When is the best time to take foreign language class?

Philippines
April 2, 2007 1:00pm CST
My classmates and I are required to take a foreign language as part of our language electives, anyway we are planning to take them this summer. Some of our seniors however are advising us against taking them during the summer class. They say it's better taken during regular semesters when there's a longer span of time to study them. So guys what do you think? Is it better to take them during the regular semesters (almost 5 months) or during summer class (1.5 months), given that there will be the same number of hours that you're gonna attend the class?
2 responses
• United States
3 Apr 07
Personally, I would take them during summer because short exposures to large amounts of material is how I work best. I can grasp most concepts fairly quickly and easily without problems, for me, German has been the same way. Most of my friends are in higher language courses than myself because they have been taking them since middle school, we all take German, and they have conversations with me to better my grammar.
• Philippines
6 Apr 07
Unfortunately for me I don't have friends who have taken up Franch (that's what am planning to take). They have taken Spanish, Korean and or Japanese instead, so I'm out of luck...
@briennekb (613)
• United States
2 Apr 07
It totally depends on how you study best. For me, taking a foreign language class during the summer would not be a good idea. Foreign languages are hard to learn and they should be learned in baby steps. But, on the other hand, there are people who can take condensed classes and have no problems. If you have taken condensed summer classes and done well, then go for it. But if you've never taken condensed classes before I would not advise that you start with a foreign language. Good luck if you choose to do so!
• Philippines
6 Apr 07
I've taken condensed classes before and I did pretty well with them. Taking a language course I think will be different though so I might take your advice. Thanks.