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TASIS DORADO SUMMER PROGRAM Spanish Language & Culture • Marine Life & Environmental Studies

Dorado, Puerto Rico

PROGRAM INTRODUCTION With over 55 years of experience, TASIS has pioneered residential language programs abroad while making foreign language learning enjoyable and relevant as students become part of a wider international community. The TASIS Summer Program (TSP) builds on this proud tradition of extending language learning beyond the classroom and introducing students to the local culture and habitat of Puerto Rico. A unique dimension of the program is the collaboration with the world-renowned Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment, which draws on the incomparable marine life and natural resources of the nearby Dorado Beach Resort. Through an experiential study of the coral reefs and tropical rain forest, students learn about the sensitive balance of our natural environments and what is required to make them sustainable.


ACADEMIC PROGRAMS The TASIS Dorado Summer Program offers tracks in Spanish Language and Culture or Marine Life and Environmental Studies. The program makes full use of the TASIS Dorado campus in the exclusive private community of Sabanera, Dorado and the nearby Dorado Beach Club, home to Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment organization.



All courses follow the traditional syllabi of independent American schools. The work is appropriately challenging and developing fluency is the emphasis. In some cases, students have received credit for their work undertaken during the program. More comprehensive course descriptions and syllabi are available upon request and are sent home with the official grade and comments at the end of the program. SPANISH I is designed for the student with little or no knowledge of the Spanish language. Spanish is the main language of instruction and communication in the classroom. All four language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) are developed simultaneously, although the focus is on conversational Spanish. Students learn vocabulary associated with school, family, and pastimes. Basic grammatical concepts, regular/irregular verb conjugations, and basic tenses (present tense to simple future) are presented. Videos, films, texts, and frequent excursions support cultural discovery and understanding. Language requirement: none SPANISH II introduces students to more complex structures and grammar and reinforces beginner level skills. It is designed for the student who has had at least one year or more of Spanish. All language skills are developed, but the emphasis is on spoken Spanish and students are asked to communicate in Spanish at all times.

Topics covered throughout the course include: sports, travel, health, shopping, hobbies, and daily activities. Cultural awareness is enhanced through the study of geography, history, and daily customs of the Hispanic world, as well as through the frequent excursions. Language requirement: 1+ year of Spanish SPANISH III is for students who already have a firm foundation in Spanish and who are ready to expand their language skills through in-depth study and practice with more complex grammatical structures and acquisition of more extensive vocabulary. Focus is on developing greater fluency through constant use of Spanish during classroom discussions on specific themes, and by studying the culture of the host country. The objective of the course is to enable the student to engage in, and to understand, a conversation in Spanish with a high level of comprehension. Language requirement: 2+ years of Spanish

SPANISH IV/V is designed for the more experienced student who is approaching fluency. This course aims to complete the acquisition of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through conversation, oral drills, essay writing, and comprehension exercises. More complex grammatical concepts are also reviewed and refined. The course provides an introduction to Spanish literature, which strengthens linguistic and cultural knowledge by studying Spanish literary texts and through in-depth class discussions. Language requirement: 3+ years of Spanish LENGUA EN VIDA (for all levels) Frequent Language in Life activities encourage students to use Spanish with locals in everyday situations, both on and off campus. Such activities include visiting a market, ordering typical culinary specialties, engaging in community service projects, visiting museums, and working with local artists or artisans. Classes in art, music, and dance bring to life the rich artistic heritage and folklore of Puerto Rico.


MARINE LIFE & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES Drawing on the wealth of natural resources of Puerto Rico and the collaboration with the world renowned Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment, located at nearby Dorado Beach, TASIS Dorado offers an innovative Marine Life & Environmental Studies program for students ages 12-18. Puerto Rico is home to some of the most fragile and diverse ecosystems on earth, including three of the world’s seven bioluminescent bay; El Yunque, the only tropical rain forest managed by the US National Park Services; and the extensive coral reefs and rich marine life in the Atlantic and the Caribbean sea.

The Marine Life & Environmental Studies course focuses on the sustainability of the these natural environments and introduces students to critical ecological issues and the need to preserve and protect our natural world. Through extensive research in the science lab and on field trips, students gain an appreciation for the interdependence of organisms and the critical balance required to preserve their habitats. A highlight of the program is the opportunity to work closely with experienced local marine biologists and naturalists who are passionate about protecting these complex ecosystems and underwater world.

