I have taken several Spanish courses, and seen several different systems/materials used. I took 2 years in high school, 2 years in college, and 10 days from a Spanish school in Argentina. At the Latin American Spanish School, the way the teacher delivered the same information I had seen before was more systematic and made more sense to me. Most of the material I had seen before, but taught in this manner cultivated a deeper understanding for me. I was in Nicaragua for 5 weeks, and took 20 hours of Spanish class. With the one on one classes combined with plenty of practice outside of class I gained more Spanish speaking ability than I ever have before. By the end of my trip I was having complete conversations in Spanish, and it felt like victory.