What's New for Visual Link Spanish® Course? 2012 Review
by Karen Waites February 7, 2012 | LearnSpanish Programs co-editor
I've been speaking Spanish as well as teaching here in Columbia for years and honestly wasn't expecting to disconver any new revelation via. my Visual Link Spanish review...
But there are a few suprises here. First, so you're not confused, this particular Spanish program can also be referenced by searching LearnSpanishToday.com and SpanishPrograms.com. Seems they have at least three unique and highly visible domain names which explains why you run into this Spanish course a lot.
Who Created This Program?
The Visual Link Spanish® program has been created by the linguist and software team at the US institute of languages. The US institute was formed by Director Dave Clark in 1995; who has a language degree in Spanish, two years experience of living in a Spanish speaking country and two years teaching experience at a university level.
Visual Link Company Info:
US Institute of Languages 1893 E Skyline Dr. Suite 105 S. Ogden, UT 84403 1-866-977-2647; 1-801-475-4441; Fax: 1-801-475-4446
How does the Visual Link Spanish course work?
This is a really interesting and rather unique approach to learning Spanish based on learning Spanish sentence structure and the development of conversation skills. Given that Spanish sentence structure is so different to English it`s definitely a valid approach and a method I have used with Spanish speakers who are learning English.
This program uses learning techniques based on practical themes: "Locations", "Survival Expressions", "Basic Needs", and "Communication". Inside each of these themes the language is further broken down into groups of words or Spanish phrases. Finally, you choose words from each group to form basic sentences.
The Visual link sentence structure approach involves breaking down the vocabulary into types, for example:
Article + noun + adjective
This Spanish sentence structure appears in a table format as for example “un libro blanco“ and is placed along with other Spanish articles, verbs or adjectives . This enables the Spanish student to practice structuring Spanish sentences.
In support of this you have illustrations and the Visual Link Spanish class is lead in English with explanations and translations given together with the gramatical content.
The visual Link Program might leave you feeling a little overwhelmed if this is your very first experience of learning Spanish. I found the course content interesting and relevant.
Is it Easy to Use?
I found Visual Link pretty simple to use. You take your Visual Link CD ROM pop it in your PC and you're on your way to learning Spanish. The course also comes with Visual Link Audio CDs so you can learn Spanish on the go. It requires no fancy subscriptions and Its good for the techno-phobe.
Can I get a discount or bonus to this program?
Visual Link is usually always 'on sale', reduced from $199.99 to $149.99. Click Here to view the latest approved Visual Link Bonuses or Discount offers available. Also, this program offers one of the longest warranties available in the lanaguage program industry that I know of: six months.
WARNING: Third party 'Free' bonus offer packages with inflated values are often marketing ploys to garner your email address for subsequent spam offers. In the long run you'll be better served staying with bonuses offered by Visual Link creators.
What Do I Really Get in the Visual Link Package?
- Two (2) CD ROM`s which hold your pronunciation classes, quizzes and interactive lessons, lesson reviews and Spanish word and vocabulary games
- Eleven (11) Visual Link Audio CD`s with travel case for those who prefer the convenience of mobile learning.
- A handy Spanish conversation manual for on the go reference.
Does This Program Offer the Best Option for Learning Spanish?
This really depends on you, your experience, learning style , time commitment, and goals. Even though its marketed as a course for level 1 Spanish learners; I have to say its pitched quite high.
When i started learning Spanish I needed to focus on one word group at a time. Putting full sentences together was way too difficult for me. In order to maintain motivation I had to learn spanish phrases. I was living in Argentina and I needed to communicate, I was often overwhelmed but, you don`t have to be.
However, saying this it doesn`t do any harm to be thrown in at the deep end. I also believe that you hit a very steep learning curve with this type of course.
As a teacher I believe the Visual Link course is best for those learning Spanish as a third language and false beginners. It is also Ideal for those that maybe need a refresher and level lifting course.
What about Customer Service and Support?
At the moment it seems to be pretty standard, Visual Link customer service are turning around queries within a couple of days. There is a link to their email from the website which also has the office address and phone and fax numbers. No online LIVE chat support is available.
Visual Link Review Summary
Visual link offers a mixture of audio and visual courses primarily rooted in proper Spanish sentence structure. I recommend this Spanish program for those with at least a little prior experience with learning Spanish as it could be a little overwhelming for a total beginner. In short it best suits the audio and visual style learner.
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