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The Shocking Truth About Spanish Language Programs Revealed

June 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 163

"Interaction" is a very trendy word used in the sales pitches of almost alllanguage programs on the market today, and research mentions how crucial it isfor language acquisition. So when language companies state that their program isinteractive they are telling you the truth. In fact, almost all languageprograms are interactive. The problem is, these corporations are only tellingyou half of the truth.

There is no greater lie than half of the truth. What is happening with mostSpanish programs offered today is that they are failing to mention some crucialinformation that makes all the difference. Many even go on to say that they arethe only thing you need to become fluent like a native Spanish speaker or atleast extremely proficient in the language in as little as 10 or 20 days! Thatis just ridiculous from any point of view!

But what language research shows is that you cannot learn a language without "human" interaction. And pay attention to that word "human."

Most Language Programs use flashy images, videos, pristine sound and appealing activities to mask something that is just not there: "human" interaction. What happens with 99% of language programs is that their marketing is totally misleading.

Some even claim that their courses are used by governments and schools, but theyfail to mention that in those situations, a teacher used them in a class. Thatis a complete different ball game as one would assume that in that scenariothere was indeed human interaction. After all, there was a teacher using thematerials and interacting with the students in that class. An amazing programwithout human interaction can never achieve the same kind of results as a simpleprogram that provides human interaction. Period.

But it all boils down to one question: how can you become fluent in conversationif all you get is a CD or a DVD and no one to speak with? You may learn repeat alot of phrases, and listen to some cool phrases, but that is not interaction.That is training to become a parrot. A parrot can say a lot of things, but doesit mean that it can communicate and interact?

In most "interactive courses", you simply interact with a computer. But acomputer accepts a certain limited number of answers, in some cases just one. Ina real situation, there are hundreds of possible answers that you can get evenfrom the same person! That is why human interaction is paramount to languageacquisition!

Without human interaction, even the best materials in the world are not going to be enough for you to communicate effectively beyond a very basic level.

The Truth_ Revealed:

And here comes the first revelation:

Even the best program in the world can do nothing on its own; you just need interaction with a real human being! And even the worst program can work wonders for you if you have a competent teacher on your side!

If you want the best of both worlds, just get the best program out there with a great teacher who could provide you the interactivity you need.

First Things First

But before you jump to get a language program or hire a teacher, it is essentialto discuss a question that usually no one asks, and that can make a hugeimpact in what you can expect to get from your Spanish learning efforts. That iswhat our next article is all about.

Julio Foppoli is a prolific content developer of high quality Spanish language programs based on the latest groundbreaking findings on second language acquisition. For more information, please visit his website.

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