Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Spanish is a category 1

Did you know that there are 3 categories of language acquisition based on their level of difficulty for English speakers to learn.  Spanish is a category 1 meaning that it is listed in the easiest category.  But here is an interesting comparison.  Those who participated in the study were mostly in their late 30's had a good aptitude for formal language study, plus knowledge of several other foreign languages. They studied in small classes of no more than 6. Their schedule called for 25 hours of class instruction per week with 3-4 hours per day of directed self-study. After 23-24 weeks and 575-600 hours of study they achieved superior proficiency in Spanish.  Compare this to our high school students who get a little over 4 hours per week of class time instruction and maybe if we're lucky 2-3 hours a week of self-study.  Click here to read more.

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