Methodology Utilized By Our Spanish Language Schools
The description below is a general overview of the methodology used by our various Spanish language schools. Please note however that there are variations of this methodology and so from school to school their approach will be different.
You, like most students, are serious about increasing your language skills in the shortest possible time. So, you certainly want a Spanish language school that uses the most effective and successful methods available. With this in mind, let’s talk a little bit more about methodology and approaches to language teaching.
Generally speaking, grammar provides a language’s framework, while vocabulary gives you the tools to “dress it up” and communicate. In the past, maybe in the days when you went to school, Spanish language courses emphasized analyzing grammar (sentence structure, syntax) and understanding text. As you may have discovered, just analyzing and learning grammar will not enable you to communicate. In fact, you could spend years studying Spanish without ever having a real conversation. And, if this is your Spanish language background, your first attempt to try to speak with a native speaker was probably extremely frustrating.
Fortunately, in recent years, both schools and universities have changed the focus of their Spanish language programs to emphasize communication. This change is in large part due to the fact that in today’s environment, businesses need individuals who can not only read Spanish, but who can speak it as well.
Spanish language schools understands that students need to attain oral proficiency. The Spanish language school can help you meet that goal by using a Communicative Approach to learn Spanish.
The Communicative Approach
The Communicative Approach pays attention to the functional as well as structural aspects of the Spanish language. The Spanish language schools have developed techniques and practices to teach all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and which acknowledge the mutual interdependence of language and communication. This approach allows them to borrow elements from other teaching methods (such as role-playing, question and answer, visual aids and drills) to adapt to your learning patterns and to develop the skills you need.
Although the Communicative Approach is a big step ahead in comparison to the grammar-translation method, it’s not the only element necessary for success. As you are probably aware, the success of any method or approach greatly depends on the teacher implementing it. A good teacher knows how to motivate you, is attentive to your needs, explains seemingly difficult things clearly, challenges you when needed, and has patience when it’s not your day. In short, a good teacher is someone who has excellent professional and people skills.
The teaching staff the various Spanish language schools are their most important asset, with years years of accumulated teaching experience, and who continue to participate in our rigorous continuous development programs.
The learning environment also affects the learning process. Our various Spanish language school offer small classes which allow you to constantly interact with your teacher. As a result, you will enjoy and learn more Spanish