Why Spanish for Seniors?
The goal of Spanish for Seniors is to help seniors keep their mental faculties sharp in retirement and also find satisfaction from learning Spanish and being able to communicate with others.
The website was created in 2020 by Global Language Research Labs and is based on years of language-learning science, brain science and sound language-learning techniques. It helps seniors learn conversational Spanish to be able to practice with other seniors as well as native Spanish speakers.
Who Created Spanish of Seniors?
Spanishforseniors.today was created by David S. Clark M.A. David was the Director of the U.S. Institute of Languages for 18 years (1995-2013) where he designed and wrote the curriculum for four award-winning Spanish courses that were sold in over 130 countries around the world and used in corporations, schools, colleges and universities for many years. David received a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Weber State University and a Master’s Degree in language pedagogy (learning) from the University of Utah in 2018. David has taught Spanish at a college and a university as an adjunct intructor for a total of 5 years.
What Inspired Dave to Create Spanish for Seniors?
When Dave was in his early 20s, he lived in two Spanish-speaking countries for a total of two years. When he returned, he was very interested in the fact that his 87-year old grandfather wanted to learn Spanish – and Dave created his first “audio cassette” course to help him learn. Soon, he found that his wife’s grandfather also wanted to learn more Spanish and he helped him also. Dave noticed that these two senior relatives both kept their brain sharp until they passed away. Was it a coincidence or did learning a new language help them keep their brain sharp and memory young? Over the years, Dave has done a lot of research and read a lot of studies, including enrolling in a class during his master’s degree called “Language and the brain.” Dave discovered that there are many strong links between learning a foreign language and keeping the brain sharp. In addition to that, multiple renowned scientists have recommended language learning as a way to keep the brain sharp and improve memory in the golden years of life.
Dave’s Ulterior Motive
Finally, the last reason that Dave has created this course is for selfish reasons. He has mastered one foreign language (Spanish) and knows five other foreign languages at varying levels. Dave, who is now over 50 years of age, has the goal of eventually become fluent in six different languages – and he would like to continue to learn language into his retirement years. Spanish for Seniors is the first step on that journey. As it becomes popular for other seniors, it will enable Dave to have the resources to create the same type of courses in five additionallanguages. What languages you might ask? In addition to Spanish, Dave wants to eventually become completely fluent in French, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Japanese.
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