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FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

I NEED A COURSE THAT WILL TAKE ME TO THE LEVEL OF PROFICIENCY THAT I REQUIRE. CAN YOUR COURSE DO THIS?

Our Complete Spanish and English courses are 200 hours and WE GUARANTEE THE RESULTS.* You will not need any other Spanish or English course because you will be fully capable of performing your duties in the Spanish or English language in terms of understanding it and speaking it naturally.

Our Fast-Track Spanish course is 100 hours, and you will be able to understand Spanish with a reasonable degree of fluency.

*Conditions: Participant must attend all 200 hours of class, no absences, and score 80% or higher on PLAT 2.

I NEED A COURSE THAT DOES NOT HAVE DAILY HOMEWORK, AND DOES NOT TAKE UP MY EXTRA TIME. CAN YOUR COURSE DO THIS?

There is no homework of any kind in our program because we have no books, no CDs and no DVDs. This is a performance-based acquisition system, not an academic-based book model of learning. Since all of the acquisition and practice takes place in the classroom, your free time after class is yours to enjoy however you wish!

I NEED A COURSE THAT WILL GIVE ME THE CONFIDENCE TO CARRY OUT MY JOB IN SPANISH, ALLOW ME TO ACHIEVE MY LINGUISTIC GOALS, BUT DOES NOT COST A FORTUNE. WHAT IS THE TOTAL COST OF YOUR PROGRAM?

Our cost is $1,950 for the 200-hour course, and $975 for the 100-hour course. You can attend the first week of class, and if you are not satisfied with the program, you will get a 100% refund.

Our cost of $9.75 per contact hour is far less than what most language courses charge per hour.

I NEED A COURSE THAT ALLOWS ME TO BE ENGAGED AND PARTICIPATE DURING THE CLASS. WHAT IS THE SIZE OF YOUR CLASSES?

You will be actively participating in Spanish during every moment of class, and class size is limited to 16 students. There is simply no way you will become bored.

I NEED TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND SPOKEN SPANISH AT THE MOMENT I HEAR IT AND TO SPEAK IT NATURALLY AND BE UNDERSTOOD BY NATIVE SPEAKERS IN ORDER TO ADVANCE IN MY CAREER. CAN YOUR PROGRAM ACCOMPLISH THIS?

You will learn how to think directly in Spanish in order to comprehend it at the moment it is heard and to speak it naturally with total confidence. You will be able to initiate a conversation in Spanish with ease, and ask and answer questions. We completely eliminate translation as a strategy for understanding and speaking Spanish.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH MY FAVORITE EXCUSES FOR NOT TAKING A LANGUAGE COURSE?

You are probably refering to the top two: “I am too old to learn another language”, and “I am just not good at learning languages.” We have taught countless “Senior” students ranging in age from mid 50’s to mid 80’s, and they thrived in our program. It keeps their brains active and “young.” Our oldest student began our Spanish program in 1992 at age 87 so she could communicate in Spanish with the Mexican couple that was going  to care for her and her husband in their West Seattle home. So, you are not too old.  Assuming you once took some language courses, the reason you never really learned that other language is the way you were taught, which was with the traditional classroom model with textbook, homework, and all that. If the teachers and the program did not have the proper tools to train you, and they definitely did not, then the responsibility for you not having learned is on them, not on you! You obviously learned English well, so now you can learn Spanish well too. There is really no excuse available now, is there?

HOW IS NATURAL LANGUAGE TRAINING™ DIFFERENT FROM OTHER LANGUAGE PROGRAMS?

Natural Language Training™ duplicates in the classroom the natural language acquisition process universal to all human beings, which is the systematic association of the sounds of the language to the images those sounds represent. It is the only language program in the world that does this, and it embraces the scientific research on how the brain functions. Natural Language Training™ is a performance-based acquisition model that does not use textbooks, nor digital media, nor any reading or writing exercises, and absolutely no homework.

WHY DO YOU AVOID THE USE OF TEXTBOOKS IN YOUR PROGRAM?

