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Meet Maria Ure of Spanish in Action in Manhattan Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Ure.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Growing up in Argentina, I remember hearing foreign languages as a child and thinking it was like listening to beautiful musical sounds that were calling my name. My mother signed me up for the best English program available taught by life-changing inspiring teachers who brought the best out of me and turned the lessons into a beautiful cultural experience. I continued my calling for languages with learning French since it is part of my family heritage. Once again, I was lucky to have a teacher so passionate about making each class so fun, engaging, and unique while creating an environment that felt like we were in France. I moved to the United States and started hearing people and friends who have had a poor experience learning Spanish without being able to produce even a simple sentence or thought in the language with very heavy accents. I saw the need for an educational and fun program for kids to learn Spanish from a very early age and with a different approach.

Has it been a smooth road?
Creating a program specifically designed to solve the need for a better way to teach Spanish was a challenge. Educating parents about the importance of choosing to learn Spanish early in life, finding educated teachers and the perfect location were all factors.

Please tell us about Spanish in Action.
Learning Spanish is not hard anymore! 😊

As the founder of my own unique school, Spanish In Action, which is considered the crown jewel when it comes to teaching children Spanish in the SouthBay for 34 years, I developed a fun, educational, unique and innovative way of teaching Spanish to young children so it is hands-on enjoyable, easy to retain, and useful in everyday life.

Our Spanish in Action programs creates a stimulating and encouraging environment where kids ages 1 to 10 can feel comfortable expressing themselves in new ways. My teaching philosophy fosters a multi-sensory learning experience where students use all their senses to absorb the language. Inspiring children to positively connect with the Latin countries is a very important part of our Immersion Program as it is mind-opening and is an invitation to interact with 400 million Spanish speakers around the world.

What makes the Spanish in Action different is each lesson is built around a specific topic and set of vocabulary that is re-enforced with custom-made learning materials and through playing games, singing songs, acting, tasting Latin foods, reading stories, arts and crafts with the ultimate goal to encourage everyday conversation. Their approach ensures that students will be able to apply their knowledge to their every-day life, rather than just in the classroom. We teach the children to speak Spanish without translating in their minds and to be able to formulate their own thoughts as opposed to learning structures by heart.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
As technology improves, it allows us to reach more and more families across the globe to expose them to our program. Utilizing videos and live streaming will be a part of the future of education.

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