1. I don’t have anyone to join me for the ForTWO/ForALL program. Can ANDERS LANGUAGES find someone else to study with me?

It’s virtually impossible to find someone else with the same profile, level and available dates.

As a result, unless you visit us with a friend, spouse or colleague, you will need to choose the ForONE program.

2. Will I have classes or activities with other students?

Classes are always one-on-one (ForONE program) or two-on-one (ForTWO program).

An individualized immersion is our trademark, so we are not going to change that.

However, in most cases the activities are carried out with other students and their instructors: if there are 4 students, there will be 4 instructors.

We do this because most people want (need) to socialize.

There is also an academic reason: we found out our students feel motivated when they interact and talk about their experiences.

But once again, for each student, there will be one instructor.

The ForALL program is only for companies or organizations sending us a group…

3. Why does ANDERS LANGUAGES not offer (small) group classes?

We only offer one-on-one or two-on-one (in case you want to study with your partner or friend) programs.

A one-on-one approach is much more effective than a group class. With private instruction you don’t waste time reviewing things you already know…

The expression a “chain is as strong as its weakest link” applies 100% in the case of group classes.

Besides, private instruction also allows you to focus on your needs, while your instructor can adapt the class to your learning profile.

Individual classes are the best way to learn Spanish fast and correctly.

Fast because you will have an instructor focusing on your needs and teaching in a way which best fits your learning profile…

Correctly because a one-on-one instructor will detect errors much faster and help you to correct them.

Remember that the longer you wait to correct something, the harder it is to get it right…

Nevertheless, many people pretend group classes are much better because other learners in a class can add extra information that the instructor didn’t plan on teaching.

Or because learning in a group can take the pressure off you and allow you to make friends and business connections.

Although this is correct, what you get in an individual class is a tailor-made program.

As a result, all information you need to learn will be provided, and the pressure will be balanced according to your profile: just enough to make you progress, but without taking it too far.

Of course, one-on-one classes are more expensive than regular group classes.

But depending on how and what you compare, one-on-one classes are 2-to-5 times more productive than group sessions, resulting in important savings in time and money in the long term.

4. What can I do in the evening?

If you choose the ForONE12, you will have dinner with your instructor, and after that you will have your evening-activity program.

Activities include movie nights, tequila tasting, a Zocalo evening…

Focus is on conversation; however, your instructor will be helping you express your ideas, correcting when necessary and enriching your vocabulary.

5. Is there an assessment test prior to my arrival?

Upon arrival, there will be an interview with one of your instructors.

That interview will allow us to know your level and learning objectives.

It will also help us understand your learning profile, so we can adapt to your learning style.

6. What are the real-life activities?

The real-life activities are the opportunity to use what you learned during class in a day-to-day setting, but with the help of your instructor.

During these activities, your instructor will help you when you encounter a problem using your Spanish and, if needed, provide additional help afterwards during class time.

Meals and breaks are part of the activities as your spend these in company of your instructors.

You will also have walking excursions with your instructors, and in the evenings there is enough time for games and thematic conversations (over a glass of wine).

7. I’m afraid I will miss the socialization aspect of a group learning-environment.

In most cases, there will be other students in the immersion residence with whom you will share time. Meals, breaks and some activities are done together, although always with one instructor per student to guarantee the individualized approach of an immersion.

However, the concept behind a Spanish immersion is being surrounded by the Spanish language all day long with the professional help of one, two or three instructors, depending on the program and duration.

Besides working with you during the formal Spanish classes, your instructors will also be your buddies, who you will have fun with and who will show you the local lifestyle during the evening activities and modules, all of this using your freshly acquired Spanish in an informal, yet structured way.

We received our first students in 1998, and we still have contact with a lot of our former guests. Some return now and then for a Spanish immersion, while others refer their friends and family to Anders: 60% of our sales come from referrals.

8. Will I be fluent at the end of the program?

It’s impossible to become fluent in one week.

But with our one-on-one, total immersion approach you will improve much faster than in a more traditional (group) program.

We don’t promise or work miracles, but if you take into account you will be immersed in the Spanish language 30 to 74 hours per week, there will be a significant improvement in a short period of time.

9. Does ANDERS LANGUAGES use technology during the class?

There is no technology offering the effectiveness of a fully individualized immersion with well trained human instructors.

Of course, you can use your laptop or tablet for notes.

And the instructors will also use ANDERS LANGUAGES tablets or laptops to access online resources relevant to the class.

Some of our class rooms also have screens.

10. What are the learning materials you use?

Course materials are included in the fees.

As the program is fully personalized, the materials we will use depend on your level and learning objectives.

You can also incorporate your own language materials if you want to do so.

If you study Spanish for professional reasons, we can also incorporate materials related to your job.

Confidentiality is obviously guaranteed.

11. What about the instructors’ accents?

The Spanish-speaking countries don’t use the language identically, but someone speaking correct Spanish will be able to speak and understand anybody from Spain or Latin America.

The main difference will be the accent, but someone who speaks Spanish correctly and who is trained to teach Spanish will always have a more or less neutral accent, at least neutral enough so as to not affect the learning process.

That said, you can choose any of our destinations: your choice won’t have any effect on your learning or how and where you will use your newly acquired Spanish.

12. Is there homework?

No, as there is no time left for homework.

You can request homework for the weekend, but we do not really recommend doing homework during the weekend.

That said, reviewing learning materials is fine, but that’s no homework…

13. Will my instructors correct me?

Of course!

Sometimes, they might overlook a minor error (it would be frustrating if we stopped you constantly), but we will always correct you when needed.

However, we are very strict (and inflexible) on one issue: pronunciation!

Accent and pronunciation are two different things.

Accent is all about intonation, whereas pronunciation is about articulation.

Having a different accent does not mean that you are speaking Spanish wrongly.

However, pronouncing incorrectly DOES mean speaking Spanish wrongly.

So, why do we insist on pronunciation?

1. Pronunciation is like the skin of the language: if you have tons of vocabulary and all the required grammatical skills, they’re useless if you don’t have the right pronunciation.

2. People might misunderstand you or not understand you at all.

3. Although it’s rude, some people might make fun of your bad pronunciation. Often this will be harmless; however, in some situations it’s better to avoid this.

4. Spanish also means understanding the culture behind it. If you don’t pronounce it well, it will be more difficult to blend in.

That’s another reason why your Spanish immersion program at ANDERS LANGUAGES is individualized.

The best way to get the right pronunciation is having a teacher focusing exclusively on you.

The longer it takes to correct your pronunciation, the more difficult it will get to do so later on…

14. Will I receive a certification at the end?

Yes.

However, please let us know if you want to receive it as we don’t issue certificates by default.

There is NO cost for the certificate.

15. Will I receive a progress report?

Yes, when you finish the program, you can request (at no cost) a progress report.

That report includes detailed information about your progress and feedback about what and how you can still improve .