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For more than 15 years, the Latin American Association has been the expert provider of Spanish language and cultural instruction in Atlanta. Start learning Spanish today with the LAA! Ours is a comfortable, interactive approach to language learning. Class sizes range from 4 to 15 students, and we work to create a learner-centered environment with a focus on interaction in groups or pairs. Students have the opportunity to practice Spanish with students enrolled in the LAA's English Language classes during our weekly Intercambio sessions. The Intercambio provides a unique opportunity for students to practice and reinforce their newly acquired language skills with native speakers of the target language. For more information about Group Spanish Classes, please contact Lana Gavrilov at 404-638-1802 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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Group Class Schedule

 

Spanish Placement Tests

 

Course Descriptions

 

Advanced Spanish Curriculum

 

Tuition & Fees

 

Required Textbook Information

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

2015 Weekday Class Schedule*

 

The following classes meet twice a week and are offered during our Lunch Session from,

 

·        12pm to 2pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, or

 

·        12pm to 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

and during our Evening Session from,

 

·        6:30pm to 8:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, or

 

·        6:30pm to 8:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

Classes offered**

 

·        Levels 1-8

 

·        Intermediate

 

·        High Intermediate

 

·        Low Advanced

 

·        Advanced I

 

·        Advanced II

 

*All our classes are located at our location on 2750 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30324

 

**All levels may not be available for every session and are subject to change. The number of students required to open a class is 4. The LAA reserves the right to cancel a class if this requirement is not met.

 

2015 Weekday Classes - (meet twice a week for 5 weeks)

 

January 12 – February 16 (No classes Jan 19, MLK Day)

 

February 23 – March 26

 

April 6 – May 7

 

May 18 – June 22 (No classes May 25, Memorial Day)

 

June 29 – July 30

 

August 10 – September 14 (No classes Sept 7, Labor Day)

 

September 21 – October 22

 

November 2 – December 10 (No classes Nov 23 – Nov 28, Thanksgiving week)

 

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2015 Saturday Class Schedule*

 

Saturday Session: 9:30am – 12:30pm

 

Classes offered**

 

·        Levels 1-8

 

·        Intermediate

 

·        High Intermediate

 

·        Low Advanced

 

·        Advanced I

 

·        Advanced II

 

2015 Saturday Classes - (meet once a week for 7 weeks)

 

January 17 – February 28

 

March 14 – April 25

 

May 9 – June 27 (No classes May 23 in observance of Memorial Day)

 

July 11 – August 22

 

September 5 – October 17

 

October 31 – December 12 (No classes Nov 23 – Nov 28, Thanksgiving week)***

 

*All our classes are located at our location on2750 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA 30324

 

**All levels may not be available for every session and are subject to change. The number of students required to open a class is 4. The LAA reserves the right to cancel a class if this requirement is not met.

 

*** Note the October 31 – December 12 session is 6-weeks long instead of the regular 7 week session. This is due to the Thanksgiving holidays; we will make up the class by adding 30 minutes to each class. These classes will run from 9:30am – 1:00pm.

 

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Tuition and Fees

 

·       New Students - $240

 

·       Returning Students - $210

 

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Required Textbook Information

 

·       Levels 1 – 8, Intermediate, High Intermediate

 

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          Viajes: Introducción al español, 1st Edition

 

                   Publisher: Cengage Learning

 

                   Authors: Robert Hershberger, Susan Navey-Davis, Guiomar Borrás A.

  

Materials are not available for purchase at the LAA. To purchase the materials from Amazon, follow these links:

 

Student Textbook - Viajes: Introdución al español, 1st Ed., ISBN - 978-142-823-1306

 

2 Audio CDs (optional) - Viajes: Introdución al español, 1st Ed., ISBN - 978-1428-289-840

 

Low Advanced & Advanced I

 

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          Rumbos: Curso intermedio de español, 2nd Edition

                   Publisher: Cengage Learning

                   Authors: Jill Pellettieri, Norma López-Burton, Rafael Gómez, Robert Hershberger,

                  Susan Navey-Davis

 

Materials are not available for purchase at the LAA. To purchase the materials from Amazon, follow these links:

 

Student Textbook - Rumbos: Curso intermedio de español, 2nd Ed., ISBN - 978-1428-289-840

 

2 Audio CDs (optional) -  Rumbos: Curso intermedio de español, 2nd Ed., ISBN - 978-0495-800-880

 

Advanced II·

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          Intrigas - Advanced Spanish through literature and film

                   Publisher:  Vista Higher Learning (2012)

                   Authors: James C. Courtad, Kathryn Everly, Martín Gaspar

 

Materials are not available for purchase at the LAA. To purchase the materials from Amazon, follow these links:

Student Textbook-  Intrigas: Advanced Spanish Through Literature and Film, ISBN-10: 1617671037 ISBN-13: 978-1617671036

 

Spanish Placement Tests

 

Students with prior knowledge of Spanish are invited to take a FREE placement evaluation when registering for the first time with the Latin American Association (LAA).  This placement evaluation will help us better understand what your strengths and needs are. Based on the results, we will be able to recommend the course best suited to your current level.

