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Language Institute of Georgia



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.

FOCUS ON UNDERSTANDING
Adults speak at a rate of hundred words per minute. A thirty minute conversation would involve an exchange of 3000 words. Assuming each sentence to be six words long, we are talking here about exchange of 500 sentences. Of these 500 sentences, you will have to build 250 sentences and understand 250 sentences. For both of this to happen you need to have a very good understanding of the language.

Not understanding a language well enough is the most common cause of not being able to speak it. There is always a barrier preventing the language from entering in your memory (your mind can only retain what it understands). If little goes in, little comes out. In other words you can not speak a language that you do not understand. This is the reason that we focus on developing a good overall understanding of the language and building a strong vocabulary in our basic Spanish class.

In a typical introductory Spanish class the focus is on greetings, introductions, ordering food etc. You can get a $5.00 phrase book and be better off. Our classes focus on overall understanding so that you can build your own sentences and carry on sustainable conversations.
 
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.

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.

Academia does not promote reading in foreign language because it is not very lucrative to do so. It is far more interested in its financial health than the good learning experience of its students.

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. 

LIMITATIONS OF SPEAKING PRACTICE
Your speaking practice depends on how much you know. If your knowledge of the language is limited, your speaking practice will be limited as well. What you can recall in speaking practice, you can also recall in a real conversation. What interrupts your conversation is what you don't know or can not recall. If you are a beginner or an intermediate student, you should focus on expanding your vocabulary. That is far more important than repeating a few phrases.
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.

THREE TEACHER-CENTRIC LANGUAGE LEARNING METHODS NOT GOOD FOR STUDENTS
Many times a language teacher can not speak properly the language of his or her students. The most convenient thing for the teacher to do is to immerse the students in his or her language. This is called "Total Immersion".  

Forcing students to repeat phrases is the easiest way for the teacher to do his or her time in the class. This is called "Communicative Approach" or "Conversational Approach". 

High school Spanish is designed to make the job of testing and grading easier for the teacher.

None of the  approaches mentioned above enable the students to build a wide variety of sentences, which is the key to carrying on sustainable conversations.
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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