As a principal, you already know that providing quality Spanish education is crucial for the future of all your school’s students. Whatever program you choose has to meet the growing demand for engaging and entertaining Spanish lessons that hold onto short attention spans… otherwise, you end up with bored kids. And we all know that bored kids lead to classroom management issues, parent complaints, and (the worst part) a lack of world language education for your students.
With so many options available, from mass language programs to personalized Spanish language programs, finding the best Spanish language program for schools can be challenging. In this blog post, we’ll explore the differences between personalized Spanish classes for schools with real teachers and mass-distributed online Spanish programs.
What is a Personalized Spanish Program?
A personalized Spanish program is designed to suit the scope and requirements of your school. At Sarah’s Spanish School, we provide personalized Spanish lessons for schools with real, state-certified teachers to ensure we offer a truly bespoke program for every school we work with. This also allows our teachers to create fun, engaging and immersive Spanish lessons for students across a range of ages.
What is a Mass-Distributed Online Spanish Program?
Mass-distributed online Spanish programs are typically offered by large organizations that take a passive approach to teaching languages. Students learn via a portal of pre-made resources and lessons, which means the curriculum is the same for all schools, no matter their state requirements. Most of the time, these programs do not offer “real teachers” for students to learn from.
Personalized Spanish Programs vs. Mass Distributed Online Lesson Programs
Mass Distributed Online Lesson Programs rely on a passive learning approach, where students are given a username and password and let go on their own. Students primarily listen to and repeat phrases and “drag and drop” words to pictures without much interaction or real-life practice. This approach may be less engaging and demotivating for some students, particularly those who are struggling with the curriculum and would benefit from a more personalized approach.
At Sarah’s Spanish School, our Spanish classes are designed to be interactive, making learning Spanish fun and memorable for students. We incorporate movement, songs, stories, classroom games, and other interactive activities to keep students motivated and excited about learning. Our teachers create a positive and supportive low-pressure environment where students feel comfortable practicing their Spanish skills with their peers.
Mass Distributed Online Lesson Programs do not offer opportunities for students to practice speaking with real people, which may limit their ability to develop their speaking and listening skills and confidence in the language!
With our personalized Spanish lessons, your students will be taught by a real person. All of our schools have their own personal Spanish teachers, who are state-certified and experts in teaching Spanish to children. As a school delivering our Spanish program, you also get a curriculum coordinator assigned to your school to help meet your student’s specific needs.
You can rest assured that our teachers and curriculum coordinators have years of experience and are skilled at creating personalized lessons and activities that meet the unique needs of each school, grade, and student. This means less admin for principals and more enriched learning for your students!
Mass Distributed Online Lesson Programs do not offer personalized or differentiated instruction for students with unique needs or IEPS, which may make it challenging for schools to meet the needs of these students.
Our personalized Spanish classes are designed to meet the unique needs of each of our partner schools and every student. We understand that each school has different world language desires and a varied master schedule, which is why we customize our program to meet those demands. We also provide alternative assessments, study guides, and many other differentiated instructional materials for students with IEPS and varying academic needs.
Most importantly, we ensure that your school’s Spanish language curriculum is aligned with state standards. So if you’re looking for the best Spanish curriculum for elementary schools, or a middle school Spanish program for your school, you can be sure you’ll meet state standards and student requirements.
Mass Distributed Online Lesson Programs require students to be on individual devices with headphones and do the program on their own, which may limit the program’s flexibility and impede the ability for preliterate students to participate. This creates an unnecessary barrier to entry for students to be able to take part in world language education at school.
With Sarah’s Spanish School, your school’s virtual Spanish teacher can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, and the scope and sequence are built for you and customized to fit your school’s master schedule. This means that administrators can offer Spanish classes on whatever days and times are convenient for them.
Mass Distributed Online Lesson Programs can be expensive, with pricing that may not be affordable for all school budgets.
Our personalized Spanish classes are competitively priced and offer great value for the quality of certified instruction and ample support and resources that students and facilitators receive.
So, what’s the best Spanish language program for schools?
At this point, we think you’ll agree that the best Spanish language program for schools is a personalized Spanish program to suit your school and students’ needs.
At Sarah’s Spanish School, our interactive and fun Spanish classes are planned and taught by real humans who are state-certified teachers who provide personalized feedback and support to help students improve their Spanish skills. So you can rest assured that our flexible and customized curriculum (aligned to state standards) is designed to meet the unique needs of each school and every student. We believe this is key to delivering a successful Spanish program in your school.
Compared to Mass Distributed Online Lesson Programs, our personalized Spanish classes offer a more fun, engaging, and interactive learning experience with personalized and differentiated instruction, all at a more affordable price point.
Book a call with Sarah today to find out how our fun and effective virtual Spanish for schools program can be implemented at your school. We can’t wait to collaborate with your school to deliver our immersive Spanish lessons to your students!