Monthly newsletter for Spanish Students at ILISA. Issue: May 2014
May 2014
Spanish for your Career

At ILISA we offer a variety of different programs for different types of students. We have special programs for people who want to improve their Spanish for career purposes, for example. We offer Spanish classes for lawyers, dentists, law enforcement officers, medical doctors, and many more!  During your classes you will get a personalized program and you get the chance to visit an organization in your field of interest!
For more information about this, or any other program, please do not hesitate to check out our website.

Want more information about one of our other programs? Download our brochure here


The Mafalda exhibition in San Jose

A few weeks ago there was a special exhibition dedicated to Mafalda, a famous comic in Latin-America. On September 29th 1964, the first drawing of Mafalda was made by Joaquín Salvador Lavado, Quino. Mafalda is a little girl who asks all the grownups in her life the most difficult questions about life.
Mafalda turned out to be very popular, and the comic has been translated into 26 languages! Up until today, even though there haven’t been new books published in a long time, the story of Mafalda will always be the same, and it will always speak to people from all around the world. 
Because Mafalda is so famous, we decided to take some of our students to the exhibition to learn more about this little girl and they enjoyed it very much. 

Juan Rafael Mora Porras

Juan Rafael More Porras was president of Costa Rica for ten consecutive years. He has made a big contribution regarding how Costa Rica is today. He made education obligatory for all people in Costa Rica and was successful in the campaign against the American William Walker, who tried to invade Costa Rica in 1856. During his life, Juan Rafael More Porras did not receive the recognition that he deserved, but he did get it this year when the people of Costa Rica celebrated his 200th anniversary.  The current president, Laura Chinchilla, honored Juan Rafael Mora Porras after all these years by changing the name of Avenida Secunda and changing it to Avenida del Libertador Juan Rafael Mora. 


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Interview with a student 

John Hopper is one of our students that was here for the second time over the last couple of weeks. John is from the US and initially came to Costa Rica for some dental work. While walking on the street he saw an ad of ILISA and decided to come over to the school and take a look. The thing that convinced him the most about joining ILISA was the homestay program and the teaching method. John will be back with us in a few months. 


‘’I have had the time of my life. And I will remender this experience forever. Pura Vida!.’’
Corey Valette


Last week, our students went on a trip to Heredia, a city located very close to San Jose as a cultural activity. The fastest and easiest way to get there is by train, which takes only half an hour from San Jose city center. A fun fact is that one of the biggest colleges in Costa Rica is located in Heredia and it has a lot of international students!

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