Here is a small selection of the many comments received on a regular basis.
I have just completed level 5 Logical Spanish.
Credit where it’s due, I think your method of teaching and your books are very helpful and highly effective. I refer constantly to the material we received in levels 3, 4 and now 5 when I email my Spanish friends. I now have the confidence to speak more to Spanish folk and consequently I have Spanish email pals and Spanish friends who I meet for coffee as we try to help each other in our native languages. This is all due to your teaching and the confidence it has given me. I look forward to level 6 and revising all our work.
My husband and I also attended your last series of talks and found them fascinating. Not only were they interesting and entertaining, they gave a wonderful insight in to Spanish attitudes and customs as well as the basic history and culture of the country. We now visit sights and cities and see them with new eyes! Thank you once again. I will miss your input into my daily life when I have completed level 6!!
“Thank you for the wonderful help you gave me when we met in Spain. The lessons have given me confidence and I do the pronunciation work every day.”
“Thank you for advancing our Spanish in such an interesting and humorous way. We have enjoyed every moment and now feel much more like we "belong" to Spain. I hope you found our input interesting and humorous too!! We felt part of a warm and lively group and look forward to future meetings.”
“Thank you for an agonising 10 weeks. We loved it so much we will be back for more!”
“Your teaching has been exemplary … and your easy-going style mixed with humour has made it a pleasure.”
“You have made it easier for us to grasp and we are gaining the confidence day by day.”
“We never thought learning Spanish could be such fun…. We both feel we have learnt a great deal from you, not just the language but also things about the Spanish culture. We will both miss coming to these lessons.”
“Thank you Jane for a wonderful course. It was full of topics that we come across every week but don’t fully understand. It was easy going, fun and right for complete beginners like me.”
“Full marks to a tutor who can hold the attention of more that 160 candidates a deliver a language course in a most simple yet most effective manner”
“Having tried twice before to learn Spanish I can honestly say at last it’s all coming together thanks to your survival course… Out of 10 I would give it 9 (I never give 10’s)”
“This is just to let you know that we enjoyed attending your Conversational Spanish classes. You were patient and ensured that we understood the words, verbs, meaning of text before moving on. Although we were so many, you handled us very well. Thank you for your patience, humour and teaching skills – all well appreciated.”
I am really looking forward to the second course in September, since doing the first course, I have grown in confidence and am now enjoying my newfound communication skills. Thank you
About the learning process and why you are one of the best teachers I have met
It is simply because you make it in a different and completely new way - you´re standing there on the stage speaking to an audience of 200 people and I feel like your words are pointing directly to ME!
Usually I prefer to sit in the front to concentrate and not be disturbed by people in front of me - in your third level course this year I made an experiment by putting myself to the side in the room. The effect was the same - you were speaking to me anyway, you didn´t have to look at me at all. That must be your combination of being talented, using your Intelligence and having a strong personality.
You are gifted - it´s just Magic!!
You give me, and 200 other people, time to take in without the pressure of suddenly being pointed out officially to show how good or bad we are. I feel relaxed and I enjoy my lesson, looking forward to the next one. That is one of the most important things in the learning process - to feel safe and confident. It has nothing to do with how much I really learn or not - that´s up to my brain capacity, my abilities or my own effort to work during and after the lesson. And the tests we do - I´m in a competition with myself, seriously wanting to win! But it´s all up to me...
The "whole machinery" around you - your assistants, the way you use the overhead projector, the way you prepare your books step by step teaching us the most important and basic words, your own personal way of describing words and situations, your stories from real life, for example the lesson about your own private big family and the lesson "En la peluquería" is unforgettable!!! They were performances!
To really start from the beginning is a challenge for a teacher. Many teacher starts somewhere in the middle, while you break the "language down into pieces" and start with the most important bricks in the bottom, building the wall up steadily from the ground. That´s why it´s possible to start all over from the beginning in your course number one even if you are not a beginner.
Your way of taking us in to the Spanish world - Who are the Spanish people? How do they think? What is different here? Background, history, geography, dialects... your "talk" about Franco. With more knowledge I can better fit in and understand this country and its people.
The big difference after taking part in your courses is: It´s not depressing anymore! We are having a fun time... We feel nearly "normally clever" anyway and that is important for our lives. As students we are so grateful to you.
Articles in Round Town News
“I feel I must write to you and say how much I enjoy learning Spanish with your lessons in the RTN. I have been in Spain now for four years now and am fortunate in that all my neighbours are Spanish so this helps me a lot. I thought that I had a reasonable grasp of the basics but your lessons have opened up a whole new perspective.”
“I have been following your Spanish Lessons in the RTN right from the beginning. I just wanted you to know that they have helped me tremendously and I appreciate all you and your web site have done for me personally. A big 'Thank You' for your generosity.”
Wow joining your site is easy, excellent and so very full of useful information for me to wade through being available for everyone to see digest and enjoy, it is such a unique and free way to continue learning the language of the country that I have chosen to live in.
I look forward to joining one of your courses in the future, I also wondered whether you do any paid for courses on line. This old fellow is 71 and I have been learning Spanish for about two years,but I have still not had an opportunity to converse in Spanish especially as I have lived in little britain in El Galan near Villamartin for six years.
Keep up your excellent work.
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