Private Spanish Lessons are Always Better; Here’s Why
Besides the obvious reason that a private student gets 100% of the instructor’s attention, the following are three reasons why our students prefer private Spanish lessons in our NYC school.
1 – They feel more at ease
It is true that group lessons in Spanish, 3 to 6 students, are still very effective and they may be very fun when the instructor is good at using group activities such as games, role-playing, music, presentations, etc. But what may be fun and productive for some, may be somewhat overwhelming for others. Some students prefer not to have their mistakes corrected in front of the class, or to be in the spot as they struggle to use the correct word with the right pronunciation and at the right place in a sentence. Other students prefer to hear only native Spanish from a native speaker and not mispronunciation or wrong sentences from their classmates. Also, it is not uncommon that one student in a group loves talking and participating more than the rest of the group; that, for some may mean less opportunity to speak and therefore be corrected. Many times I begin the private lesson by asking my student, “bueno, dime quéquierespracticar hoy, qué no estásuficientementeclaro o quieresmejorar.” – “ok tell me what you want to practice today, what is not clear enough or you want to improve.”
2 – The way someone else learns may not be the way you learn
One student hears a new word in Spanish and he can repeat it instantly as if they were native speakers, while another one may never be able to repeat the same word correctly. One may understand the logic of a Spanish sentence construction right away while others may need translation and deep grammatical explanations. One student needs to see the Spanish words written at all times so he or she can remember and pronounce them more easily, another student prefers using their new language a lot in class not minding their mistakes, meanwhile, Spanish perfectionists may find his conversation a language slaughter. One on one conversations may take a more intimate spin because it is possible to use and discuss more personal, real-life situations; this allows the immediate application of the new language which is the main goal of learning it. The relationship instructor-student in private Spanish classes brings in more confidence between the two, providing a more relaxed class environment and of course the opportunity for the instructor to identify and use the strategies that work for the progress of that particular student.
3 – It’s their schedule, not the school’s schedule
This is definitely a great advantage with private Spanish lessons in general. Group lessons are determined either by the school or a group of students; when one student in the group cannot make it, he misses that particular lesson. When you are a student taking private Spanish classes at SpanishNYC you can cancel and reschedule as many times as you want, literally. What it means, is that you will not miss any class topic and your investment will be more productive. Most of our students live and work in New York City where everybody is running from one task to the next, trying to squeeze their own personal projects in the work and family time, so the ability to reschedule your private Spanish lessons and not having to miss lessons is great news for you and your investment.
Luis Cardozo is a successful language instructor for executives and busy professionals, and has more than 25 years experience teaching Spanish. In 2002 he launched SpanishNYC, offering customized instruction and translation services. -- Luis has taught group and individual Spanish classes at companies such as NBC, Univision, Nickelodeon, the Miss Universe Organization, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Sprint, Citicorp, JPMorgan, Deloitte & Touche and Pfizer. -- Luis Cardozo has developed his own method for teaching Spanish; the Natural Conversational Approach (NCA). -- With my method, you hear and understand Spanish from the first moment, whatever your level is. I create a relaxed practicing environment, where learning takes place easily and pleasurably. Instruction is totally focused on your specific background, based on the idea that everyone has unique talents, interests, strengths and challenges. -- My techniques allow us to intuit your needs, keep you motivated and insure that your instruction is effective. -- You will absorb the language consciously and unconsciously, just as you did when you learned your native language. -- You, the student, dictate how I should adapt to your way of learning, day by day. -- My main goal is that you enjoy the whole process and have fun learning Spanish.