Truth: If you do not actively participate in Spanish conversation class, your progress will be painstakingly slow 😦
I was looking at the list of students that have been advancing recently and noticed that 95% of them have something in common – they participate in class. These are not necessarily obnoxious students that don’t allow anyone else to talk or have something to say every 2 seconds. These are students that when asked a question, respond with more than one word or sentence. These are students who get involved in the conversation as they would when they are with their friends…they are not waiting to be called on. These are students that are not afraid to talk, make mistakes and who are actively a part of the conversation, no matter what the subject. These students are actively listening and participating in each class, therefore are improving at a much faster rate than students who tend to sit back and observe/listen.
So, for those of you that are a bit shy, this is the time to make an effort and start participating more in class. It’s ok to make mistakes. It’s ok to share. Your opinions are welcome! Think of it as sitting around with a group of friends. Everyone talks, everyone shares, everyone improves their Spanish speaking and listening skills!
For those of you that are observers and listeners in life, this may be a tougher challenge for you, as this is who you are in life, not just in Spanish. If this is a characteristic that is not going to change, it’s not an issue at all, unless you’re frustrated with the pace at which you are advancing. If that is the case, the only way to advance in a conversation class is by speaking more. And if speaking more in class is not really your thing, try talking to yourself at home. The important part is that you’re speaking somehow, somewhere.
PS If you are that student that has to get a word in in between every conversation, knock it off, it’s not good for your Spanish either. When you lean too far in that direction, your comprehension skills suffer. Participate, but don’t dominate 🙂