Idlewild Books was founded in 2008 by David Del Vecchio, a former United Nations press officer. The name Idlewild was taken from the original name for New York International Airport, which was renamed JFK in December 1963. We even have some stained glass and chairs from the original Idlewild Airport in our store!
Idlewild is an independent Manhattan bookstore specializing in travel and world literature and organized by country. We also host language classes (French, Spanish and Italian) and have a wide selection of books in French and Spanish.
Ranked "Best of New York" by New York Magazine, the school classes are taught in our beautiful bookstore, not a stuffy classroom. All our courses are taught by native speakers who know their culture and language inside and out, but have several years' teaching experience so they're are also familiar with the challenges typically faced by English speakers. You'll be surprised how much you'll learn in just eight weeks.
Idlewild carries a range of guidebooks to suit the needs and tastes of every traveler and budget. We believe that a novel, travelogue or history can be just as valuable a key to a place as any guidebook and our well read, well traveled staff is happy to make reading recommendations for any traveler, book lover, or gift giver.
This class was fabulous! Really helped me keep my Spanish up and was always a good conversation.
This class was excellent. The instructor explained concepts clearly and made learning so much fun. Everything we learned was useful and easily applicable to everyday situations. In just seven weeks, I picked up more Spanish than expected. I am definitely taking the next course in the series.
The first session is wasted since there is no movie to discuss. You could send out an e-mail the weekend or the Monday before class begins with the name and source of the movie that is going to be discussed during the first class. If someone enrolls after the e-mail so goes out, you could follow up the acknowledgement of the registration with the same info. It would be helpful if the instructor did more correction of the participants spoken French and if she took that opportulnity to talk about interesting grammar or points of vocabulary when someone makes an error.
The amount of conversation was helpful but Stefano did not reach out to everyone to participate and would sometimes talk to one person for 10 minutes excluding other students in the class. Could have incorporated more grammar review.
I really enjoyed this class. The teacher was genuine and enthusiastic and the location was ideal. I felt that I learned a lot. The only thing I would recommend is implementing a test to gauge the skill level of students before classes start.
Eduardo is an amazing teacher, he makes learning a new language fun and not intimidating.
I definitely learned a lot in this class, and I loved the atmosphere of the location, but it all seemed a little disorganized -- we bought the textbook and didn't use it except for homework exercises (which we didn't need to turn in, since the answers are in the book); instead, we used a lot of online resources the instructor liked. The class didn't bear a whole lot of resemblance to the syllabus, and sometimes it felt like the instructor was making things up as he went along. On days when we had to jump around from site to site on our phones, I didn't like it at all (though it did introduce us to good resources for future reference); on days when we focused on conversation, it was great.
Great class, the teacher is excellent, he is very motivating and makes learning a new language fun.
We covered some useful material, but the class is a bit disorganized.
Excellent class - teacher very professional and engaging. The space is wonderful - charming.