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.
Graded Readers provide you a lot of reinforcements. You have to see a word multiple times before it is retained permanently. After going through a few Graded Readers you become a literate in Spanish. You are far more likely to speak a language that you know.
It can take years of formal Spanish courses, before you can read a standard text written in Spanish with comprehension. Graded Readers can get you there in less than six months.
When you speak, your mind supplies you with wide variety of sentences. How well it can do it, depends how much language has been fed into it. If you are an adult living in a country where Spanish is not spoken, you need a lot of reading and listening in the target language before you can speak. In order to read and listen you need to have a good understanding of the language. Graded Reader Method is the fastest way of developing this understanding. In less than six months you will find yourself reading and listening with comprehension the Spanish language as used in the real world.
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.
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.
Many beginners sign up for a class that focuses on "conversational practice". If you pay $20.00 an hour for this class and share the class with five other people, you in fact are paying $120.00 an hour for your practice time. Plus you have to put up with listening to the Spanish of other beginners. You are far better off hiring a private tutor as a conversational partner for a lot less. Or you can find a conversational partner and force yourself to speak for free.
Secondly the failure rate of these classes is very high. You can repeat a few phrases in the class. This aimless reproduction of the language rarely leads to long term retention. You can speak out an entire dictionary in two days. But that does not mean that you can use those spoken out words in a real conversation. You need a meaningful interaction with the language in order to retain it permanently. Reading in the target language can provide you with this interaction.
Once the administrators of the language schools have signed you up, you are at the mercy of a language teachers who would apply "Communicative Approach" towards teaching a foreign language. More often than not these teachers themselves have never learned the language they are teaching as an adult. Students think that if a "qualified" teacher is saying that speaking is the best way of learning a language, then it must be right. The reality is that if you can not build a wide variety of sentences fast enough, you can not speak. If you can not speak, you can not practice speaking either. For this you need to train your mind. We can help you there.
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.
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.
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 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.