Students design and carry out investigations on pollution, ecosystem structure, and population dynamics and have the opportunity to expand their understanding of coral reef ecology, the dangers of invasive species, and the economic importance of coral reef ecosystems. This course provides an ideal introduction to the rigors of undertaking the study of a life science at either IB or AP level.



An invaluable extension of the campus is the nearby Dorado Beach Resort, which serves as home to The Ambassadors of the Environment. With its 3 miles of sandy beaches, extensive coral reefs, and 1400 acres of tropical beauty and unique pterocarp rainforest, students enjoy a uniquely preserved tropical paradise. This also includes 11 miles of historic Rockefeller trails, originally designed as part of the world’s first eco-friendly resort, which was recently rebuilt as the first Ritz Carlton Reserve in the Americas.

Ambassadors of the Environment Activities • • • • • • • • • • • •

Coral Reefs Under the Sea Pterocarp Ecosystem Trail Walk Underwater Photography Workshop Rockefeller Natural History Trail by Bike Night Underwater Paradise Snorkel Reef Adaptation Snorkel Sardinera Bay Kayak & Snorkel Cosmic Kayaking Night Marine Life Exploration Beach, Reef, Pterocarp Forest Sustainability Parguera Bioluminescent Bay Kayak El Yunque Rainforest National Park

DAILY SCHEDULE* 8:15 – 9:00 9:00 – 1:00 1:00 – 1:45 2:00 – 5:00 5:00 – 6:00 6:00 – 6:45 7:00 – 8:00 8:00 – 10:00 10:00 10:30

Breakfast Academic classes; 15-minute snack break Lunch Ambassadors of the Environment or sports and activities Free time Dinner Study Hall Activities, games, films, and snack Check-in Lights out

* This Monday to Friday schedule illustrates a typical class day. Saturdays are normally full-day excursions to various locations on the Island. Sundays are free days for special optional activities such as going to the beach, shopping trips, and cultural events. The schedule is subject to change, depending on the interests of the students and the needs of the program.



The wide range of excursions and activities complement the rigorous academic program and provide recreational opportunities. Students discover the cultural heritage and natural beauty of Puerto Rico while expanding their Spanish language skills. Weekend trips include such destinations as beautiful Old San Juan with its historic El Morro Castle, El Yunque Tropical Rainforest with its incomparable collection of fauna and flora, the world’s largest telescope at the Observatory in Arecibo, Las Cuevas de Camuy (caves created by the world’s third largest underground river), and the spectacular phosphorescent bay at La Parguera. On and off-campus activities include salsa dancing, films and DVDs, hikes to explore the indigenous Taino Indians’ petroglyphs with hand-carved drawings in stone, fishing in the Sabanera lakes, and local shopping trips.


COMMUNITY LIFE Students are instrumental in contributing to community life. The family-style nature of the program and the warm Puerto Rican hospitality encourage both friendships and fun. The special rapport between students and staff helps to shape an ideal learning environment both in and out of the classroom as faculty oversee dorm life, chaperone excursions, and run activities. An orientation session on the first day covers all aspects of the program, including community expectations, and enables students to adjust quickly to their new surroundings. Students are housed on the attractive TASIS Dorado campus in spacious air-conditioned rooms. As part of the Sabanera gated community, students live in safe, modern, and secure facilities, and are carefully supervised by staff.

FACULTY & STUDENTS Teachers in the TASIS Dorado Summer Program are experienced, professional educators with a passion for working with students. They are carefully selected for their teaching qualifications, their experience working in American and international schools, as well as for their enthusiasm and energy for interacting with young people in all aspects of the programs, both academic and extracurricular. While providing challenging academic standards for students, members of faculty also serve as dormitory residents, activity leaders, and chaperones. The success of the program rests largely on the professionalism of our teachers and counselors and the caring community they create. The program attracts students aged 12-18 who are motivated and adventurous. Their wide range of nationalities creates a dynamic international community and exposes students to a variety of cultures and languages. However, the program remains small by design to encourage a friendly atmosphere in which each student can contribute and stand out as an individual. A 1:6 staff-student ratio and an average class size of 10 students allows for personalized instruction and individual attention. The positive interaction between students and staff greatly enriches the academic experience and makes for a meaningful and enjoyable summer.





