially if you make it a family learning adventure! Your family will not only learn the structure and fluency of the language, but you will also imbibe it through experiencing daily life and culture. You will learn to communicate, live and think in a new and exotic world!

Just as your children learned English as toddlers, the new language will become part of who they are and how they navigate the world around them. And, if you learn with them and carry on with the language after your immersion, it will become part of your family's ongoing learning experience!

   Market Place   

The ILISA Language Institute in Costa Rica

The ILISA Language Institute in Costa Rica is a Spanish immersion program that opens its doors to homeschool families! Located in the suburbs of San José in the beautiful country of Costa Rica, its mission is to provide a wholesome, comprehensive Spanish learning program for both families and professionals.

Families can live in a hotel, apartment, or with carefully chosen homestay families. Courses are designed specifically by age and ability levels, and depending on the age of the students, classes are a combination of educational field trips and classroom instruction using many visual and manual aids.

ILISA offers its families incredible opportunities for weekend travel. Within a few hours, you can be admiring an active volcano, boating through lowland jungle, exploring a beach, or hiking in the cloud forest. Learning opportunities for your family abound!

For more information visit their web site at: http://www.ilisa.com or send an email to: [email protected]

"We are all still practicing our Spanish. We just hired a bilingual nanny for the girls for the summer to augment their Spanish. Vern and I are still struggling, but one of my patients did tell me "hable espanol buena" or some such thing. Leah is the star Spanish student in her class.
We have given the name of your school to at least 5 or 6 people.
Thank you so much for all your and your staff's support during our first few weeks at the school. I think we learned our limits as a family which are certainly different for each individual. Leah is ready to come back any time. Alaina said at dinner she wanted to go to Costa Rica again..."


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