QUESTIONS & ANSWERS About La Escuela Espanol
Question: If I purchase of a package of classes and only take some of the classes, how does that work, will I be able to take the classes at a later point?
Answer: You may take your classes to a years’ time, after that you will have to write me a letter asking to re-instatement letter to start again.
Question: Is it possible that I can use the money invested in a package of classes towards one of the other services you offer?
Answer: Absolutely, you can use it to take Cooking Classes or take Classes in my language immersion program in Latin America: both Nicaragua and Cuba, respectively. Also, you may use them for translation or tutoring services that I offer.
Question: What are the requirements to enroll in Spanish classes?
Answer: There are no requirements, enthusiasm, motivation, commitment, dedication, discipline and desire to learn. Most of my students are mature adults that come to me that have full time jobs and family obligations, so I am quite flexible in meeting student’s half way with their schedules and other responsibilities. Requirements are just to be able to have sufficient amount of time to study (1-4 hours a week) and turn in your assignments in on time via email before our next class together. I provide some books, but you should be able to have access to online books, links and videos.
Question: Should I have taken Spanish classes before?
Answer: No, you can come to me without having any previous Spanish classes before. That’s the whole purpose is to help people speak Spanish at any level.
Question: What do you expect from your student’s?
Answer: I expect my student’s to be sufficiently mature, self-motivated, self-disciplined, and responsible about turning in their assignments, scheduling and getting back to me via email. Students should also have some kind of independence about them that they can turn in assignments on time without my prodding them or reminding them to turn them in. I expect student to follow instructions well, respond to my emails, and if they are taking weekly classes with me to turn in assignments in 6 days from the start of their next class.
Question: Do you give out homework?
Answer: Yes, Homework is given each class. I usually assign something from the book you are using. Also, weekly ESSAYS are de riguer and should be turned in via email and should be turned into me within a 6 days. I correct the essays with a detailed letter with notes and suggestions to make your essay better, including more explanations of grammar and send it back to you, within a day or two, in turn, you may correct and revise it, and send it back to me. This way, we have a constant to and fro of communication and dialogue, and learning done via email. If you turn it in the same day at the last minute we have to spend class time correcting it. I may or may not look at it during class if you email it to me at the last minute, so we may not be able to discuss it until your following class. Don’t print out homework and bring to class, everything is done online in an effort to be eco-friendly, cost and time effective.
Questions: How do you prepare a lesson?
Answer: Your essays that you turn in before your next class, help me prepare for your next lesson. When I go over them, I see what points you are getting strong in and what you still need help on. If you don’t turn it in within the week, I have no idea where you are at, and it doesn’t help me prepare a lesson for you. I also cater the class to the students taste and needs, some students like to talk about the environment, and others want to talk about literature.
Questions: What kind of Essays do you assign?
Answer: Essays are there for students to practice thinking in Spanish and also to reinforce what we learned in class. The emphasis is on grammar, but I assign fun essays, like: “ Que Si Gane Un Milon de Dolares”. “If I won a million dollars what would I do.”
Question: What if I go out of town on vacation or for work and I don’t see you for a few weeks?
Answer: I understand completely. We all have a life, but you can still turn in your assignments and continue studying independently. I can also assign new homework and so the process of learning Spanish doesn’t cease and you are constantly growing and expanding your linguistics skills. You want to keep the rhythm of learning Spanish even speaking a little bit each day helps.
Question: What about scheduling? Are you flexible?
Answer: Yes, I am flexible. I have different times and days I am available. Schedule requests should be sent via email, so there’s no confusion and there is a record.
Question: What is your ideal student?
Answer: I like working with students that are enthusiastic and love the Spanish language. After that, I like students who put in the work, do their homework, keep close communication with me. I expect my students to be respectful and polite and in this way we can have harmonious and positive working relationship.
Question: Do you keep track of student’s classes?
Answer: I keep track of student’s hours, homework assigned, material we learned in class and progress in the student’s pedagogical card. Each student gets a folder and I keep all their homework, quizzes, exams and pedagogical card in that folder.
Question: Do you follow a Syllabus or do you make lessons randomly?
Answer: I have a Syllabus that I sometimes improvise and change with the student’s interest, needs and how fast or slow they are learning Spanish.
Question: I think I’m a visual learner more than auditory or kinesthetic. Do you offer a Learning Assessment test?
Answer: Absolutely, yes, I teach Spanish lessons based on the student’s learning style. If you sign up for Private Classes, you will be required to take the assessment before your first class with me.
Question: What if I think I am Intermediate but not sure, do you provide Assessment?
Answer: Yes, I can provide a Language Assessment before the first class.
Question: If I am a lower- Beginner when I start taking Spanish classes with you, do you think that I will be able to become fluent after 20 classes?
Answer: You may not be able to become fluent in Spanish, but I can guarantee that you will achieve one level of proficiency each month, provided you do the homework and take the necessary actions to help you improve your written, oral and reading skills. It’s entirely up to you and how fast you catch on.
Question: How long will it take me to become fluent in Spanish?
Answer: If you start out as a Lower Beginner, it takes a good two years to become fluent in Spanish. This is also provided you take the necessary steps and make consistent and daily effort.