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.
A strong vocabulary is the cornerstone of your speaking abilities. Graded Readers are the fastest way of building a strong vocabulary. You will see words and structures repeatedly in their proper contexts and that helps greatly with retention.
Developing a good understanding of the language is vital to your conversational skills. You have to be able to understand your conversational partner in order to maintain a fluent conversation. You can develop this understanding in less than six months with Graded Readers.
The focus of college and high school Spanish texts is more on testing and grading. They are written by the teachers for the teachers. Many authors of these books themselves have never learned Spanish as an adult.
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. If you are a total beginner, we can teach you how to read in Spanish with comprehension in less than six months.
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.
Adults speak at a rate of 100 words per minute. A thirty minute conversation can involve an exchange of 3000 words. Assuming each sentence to be 6 words long, we are talking here of an exchange of 500 sentences. You have to understand 250 sentences and build 250 sentences. This needs to happen before you can speak.
Not understanding a language well is the most common cause of not being able to speak it.
"Communicative Approach" aka "Conversational Approach" whose premise is that speaking is the best way of learning a foreign language is quite widespread in teaching foreign languages in schools and colleges. Instead of teaching languages properly they force unsuspecting students to speak a language that they have not learned yet. "Total Immersion" and "Communicative Approach" are responsible in part for widespread failure to learn a foreign language in the United States.
When you speak, you have to know how to use words and structures in their proper context to express yourself. For this you have to see multiple times, how words and structures are used. Going through Graded Readers will gradually develop this skill.
If you have seen a word only a few times, its easy to confuse it with another similar word. You have to see a word or a structure between 10 to 15 times in different contexts, before it is retained with clarity in your memory. Only then you can use it in speech.
Many Language teachers will tell you that speaking is the best way of learning a language. They can also create an illusion of speaking in the classroom by making you repeat few commonly used phrases. Once you leave the class, you will realize that you have to understand your conversational partner in order to carry on a sustained conversation. In other words a good overall understanding of the language is indispensable for speaking. You also have to be able to build your own sentences to express yourself. Click on the link below for more on this.
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 way of increasing your vocabulary. We teach beginners how to read with comprehension in less than six months. Reading prepares your mind for speaking. Abraham Lincoln once said "If I have eight hours to chop a tree, I will spend six on sharpening my ax".
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 can not speak a language that you do not understand.
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.