What’s it like to learn Spanish at the World Language Institute? Read through the following testimonials and see what people from all walks of life have to say about their experience. This is where we step aside and let our students do the talking
This was my first experience with a foreign language since high school, where I had only taken German. I wanted to learn the Spanish language to be able to have small conversations with my Latin American friends, and for a fun worthwhile learning experience. Starting from the very basics of learning the alphabet to now conjugating verbs in multiple tenses, Marcela has made this experience better than I could have expected. She tailors the learning environment to you, providing exercises that teach, along with forming a fun and enjoyable conversation.
During my class lessons and exercises, she will notice the areas in which I struggle. She then explains the idea for me in as many different ways as it takes to grasp the concept. She provides extra examples expressing and reinforcing the main idea.
In my classes, I feel absolutely free to express myself in our conversations and in the learning activities, along with what I want to achieve from my language classes. If a person wants to learn the Spanish language in a friendly, fun and effective way, I would recommend Marcela and my experience to anyone. Jonathan Jarvis Geologist USA
I have been attending the Wednesday night Advanced Spanish Meetup groups for several years now. I was fortunate to hear of them just as my other Advanced Spanish opportunities waned. What I found was a treasure...small group sessions of an hour or a hora y media for an incredibly low price. At the Advanced level, all conversation is expected to be in Spanish. Occasionally, a splash of English might be necessary to clarify a definition.
A typical night begins in the anteroom with arriving participants discussing their week or solving the problems of humanity. When we move to the classroom (holding up to 12 people), we might start by reading a recent newspaper article (such as El Pais). Later on, we might look into unusual phrases or regional differences in verbiage or pronunciation. Exercises often take the form of changing pronouns/tenses of phrases to accommodate different meanings or points of view. Other times, we might watch a short film. William and Maria change the content for every session and because they know each attendee so well, they can maintain high interest levels.
COVID took its toll on this Meetup Group. We did remote sessions for a few months and then resumed in person meetings when they were permitted. Even with fewer students, William and Maria kept this service running the entire time. On a few occasions, I was the only student, which certainly benefited me, but did little to help the business. The fact that William and Maria persisted through the COVID years and provided top notch instruction to those who attended serves as a testament to their devotion to their students. Really, who could ask for more?
I have attended Advanced Spanish meetup group at World Language Institute for 6-7 years. It was always a fun experience that helped me expand my Spanish skills and it is highly recommended, if you want to improve in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
I have been taking classes from Maria at World Language Institute for the last 2 years. The classes have been amazing. I notice how much more confident I am in speaking and how much more I understand. The classes move at my own pace and when I have special requests of things I want to focus on, Maria is always accommodating. Her patience and persistence to help me has been the best thing. I would recommend this company to anyone who is looking to learn Spanish or continue learning. They are very professional and helpful.
Fort Lee, NJ
Gilo is an amazing tutor. He asks and listens to why I'm learning Spanish, my learning goals, and priorities, and incorporates it into the lessons right away. I also appreciate that he takes great care to teach me the differences in nuances in many ways to say the same message--a more polite way, a more modern way, etc. I have taken classes at Rice before, and I strongly prefer my classes with Gilo.
Audiologist & Clinical Research Manager USA
I wanted to learn Spanish for me and for my work. I have worked with clients in South America. Before, I could understand a little and speak very little.
I thought learning Spanish would be difficult, but I was wrong. I started to study Spanish last year. Now, I am surprised that I can read, understand and speak in Spanish. There is still much to learn but now I can communicate. I write letters in Spanish to my clients, and they tell me my skills are good. Marcela is a good professor that makes learning fun. She teaches the skills that help you learn Spanish for use in real life.
Dr. Linda Quintanilla
Marcela has been my Spanish professor for almost two years. Under her expert instruction I have made steady progress. She offers instruction that best serves the specific needs of each student
She has designed for me a comprehensive curriculum that includes conversation, reading, and writing. Grammar, which can be tedious in some classes, is covered at an agreeable pace. She has informed me a few times about helpful online sources and activities in the area or abroad to advance my knowledge of Spanish. I plan to continue my studies with her for as long as possible. It is indeed a pleasure each week to go to her class. I recommend her to any person who wants to learn Spanish.
President, Ambrose Resources
What a great learning experience in studying with Marcela Anderson! She not only made learning Spanish exciting and fun, but she made it worthwhile while being professional at the same time
“If someone wants to learn Spanish correctly but also be able to speak it easily in a conversation, then I highly recommend Marcela as the teacher that will enable a person to do so.”
I took Spanish from Marcela. I started my lessons at work with another teacher
We always heard Marcela’s class laughing and having a good time. When I advanced to her class, I started to have fun learning Spanish too! We go to places where we can practice our Spanish. She is very patient and doesn’t laugh at me even though everyone else does!
Software engineer Moscow
I met Marcela in my company's classes 4 years ago, she taught us English. She was fun, well prepared for each class.
She had a lot of materials, encouraged every student to participate in class activities. We discussed everyday life, politics, sports extending our vocabularies, learning new grammar and repeating already studied. After some time me and my friend asked Marcela for private Spanish classes. It was incredible. I started learning from scratch and was able to support small talk after three months. I could read news papers and understand most of it. I highly recommend Marcela as very professional open minded teacher.
Software engineer Moscow,
I took English and Spanish classes with Marcela and would like to thank her for instructive and entertaining lessons.
My fluency in English significantly improved and I finally acquired a solid basis in Spanish which I had failed to do since high school. Marcela is not only very good in explaining non-trivial grammar, but also able to help you break the language barrier and overcome various difficulties you can have speaking in a foreign tongue. Thank you, Marcela!.
Network Infrastructure Consultant
From the day I stepped foot into Marcela's Spanish class, I knew I was in for something special. It's rare that you find an instructor who makes everything.
Marcela has the uncanny ability to teach Spanish in a way that gives you the confidence that you can do it. Her teaching method is beyond just rote memorization of words, practice drills and conjugations. Marcela incorporates everyday life experiences into the Spanish language. This method of learning forces you to use Spanish in ways you never thought possible and before you know it, you’re actually truly speaking and understanding the language. Marcela is a true educator who has a grasp of both English and Spanish. I highly recommend Marcela if you want to learn to speak the Spanish language properly and holistically.
I have been a student of Marcela for a year. I started out taking classes at another language school for several weeks.
In three days with Marcela I learned more than I had in the weeks at the other school. Marcela’s teaching methods are great and build on each other. The homework, group conversations and class activities really helped reinforce the language. I visited Barcelona, Spain after taking her beginners level class after 8 months. I was able to communicate enough and understand people to get around Barcelona. I had an awesome time truly experiencing the language there. It was so cool to talk to people and haggle to buy things in Spanish. Marcela, in my opinion is the greatest Spanish teacher. You will learn so much in a short period of time. It’s up to you to continue immersing yourself in the language to become fluent.
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