I fell in love with Salsa & Batchata. However, I knew no word in Spanish. I found Spanish Tutor D.C. on line and decided to try – they had a wide variety of the schedule and the cost was very reasonable. Furthermore, I found out that it is more than a class – we had a great time with truly wonderful people and experienced different methods of teaching. I used to look forward to my Spanish Tutor D.C. evenings! Besides, the management was very understandable of my request to return the tuition for the remaining classes when I had to leave the program in the middle of the course, just because I had to change the location and leave the country. I was very impressed by their support and efficient reaction to my situation. I would highly recommend Spanish Tutor D.C. to anyone who is in need or simply interested in Spanish. You will get the results while having some fun!
I started at Spanish Tutor DC after a well-known language learning center was not offering more group classes, and the cost of their private sessions was too high for me. I've now been there for almost 2 years. Classes are typically between 3-6, but the instructors facilitate dialogue between all students, not letting a single person dominate the conversation. The schedule is flexible; classes are easily rescheduled. The instructors continue to be fantastic, pushing you to learn, but in an enjoyable way. It's a perfect mix of real life conversation practice, exercises, reading news articles, etc. I don't like to sound like a 4 year old with a terrible accent (well, maybe a 8 year old now), but at least I'm having fun doing it. Most importantly, my Spanish has improved tremendously.
“Spanish Tutor DC is awesome! I have been learning Spanish with this company for almost three years. My instructor, Juan-Luis, is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient and makes class fun. I have interacted with several of the other instructors as well through make-up classes and they have also been very good. The small groups make the classes very interactive and everybody gets a chance to practice. I would recommend this Spanish Tutor DC to anybody.”
“I really enjoy my Spanish class with Juan Luis. It’s a lively one-on-one conversation about interesting topics and forces me to express my thoughts using whatever words I can remember. SpanishTutorDC is well-organized, locations are convenient, and times are flexible. Highly recommend.”
“I have worked with Juan-Luis Panizo on the advanced level for several months. He gives me much pratice in conversation, reading and writing. He is good at providing corrections of mistakes I make, as well as explanations of the fine points of grammar and vocabulary. I have also learned from him about culture, economics, politics and attitudes in Peru, and how they differ or are similar to those here. He has been very enjoyable to work with, and I look forward to my classes with him.”
JOHN F. COONEY
“I am an intermediate Spanish student, and I have been taking small group lessons from Santiago Montero once a week for several months. He is a gifted and sympathetic teacher, with a great many interests and a real talent for making the class fun for each of the participants. His enthusiasm is infectious, and I have enjoyed the interactions with Santiago and the other students so much that I have reorganized my professional commitments to carve out the time to prepare for his classes. Santiago has developed a logical method of taking students through grammar, in 10 or 15 minute installments per class, so that we understand the principles without feeling that the rules are being drummed into our heads. As a victim of four years of high school French, I greatly appreciate his intelligent approach, which has proven to be successful in helping us learn the various subjunctive tenses. Santiago’s great gift is in helping his students talk and develop an active command of what they have learned from books. He understands the different levels of proficiency of each student in the class and talks to each of us at our own current level, in a natural manner and without giving a hint that he is simplifying his conversation for the less advanced. Santiago encourages and gives each of us the confidence to keep talking and, when we reach an obstacle, to go back and reformulate our thoughts and work around the problem. At the end of a class segment, he goes back and points out errors that we have made — not as an editor or a defender of the language, but the mistakes that are one step ahead of where we are now, so that we understand how we can correct those faults and keep making constant progress towards the next level. Santiago sends us articles about sports, the Internet, movies and current events, so that we walk into class with interesting subjects to discuss, and the conversation starts immediately and does not stop. Santiago also has had us read and discuss interesting short stories in Spanish. In this way, he introduces us easily to the higher levels of discourse in the language, in a manner that I feel as if I am taking an introductory literature class as a fringe benefit. I would be delighted to recommend Santiago as a teacher to any one, at any level.”
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