Learning Spanish Methods

There are many informative sites that provide facts and details about learning Spanish in general. Spanish is known to be a romance language that is part of the Ibero romance group, which evolved from various dialects and languages from Iberia in the 9th century. This language is recognized as one of the official languages of the European Union, United Nations, Organization of Ibero American States, African Union, Organization of American States, Union of South American Nations, Caricom and the Latin Union.

Nowadays, you have many options for learning Spanish. The methods on how to learn Spanish are various, which include computer programs, audiobooks, audio Cd’s and MP3, books, private tutors, institutes, podcasts, online courses, etc.

The language of Spanish has become very important with regards to the business area. Spanish learning enables all individuals more employment opportunities in all working areas because of the fact of being bilingual. In the United States, it is known that the Hispanic community is the fastest growing segment market. Nowadays, if an individual is bilingual, he or she will have more opportunities for career choices than a monolingual person. Now, with the globalization and the free trade agreements it involves (though with Trump, I’m not so sure), those individuals that want to learn Spanish are in for better employment offers worldwide.

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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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