A couple of months ago, we were afforded the opportunity to try learning Spanish with Homeschool Spanish Academy. Homeschool Spanish Academy offers one-on-one Spanish tutoring with a native speaker in Guatemala, via Skype video chat (the free version). They offer classes for ages 5-adult in four program choices —
Ben was right at the cusp between Early Language and Middle School, so we chose to utilize the Middle School program, since he had had some exposure to the language in the past. He took 7-50 minutes lessons during our review period. I sat in on each lesson with him, mostly so I could learn myself!
Upon signing up, our first lesson was scheduled and just prior to beginning that lesson, the owner of HSA called to make sure we had everything we needed to be successful, technically speaking. He helped me run a check on our computer speed, ensured that Skype was working properly, and answered any questions we had. Each weekly lesson thereafter that was set up with Schedulicity, a free online scheduling service. Using this service emparted full control of when our classes would be scheduled and which teacher we preferred. There were a few times we had to reschedule to another day or time, and using Schedulicity to do that was a breeze.
Señora Luisa was available all week for any questions that might come up. On our last day, we had some connection issues (problems with our own ISP). When we were not able to get back online quickly, Señora Luisa called us to see what was wrong. When we went on vacation, it was no problem to either double up on our lessons one week or skip a week. The customer service with this company is top notch!
Ben’s lovely teacher was patient, encouraging, gave much positive feedback, and laughed a lot at Ben’s funny stories. She engaged him in pleasant coversation and shared herself with us as well. Her English was very good and she often taught Ben using both English and Spanish, usually when he didn’t understand something she spoke in Spanish. She also used type chat for additional instruction, whenever she spoke phrases that were not in Ben’s lesson for the week.
Señora Luisa was a pleasure to learn from and Ben enjoyed his Spanish classes very much. He is learning a lot and his accent is improving quickly after hearing her native accent. There’s just something about hearing someone speak Spanish as their first language that you don’t get with teachers whose first language is English.
I suppose the best testimony to how much Ben enjoyed his time with HSA came today, after his last class was over. “Mom, you’re going to sign me up for more classes, right?” Due to our busy summer schedule, we are taking a break for the next couple of months, but as soon as we get back full-swing into our school year, we will be signing up for more lessons with Señora Luisa! The cost is more than $100 cheaper than a local co-op charges for a mom-led Spanish class. And that class would not provide one-on-one instruction with a native speaker!
If you are using Homeschool Spanish Academy for High School credit, they will keep your student’s transcript for 10 years. If you have 2 students at the same level, they can take classes together at a reduced rate. The teachers are selected based on teaching experience, ability to speak English, and the passing of rigorous, simulation-based interviews. They are required to study a certain number of hours each month in English, Biblical studies, and teaching methodologies. I think you’ll find the quality of Homeschool Spanish Academy to be excellent and the cost reasonable.
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