Jacquelyn Alvar

This LSC student completed 4 semesters of Spanish courses Beginning I-Intermediate II

I decided to take Spanish at LSC because…

As a little girl growing up in California, I was required to take bilingual classes. Over half of the students in my classes only spoke Spanish. Unfortunately, when I moved to Minnesota I forgot all I had learned….”use it or lose it” I guess. It has always been a dream of mine to be able to speak Spanish fluently. I have also decided to take Spanish at LSC because I believe that speaking a second language will be an asset in my future career.

What I enjoy most about LSC’s Spanish courses…

What I enjoy most about LSC Spanish courses are the way they are taught. LSC and Ms. Keane offer a very comfortable learning environment. I respect the fact that Ms. Keane was incredibly motivating. She helped me build my self-esteem, especially when it came to speaking Spanish with my peers. During my second year of training, Ms. Keane taught primarily in Spanish. Hearing and speaking the language everyday made it possible for me to learn the language well, in addition to using it appropriately in everyday conversation.

I plan on using the knowledge I gained in the courses in my future employment through…

It is my goal to someday be a doctor. I feel it would be very beneficial to me as a physician to be able to speak Spanish, as it is the second most widely spoken language in the United States. I believe that being bilingual will enable me to better serve our diverse population.

Besides the language, I’m also learning about…

Not only did I learn how to speak Spanish, but I also learned a great deal about different Spanish speaking cultures. One time, for our midterm test, Ms. Keane took us to a Spanish speaking restaurant. Not only did we learn how to interact appropriately with the waiter, we also got to use our vocabulary skills in a real life situation. The atmosphere was extremely relaxed. We had a lot of laughs and great conversation. This was definitely the coolest midterm I have ever taken!

The LSC Spanish faculty is…Ms. Keane is the most motivating and supportive teacher I have ever had the pleasure of learning from. Her patient teaching style gave me the confidence to speak Spanish among peers in class without the fear of making mistakes. She is extremely knowledgeable in the language and culture having lived in Mexico for many years. Her first hand knowledge and experience gave way to some pretty humorous stories that were quite entertaining – sometimes you forget you are actually learning! It is obvious to me that Ms. Keane truly loves teaching. She shares this enthusiasm with her class every day. I feel lucky to have been one of her students. I value my time with her and the knowledge she shares. Muchas gracias Profesora Keane!

Overall, my experience taking Spanish at LSC is…

Overall, my experience taking Spanish at LSC has been extremely rewarding. I have learned so much in such a short period of time. The teaching style here has allowed me to feel confident in my Spanish speaking skills. I cannot wait to try them out in Mexico on a future spring break trip with the class. If you are serious in your desire to learn Spanish and would like to do so in an atmosphere that is professional, enjoyable and enlightening, I recommend enrolling in Spanish at LSC. Muchas gracias LSC por la oportunidad aprender español!