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Considering his childhood heroes were Zorro and The Cisco Kid, it's not hard to believe that Barry Carstetter aced high school Spanish. He even became president of his school's Spanish Club. As his senior year progressed, however, his classes' textbook-bound style increasingly bothered him. Barry understand that the most effective way to learn Spanish is to immerse oneself in it, so at graduation he tossed off his cap and headed to Mexico. There, and in South Texas, he taught native speakers to read and write. And as his students put pen to paper, Barry's own Spanish skills soared.
This experience, paired with his exposure to a system called Accelerated Learning, encouraged Barry to open Rapid Spanish, where he serves as the primary instructor. Under his wing, no student suffers the boredom or ineffectiveness of a rote education. Instead, the curricula incorporate funny scripts, games, and music, immersing pupils in Spanish while having fun. Rapid Spanish' private lessons, group classes, and corporate training programs cultivate supportive environments in which students are not compared to one another or forced to hold 2nd language comedy roasts.