Please note: The description below is a general overview of the methodology used at SanCris Language. However, there are variations of this methodology and so from teacher to teacher their approach will be different. Teachers at SanCris will also tailor their lessons to the students individual needs and goals.
Generally speaking, grammar provides a language’s framework, while vocabulary gives you the tools to “dress it up” and communicate. In the past, maybe in the days when you went to school, Spanish language courses emphasized analyzing grammar (sentence structure, syntax) and understanding text. As you may have discovered, just analyzing and learning grammar will not enable you to communicate. In fact, you could spend years studying Spanish without ever having a real conversation. And, if this is your Spanish language background, your first attempt to try to speak with a native speaker was probably extremely frustrating.
Fortunately, in recent years, both schools and universities have changed the focus of their Spanish language programs to emphasize communication. This change is in large part due to the fact that in today’s environment, businesses need individuals who can not only read Spanish, but who can speak it as well.
At SanCris we understand that students need to attain oral proficiency. The Spanish language school can help you meet that goal by using a Communicative Approach to learn Spanish.
The Communicative Approach
The Communicative Approach pays attention to the functional as well as structural aspects of the Spanish language. SanCris language school has developed techniques and practices to teach all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and which acknowledge the mutual interdependence of language and communication. This approach allows us to borrow elements from other teaching methods (such as role-playing, question and answer, visual aids and drills) to adapt to your learning patterns and to develop the skills you need.
Although the Communicative Approach is a big step ahead in comparison to the grammar-translation method, it’s not the only element necessary for success. As you are probably aware, the success of any method or approach greatly depends on the teacher implementing it. A good teacher knows how to motivate you, is attentive to your needs, explains seemingly difficult things clearly, challenges you when needed, and has patience when it’s not your day. In short, a good teacher is someone who has excellent professional and people skills.
Our teaching staff at SanCris language school is our most important asset, with years years of accumulated teaching experience, and who continue to participate in our rigorous continuous development programs.