Online learning programs are becoming increasingly popular as people realize that college students can reap tremendous benefits from them.
What Online Spanish Programs Are Best For Learning College Spanish
Unless you’re fluent in Spanish and pretty close to mastering college-level Spanish, learning the language is a lot of work. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re super lucky and definitely have a high school Spanish transcript, doing a lot of research to see if any of the local Spanish high schools can potentially teach you college-level Spanish is definitely a smart idea. However, most U.S. Spanish high schools don’t offer classes (much less a program) in college-level Spanish, so if you don’t have the solid foundation you need, there are a lot of online programs you can take that can help you slowly start to build up your Spanish skills.
From what I’ve experienced, here are two programs that are especially helpful for learning college-level Spanish:
FLEX: Building your English Skills
If you’re a mature college student with some life experience that you want to parlay into a degree in Spanish, and don’t mind receiving some of your weekly language classes from home while you’re working, then you’ll probably love the flexibility of FLEX.
I enrolled in FLEX online when I had no time to go to the classes I had scheduled, but when I started taking it as a part-time job, it became so convenient I’d have to work even on the weekends if I didn’t have my laptop. The second time I signed up, I thought I was going to have to take at least three nights a week in class (which is fine for my schedule) and, after a couple weeks, I was like, “I can take this class online every night if I want!”
FLEX is different than most online programs, though. For one, it’s not only more convenient for me, but it’s also a great option for adult students without their children to tutor and supervise them. FLEX is like a smaller version of Grange Hall, only the emphasis is on American lifestyle rather than Spanish culture. They love to push you to know the American landscape to really learn how to speak Spanish so you can speak well in your language class assignments.
Another really important aspect of FLEX is that, with your own schedule, you’re able to opt out of multiple classes at one time without going through registration. You can begin and continue on your own schedule if you need to, without feeling like you’re under-performing in your language classes.
Another cool part about FLEX is that the classes are small, to the tune of ten or so per class. That makes it easy to get back into the swing of the class after a break, and not feel like you’re being punished for it. Because you’re most likely to need a break between topics in the class schedule, they can be a great way to make up for lapsed learning.
FLEX also offers hourly and four-hour options for the classes to accommodate busy schedules, too.
College-Level Spanish Student
For most students, I think a combination of the flexibility of FLEX and the smaller-class size of College-Level Spanish will help you get into the groove of college-level Spanish faster than most online programs.
What should you do if you sign up for both FLEX and College-Level Spanish? Since both programs require courses of at least 10 credit hours, depending on the type of class, it’s probably a good idea to sign up for a combined class in order to cut down on your workload. For example, if you go for the four-hour class and you don’t decide to get a half-hour lecture that night, you’ll likely have to finish those 50 credit hours in order to get your first batch of credits towards graduation, and that’s a whole lot of studying to do. It’s much easier to get through it all in 12 hours by taking the half-hour class.
The best part about taking both of these classes, though, is that each program has different and equal levels. So, the nice thing about taking both is that you can actually finish the courses required by College-Level Spanish without actually finishing all of FLEX’s classes, too. You just have to make sure you’re not giving up too much by taking one or two more classes and then deferring the rest until later.