Most Americans encounter great obstacles in their efforts to learn a foreign language. School systems don’t offer foreign language classes until middle school or later. On the college level, classes usually have 20 to 30 students, far too many to provide sufficient opportunities to speak. In addition, the teaching approach is often academic with an emphasis on grammar. This isn’t at all the way we learn how to talk.
Grammar helps show the logic of how a language works, but it is faster and easier and more effective to develop fluency trying to speak and using the language in real-life scenarios through communicative task-based exercises.
At SigloXXI we offer communicative classes where vocabulary is given by topic (so we avoid random word-learning and benefit vocabulary retention), and grammar is shown by repetition and conversation. We avoid spending time with long grammar explanations and vocabulary drills. Our goal is to use the class as an immersion setting; grammar, vocab and drill exercises will be assigned as homework, and in the class, we'll practice those topics by doing exercises that simulate real-life situations and challenge your mind by forcing you to create with the language you have.
A friendly atmosphere is essential when we learn languages, so being in a small group is important. Also, conversational skill comes only with sufficient repetition of the basic patterns of communication. That means you have to talk. You have to practice speaking and adequate opportunities for speaking can only be provided when classes are limited in size.
Language is a skill like skating or playing the guitar; it requires consistent effort and practice. At Siglo XXI we provide you with the immersion environment you need to solidify your language skills.