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Quiz: Is an Immersion Course Right for You?

By: Jane Pullen - Updated: 12 Jan 2013 | comments*Discuss
 
Quiz: Is An Immersion Course Right For You?

An immersion course can be a great way to learn Spanish. People who attend immersion courses spend an intensive period, typically in Spain or another Spanish speaking country, where they take classes and learn more first hand about the culture while staying with a local family. Take our quiz to see whether an immersion course would be right for you:

1. How would you describe your Spanish?

  • A - Non existent, I am a complete beginner.
  • B - I know a little vocabulary and basic grammar, enough for holidays.
  • C - I am confident in Spanish, although I am not fluent.
  • D - I would describe myself as fluent in Spanish.

2. Are you interested in Spanish culture?

  • A - No, I just want to learn the language.
  • B - Only as far as learning more about the culture can help me learn the language.
  • C - Yes, I enjoy learning more about Spanish culture.
  • D - Absolutely, I love all things Spanish!

3. Are you comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings?

  • A - No, I am happier in my own surroundings.
  • B - I get nervous in unfamiliar surrounds but I am happy to give it a go.
  • C - Yes, I am comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • D - Yes, I thrive in unfamiliar surroundings and enjoy the challenge.

4. Are you happy being in a small group of strangers consistently for a period of time?

  • A - No, I do not enjoy being with strangers.
  • B - I am uncomfortable with people I don't know but this passes when I get to know them better.
  • C - I am happy with people I don't know.
  • D - Strangers are just friends that I am yet to meet.

5. How would you feel about staying in the home of a Spanish family

  • A - I would not enjoy it.
  • B - I would be nervous, but I can see the benefit.
  • C - I would look forward to the opportunity to see 'real Spain'.
  • D - I am excited by the prospect and the opportunity to practise my Spanish.

6. How would you describe your learning style?

  • A - I perform well learning by myself or from books.
  • B - I learn best in class environments.
  • C - I enjoy speaking up in large classes and am not afraid to make a fool of myself.
  • D - I am an active learner and am comfortable in many class situations.

7. How would you feel about not speaking English for one or more weeks?

  • A - I think I would struggle.
  • B - I would find it very difficult, but would be prepared to try.
  • C - I see this as part of the immersion learning process.
  • D - I look forward to this very much.

Answers

How you answered the questions will help to determine whether an immersion course in Spanish is right for you:
  • Mostly A: An immersion course would not be right for you at this time. Perhaps when you have a little more experience of speaking Spanish you would be comfortable with this style of learning. Self learning or taking a Spanish class may be a good way to progress.
  • Mostly B: You are prepared to give things a go, although an immersion course will take you out of your comfort zone. An immersion course may be right for you if you approach it knowing the pros and cons of this learning style. Improving your Spanish before you go will help to give you greater confidence in the course.
  • Mostly C: It sounds as though you are ready for an immersion course in Spanish! You have a good grounding of Spanish from which to build and this will give you confidence in the class. You know what to expect and are prepared to put the effort into getting the full benefit from this style of learning.
  • Mostly D: You know Spanish well and are fluent. You also have an appreciation of the Spanish culture. It may be a good idea for you to research advanced immersion courses as you may find that if you are in a class with beginner or intermediate students that you are not getting challenged.

An immersion course can be a great opportunity for learning and improving Spanish for learners who are confident and comfortable with this style of learning.

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