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Question #93241 posted on 08/03/2020 9:35 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Did any of you take a foreign language course last semester? Or have experience learning a language remotely or alongside social distancing? I'm thinking about taking an introductory course to a new language this semester, but knowing BYU is going remote after Thanksgiving, I'm not sure how worthwhile the class will be.

- 大学生

A:

Dear you,

I took Portuguese online and it was actually really good! The software they used allowed us to break off into groups of 2-3 to practice. We spend most of the class speaking it was legit. I also took a French class that used an online textbook and homework. Normally I hate online textbooks and homework, but it was super nice for French because the online textbook would pronounce words for you and that was so useful. So I say go for it!

Peace,

Tipperary

A:

Estimado Estudiante,

I was in a Spanish class last semester and also during summer term. For language classes, I think they might actually be better than other classes are online. Usually language classes are much smaller, which allows for better online classes. In many cases, they are also daily, which gives nice structure. I would say that the hardest part of it is staying on top of homework, since there is more of it than in other classes, but overall, language classes have been the best ones out of all of them.

-Atisbos, I guess