English Programs

Our English training services were designed by a team of experts to effectively build our students’ communication skills.

General English

English classes for students between levels A1 and B2 of the Common European Framework. In this program, students are trained to use every day English with the aim of understanding texts and engaging in fluent and natural conversations on complex subjects.

Business English

English classes with a focus on business and the corporate sector. This program, meant for students with a C1 level in English, strengthens language skills while introducing situations and vocabulary from a business environment.

Conversational English

In the conversation program, students can choose from various packages of short sessions that focus on practicing conversation and improving fluency.

Specialized English

Courses designed to develop and improve specific skills in English, such as accent reduction, grammar and spelling, composition and more.

*Available only for companies

Ask about our enterprise options

All of our English programs can be deployed in your business using virtual or in-person teaching. We have extensive experience working with the corporate sector to improve the English skills of our clients’ teams. As a client of Idioma Internacional, you will be able to hand off all of the administrative work of managing these programs.
Let us take care of it for you!

Advantages of our programs

  • 100% conversation-based

  • Supported by a modern online platform with resources available 24/7

  • Classes taught by certified instructors who are native speakers

  • Easily switch between virtual and in-person lessons

  • No additional investment in books or materials

  • All students take the BELT exam to measure their level of English before and after the course to chart their progress

Methodology

Our programs are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and incorporate the Action-Oriented Approach for language learning, in which students learn by resolving real-life situations and everyday tasks. We use a mixed learning approach for all classes, offering classes with an instructor that are complemented with an online platform containing resources that are available 24/7.

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a global standard for measuring language ability. It sets out six common reference levels for categorizing language proficiency (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2). All of our programs are based on the CEFR.

  • Basic user

    • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.

    • Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.

    • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

  • Basic user

    • Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).

    • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

    • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

  • Independent user

    • Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

    • Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

    • Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.

    • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

  • Independent user

    • Can understand both the main points and specific details of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc., including the majority of broadcast audio material.

    • Can engage in conversations focusing on the exchange of quantities of information, for example taking messages communicating enquiries, explaining problems, carrying out a prepared interview, or checking and confirming information, though he/she may occasionally have to ask for repetition if the other person’s response is rapid or extended..

    • Can summarize, report and give his/her opinion about accumulated factual information on familiar routine and non-routine matters within his/her field with some confidence.

  • Independent user

    • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including some technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can follow extended speech and complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar, and the direction of the talk is sign-posted by explicit markers.

    • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible without much strain for either party. May find it difficult to participate effectively in discussion with several native speakers who do not modify their language in any way.

    • Can produce clear, detailed text with appropriate highlighting of significant points, and relevant supporting detail.

  • Independent user

    • Can easily understand the main ideas of complex text and speech on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.

    • Can understand specialized technical articles outside his/her field with occasional reference to a dictionary. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party, including participating in animated group discussions.

    • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and fluently explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

  • Proficient user

    • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.

    • Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.

    • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

    • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

  • Proficient user

    • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.

    • Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.

    • Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

What our corporate clients are saying

  • We have been working with Idioma Internacional for several years to provide our employees with an in-house English program. Their administrative and academic personnel have always provided professional and reliable services, requesting constant feedback from our students as well as the Human Resources department. They are always willing to quickly and effectively address any situation that comes up. When required, they have been very flexible in order to adapt to the company’s changing needs.

    Gabriela Soto

    Dole Tropical Fruits

  • The professional relationship that we have had with Idioma Internacional has been essential in developing the skills of our employees. Their long experience is always behind the top-notch service and support they provide, which gives us complete confidence in their work. I see Idioma Internacional as a key partner in our ongoing efforts to increase our competitiveness.

    Luis Diego Solano

    Baxter

  • The Costa Rican Coalition of Development Initiatives (CINDE) and Idioma Internacional have worked together on a variety of strategic projects of significant importance for our organization. One of the most important examples is the CINDE Job Fair, the largest and most important multilingual job fair in the country. Here, thousands of Costa Ricans come to seek job opportunities from multinational companies, which need to measure their language skills before meeting candidates. Idioma Internacional developed an innovative online platform that accomplishes this by skillfully measuring the English and Portuguese proficiency of participants. The results of this and other projects have enabled us to form a productive partnership with Idioma Internacional that has lasted for several years. Our experience with the company has allowed us to consolidate a stable working relationship over time which has constantly evolved to include more complex services.

    Vanessa Gibson

    CINDE