The Speed Learning Approach
Learning a new language the traditional way we know from school can be a very tedious, non-effective and time-consuming process – this is why the U.S. Government developed a special language course to train their diplomats, FBI and CIA in the shortest time possible to full competency in a new language.
Now you can take advantage of these special courses in a fully revised and more user friendly version as well! Start using the Speed Learning Spanish course today and learn Spanish (Latin American) fast and effectively the same way that the U.S. Government has been teaching their diplomats, FBI and CIA for years. This language course with its unique training techniques has been proven and tested by thousands of top agencies of the U.S. Government over many years.
Not only will you learn a new language faster but also much more effectively than you ever thought possible. This award-winning language course is considered among experts to be the best and most complete language course ever developed. Try it out today and see for yourself!
What’s making this course special:
- You start speaking Spanish from the very beginning so you will be accustomed to actually speaking Spanish instead of just reading it from paper and speaking inside your head.
- It is highly audio-focused, so you will know how to correctly pronounce words and be able to understand native speakers – because being able to communicate is what a language is all about.
- There is no need to learn hundreds of vocabulary like you were used to in school…you will automatically absorb the vocabularies within the context and they will stay in your memory thanks to a systematic repetition throughout the whole course.
- Thanks to special designed drills you will be able to build and speak sentences in Spanish without needing to pause and think before saying a sentence – words will naturally flow out of your mouth…just like in your native language.
- It is well structured – so instead of getting lost in Spanish or not knowing what to learn first you will be taken by your hand and guided through the whole course.
A typical unit covers a cycle of work requiring from three to five hours from the average or above-average student. The learning that takes place during a typical cycle has been sequenced as follows:
- Observation of the language.
- Practice with what has been observed.
- Variation of that which has been practiced.
- Application of what has been learned in the first three stages.
The sectioning of a unit relates to these four learning modes as follows:
The last section of each typical unit (The Application section) contains no recorded portions. It is always a summary of the present unit plus a recycling of important features of the preceding two units. No new material is presented. It serves, therefore, as a testing device to determine how well the material has been learned, and as a quick-review of the learned stuff. This Application section can also serve as a time-saver for students with a limited but active knowledge of Spanish; they should work the Application section first; if they can work it successfully, then that unit does not have to be studied, and they should proceed to the next unit until areas are encountered where errors are made, indicating the need to study that unit.
The Spanish Competency You Will Reach
You can choose between 4 levels to reach the level of Spanish proficiency you desire. The chart below shows you which level of proficiency you will reach on the FSI (Foreign Service Institute) and ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) scale at the end of each of the 4 Levels.
The Speed Learning Spanish course consists of Spanish Level 1- 4 and Spanish Practice.
- Spanish 1+2 is an introduction to the Spanish language (Latin American) and its focus in the beginning units is to provide beginners to Spanish with the proper pronunciation. It is designed both for beginners to Spanish and for advanced learners who want to refresh their Spanish skills. After completion of Level 1+2 you will reach “Intermediate Mid” on the ACTFL scale.
- Spanish 3+4 builds upon Spanish 1+2. After completion of Level 3+4 you will reach “Superior” on the ACTFL scale.
- Spanish Practice contains complimentary exercises to Speed Learning Spanish 1+2 and 3+4.
Speed Learning Spanish 1+2
This course consists of Spanish Level 1+2 with 25 units. This course as a whole is intended to lead the student to a useful level of proficiency. The objective of this first phase is to emphasize structure: word structure and, particularly, phrase structure. Therefore, especially through Unit 13 – displays equal concern with phrase relators and connectors and with verb morphology and shows considerably less concern with vocabulary. During the introductory phase, the main focus lies in the student’s ability to perform in multi-phrasal and multi-causal sentences using the proper connectors and relators than in his stockpiling of vocabulary items. Subsequent units will develop the remaining verb morphology and expand the vocabulary.
The average student requires approximately 100 hours to go through Level 1+2. Since there are 417 ‘words’ in Level 1+2 you can assimilate at the rate of 4.2 ‘words’ per hour. (A ‘word’ is defined as a preposition, a verb form, an infinitive, a number, an adjective, etc.) The distribution of vocabulary items (‘words’) is as follows: 115 Nouns; 130 Verbs, Verb Forms or Phrases; 172 Other.
To encourage the feeling of realism while learning Spanish, the study of verb morphology commences with a past tense, as it is more natural to ask the student ‘What did you bring last night?’ than “What do you bring (at night)?’ However, the present tense is not ignored; most of the common verb phrases (e.g. tener, que -r, querer -r, ir a -r, acabar de -r, aprender a -r and so forth) are treated also in the Present with the result that the student becomes as capable in the Present as in the Past. The Imperative Mood is also taught, as well as several frequent patterns of the Present Subjunctive.
Speed Learning Spanish 3+4
Speed Learning Spanish Level 3+4 contain 25 units with 990 words including 150 cognates. Time required to finish Level 3+4 varies according to the amount of time spent on supplementary ingredients such as conversation, reading, oral discussions of current events, and so forth. Without these supplements, Level 3+4 requires an average of about 150 hours to finish.
Starting with the first unit (Unit 26) in this volume, the instruction becomes monolingual. At this point, Spanish exposure time is increased from 30% to 65%. As the student’s production inventory expands with subsequent learning, this exposure is proportionately increased until it reaches almost 100% after Unit 40. By Unit 31, parts of the programmed introduction are written in Spanish, and by Unit 34 some of the grammatical presentations are in Spanish. By Unit 41, everything is in Spanish. The text then proceeds to the end as an authentic and normal experience in Spanish.
Speed Learning Spanish Practice
The Speed Learning Spanish Practice contains complimentary exercises to Speed Learning Spanish 1+2 and 3+4 Therefore, you should use this in conjunction with the main course.