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Learn Spanish or German via Graded Readers

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.

CLASS STRUCTURE AND PRICING

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.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN THE BASIC SPANISH COURSE
 You will acquire a vocabulary of between 400 to 500 words plus a good overall understanding of the structure of the Spanish language. You would need a vocabulary of between 1500 to 2000 words in order to be functional in the target language.

You will see progress right from the very beginning. After attending our basic Spanish class, learning Spanish further would become a lot easier and enjoyable experience. In our basic Spanish class you will learn how to build 3 to 4 words sentences. In real conversations you will have to build 6 to 7 words sentences. You will get there once you go through the intermediate level Graded Readers.
HOW READING LEADS TO SPEAKING
 If you have not read enough, the speed at which you will relate words to their meaning will be slow. At this stage speaking will be hard. Once you have read enough, typically between 10 to 15 Graded Readers, you will be able to relate words to their meaning fast enough to keep up with a conversation. Language industry does not promote reading in a foreign language. It promotes its products and services, which more often than not, drag the language learning process to the extent that many language learners give up. Graded Readers will give you results fast.
SOME INTERESTING NUMBERS PERTAINING TO SPEAKING A LANGUAGE
 Adults speak at a rate of hundred 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 about an exchange of 500 sentences. Of these 500 sentences, you will have to understand 250 sentences and build 250 sentences.

Overall understanding of the language is thus very important to carry on sustainable conversations. 
WHY GRADED READERS ARE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN A CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH CLASS
 In a typical conversational Spanish class you will rehearse a few pre-meditated sentences. You are not very likely to repeat those same sentences in the real world.  In other words, real conversations are unpredictable and require you to build your own sentences at a moment's notice. You need a high level of mind-language integration to achieve this. Reading in the target language is the fastest way of acquiring this integration. 

Academia does not promote reading in a foreign language, because it's not so lucrative to do so .

WHAT MOST LANGUAGE LEARNERS DO NOT KNOW ABOUT "TOTAL IMMERSION"
 Many times a language class will have students who do not speak the same language. A language teacher can not speak multiple languages in the same class. So the association of the language teachers decided to immerse all of the students in the target language (the language of the teacher).

The first step in learning a foreign language is to thoroughly understand commonly used words and structures. In order to make them understandable, teachers need to explain them. They can only be explained in a language that students can understand. Malpractices in the language industry flourish because nothing can be proved in the court of law. Even if a student takes a language professor to the court for wasting the student's time via "Total Immersion", who do think the judge would believe ?
WHY MANY LANGUAGE TEACHERS SAY THAT SPEAKING IS THE BEST WAY OF LEARNING A LANGUAGE
 Many language teachers themselves have not learned the language they are teaching as adults. They were either born in it or have had several years of exposure to the language. For most adult learners this is not an option.

Reading is the fastest way of building a strong vocabulary, the most important aspect of learning a foreign language. Even with no prior knowledge of Spanish you can learn to read with comprehension in less than six months. If you then read between 10 to 15 Graded Readers, you will be speaking as well.
 THE MYTH OF SPEAKING PRACTICE
Practice simply reinforces what you already know. If you do not know much, you can not practice much either. Click on the link below for more on this.
CREATING A POSITIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

When you see a word or a structure in a foreign language for the first time, it can cause perplexity. Once you have figured out its meaning and you see it for the second time it becomes a reinforcement. Reinforcements encourage you. They give you a feeling of being in charge. After couple of reinforcements the word or the structure becomes a part of your permanent memory and you can recall it with ease while speaking.

You need a lot of reinforcements in the beginning. Language learning has its stages and if you give each stage its due share, speaking will not be a problem. Graded Readers are very rich in reinforcements.

ROLE OF MEMORY AND YOUR SPEAKING ABILITY

When you speak, your memory provides you with words and structures. How well it can do it, depends how much language has been fed into it. Reading in the foreign language is the fastest way of feeding your memory. Language industry does not promote reading because it is not very lucrative to do so.

GRADED READER VS A TYPICAL LANGUAGE LEARNING TEXT

In a Graded Reader you will learn everything in its proper context. One Graded Reader is a complete story. You will repeatedly see the same words over and over in different contexts. This will result in improved retention.

A typical language learning text has isolated bits and pieces of the language. These text are written with the purpose of making the job of testing and grading easy. They are written by the teachers for the teachers. Students going through these texts for years can still not build few sentences to carry on a sustained conversation.

Millions of students buy these texts at an exorbitant price, pumping billions of dollars into the hands of the publishers of these texts, who have a strong connections with the administrators of the school and have a say in how languages should be taught.  


HOW GRADED READERS CAN MAKE YOU A FLUENT SPEAKER

You would go through few Graded Readers with the teacher in the class. This would enable you to read on your own. If you then go through between 10 to 15 Graded Readers, you will improve considerably the retention level of the commonly used words and structures. Recalling them and using them in speech would not be a problem.

I WANT TO SPEAK, WHY SHOULD I WASTE MY TIME LEARNING TO READ ?

If as an adult you can not read, it implies that you do not recognize the language. You are not very likely to speak a language that you don't even recognize.

The first stage in the language learning is recognition. Then retention via reinforcements. Then comes the speaking part. 

YOUR MIND AS A LINGUISTIC DATABASE

When you speak, you recall words and structure from your memory. How well you can recall depends how well you have stored them in your memory.  Reading is the best way of storing these words and structures in your memory. 

You do not learn a language by speaking it. You speak when you have learned it well enough to speak. 

HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE ME TO BECOME A FLUENT SPEAKER

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.

LEARNING BY EXAMPLES

 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.

WHAT ARE GRADED READERS

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. It is a 22 page story and is written with 400 commonly used words. Each word is used repeatedly in different context for improved retention. 

GOLDEN RULE OF LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

You have to be fluent in understanding before you can be fluent in speaking.

POLICY ON MISSED CLASSES

 If you miss two classes in a six weeks period, you can make up for it by sitting in other classes.

HOW DO I SIGN UP 

 You can go to the schedule section and choose a class which corresponds to a start date and sign up from there.

TRY OUR SAMPLE SPANISH CLASS 

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.
404-520-8754

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