Friday, February 19, 2010

Guanajuato, Mexico -- Spanish Classes or Not

I thought as I was falling asleep last night that I should write a blog on why I am not too keen on taking classes in Spanish. In a word, useless.

What will you get when you enroll in a Spanish class at your local Junior College? A text book, a workbook, maybe some tapes or CD's, and a heck of a lot of boredom.

As I have said before, did you learn to speak your native language in a classroom? Did you reach fluency in your native tongue by reading a text book or sitting in a classroom?

Let's face it, the vast majority of those who want to learn a language really want to acquire speech in the new language. They want to be able to carry on a conversation in a second tongue. Will a classroom bring you any closer to that goal?

Although there is a place for a classroom to perfect speech, in the beginning stages it will be counterproductive. It won't work. It can't work.

Even a course with a so-called "conversation class" is counterproductive as well.

Additionally, classroom conversational instruction should be avoided because the students mostly hear the speech of fellow students that is incorrect and poorly pronounced. In some conversational classes 95% of the input is from fellow students rather than from the native speaker. -- Harris Winitz, Ph.D. Development, K.C., Mo.

That is the primary reason I push the home study courses I do. They are like having a native speaker in your home. You can come close to having a true immersion experience at a lower cost than hiring a private native speaker coming into your home.

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