by Juan Miguel Regueifero, October 20, 2016
How long does it take to finish each level of a method to learn a foreign language? It´s a common question asked by those who take a customized course with a freelance teacher. The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors, and one key factor is the time the student can devote to the language when is out of the classroom environment. It goes with saying that that factor by itself does not solve the problem because once the student finds the time to focus on the language, he needs the proper tools to exercise the knowledge received or to go farther. That´s precisely a huge advantage of some modern methods as INTERCHANGE, it includes among others the following tools:
Getting back to our initial question: “How long does it take to finish each level of a method to learn a foreign language?” We recommend the students to verify that they really count on a method good enough so that they can use its tools whenever they have some free time available and to evaluate their progress by submitting themselves to quizzes, tests or simply practicing with native or people who are learning as well. Some specialist would prefer to use statistics, but the result would be kind of an average more or less accurate depending on the size and quality of the sample which will include people with different capacity and willingness to learn languages. We must admit that people (potential students) have really learned how to identify good teachers and methods assisted mainly by results, serious publicity, and prestigious institutions. Each teacher has his own style, but vocation cannot be disguised or hidden and that’s a must when choosing the private teacher we’d like to help us with a foreign language.
There are thousands of methods, and despite the fact that we all learn in a different way, technology plays a major role in making the learning process effective and efficient; that’s why old methods not counting on video, audio and computer software are weak and will help people to learn but in a slow motion compared to nowadays methods.