FAQ Videos

Frequently Asked Questions answered in Videos:


Diana Noonan is a leading expert on the teaching of world languages.  In these 2-minute videos, Diana explains how we DO or DO NOT acquire languages, she dispels myths of popular language learning methods, she explains the latest research on language acquisition, and she defines various language terms (like “comprehensible input“).

In addition, Diana explains what to expect in a typical Core Fluency Spanish Group Class or Workshop.


1. What does “fluency” mean?

2. Can I still acquire Spanish as an adult?

3. What is the difference between “learning” and “acquiring” a language?

4. Why don’t I remember anything from my traditional Spanish class?

5. Do we acquire our 1st and 2nd language in the same way?

6. What does “Comprehensible Input” mean?

7. How does “Comprehensible Input” appear in the language classroom?

8. Why do we limit the vocabulary to the highest frequency, most useable words?

9. What is the advantage to using English when teaching Spanish?

10. What is the goal in a language class that uses Comprehensible Input teaching methods?

11. What can I expect to learn in a Core Fluency course?

12. A typical day in Core Fluency

13. If I know some Spanish already, do I still need to take the Beginning Course?

14. Why take a series of classes? Is repetition really necessary?

15. Will I get bored if I repeat Beginner classes?

16. When can I expect to start speaking Spanish or be fluent?

17. How does one NOT acquire a second language?

18. Can I acquire Spanish via the radio, TV, full immersion, or a CD?

19. Why not learn Spanish with a CD in my car? Can’t I get fluent with Rosetta Stone?