Language is naturally acquired by mapping its sounds to the images they represent, and textbooks cannot accomplish that. Textbooks become a way of teaching about the language, and that information cannot transfer into speaking in the language with any efficiency. They rely on reading and writing and homework to teach the grammar of a language. Natural Language Training™ is a performance-based language acquisition program where the sounds of the target language are systematically associated to the images those sounds represent leading to a natural acquisition of the grammar, so textbooks have absolutely no place here.

WHY ARE THERE NO WRITING EXERCISES AND NO HOMEWORK?

Homework in the academic classroom requires a textbook, which means that the student must learn to read and write in the language first in order to successfully complete the assignments. This becomes counter-productive in learning the language naturally. Writing exercises and homework satisfy the academic-based models of language learning, but they have no place in Natural Language Training™.

IS THERE A PLACEMENT EXAM TO SEE AT WHAT LEVEL A STUDENT SHOULD BEGIN?

We do not have a placement test because we do not have any levels of instruction. We have the Perception-Language Acquisition Test for each language that is given on the first day of class in order to establish a base line performance score. That same test is given upon completion of the listening comprehension component to measure the acquisition of the target language. Each course begins with a group of students who have had different exposures to the target language. After the listening comprehension development training, the group that was once heterogeneous in its knowledge, is now homogeneous, which is to say that everyone possesses nearly the same abilities. This allows the group to move on to the verbal fluency development phase of the program.

WHY ARE THERE NO LEVELS OF LEARNING LIKE THE OTHER LANGUAGE PROGRAMS HAVE?

Each language program that we provide is one complete course with a starting point and an ending point. Natural Language Training™ does not have levels of learning because there are no reliable and scientific criteria for establishing those levels. Levels of learning fit well into the academic-based traditional language programs where all of the grammar is taught through reading and writing, with accompanying homework exercises. In the traditional programs, a student progresses from one level to the next, and that mobility is determined by how well a student performs on the written tests and exercises. Levels are organized around grammar, and the textbooks progress from what they consider “easy”grammar to “difficult” grammar; however, there are absolutely no scientific criteria that determine what is easy or difficult.

HOW CAN THE GRAMMAR OF A LANGUAGE BE TAUGHT IF ALL YOU DO IS TEACH LISTENING COMPREHENSION AND VERBAL FLUENCY DEVELOPMENT?

Where does grammar come from? It certainly does not come from textbooks. Perception is the source of all grammar for all languages, and Natural Language Training™ uses perception as the basis for instruction. All of the grammar of the language is naturally acquired with our perception-language paradigm. Everyone on the planet can speak and understand at least one language, but not everyone can read or write it. Some languages do not have a writing system, and in fact, literacy is a fairly recent development among humans.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH TEACHING THE FOUR LANGUAGE SKILLS FROM THE BEGINNING LIKE EVERYONE ELSE DOES?

Everything. The vast world of academia has adopted this approach, and everything it does regarding language teaching and learning revolves around teaching the four skills–reading, writing, listening, speaking– from Day One, and usually in that order. The reasoning is to provide the student a “well-rounded” base of knowledge of the language. The problem is that there is no scientific evidence anywhere that supports the four-skills approach, and it is certainly not how languages are naturally acquired. Language is the only course taught in the schools for which we are genetically programmed to learn. How it is taught there does not reflect in any way the process by which we actually learn a language naturally.

HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY TEST AND EVALUATE LISTENING COMPREHENSION DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT TEACHING A STUDENT HOW TO READ AND WRITE?

We have created and designed a listening comprehension evaluation system that is very precise, and it the only one of its kind in the world. It objectively and quantitatively measures a person’s ability to associate the sounds of the target language to the perceptions created in the classroom. Our tests can accurately measure the language acquired by the student by correlating the test results to the individual’s comprehension and verbal fluency in that language. It is so precise that a person who achieves a score of 80% or higher can comprehend and speak Spanish or English or any of the other languages well enough to be able to function in that language in the workplace without difficulty. This outcome is accomplished without having to read or write in the target language.

CAN OTHER LANGUAGES BE TAUGHT THIS WAY?

Natural Language Training™ can be developed for any language in the world. In addition to English and Spanish, we also have developed our Natural Language Training™programs for Russian, French, Italian, Japanese, and Arabic using this exact same model.