Thank you for visiting our homepage. We are a well established language school in Atlanta that offers Spanish and German classes using Graded Reader Method. Our class size is between 2 - 6 students. We are conveniently located across Lenox Mall and Marta Station. We have been delivering solid results for past 12 years.
Each course consists of 15 hours of classroom instruction. Class meets once a week for two and a half hours for six weeks. The price of each course is $250.00. Please check our schedule section for start dates.
Adults speak at a rate of 100 words per minute. A thirty minute conversation would involve an exchange of 3000 words. Assuming each sentence to be 6 words long, we are talking here of an exchange of 500 sentences. This means that you may have to understand 250 sentences and build another 250 sentences. In other words a very good command of the language is required before you can be conversational.
Repeating a few phrases in a classroom setting can not make you conversational. You need repeated and meaningful interaction with the language for long term retention. Graded Reader Method will provide you with this interaction.
In our basic Spanish class you will acquire a vocabulary of 400 words and a very good understanding of the Spanish Grammar. This progress will motivate you to learn further. Once you acquire of vocabulary of around 2000 words, you will be functional in the Spanish speaking environment.
After completing our basic Spanish class, you will be able to read on your own level 1 Graded Readers. This will further expand your vocabulary and reinforce important grammatical concepts. After our set of 4 courses you will be able to read a standard text written in Spanish. This is the fastest route to literacy.
Each sentence that you read is an example of how a sentence should be built. Reading provides you an unlimited supply of these examples. The more you go through these examples, the better you will get at building your own sentences and thus speak.
Reading material is very cheap or available for free. Publishing of modern language learning materials is a multi-billion dollar industry and has very strong relations with the administrators of the schools and colleges. They are not interested in promoting reading despite it being the most powerful language learning tool.
Graded Readers are complete stories written for all level of language learners. We use the series Leer en Español, which is published by University of Salamanca, Spain. They are available in six levels. In our basic Spanish class we use the level 1 graded reader Soñar un Crimen. Its a 22 page story and is written with 400 commonly used words. Each word is used repeatedly in different context for improved retention.
You are far more likely to retain something that is a part of your own experience. One Graded Reader is a complete story. You learn words and structures in their proper context and this results in improved retention. Reading is the fastest was of increasing your vocabulary. We teach beginners how to read with comprehension in less than six months.
The only reason we speak a language is to express ourselves. Self expression requires a strong vocabulary and the ability to manipulate wide variety of structures to build your own sentences. As a beginner or an intermediate student you are not very likely to do it. Thus speaking practice is not a viable option at this stage. Many language teachers will tell you that speaking practice will make you a fluent speaker. The reality is that if you can not speak, you can not practice speaking either.
As a beginner you can use the language to figure out a complete story. Graded Readers are available for all levels. Doing so will increase your vocabulary and understanding of the structure of the language and you will be able to build your own sentences. Being able to build a wide variety of sentences is the key to speaking fluently.
Once you complete our set of four courses in about six months, you will have a very good overall understanding of the language. If you then go through 10 to 15 graded readers, which you can do in three to six months, you will have enough reinforcements to enable you to carry on a sustained conversation. Graded Readers come with CDs. Listening to what you understand will help you greatly with retention and pronunciation. Speaking is all about recalling which depends on retention.
Many times in a language class there are students from different countries. The language teacher can not speak all the different languages in the same class. Language industry solved this problem by making it a policy that only the target language will be used in the language class. The name given to this approach was "Total Immersion".
Only few things can be more annoying than being immersed in a language that you do not understand. Students assume that a college or a university must be acting in their best interests.
Immersion makes sense when you have developed a good understanding of the language and can use the context to figure out what you do not know. As a beginner you can not use the context because it is also in the target language.
You have to be fluent in understanding before you can be fluent in Speaking.
If you miss two classes in a six weeks period, you can make up for it by sitting in other classes.
You can go to the schedule section and choose a class which corresponds to a start date and sign up from there.
Our one hour sample Spanish class will give you an idea of how Graded Reader Method works. It costs $15.00. Check our schedule section for the date and timings.
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Language Institute of Georgia
3355 Lenox Rd Suite 750
Atlanta, Georgia 30326.