Speak Shop Connects Marist College Spanish Students to Spanish Tutors in Guatemala
Students put their studies to practice during live video chat lessons
Portland, OR (PRWEB) July 29, 2010
Speak Shop, the award-winning provider of live Spanish lessons by video chat, is pleased to announce that Marist College Spanish students have completed a short program of conversational Spanish practice with Speak Shop tutors.
“Anyone who has studied a language can appreciate how important it is to become comfortable verbally communicating with another individual,” said Dr. Kevin Gaugler, Associate Professor of Spanish, Marist College
Over the course of two weeks, two Marist College students used the service to communicate one-on-one by videoconference with Spanish tutors in Antigua, Guatemala. The students practiced their speaking and listening skills with tutors Rosa María and Osberto during eight one-hour conversational Spanish lessons. The tutors utilized immersion style instruction, a highly effective teaching method commonly used in study abroad programs. Tutors coached students on pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar while conversing about a variety of topics, including life in Guatemala.
“The students have a strong command of grammar and vocabulary, but Speak Shop gave them a unique opportunity to practice speaking while getting a first-hand perspective of life in another country,” said Dr. Kevin Gaugler, Associate Professor of Spanish, Marist College. “Anyone who has studied a language can appreciate how important it is to become comfortable verbally communicating with another individual,” he said, “the tutors are masters at developing that confidence because they have infinite patience and remain friendly and upbeat for the entire session.
About Speak Shop
Founded in 2004, Speak Shop is a certified B Corp (for benefit company) that increases cross-cultural foreign language education and generates fair wage businesses for talented teachers in developing countries. Customers take personalized, cross-cultural, conversational Spanish lessons at their convenience using a computer and high speed Internet connection. Speak Shop helps students learn Spanish online for good. For more details visit http://www.speakshop.com