Jean Kerr-Hill Immersion August 2010

Maria’s teaching of verbs is very visual and takes away the grind of endless conjugated lists.I found her teaching methods a good combination of visual, audio and written work.
No matter what stage you are at she can help you.

I am English in my sixties and retired many years. I have no ear for language. I can learn grammar and do written exercises, and my Spanish vocabulary is not too bad. But to me the essence of a language is verbal communication, which I find very difficult. If people would only have a LED display running across their foreheads I would find life much easier.

So, for me to be taking (albeit very slowly) Spanish dictation after 5 days with Maria was a huge step forward. Maria had planned a course for me based on my written work, but soon realised that my ability to converse was woefully lacking. She quickly reassessed my needs and tailored the sessions to suit.

My husband spotted Maria’s advert and suggested I “have a go”. I live near Estepona so the journey in itself was an adventure. Malaga to Cartagena by bus then Maria met me at the bus station and drove me to her home in El Estrecho near La Manga. She has a pleasant bright and airy house; students have their own room with a private bathroom. Maria is passionate about healthy eating, and I was happy to eat natural organic food, as she does. She will of course cater for other tastes if necessary.

It was extremely hot during my stay so outings were in the evenings with a couple of trips to the beach for a swim. The area is pleasant, with Cartagena worth exploring and the tourist area of La Manga not far away. Maria is flexible and would tailor trips to meet individual tastes or interests.

I found her teaching methods a good combination of visual, audio and written work.
No matter what stage you are at she can help you. To be honest, I had hoped for more conversation and “emersion” into the language. But this was not possible owing to my lack of spoken Spanish. I have no doubt that longer in Maria’s company would have had me conversing much more easily.

On leaving students are given or sent a complete record of their lesson, recordings and written matter. Maria’s teaching of verbs is very visual and takes away the grind of endless conjugated lists. She gave me a good kick start and some new ways of looking at verbs!