Learning to speak, read and write Spanish is an important undertaking, especially if it is for your job. That’s why making sure you enroll in the kind of high-caliber Spanish lessons NYC is known for is the most important first step.
Language schools with varying approaches abound — and now even smartphone apps are making promises about teaching you Spanish.
If some of these things sound too good to be true, its probably because they are; and, even among established NYC schools with Spanish classes, the success and student satisfaction rates vary widely. At SpanishNYC, we are a one-of-a-kind Spanish language school, so we know a lot about this topic. In the interest of helping people just beginning their search, we offer this article about what experience has shown are the most important factors to consider when picking a school.
#1: The Best NYC Spanish Lessons Help You Learn Steadily
Lately, we’ve seen schools, websites, and apps making promises about Spanish lessons that supposedly produce significant results in remarkably short periods of time. When you see a promise of learning Spanish in 10 months, 10 weeks or even 10 days, be suspicious. Learning a new language is a journey. There is no doubt that intensive, immersive, individualized classes can produce quicker results than lessons spaced out over time. But a majority of students find success — and lasting fluency in Spanish — with a well-planned learning schedule that is fun, rewarding, and motivating.
Our approach is to meet students and find out about their specific needs and expectations and then develop a unique and individualized study plan. Outside enrichment activities between sessions can add to learning opportunities, as can the carefully planned additions of Spanish-language media and technology.
The key to success is an immersive environment that is rich in content and opportunity, and under those circumstances, your Spanish vocabulary and grammar skills will develop more quickly. SpanishNYC is known for success and out student satisfaction rates are consistently high.
#2: Spanish Classes are Most Effective When They Aren’t too Large
Learning to speak a new language requires attention and practice, with the close attention of a skilled instructor. If your budget allows, individual lessons can be highly effective, and if you enroll for group sessions, make sure class size is in the range of three to six students. Smaller classes facilitate a personalized approach where everyone has an opportunity to participate — language learning is an active process. In schools with larger class sizes, too many students become passive listeners rather than participants. Without active participation, you will get much less out of each lesson.
At SpanishNYC, our instructors make the difference. All are native speakers who themselves have learned new languages as part of their jobs and moving to new countries. With this personal experience, they have a deeper understanding of how to create environments for optimal language learning. They are attuned to you as a student and will make sure to surround you with opportunities to learn Spanish is the smoothest, most enjoyable and natural way possible. Because our class sizes are the optimal three to six students, everyone has ample attention and actively participates in the language-learning process.
#3: Learning to Speak Spanish with an Effective Method Means Everything
Your success in NYC Spanish classes will depend in large part on the teaching style, and how the language learning process is presented to you. We recommend a Natural Conversational Approach (NCA) that also incorporates vocabulary words of specific interest to you. By honing in on topics and information that matter most to you or your group, learning will be more interesting and useful. With the NCA, each lesson gives you important opportunities to expand your vocabulary, practice grammar, and pick-up nuance and manners in conversation. It is vastly more effective than old fashioned textbook dialog and vocabulary memorization lessons. You’ll be speaking, reading and writing before you know it.
Among Spanish teaching methods, the NCA has produced a consistently high success rate and student satisfaction ratings. It is an immersive approach but never feels overwhelming. You’ll quickly develop an ear for grammar and more naturally learn pronunciation skills. It is equally effective for individuals and groups and has been praised by past students for ease and productivity. Learning effectively is important to you and when you’re considering language school, we hope you’ll give SpanishNYC a close look. Our classes are the right size, we help you set clearcut and achievable goals and teach with the highly effective Natural Conversational Approach. All of these combined greatly improve your chances for success!
Choose the Class That’s Best for You!
Private sessions with a Spanish tutor are the most applauded by our students. Each session lasts 90 minutes and provides the optimal format to get the most out of the Natural Conversational Approach.
NYC Spanish classes will help your team succeed when your company is opening new markets in Latin America or appealing to cross-cultural audiences. Your courses will be tailored to your unique needs.
Lessons for Families
Learning Spanish together as a family can be important when a corporate job takes you outside the country to live. Children, adults, and teens can learn together in supportive whole-family group sessions.