Allister Sparks Journalist/ Author/ Political Analyst
Mr Sparks is the former editor of the Rand Daily Mail .He served as a correspondent for the Washington Post and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in The United States in 1985.
“I write this to recommend The Spanish Academy run by Slade Frank as an excellent establishment for anyone wishing to acquire fluency in a language that is rapidly gaining global importance. Slade has helped me meet my needs beyond my expectations.He is an excellent teacher.The course was not only useful but also enjoyable.I strongly recommend his academy..”
Richard Van Der Merwe CEO at BAYER(South Africa)
“Initially I purchased 2 different versions of language CDs and Audio.I found them extremely difficult to progress. I decided to attend the course offered by the Spanish Academy. I found the structure that Slade uses to be very beneficial. He teaches the language in a layered manner and this is a far easier approach to learning. His unique method of teaching has allowed me in a very short period to achieve a level where I can read and understand and I am in a position to converse comfortably with other people.
I would highly recommend the Spanish Academy to anyone who wishes to learn the Spanish language in a short time period. I am grateful and indebted to the Spanish Academy for getting me off to such great start.”
Amori Stols -PGCE- Post Graduate Certificate in Education
“To have this unique experience to study Spanish at the Spanish Academy had an enormous impact on my life. Slade (my Spanish teacher) and my classmates made Mondays my favorite day of the week, because Slade created a supportive, constructive atmosphere in the class with his student based pedagogy and unique teaching method. As a second language teacher, in his class, I became a student not only of Spanish but also of teaching. I will wholeheartedly recommend this excellent course to anyone. It is an experience of a lifetime that you will cherish. You will most certainly (if you have intrinsic motivation and “unshakable determination and tenacity”) leave the course with a firm foundation of Spanish grammar and the necessary self-confidence to comprehend and speak.”
Robert Thomson- Director Delport and Thompson Wealth Management
-BA LLB LLM (Environmental law) CFP
“For several months now I have had the privilege of being a student of Slade, whose passion for his subject is contagious. The experience has surpassed my expectations in every way. Slade has developed a method of teaching that makes it very easy and logical to progress to each subsequent level without any difficulties. I am amazed at how much Spanish I have learned already. I highly recommend The Spanish Academy South Africa.”
DR.D.G.C Presbury Dermatologist – MB BS FRCP
“Dear Slade. Marion and I would like to thank you very much indeed for the recent Spanish course that we have completed. We really enjoyed the course and your whole approach plus your considerable patience. As you know we go to Spain every year for a holiday. Our newly acquired Spanish skills, were a fantastic bonus to the whole quality of our holiday. More importantly, we were able to converse with the people wherever we went. We could always make ourselves understood, it just made an enormous difference. We are very grateful to you and cannot thank you enough for your enormous help.”
Richard Bienia MD, Regional Medical Manager for Africa – United States Department of State
“For the past six months my wife and I have been taking Spanish lessons with Mr Slade Frank.What a pleasure it has been!
As a teacher Slade has a boundless enthusiasm which makes learning Spanish an actually enjoyable experience.His teaching technique is notably different from other Spanish language programes. The result is that students find themselves able to speak Spanish comfortably in a surprisingly short period of time.
With pleasure I am able to give Slade my highest recommendation as an instructor in Spanish.”
Mr Kevin Howl, UN logistics officer:
I wanted to write and thank you for your help in studying for my language test. The week I spent in your class has helped me greatly with my understanding and speaking in Spanish. I have gained confidence which is so important when trying to learn another language. I will definitely recommend your academy to my fellow UN staff members trying to learn Spanish.”
Mr L. S. Day, Chief Executive Officer, Barloworld:
“My wife and I enrolled for Spanish lessons in April this year. We have found your process to be challenging but effective. We feel that we are coming to grips with the language and after only four lessons we are confident in trying the practical use of the language in day to day communications.”
Ian Davidson, BA LLB (Wits)/LLM ( Stellenbosch )
Ian is a former Member of Parliament and Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance
“Languages are not my forte and therefore learning Spanish I feared would be a daunting task.
Quite the contrary. The past 6 months learning Spanish at the Spanish Academy run by Slade has been both rewarding and fun. His building block approach for English speakers is highly effective enabling me to achieve a level of understanding of Spanish that I did not initially believe possible! Yes it has been hard work requiring focus and commitment but Slade’s own unabating enthusiasm and constant encouragement was an excellent motivator. Thank you Slade.
I highly recommend his course to anyone thinking of learning Spanish.”
