I have been a middle school language arts teacher for 20 years and have a master's degree in curriculum and instruction.
When I decided that I needed to "refresh" my Spanish from twenty years ago, I tried out three different programs, before I finally found Rocket Spanish. It was a wonderful review of beginning Spanish, yet it progressed at a rate which made my listening and speaking skills increase quickly. I transferred all the lesson files to my MP3 player, plugged an adapter into my car radio and listened everyday on my way to and from school - I was hooked.
I played the lessons on my computer when I was at home, and took the quizzes which came regularly from the Rocket Spanish e-mail letters. When I finished all the Beginners lessons, I couldn't wait to go on to the advanced course. The organization of the lessons makes it easy for students who are interested in reviewing or skipping specific conversational settings. Vocabulary is always presented as part of a spoken phrase which allows the learner to make it immediately relevant. The phrases are repeated often enough that students who are using the files don't have to worry about missing a phrase and then having to rewind to hear it again.
I'm a visual learner, and thought I would often have to use the printed out lessons for reinforcement, but the audio tapes were definitely adequate. The printed out lessons did help to extend my vocabulary even more with lists of important words.
Equally important, throughout all the lessons, Mauricio continually encouraged me as the student to listen, speak, listen, speak! I didn't have to worry about sounding "loco".
I am truly enjoying Advanced Rocket Spanish and will use it when I go with my students on a mission trip to Nicaragua in Spring.