SFL Program activities
Universidad de Costa Rica
Our institution was created in March, 1941. It was preceded by Casa de Enseñanza de San Tomás, founded in 1814 and closed in 1843.
The UCR is located among the 500 best universities in the world, according to the measurement of the ranking Webometrics, which evaluates over 19 000 institutions and publishes a final cut with a total of 12 000 universities, based on the presence of their academic and scientific production on the Internet.
Within the country, the UCR has great prestige due to its seniority and academic excellence. In 2001, the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Costa Rica, by decree N°8098, declared that Universidad de Costa Rica is a Praiseworthy Institution of the Culture and Education of Costa Rica. For further detail, visit its website www.ucr.ac.cr
The headquarters of Universidad de Costa Rica, called Rodrigo Facio, is located in San Pedro of Montes de Oca; situated close to the capital city, San José (3 km east from downtown).
School of Philology, Linguistics, and Literature
The Program of Spanish as a Foreign Language belongs to the service courses offered by Escuela de Filología, Lingüística y Literatura (School of Philology, Linguistics, and Literature)
Escuela de Filología, Lingüística y Literatura of Universidad de Costa Rica leads the education of philologists in Costa Rica. It has three departments: Department of Linguistics, Department of Classic Philology, and Department of Literature. Also, the School has been dedicated to the research of the languages of Costa Rica and neighboring areas; of the Costa Rican, Latin-American, and Spanish literature; as well as of the classic languages and literatures, especially from ancient Greece and Rome. The School’s tasks also include the social projection of its work to different communities inside and outside the country.
The Director is Dr. Carlos Villalobos Villalobos.
For further information, please visit the website http://filologia.ucr.ac.cr/index.html
To learn more about the academic productions and the outcomes of the investigations that have been published in our School’s magazines, please go to http://filologia.ucr.ac.cr/revistas.html
Spanish as a Foreign Language Program
This Program was created in 1988; it is completing 25 years in 2013. It is in charge of coordinating, organizing, and administrating all the courses of Spanish for foreigners offered by Universidad de Costa Rica in its headquarters.
Its fundamental purpose is to provide non-Spanish speaking students a competent level of Spanish that allows them to satisfy, promptly and effectively, their communicational needs when speaking as well as when writing.
The administrative staff of the Program is made up by
- Dr. Carlos Villalobos Villalobos: Director
- Mag. Patricia Guillén Solano: Coordinator
- Licda. María Auxiliadora Ramírez Solano: Administrative head
- Bach. Dannia Vargas Solano: Assistant to the Coordination (office 138LE)
The Program of Spanish as a Foreign Language is taught by a team of native-speaking university professors with degrees in either Spanish Philology, Linguistics or Spanish as a Second Language. It utilizes suitable didactic materials and technological facilities.
The knowledge of relevant aspects of the Hispanic culture, in general, and Costa Rican, in particular, is a pillar of the Program of Spanish as a Foreign Language. Thus, students are meant to learn how the language works as it interacts with the historical and social context.