Things Covered by the Spanish Tutorial Program
Many mistakenly believe that a Spanish tutorial program only involves face-to-face contact between the student and the teacher in a classroom setting sans the rest of the class. With advances in technology, however, it is now possible to conduct Spanish language tutorials without personally meeting each other. Of course, this is possible through the powers of information and communications technology including the increasingly pervasive presence of the Internet.
No matter the type of Spanish language tutorial program, however, you have to choose the one that offers the three basic components of learning espaņol. At the very least, you will be able to speak and read the language without making too much of a fool of yourself.
Anyways, the three components are vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. First, you should be able to acquire as many vocabulary words as possible. This way, you can carry on basic conversations with native speakers as well as understand the things being said on Spanish-language television shows and radio broadcasts. In turn, you will be able to learn more and more words to build up your initial vocabulary.
You should use supplemental tools such as flash cards and worksheets. These tools will enable you to learn faster, understand the language more and track your progress better. You need not worry about spending precious money either as these can be downloaded from the Internet or made available by the program itself.
Second, you must have access to the grammar component that forms the backbone of any language, Spanish included. Your lessons in grammar help in connecting the vocabulary words to the appropriate phrases in a correct, easy and quick manner. In fact, even when you have your vocabulary, you will still not be able to string proper sentences without the grammar lessons.
There are many things to learn in grammar. You start with the present tenses and then move into the perfect and imperfect, future, present perfect and future perfect as well as conditional tenses. But you should not stop there because the moods - imperative, indicative and subjunctive - come next in the bag of tricks that make up the Spanish language. (Take note that the subjunctive mood is the most difficult so you are well advised to study it more than the other two moods)
Third, you have to access pronunciation guides, both the written and the verbal types. Indeed, you may know the words but when you do not know how to speak them properly complete with the right stress and accents, you might as well prepare yourself for some laughter at your expense.
As such, you have to prefer the language program with the audio component. It can come in CDs or cassettes and even live chats just as long as you have a resource to teach you how to say the words like a native speaker.
If you have determined that the Spanish language learning program contains all three components, then you can place it near the top of your shortlist. Of course, other factors like your learning style and available budget comes into play when buying into the final program.
And speaking of other factors to be considered, you should ask yourself basic questions before choosing from among the shortlist. These questions will include but are certainly not limited to the following:
* Will your needs in learning the new language be sufficiently met by the program? This is because your needs in learning the language differs from the other users. For example, you may want a program with special focus on interactive approaches rather than on rote memorizations.
* Will the teaching methods offer variety? This way, you will not feel bored with the same teaching style provided over and over again. You want challenge in the course!
* Will there be technical support (in the case of online tutorials) or easy ways to contact the instructor (in case of face-to-face tutorial)? You want answers to questions as much as possible especially when you are paying for the service.
In conclusion, a Spanish tutorial program is more effective at teaching the language than self-study for many reasons. However, you must always choose the right kind of program as many in the market are only out for the money instead of truly teaching users the beauty of the Spanish language.