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.
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.
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.
In many language classes the language teachers will force students to speak a language that they have not learned yet. Mostly in these classes students repeat phrases in a role play like situation. This role play can work for an acting class, because the script is predetermined. However real world conversations are unpredictable and involve building your own sentences, which requires a very high level of mind-language integration and a strong vocabulary. Old fashioned reading in the target language is the best way of developing this integration.
When you see words or structures of a foreign language for the first time, they are meaningless entities. Reading stories written in a foreign language make words and structures meaningful. The more meaningful the words and structures appear, more likely they are to be retained by you. Retention is vital for your speaking abilities.
In our classes the teacher goes through each and every line of the Graded Reader and makes sure that everyone understands them. The more you understand, the more you retain. The more you retain the more you can speak.
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.
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.
Nothing can be explained to you in a language that you do not understand. You can not ask questions in a language that you do not understand. You do not even see a small fraction of students, who have been subjected to Total Immersion, speak the foreign language reasonably well. Read more about Total Immersion in our method section.
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.
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.