The program uses the excellent sports facilities of the Sabanera community, as well as the championship golf courses and the water sports facilities of Dorado Beach resort. The afternoon sports program offers a wide range of recreational sports, including basketball, tennis, golf, soccer, swimming, fitness, kayaking, and sailing. Students may also enroll in the AC Milan Soccer Camp, which offers intensive training for competitive players under the supervision of highly-qualified, Italian trained coaches.

Located near the most exclusive residential community of Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico, the program makes full use of the beautiful, purpose-built TASIS Dorado campus. In addition to the excellent academic, arts, and sports facilities on campus, students have access to the outstanding recreational facilities of the gated Sabanera community adjacent to the School, which include a ​ playing field, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a fitness center, and lakes for sailing and kayaking.



Only motivated and adventurous students ages 12-18 are encouraged to apply. A teacher recommendation is required, preferably from the student’s Spanish teacher. No previous Spanish or water sports experience is necessary. Due to the family-style nature of the program, students are expected to follow the rules and participate in the Community Service program, which mostly involves ecological projects. The enclosed application form must be completed and returned with the $750 non-refundable deposit, which reserves a place in the program. The balance of the fees is due 30 days after receipt of the final invoice and before the program starts. For additional information, please contact: The Director of Summer Program Admissions TASIS The American School in England Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, Surrey, England TW20 8TE email: Tel: + 44 1932 582346 Program Campus: TASIS Dorado 11 Carr 693, Sabanera Dorado, Puerto Rico, 00646



In 1956 Mrs. M. Crist Fleming, the visionary international educator, founded TASIS The American School in Switzerland to provide high-quality university preparatory education in the heart of Europe. TASIS is now the oldest independent boarding school in Europe and has grown to include schools in England and Puerto Rico, as well as a wide range of summer programs in Switzerland, England, and France. The TASIS Programs are renowned for their excellence and leadership in international education. This fine reputation extends Mrs. Fleming’s original vision of creating a community of students and teachers united by a commitment to learning, culture, ethics, and international understanding. All TASIS Programs are fully owned by the TASIS Foundation, a not-for-profit educational foundation based in DelÊmont, Switzerland.


Switzerland(ag THE TASIS SUMMER PROGRAMS Summer programs in Lugano, Switzerland, are for students aged 4 1/2–18. The TASIS Summer Program (ages 14–18) offers intensive courses in languages, visual and performing arts, academic writing, and International Baccalaureate prep; the Middle School Program (ages 11–14) offers intensive courses in languages, academic writing, and performing arts; and Le Château des Enfants (ages 4 1/2–10) offers courses in languages and performing arts. All programs feature cultural excursions to some of Europe’s most beautiful locations and an exciting array of clubs, sports, and outdoor activities.


Enrichment & Academic Courses: Three and six-week courses including THE TASIS ENGLAND SUMMER PROGRAMS (ages 10 - 17), located on Creative Drawing, Sketching & 3-D Design, Fashion & Textile Design, the beautiful 46-acre TASIS England London Through a Lens, International campus 18 miles from London. Business, The Magical World of Harry Potter, Television Production, SAT English Language Courses: Review & College Admissions, Middle Intensive English Language courses are offered at beginning, intermediate, School Skills, and Geometry. and advanced levels. Additional courses include Writing Enhancement, Travel and Activities: Both programs include a wide variety of Debate & Public Speaking, IELTS sports and activities, which take place Preparation, and TOEFL Review. All every afternoon. There are weekend English Language courses are trips and excursions to places of accredited by the British Council. interest throughout Great Britain, including Windsor, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, and Bath, as well as to central London.


LES TAPIES ARTS, ARCHITECTURE & PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM (ages 13 18) offers intensive 3-week courses in architecture, painting and drawing, photography, and printmaking. The program is designed for students who have a strong interest in the arts or who are considering a career in architecture, art, or design. Les Tapies’ ideal location just north of Provence provides extensive opportunities for excursions, which draw on the cultural richness of this fascinating area. Les Tapies Art Teacher Workshop and the IB Visual Arts Teacher Workshop provide an outstanding opportunity for professional growth and allow teachers to reconnect with their passion for art and education.


Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, Surrey, TW20 8TE, England Tel: + 44 1932 582346 • E-mail: USA: 112 South Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 • Tel: +1 703 299 8150 E-mail:

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