Should I Learn Spanish Online Or Take A Class?

Something anyone who wants to learn Spanish has to decide is whether to take a course in the language in a traditional classroom setting or if they would rather take a course to learn Spanish online. Both of these options have their own positives and negatives.

The chief advantage of taking Spanish classes is that you’ll be able to learn the language from someone who is either a native Spanish speaker or has a high degree of fluency. There is also the advantage of being able to work with other students as you come to grips with the language. This means that when you have questions or want to make sure that your pronunciation is correct, there’s always someone around to help.

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What is Residential Education?

I received some questions about my recent post on the history of Residential Education in America (April 2) so here I’ll clarify more about the subject. Residential education is the term for educational settings where students live and study outside of their family homes. Residential education programs have been providing disadvantaged youth with a ‘second home’ and quality education in the U.S. since before the nation’s founding.

Today, residential education includes:

  • Boarding Schools
  • Preparatory Schools and Academies
  • Orphanages
  • Children’s and Youth Villages
  • Children’s Homes
  • and most recently, Residential Charter Schools

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Residential Education in the United States – History

Residential education, in its various forms, has undergone numerous permutations in the US over the past 350 years. Traditional “preparatory schools,” geared primarily toward children from well-to-do families, with the primary goal being preparation for college, have flourished since the 1700s.

 

The first “orphanage” in what was to become the US was established in 1729 by Ursuline nuns to care for children whose parents were killed in an Indian massacre. Large congregate care settings for economically and socially disadvantaged youth have changed over time from primarily custodial “orphanages” to primarily “residential treatment,” “shelter,” or “correctional” facilities, with the exception of only a few residential programs whose stated primary focus is on education.

Until the early 1930s, there was more concern for law and order than for child development. It was a widely held belief that placing these children in institutions made the streets safer and contributed to the country’s economic development.

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Websites that Offer a Way to Learn Spanish Online for Free

These days having a basic knowledge of the Spanish language can not only help you communicate better with those in your neighborhood but improve your job prospects as well. These days most people head to the Internet to find a way to learn Spanish quickly and easily and there are certainly a lot of offerings out there.

The unfortunate part is that many of the sites offering to help you learn Spanish online are far from inexpensive. The question many people on a tight budget have is whether or not there are any free sites that offer tools to learn Spanish online. To answer this question we fired up our Google search bar and these are some of the results we came up with:

Onlinefreespanish.com – This site provides beginning Spanish speakers with the basics that will provide a great foundation for speaking the language well and to use it does not cost a thing. Using simple games and flashcards to help students grasp the basics this site won’t give you the most comprehensive knowledge of the Spanish language but it does cover enough that you will be able to hold your own in everyday social interactions.

This site is especially good though for kids who are learning Spanish in school to practice using their new found knowledge in a fun and interactive way. Continue reading

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