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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.

STRONG VOCABULARY AND YOUR SPEAKING ABILITY

Adults speak at a rate of 100 words per minute. A thirty minute conversation can involve an exchange of 3000 words. A strong vocabulary is vital for your conversational abilities. You need an active vocabulary of at least 2000 words before you can engage in a meaningful conversation. Graded Reader Method is the fastest way of building a strong vocabulary.

GRADED READER VERSUS A TYPICAL LANGUAGE LEARNING TEXT

One Graded Reader is a complete story. You see words and structures in their proper context and this leads to improved retention. In a typical language learning text, you will find isolated bits and pieces of language which results in poor retention or no retention at all. These texts are helpful for testing and grading but not for learning. They cost between $200 to $300 and are a good source of revenue for academia. Millions of students take language courses for fulfilling their diploma or degree requirement. 

Another advantage of going through Graded Readers is that you can do it repeatedly. Each Graded Reader is a different story. You will not get bored. Reinforcements lead to retention which leads to recalling and thus speaking. 


LEARNING TO THINK IN SPANISH
Before you can speak out a sentence your mind has to build one. Hundreds of sentences go back and forth while you speak. You have to be able to think in Spanish before you can be a fluent speaker. Reading is the fastest way of developing mind-language integration which would enable you to think in Spanish. 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".

SPEAKING IN THE CLASSROOM VERSUS SPEAKING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

In a typical language class, a language teacher will ask students to repeat commonly used phrases. This is known as "communicative approach" towards learning a foreign language. It is very easy to repeat phrases and you can do it without a good understanding of the language. It is a lot easier for the teacher to divide the students into groups and force them to speak, than to help them develop a good understanding of the language. Mimicry rarely leads to long term retention.

Once students leave these"conversational classes", they realize that real world speaking involves responding to your conversational partners. This requires a good overall understanding of the target language. 

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.

OUR FOCUS IN THE BASIC SPANISH CLASS
In our basic Spanish class our focus is on developing a good overall understanding of the language. This understanding will enable you to retain commonly used words and structures.

We do not force students to speak a language that they have not assimilated yet. Nor do we immerse them in a language that they do not understand.
ANATOMY OF A CONVERSATION
There are three steps involved in each cycle of a conversation, which are as follows.
Step 1: Understanding a sentence of your conversational partner.
Step 2: Building your own sentence in response.
Step 3: Speaking it out.
Even in brief conversations, this cycle can repeat itself many times. The first two steps are the cause and the third one, speaking, is the effect. Language teachers typically ignore the first two steps and advise you to just speak it. A language teacher, no matter how much qualified, can not be above the law of cause and effect. 
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.

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.

LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE IS A MULTI-LAYER PROCESS
The first layer is a good overall understanding of the language. The second layer is retention via reinforcements. Once you have gone through these two stages, recalling or speaking would not be a problem.

Many language experts will tell you that speaking is the best way of learning a foreign language. Many Spanish teachers themselves have never learned Spanish as an adult.  They will frequently advise their students to put the cart before the horse. Click on the link below for more on this.

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. 

CLARITY LEADS TO ACTION

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.

GOLDEN RULE OF LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

You can not speak a language that you do not understand. 


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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