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I have loved my time at Tierra for two reasons. First, the teaching (in my case, Elyse) has been exceptional. I have so appreciated her genuine interest in our lives and how good she is at leading conversations deeper and using our questions as one focus for her teaching. Second, Tierra seems to attract thoughtful and interesting people as students who are seeking meaningful experiences in their lives and the knowledge other cultures have to offer.
-Lindy D.

The teachers at Tierra are all of the highest caliber. They're not just content experts, but they all have a deep understanding of the different ways that students learn in the classroom. The curriculum is well thought out and well rounded--a lot of emphasis inside the classroom is spent on oral communication and comprehension, and the teachers accomplish this from the basic to the complex . . . The different layers of learning Spanish are so seamlessly integrated in each lesson that each class feels more like a structured and engaging workshop rather than a more traditional passive classroom experience . . .

We have so much fun in Spanish class that it makes learning fun and exciting. I also really enjoy being able to communicate with people I meet on the streets or at work; I find just making the effort goes a long way with people.
-Ryan H.

I enjoy Laura conversationally. She speaks slowly enough that my ability to understand her is optimized, and makes appropriate interactive corrections in expression and grammar. She is a seasoned teacher!
-Dick C.

My favorite part about my experience at Tierra has been the people. I appreciate the staff; their kind encouragement and patience have been critical in providing a safe learning environment, one where you can learn from your mistakes. My classmates are inspiring people. We help each other do our personal best, have a friendly competitiveness and aren't afraid to laugh at ourselves.
-Janice J.

Tierra is a very well organized school and I feel I'm making progress each week in my studies. I've always been impressed with the quality of professors and the interesting people I meet in my classes.
-Becky W.

I am so pleased with the level of instruction that I receive at Tierra as well as the professionalism and administration of classes and events. The classes are small and taught by instructors who are native Spanish speakers who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The classes are affordable especially considering the level of instruction that is offered and opportunities that are given to participate in other events like Conversation Club. I was in a class and, because of scheduling conflicts, switched to private lessons. These lessons have helped me to raise my level of Spanish proficiency much higher in a small amount of time. I appreciate having this kind of school in Portland!
-Laura V.

Thank you for providing such a great learning opportunity.  The small class size and active conversations make for lively learning.  Norberto rolls with the punches and brings the language to life with humor, knowledge, and even music!
-Harriet W.


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