You, like most students, want to increase your language skills in the shortest possible time. So, you certainly look for a Spanish language school that uses the most effective and successful method. With this premise in mind, let's explain a little bit more about methodology and approaches to language teaching.
Generally speaking, grammar provides a language framework, and 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 (and also the courses of the rest of languages) emphasized analyzing grammar (sentence structure, syntax,...) and understanding texts. 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, many 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, the world in general terms and businesses in particular, need individuals who can not only read and write Spanish, but who can speak it as well.
Modern Spanish language schools understand that need to attain oral proficiency. The Spanish language school must help you meet that goal by using a communicate approach to learn Spanish.
Communicative Language Teaching pays attention to the functional as well as structural aspects of the Spanish language. It has been developed techniques and practices to teach all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) always taking into account the interdependence of language and communication.
The key principle of this method is that the students are the main actors in the classroom, learning the rules and, most importantly, learning how to communicate in Spanish. The students learn the rules, in the same intuitive way that children learn their native language. The teacher's job simply to create and design strategies that help make this possible. Under this system, when students participate actively in the classroom, their progress is impressive.
But, although Communicative Language Teaching is a big step ahead in comparison to other methods and techniques, it's not the only element necessary for success. As you are probably aware, the success of any method greatly depends on the teacher implementing it. A good teacher knows how to motivate you, is attentive to your needs, explains 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.
Although our school is new, our teachers have years of accumulated teaching experience and continue to participate in continuous development programs.
The learning environment also affects the learning process. Our small school, located in an idyllic and relaxing environment, our customized programs and the small groups which allow you to constantly interact with your teacher, guarantee your success.
And remember: at ¡Viva! Spanish Immersion, we only speak Spanish!