Frequently Asked Questions
What is Drill?
Drill is a speaking-focused, 25-minute long, online group language lesson. Each Drill is taught by a live Drill Instructor in a round-robin style where students are guided through a series of fun yet increasingly challenging memory retention and pronunciation exercises. Our Drill Instructors bring compassion to online language learning and are trained to create an atmosphere where students feel comfortable making mistakes and can embrace corrective feedback.
What is the Drill Method?
The Drill Method is the teaching method of Beepboop’s online Drills. More info can be learned about it here. The Drill Method is an online adaptation of the pedagogical work pioneered at Dartmouth College by Professor John Rassias. The method is proven to get students comfortable speaking a new language extremely fast.
Is Drill live?
Yes, all Drills are taught by a live human Drill Instructor in an audio-only group class
What does it mean that Drill is "audio-only"?
You won't see anyone's face during Drill! You will however see a screen controlled by your Drill Instructor that guides you and fellow students through various memorization and pronunciation challenges
Why is Drill "audio-only"?
Our research has revealed two things: 1) people are more at ease and willing to make mistakes in an audio-only environment. This encourages more rapid learning. 2) For the non-hearing impaired, listening comprehension skills improve faster in the absence of visual queues
Who are the Drill Instructors?
Beepboop Drill Instructors are bachelor degree-holding public and private school teachers mainly from Mexico
Is it true that my Drill Instructor attended an Ivy League school?
Over 75% of our Drill Instructors have received language instruction training from Dartmouth College’s Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures
What is a Guest VIP?
In the beginning of class the Drill Instructor may select you as a Guest VIP. Guest VIPs have basically won the lottery and will get more speaking opportunities than the non-paying students. This warm welcome is just a taste of what it's like being a VIP. Students are eligible to be randomly selected as Guest VIPs their first three Drills. After three Drills, non-paying students will receive significantly less speaking time and will take on more of an "observer" status in Drill.
How is this free?
Non-paying students receive significantly less speaking time and corrective feedback than VIP students. Non-paying students also don't have the option of learning linearly, meaning they have to study whatever topics the VIPs in their class want to learn.
I'm deaf, is Drill a good way for me to learn languages?
Unfortunately, the Drill Method is not effective if the Drill Instructor cannot be heard.
I've never studied or spoken Spanish before in my life, is Drill right for me?
Yes, we offer Absolute Beginner Drills designed just for you!