This is the place for you!
Are you an individual or small group looking to learn Spanish
with other like-minded individuals in the community?
Join a community of learners to bring your Spanish to the next level!
Now enrolling for Beginner level community classes
Live Virtual Classes start July 13th, 2021
Online Beginner Spanish Course
July 13, 2021- December 9, 2021
¿Sí? Pues... I am going to take you
on that journey, my friends!
Listen up, because I want nothing more than to see you become fluent FAST and with ZERO STRESS. Join me as I launch a BRAND NEW VIRTUAL COURSE aimed at motivated beginner learners that are aspiring to become fluent in Spanish as quickly as possible.
Unsure if the beginner level is a good place for you?
See our description of a Beginner Learner, along with other FAQs below course info!
Hmm... I've taken some Spanish classes before. Am I considered
Want the detalles?
Here we go...
We will meet twice a week virtually (via Zoom) for one hour from July 13, 2021 to December 9, 2021 for a total of 40 classes.
During every live class, you will experience an interactive, level-appropriate, Optimal Immersion experience (*eye roll* "Oh great, an optimal immersion experience? What does that even mean?")
Great question! Complete immersion is a myth. After all, if you can't differentiate one word from the next, how are you going to learn anything? Optimal Immersion means that I will make the class comprehensible to you by means of gestures, props, drawings, movement, etc. to deliver rich language with a focus on high-frequency words to build fluency fast. It will be fun, easy and EXCITING as the Spanish language starts to take shape in your head!
You will have access to 3 video recordings of stories each week to get more quality input catered to your level outside of class.
You will become a member of a community of motivated Spanish learners, just like YOU. We will encourage one another and hold each other accountable as we communicate via our Student Portal outside of class.
40 live classes via Zoom
Access to student portal for the duration of the course. Our student portal is brimming with quality resources to improve your Spanish outside of class.
You will be able to interact via the student portal with your instructor (me!) and fellow classmates.
3 bonus videos per week of comprehensible stories in Spanish to boost your language acquisition outside of class.
(no class weeks of 9/21 & 11/23)
Class Times (sign up for one time slot):
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Discounted: $600 (just $15 per class - all resources included, including 60 videos!)
Price will increase to $720 in 2022
Do I belong in a Beginner Course?
The Beginner Course is perfect for you if...
You're a true beginner (you can say "hola" and maybe count to 10 and that's about it...)
You took a few semesters of Spanish in high school or college, but it has been a while. You remember some words and phrases (maybe even random lists of words, like "airport vocabulary"), but can't put it all together.
You don't feel quite ready to speak. You can't speak spontaneously in full sentences, even to complete simple tasks.
You have a good bit of vocabulary but have trouble stringing words together
You are unable to answer simple questions in Spanish:
¿Cuántas personas hay en la foto?
¿De qué color es la casa?
En la foto, ¿la niña está corriendo o bailando? ¿A ti te gusta bailar?
¿Cómo se siente la niña?
¿Quién tiene la caja?
¿Dónde está el regalo?
Still unsure of your level?
Shoot me an email! I am happy to send additional resources or conduct a proficiency interview over the phone.
I've taken Spanish classes before without much success. What is unique about your course?
We skip the ineffective and, quite frankly, boring tasks of memorizing verb charts and thematic lists of vocabulary, and instead focus on learning to use the highest frequency words in context. Did you know the 100 highest frequency words in Spanish make up over 50% of daily spoken language? This course introduces you to the highest frequency words in Spanish through the rich contexts of stories and guided conversations. In a nutshell, we teach you how to USE the language right away and the language you acquire will stick in your long-term memory thanks to our brain-friendly comprehension and communicative-based methods.
Are there payment plan options?
Yes, you can pay in 2 installments for 5% more ($630 total). First payment ($315) will be due a week prior to the start of the course. The second payment ($315) will be due 8 weeks after the start date.
How should I prepare for class?
You will need a stable internet connection. Classes will be conducted live via Zoom.
Find a quiet space with room to move; we may be behind screens, but we will still be getting up and moving around during class! We suggest using headphones to prevent echo and overall noise reduction. Feel free to bring a beverage or a snack, relax! You will acquire the language best when you are in a comfortable environment.
Will classes be recorded?
No, classes will not be recorded.
What happens if I miss a class?
If you miss a class, you may attend the 2nd time option on the same day. You should notify me via email as soon as possible if you would like to do this. If you aren't able to attend the other time slot on the same day, no need to worry! Every session will be unique. You can attend the next session knowing that you will be able to understand and soak up more Spanish without missing a beat. You can also check the Student Portal for a summary of the class and suggested videos to watch.
What if I have to drop out of the course after it begins?
There are no refunds after registration closes (registration closes 1 week prior to the start of the first class). If for some reason you must drop out of the course within a week leading up to the start date, you will be given a credit toward a future course.
Will there be quizzes or tests?
¡Qué va! No way! We're trying to keep this as stress-free as possible. Your progress will be measured by your level of comprehension, which I will monitor throughout the class.
What kind of Spanish do you teach (i.e. what variety)?
Whether you will be using Spanish for work, volunteering or travel, or you want to be able to communicate with your Spanish-speaking abuela or la familia de tu novio. You can be confident that the Spanish that I teach you in this course will translate to any situation. My curriculum is guided by the 1,000 most-frequently used words in the Spanish language (words that are used among all parts of the Spanish-speaking population). Becoming comfortable with these words in a variety of contexts will help you form a solid mental representation of the language, no matter where you will be using it.
Often when someone asks me this question, they are wondering if I teach the "vosotros" form that is used in Spain. For these community classes, I will not be using the "vosotros" form, but rather "ustedes" (which is also used in Spain!). If you wish to gain confidence using the "vosotros" form, I have plenty of resources for you!
Will I become completely fluent after this course?
This is the million-dollar question! "Fluency" is a very general term used to describe one's comfort with expressing themselves in a language. Yes, you will gain some fluency in this course, and the results will vary from person to person. By the end of the course, you will be able to comprehend a large amount of high frequency words in rich contexts. Most importantly, you will gain CONFIDENCE in using the language. You will feel things start to "click" in a way that does not happen in traditional language courses.
It is important to keep in mind that becoming fluent in a second (or third, fourth...) language is a journey, and everyone's path to fluency will look different. Our common goal for the Beginner course is to achieve a Novice-High to Intermediate-Mid level of proficiency in Spanish according to the ACTFL (American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages) Proficiency scale. The rate of language acquisition will vary from person to person and from one mode of communication to another (speaking, writing, listening, reading). This is completely normal and has nothing to do with intelligence. Many internal and external factors affect rates of acquisition (time commitment, motivation, stress, etc.).
By signing up for this course, you can feel confident that I will give you the direction and tools you need to acquire Spanish as quickly as possible for your unique situation,
How many people are in a course?
Each course is capped at 20 participants to ensure quality and personalization of classes.
Do you offer private classes?
No, I do not offer private classes.
Will I have to speak in class?
No, I will not make you speak spontaneously in Spanish during class if you don't feel comfortable doing so. You will get just as much out of the class as everyone else if you decide to just listen and interact with non-verbal cues. Similarly to how children acquire their first language language, some adult learners need a longer "silent period" before feeling comfortable speaking spontaneously.
More importantly, you will acquire the language much more easily if you are not anxious when you show up to class.
Alternatively, if you do wish to speak, you will have opportunities to do so.