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.
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. Below is the schedule of the upcoming classes.
In our basic Spanish class you will acquire a vocabulary of 400 words and a very good understanding of the Spanish Grammar. This progress will motivate you to learn further. Once you acquire of vocabulary of around 2000 words, you will be functional in the Spanish speaking environment. After completing our basic Spanish class, you will be able to read on your own level 1 Graded Readers. This will further expand your vocabulary and reinforce important grammatical concepts.
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 are far more likely to retain something that is a part of your own experience. One Graded Reader is a complete story. You learn words and structures in their proper context and this results in improved retention. Speaking is all about recalling which depends on retention.
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 very essential for a fluent conversation. Reading is the fastest way of building a strong vocabulary. Even for speaking practice you need a strong vocabulary.
Many language teachers will tell you to practice speaking. If you only know 100 words, you won't be able to practice much. Many language teachers themselves have never learned a foreign language as an adult. They totally ignore the role vocabulary has to play in your speaking abilities.
Abraham Lincoln once said "If I have eight hours to chop a tree, I will spend six on sharpening my ax". Reading prepares your mind for speaking, because it is the fastest way of expanding your vocabulary.
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.
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.
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Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Language Institute of Georgia
3355 Lenox Rd Suite 750
Atlanta, Georgia 30326.