Freeda Space Method
Language environment from the first day of school
All of our teachers are native speakers and speak to students only in Spanish. This is hard for beginners to believe at first, but years of experience have shown that it is real and it works. In class, the instructors structure their communication so that students intuitively understand what is being said to them. Gradually they get involved in the process, catch what the teacher means more quickly, and begin to perceive live speech more confidently. Of course, the teacher can always help and explain nuances in English, but only when necessary. Immersion in Spanish from the first meeting encourages students to adapt quickly and speeds up the learning process, so that over time, the use of English becomes less and less frequent.
In a Super Intensive course, classes meet 5 times a week and last 4 hours. Here’s what a lesson includes:
– 1 hour of grammar: review of rules and norms, grammar exercises;
– 2 hours of the main course: work with the textbook on a programme appropriate to the level of the group. This includes vocabulary, grammar, audio exercises, and tutorial topic reviews;
– 1 hour of conversation practice: students interact with each other and the instructor.
This approach allows students to experience the language from different perspectives, and the 4 hours of Spanish each day keeps them on their toes: they are able to understand the teacher, classmates and people around them. Students feel more at ease in a new society and integrate more quickly into the cultural environment.
Multi-level conversation practice
Students can discuss anything in class: not only textbook topics, but also current world events or upcoming school activities. The instructor can choose a topic that is of interest to the group right now. This helps students to overcome language barriers, not be afraid to make mistakes, speak fluently and learn to express themselves in Spanish.
Once a week, the teacher prepares a special activity outside of school for conversation practice. Students can go on a picnic in a park, visit a nearby market and practise groceries and shopping, go to a cultural centre or walk around neighbourhoods where only locals live. Such outings help them to learn about the local culture and with it understand the nuances of the local language