The Content and Methodology
HSA has designed a curriculum, materials, lessons, quizzes and exams for each of the programs they offer, and you will get access to the full curriculum and materials after you enroll in a program.
The materials they use have a vocabulary, grammar and communicative focus. What does this mean? Let me explain with an example. At a lesson, you may be taught to use the verb “estar” (grammar), words related to the weather (vocabulary) so that you are able to talk about the weather (communication) through fixed phrases and real conversations.
The teachers at HSA will not only focus on helping you improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, they will also teach you cultural insights. Learning about the culture of the people who speak the language you are learning will boost your confidence and will most likely make you feel comfortable and safe when it is time to put into practice what you learned in the classroom.
Each lesson will start with a review of the previous lesson. The benefits? To go through previous concepts will increase your learning, for you’ll be able to remember things easily. Your teacher will be able to assess your learning and help you where you need reinforcement. If the teacher assigned homework, he will also make sure to check the homework before introducing new concepts.
Once the teacher introduces the new concepts, he will take time to explain the lesson, and engage you in activities where you are given the opportunity to put into practice what you have learned. If you decide to take quizzes and exams, you will get a quiz every two lessons and an exam every 4 lessons.
What happens if you fail an exam? The teacher will review with you the concepts you failed to use or understand and will share with you reinforcement tools. What are they? Let’s see!