Pura Buena Onda’s Spanish Tip of the Week (4/4 – 4/10)

Pura Buena Onda’s Spanish Tip of the Week (4/4 – 4/10)

This week I would like to talk about advancing a level.

We have 3 types of students:
1 – Those who want to move up but may not be quite ready yet
2 – Those who don’t want to move up when it’s offered
3 – Those who move up when suggested

For the #1 type:
– Trying to figure out a level in a conversation class is challenging. It’s not black & white like a grammar class might be. When we consider all the areas (comprehension, fluidity, vocabulary, grammar, accuracy, use of English in class, etc.), we have to take an average to figure out someone’s level. Sometimes it’s very clear and a person is pretty much in the same level across the board. Sometimes though, they’re at quite a higher level in one area and a lower level in another.
Sometimes a student will feel that they speak better or understand better than other students and may not understand why they’re in a certain level. It may be that their vocabulary is at a lower level, or that they are difficult to understand, or that they use too much English in class, which is a telltale sign that they should not move up quite yet. It could really be a number of things.
If you feel that you should be in a higher level, you may want to ask your teacher what your weaknesses are, so that you can work on those. Once you improve those areas, you should be all ready to go!

For the #2 type:
– At PBO one of our main goals is for you to feel comfortable & un-intimidated. We want this because if you feel comfortable in class, our hope is that you will eventually become comfortable with native speakers in the world at large. BUT, there is a point where feeling TOO comfortable is not good. I know that sometimes a student loves their teacher or loves their classmates, but remember that the reason you are here is to learn Spanish. Making a connection with your teacher and your classmates is definitely a bonus, but it’s not the main reason the majority of you take Spanish classes. So if we tell you that you may be ready for the next level, at least try out a class in that level and give it a chance. You may end up loving it and taking your Spanish to the next level. And isn’t that what every student wants?

For the #3 type:
– Thank you?

Besos,
Caro

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