Learning a new language is daunting, especially in a class of 30+ students. While the teachers do their best to explain the curriculum, many are wary of speaking only that language to their students, concerned that not everyone will understand. With only 50 minutes a day or one hour and 20 minutes every other day, there is not enough time for true immersion. Even for those classes that are divided into groups to practice speaking, many students have not developed the confidence to even try holding a conversation.
The result is thousands of American students who take a language for years, and may even get A’s and B’s, but cannot hold a fluent conversation. Language immersion classes at many elementary schools achieve much more success with fluency, but these classes reach a minority of students.
Do your child a favor by hiring a Spanish or French tutor to help practice the language. The tutor will not only help with homework, grammar, and vocabulary, but can provide practice speaking and listening, incorporating what’s being learned into real conversation, and striving for improved skills and fluency.