ADULT CLASSES How long will it take to become fluent? Becoming fluent in a language takes years of practice, dedication, and daily immersion in the language. How quickly you learn a language depends largely on the work you do outside of class to excel. You can expect to start to have basic exchanges in Spanish after 3 sessions of classes with us, and you can expect to be conversational after 6-7 sessions.
How do I know what level is right for me? If you’ve never taken Spanish before or you’ve just had an introductory class (maybe in high school), then it’s best to start with Beginner I. If you’ve had a little more exposure, it’s best to take our online placement test to see where best to begin.
Am I learning Spanish from Spain or from Central/South America? There is a common misconception that there are different “dialects” of Spanish, which is not true. There are different accents and vocabulary depending on the country or region, just like English. There are also some countries that use more formal verb conjugations, while others use more informal verb forms. We teach an international Spanish, and you can adopt the accent, vocabulary, and verb form that works for your personal situation. We also have teachers from around the globe so that you get exposure to different accents and vocabulary.
What if I have to miss a couple classes? Our sessions run for 8 weeks and meet for 2 hours 2 days per week or once weekly for 4 hours (adult classes only). If you need to miss a class, you are welcome to attend a make up on a different day, as long as we have a similar level being offered. Also, your teacher will provide you with weekly homework to practice and would be glad to meet you a few minutes before the next class to help you catch up!
What is the refund policy? We ask that each of our students make a commitment to completing each session. Our classes are very small, affordable, and interactive, and for that reason we DO NOT provide refunds. Even if you decide not to finish out the session, our wonderful, dedicated teachers are committed to teaching the full session, and so refunds are not given once the classes start. If you register for a class and find that you need to cancel, you may do so up to 24 hours before the class begins.
What is the structure of a private class and what book is used? Private classes can be structured around your needs, If you want to focus on specific terminology or conversational situations for your job, you let us know, and we’ll structure the class accordingly. Private classes are minimum 1 hour per session, but you can meet for longer each time, and you can meet as often as you’d like per week. The more frequently you practice the better you’ll become! We suggest using the same textbook that is used for small group classes, but in some cases, we may recommend an alternative textbook that more closely matches your needs. And remember, our private classes can be shared with a friend for the same price!
Can my teenager take Adult group classes? Yes! Our adult group classes work for ages 15 and up, although we’ve had a handful of mature 13 and 14-year-olds who have also enjoyed our classes and learned a lot. Your teenager should be comfortable interacting with adults because the classes are very interactive. If your teenager needs a boost with high school Spanish, wants to obtain high school flex credits, or wants to become more conversational in preparation for study abroad, this is the way to go.
Can I register in person? The best way to register is online to confirm your spot in class. If you prefer to register in person using a check or cash, please call us at 361-239-6562 an appointment to come in. We have limited office hours as we are teaching, registration is first come, first served, so to guarantee your spot in a class, be sure to register early.
CHILDREN'S CLASSES Why should my child learn Spanish? Introducing Spanish to children develops Spanish speaking and listening comprehension skills that will aid in future language learning. Children’s minds are more easily adaptable to new sounds, methods of logic, and pronunciation. Learning Spanish enhances intellectual flexibility, problem solving skills, creativity, and standardized test scores, and helps prepare your child for a multi-cultural world. Learning Spanish will help open doors personally and professionally.
How long will it take for my child to speak Spanish? Unless you are raising a bilingual child, learning a second language can take time, and mostly depends on the frequency with which your child is practicing. Taking Spanish one day per week for 20-26 weeks will greatly aid in learning Spanish, but will not result in immediate fluency. Fluency takes consistent immersion in the language. But learning Spanish in a fun, relaxed setting at a young age allows kids to start thinking in Spanish. This is the key to lifelong language learning and finding opportunities for your child to continue speaking Spanish at home, school, immersion classes, or in extracurricular activities.
Why doesn’t my child speak Spanish to me? It is extremely difficult to change the language two people have spoken to each other since birth. Ask any bilingual family, and they will confirm that their child will speak to one parent in Spanish and the other in English but never switch. For this reason, your child may not speak to you in Spanish. If you are curious to know how well your child is speaking during class, just ask us!
How will my child learn Spanish? Our focus is on teaching kids to understand spoken Spanish and giving them confidence to speak short phrases. We use fun and interactive immersion techniques. This is complemented with written material so that kids can also relate the sounds they are hearing to written characters and grammar. Our activities are fun for kids, helping them to naturally acquire the language. Anyone can learn the grammar of a second language through books and study, but the ability to form thoughts in one’s mind and speak them out loud is the key to communicating.
What materials will be used during the program? We use a custom curriculum with material that is a guide to help structure learning, but our more impactful offering is the focus on spoken Spanish. Kids complete crafts, sing songs, and play games through story-based lessons. Children may also receive weekly material to study or complete. It is important that children keep these materials handy and share with parents on a weekly basis.
What grammatical concepts will my child learn? We teach vocabulary, basics (alphabet, numbers, colors, etc.), and verb phrases through themes, such as going shopping or to the zoo. You will notice that kids review material each year, and that’s a good thing. When learning a language, kids need to learn a concept 3-5 times before they can store it in their brains. We are building on grammar each year. For example, kids might learn numbers and colors one year, and then review the next year while also learning to explain out loud how many red shirts they wear each week. We build on the basics to get kids to build sentences. All learning is certainly geared specifically for age levels. Our number one goal is to help your child feel comfortable speaking Spanish!