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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.
WHY YOU NEED A STRONG VOCABULARY IN ORDER TO SPEAK
 Adults speak at a rate of 100 words per minute. If they speak for 30 minutes, 3000 words will go back and forth. A strong vocabulary is thus essential for your speaking abilities. Without it you can neither speak nor practice speaking. Old fashioned reading is the best way of expanding your vocabulary. That is the reason we focus on it in our basic Spanish class.
TRYING TO SPEAK SPANISH WITH A VOCABULARY OF 1000 WORDS
 If you have a vocabulary of 1000 words or less you ability to build wide variety of sentences will be very limited. You will also have a hard time understanding your conversational partner. Trying to speak could be an unpleasant experience. Many students with poor vocabulary try to speak,  fail and give up on learning a foreign language. As a beginner your focus should be on expanding your vocabulary not speaking practice.
TRYING TO SPEAK SPANISH WITH A VOCABULARY OF 2000 WORDS
 If your vocabulary is around 2000 words, speaking will be a pleasant experience. You will be able to understand your conversational partner, build your own sentences and carry on a sustainable conversation. Success will motivate you to learn even further. Graded Reader Method is the fastest way of building a strong vocabulary.
WHY CONVERSATIONAL APPROACH DOES NOT WORK FOR BEGINNERS
 As a beginner your vocabulary is limited and you can not speak. If you can not speak, you can not practice speaking either. 
Language teachers throughout the United States tell students, regardless of their level, to speak because "speaking is the best way of learning a language". 

These language teachers themselves have not learned the language they are  teaching via speaking.  They have learned it through several years of exposure to the language. They have learned it by absorbing the language. They can not relate to the needs of an adult language learner. These teachers routinely fail language learners by either forcing them to speak a language they do not know or immersing them in a language they do not understand. Click on the link below for more on this.
GRADED READER VERSUS A TYPICAL LANGUAGE LEARNING TEXT
A typical college language learning text would have isolated bits and pieces of the language which makes testing and grading easier. In a Graded Reader you see words and structures in their proper context which results in improved retention. 

A college textbook costs between $200 to $300 dollars. Millions of students take language courses to fulfill their degree or diploma requirements. This pumps billions of dollars into an industry which is very powerful and has a say in how languages should be taught in our campuses.
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 METHOD VERSUS CONVERSATIONAL APPROACH

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.

WHAT MAKES GRADED READER A VERY EFFECTIVE METHOD OF LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

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.

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. 

WHY TOTAL IMMERSION DOES NOT WORK FOR ADULT LANGUAGE LEARNERS

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. 

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. Its 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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