Sometimes people need to learn Spanish fast. This could be due to various reasons;
Whatever your reason, taking an intensive Spanish course over a shorter time is an excellent idea that will give your Spanish a real boost. In this post we will look at the benefits of intensive, crash Spanish courses and also how to prepare to take one and tips to get maximum results.
When you learn intensively you spend more time studying over a shorter time period than you normally would. If you normally study for one or two hours per week and then take an intensive course, you would then be studying for 2 or more hours every day, Monday to Friday for one or two weeks for example.
The course can focus on one aspect of learning Spanish such as grammar or speaking skills and often they can be tailored and prepared by the tutor to meet your exact needs.
Learning Spanish intensively will give greater rewards as you will improve and progress at a much faster rate in a short period of time.
You learn quickly: If you are an absolute beginner and need to master the basics fast, an intensive course can easily teach you the basics and everything you need to get started with the language and on the right track to continue your own learning.
Or if you already know the basics and want to move to the next level, an intensive course can help you do this.
Flexibility: Often you can choose when you want to study. If you are only free in the evenings then you would need a tutor that can accommodate this. Other people prefer to learn in the mornings when they feel fresher. An intensive course can be found to suit your learning style.
Many options: Some courses are aimed at immersion and conversation skills. Others cover all the important grammar aspects. You can find a course that best meets your objectives.
Know your purpose:
Make sure your tutor knows your current level and what you want to cover in the course. Often there is a Needs Analysis Form to complete or a questionnaire to fill in that will give your teacher a good idea as to what you want to achieve from the course.
There needs to be a clear transformation process and end result that you will achieve by the end of the intensive course.
How do you learn best? Do you want to learn by listening and speaking and making your own notes? Do you need many handouts with lots of explanation and examples? Do you need lots of extra exercises for you to complete between sessions to reinforce what has been covered in the sessions or maybe you won’t have time to do these.
To get the most out of the course you really need to be spending another hour studying per hour of the course.
Choose the best time of day to study based on your schedule and habits:
If you find it difficult to concentrate in the evenings, make sure your lessons are scheduled for earlier in the day or in the mornings.
Choose the ideal length of study time to suit your concentration span:
If you don’t think you could concentrate for a full 2-hours at a time, ask to have a break between the first and second hour or ask if you can do 1.5-hour sessions. The study time has to suit you.
Keep up & ask questions:
Make sure you are keeping up with the material. If your tutor is keen to teach you as much as possible by the end of the course but you feel you are getting left behind and need more practice of a certain aspect, then tell your tutor this. They want you to get the most out of the course not get stuck halfway through and then struggle to understand the rest of the course.
Take a break when necessary
Particularly with intensive course, because they are just that – highly intensive, people often find they need a day off just to clear their head, work out what they know, what they need to work on. A good intensive course is not set in stone and can be adapted to the learners’ progress continuously.
Use a variety of resources
A good crash course will give you information about where you can find extra information and practice of the aspects of the language you are studying. As well as working from a textbook you should be given names of other websites, audio, podcasts, CDs and other resources that you can use on your own going forwards.
Build a good relationship with your teacher
Make sure you choose a tutor or teacher that you feel comfortable telling if you feel you are struggling or if you feel like giving up. They are there to motivate you, inspire you and to help you achieve your goals as well as to help you learn the language.
Learning Spanish with an intensive course is ideal for ambitious and motivated language learners.
An intensive Spanish language course can be a great way to introduce complete beginners to the language, build a strong foundation in the language and put them on the right track for them to continue their learning either on their own or by moving to weekly or fortnightly lessons.
However, they also suit more advanced learners who feel stuck at the level they have achieved and want to know how to move to the next level.
An intensive course can be one of the best things you do for your Spanish learning journey as long as you prepare properly as discussed in this blog post.
If you are interested in taking an intensive Spanish course either now or in the future, feel free to contact us so that we can advise you how to arrange this.