Lalo is an amazing teacher. Lively, personable, competent, patient, thorough.
This is a great class for people who want to have fun and learn casually. I basically grinned ear to ear for the full time I was there, which makes me a big school geek. The class is fun, and the instructor is compelling and thoughtful. He teaches a general use standpoint, rather than academic....clarifying when something is incorrect but people will understand, vs incorrect and native speakers will be confused. It is absolutely not an immersion structure. He explains things clearly in English, and then has you practice. ...I've tried an immersion Beginner French class and I was completely lost. To me, having English language discussion to clarify foundational concepts helped a lot; the tradeoff is you spend less time listening and speaking. (The instructor does strongly advocate to spend time listening to french outside of class). The only frustration is that everyone was coming in at a different level. Half of class felt like review, but the other half was stuff I never understood in my past French class, and was very eager to learn. I think this is inevitable in a beginner class, and probably evens out in the higher levels. I'm not sure how Idlewild's courses will track for folks looking to become fluent; I'm guessing to some extent it depends on the person. My plan is to work my whole way through Idlewild's course levels as a foundation, and then see where I'm at.
Lalo is a great teacher. His humor and energy make the class fun and not intimidating.
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Tara R. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.
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.
Great class, the teacher is excellent, he is very motivating and makes learning a new language fun.
Jeff M. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.