Mr Steven Carpenter, Product Development Manager, Thompsons Tours South America:
“All Thompsons Tours clients travelling to Spanish speaking countries in South America receive an hour free Spanish introductory lesson with The Spanish Academy.
This is a wonderful tool that Thompsons Tours offers their clients as an added value, giving them an opportunity to get the basics of the Spanish language before they travel to the country. In many cases the clients will extend their hour lesson to a full course.
Thompsons Tours is very happy with the service The Spanish Academy is offering their South American clients and we hope that the relationship is ongoing and mutually beneficial!”
Ettienne Strydom, Business Manager, SQM Africa:
“Our company has successfully utilized the services of Mr Slade Frank from the Spanish Academy as a tutor of the Spanish Introductory Course to our employees, who need to be proficient in basic Spanish due to our global networking and international office locations in Latin America and Spain.
We have found Slade’s approach to be dynamic and logical, ensuring maximum benefit in the shortest space of time, without compensating on the fun-to-be-had aspect. The small and intimate classes ensure maximum value for money.”
Mutmaz Mia Osman, UN AIDS Technical Advisor:
“I write to thank for the great learning experience I have had in your class. It’s been a most wonderful experience for me to learn a new language in such a cool atmosphere.
Many thanks for all the fun hours and keep helping others to learn this fascinating language in a most fun way.”
Mr Ken Preston, Affinity Advertising & Publishing:
“Having just completed your introductory Spanish course I want to express my gratitude for your remarkable patience and cheerful disposition throughout. I also believe the methodology you have developed is very effective and I was astonished how much ground we were able to cover in such a short space of time.”
Wilna Faul, BA(Law) LLB(cum Laude) LLM LLD (UJ):
“I have been learning Spanish with Slade Frank for the past three months. I can highly recommend him. He has a phenomenal insight into the problems one could encounter whilst learning Spanish as a foreign language. Slade has a fresh approach to teaching a language. I have studied various languages. His approach is the best, most logical and step-by-step method that I have come across. He gradually leads one via the various “building blocks” as he aptly calls them to a solid and fundamental knowledge of Spanish. What a pleasure to be taught by such a creative and intelligent person with real enthusiasm for his subject.”
Mr Pierce Clarke:
“I would just like to express my gratitude in your wonderful course. Having already attended two courses in Spain, I feel that your methodology is a lot more practical and logical, giving me results far beyond my expectations.”
Mr Christopher and Mrs Dorothy Witly:
“Thank you Slade for your lovely course. Our trip to Argentina was out of this world and a lot of that was due to our ability to speak openly with the people in their language.”
Mr Glen Brauns, Nestle South Africa:
“Having just completed Slade’s introductory Spanish course, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the very effective way in which he conducted the course and for his remarkable patience and enthusiasm shown throughout the duration of the course. The methodology used has been very effective and will certainly assist me during my 4 year expatriation assignment in Mexico.
Slade is a very commited and dedicated teacher and has made learning Spanish an awesome experience for me.”
Mr Geofrey Read, M BB Ch (Wits), orthopaedic surgeon:
“Slade is without doubt an excellent teacher of Spanish.
Apart from being educational our experience with Slade was also fun. His teaching methods are specifically geared to English speakers, taking into account how Spanish should be spoken and understood, rather than a straightforward textbook type of approach. I have no doubt that what we learnt will be immensely helpful when we visit South American countries where there are very few English speakers. I have no hesitation in recommending Slade. ”
“We loved Slades Spanish classes from beginning to end. Slade is entertaining, passionate and puts in every ounce of energy into every lesson. His teaching method is more effective than we have come across in other language courses. He gave us a solid foundation to work with and we can highly recommend his classes. Now we are off to Spain to do El Camino with confidence, thanks Slade.”
“Slade is an excellent Spanish teacher. My understanding of Spanish has grown exponentially under his tutelage and guidance. His lessons are highly entertaining and informative and his teaching methodology is logical, intuitive and extremely effective. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn this wonderful language!”
Shaft sinkers PTY LTD
Heather Group financial manager
Mahlomola Quantity surveyor
“We would like to thank you for being such a wonderful Spanish teacher.We really learnt a lot and it was time well spent.
Thank you for your patience and spending extra time with us, you really went out of your way.We highly recommend you to anyone who wishes to learn Spanish.”
Lisa McWilliam, Client Relations Manager, John Ryan International:
“Slade has worked with my company, teaching Spanish. Throughout the duration of his employment he has thought with professionalism and enthusiasm.
His teaching syllabus is extremely thorough and I would recommend it for business use as well as ‘day-to-day’ Spanish.
Slade is a very committed and hardworking teacher, but has also made learning Spanish a great deal of fun.