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Testimonial for Honors Spanish Three Course
Professor Leven's Honors Three class is very
enjoyable, and I learned a lot. Thanks to his class, after being confused for
three years, I finally understand all the tenses and their uses. He has a
lot of useful mnemonics that make memorizing the trickier details of tense
usage and spelling changes easier to remember. After explaining a tricky topic,
he always stops to make sure that he's explained it in a way that the class
understands. The numerous in-
class drills are demanding, but they really taught me to think on my feet. I'm currently preparing to take the Spanish CLEP, and,
thanks to Profesor Leven, I'm scoring well enough on practice exams to easily
achieve my goal of not having to take a foreign language in college.
My daughter, who goes to a public high school school in Massachusetts, had a scheduling conflict between two honors level classes (one being Spanish) that were only being offered at the same time. She was quite upset at having to make such a choice and rather than have her miss out on taking an honors level course, she (at first alone and then her mother and I got involved) tried to work with the school to come up with viable options. At first we got nowhere, but I found Mr. Leven’s website and after speaking with him it felt like a potential solution. Although the school was initially somewhat skeptical to the idea, Mr. Leven—in addition to his impeccable credentials as a teacher-- was very active in conveying to the department head his flexibility in aligning what he was doing to fit their curriculum. That required, in addition to the formal class time, some one-on-one supplemental tutoring but Mr. Leven limited that to the appropriate amount he thought was needed to make this work.
However, aside helping us get approval for the course, the big thing about Mr. Leven is how outstanding a teacher he is! My daughter works very hard in his class but none of it is “busy work”. Rather than being obsessed with tests and grades, Mr. Leven’s approach is about making sure the kids understand what they need to learn to be proficient in Spanish (at the appropriate class level), and then he makes sure they learn it. My daughter is reporting how much Spanish she is learning this year, and we see it! She also greatly enjoys the small class environment Mr. Leven creates through the Skype-based course.
Not only does Mr. Leven provide superb Spanish instruction, his classes and the tutoring are also very reasonably priced.
I enthusiastically recommend Mr. Leven to anyone needing a public school alternative to Spanish instruction, or for supplemental tutoring!
- Howard Seidel, parent
Before I enrolled in Mr. Leven's Spanish 3 class, I had little conversational fluency. It took only a few months with Mr. Leven for me to become a confident Spanish speaker. This class is rigorous and requires plenty of diligence to succeed, but the effort is well worth it. Each component of the class - from the vista online activities to the in-class conversational practice - cements the material in a unique, effective way. I've found the in-class speaking practice especially fun and helpful. Most of all, Mr. Leven genuinely cares about his students. He always encourages them and makes sure that each one receives individual attention and support. In short, I have really enjoyed this class and would highly recommend taking it.