 

Please click the appropriate link below to take a self-placement test and determine your level:

 

Spanish Level 1 - No Placement Test Needed

 

·        Greet others and exchange personal information (name, origin, address, etc.)

 

·        Describe everyday activities

 

·        Indicate relationships and specify colors

 

·        Identify quantities of objects

 

·        Tell time and specify days of the week

 

Spanish Level 2 (Beginners)

 

·         Describe people and things

 

·         Define and ask about family relationships

 

·         Indicate ownership and possession

 

·         Express age and physical states

 

·         Describe daily activities at home or at school

 

Spanish Level 3 (Beginners)

 

·         Express likes and dislikes

 

·         Describe basic actions and places in town

 

·         Express knowledge and familiarity

 

·         Talk about the months, seasons and the weather

 

·         Describe leisure-time activities, plans, and intentions

 

Spanish Level 4 (High Beginners)

 

·         Describe the features of your home or personal residence

 

·         Talk about furniture and appliances

 

·         Make commands

 

·         State locations

 

·         Describe feelings and actions in progress

 

Spanish Level 5 (High Beginners)

 

·         Identify parts of the body

 

·         Describe daily routines and hygienic practices

 

·         Talk about what you have just finished doing

 

·         Talk about illnesses and health conditions

 

·         Point out people and things, and describe their conditions

 

Spanish Level 6 (High Beginners)

 

·         Talk about foods and beverages for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

 

·         Make comparisons

 

·         Order food in a restaurant

 

·         Describe past events in detail

 

·         Understand how to conjugate stem-changing verbs

 

Spanish Level 7 (Low Intermediate)

 

·         Talk about shopping for clothing

 

·         Talk about singular and/or completed events in the past

 

·         Make selections and talk about sizes, shopping preferences, etc.

 

·         Describe ongoing and habitual actions in the past

 

·         Accurately insert direct object pronouns in sentences

 

Spanish Level 8 (Low Intermediate)

 

·         Talk about holidays, events and activities at the beach and in the countryside

 

·         Inquire and provide information about people and events

 

·         Narrate in the past

 

·         State indefinite ideas and quantities

 

·         Describe ideas using affirmative and negative expressions

 

Spanish Intermediate

 

·         Talk about air travel, other types of transportation, and lodging

 

·         Make informal requests; tell someone to do something

 

·         Simplify expressions with indirect and double object pronouns

 

·         Describe recent actions, events, and conditions

 

·         Talk about relationships, courtship, and weddings   

 

Spanish High Intermediate

 

·         Talk about professions, the office, and work-related activities

 

·         Describe the job hunt, benefits, and personal finances

 

·         Makes statements about motives, intentions, and periods of time

 

·         Express subjectivity and uncertainty; desires and intentions

 

·         Differentiate between the uses of “por” and “para.”

 

Spanish Low Advanced Grammar and Conversation

 

·         Describe places of origin and ancestry, family relations, traditions and celebrations

 

·         Talk about climate and geography

 

·         Discuss the influences of Hispanics in the USA; opportunities to study and travel abroad

 

·         State opinions about leisure activities, food, and preference of fashion

 

·         Describe physical features and personality traits

 

Spanish Advanced I Grammar and Conversation

 

·         Talk about human rights; express an opinion and comment on crime and justice

 

·         Talk about arts; describe literature and express reactions to it

 

·         Discuss historical and currents events as well as social and environmental topics connected with globalization

 

·         Express an opinion about the uses of technology and ethics

 

·         Read and write about authentic Spanish literature

 

Spanish Advanced II

 

·         Improve fluency and conversational skills through student interaction

 

·         Exchange ideas and contribute thoughts to improve the use of grammar

 

·         Discuss controversial issues and debate topics

 

·         Utilize advanced grammar tenses: past perfect, conditional, imperfect/past subjunctive, reflexive pronouns, and uses of “por” and “para”

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

·        Who teaches your classes?

 

·        Are classes conducted in Spanish? Isn't immersion best?

 

·        How big are the classes?

 

·        What kind of Spanish do you teach?

 

·        How long will it take me to become fluent?

 

·        Do you offer make-up classes if I have to miss a class?

 

·        Do you offer classes for business and nonprofits?

 

-       What about customized classes?

 

Who teaches your classes?

 

All of our teachers are native speakers of Spanish or have native speaker proficiency. Unlike many programs, all teachers have training in teaching Spanish as a Second Language and are not just native speakers who are hired under the belief that any native speaker can teach a class.

 

Are classes conducted in Spanish?

 

Isn't immersion best? Immersion, when classes are conducted totally in the target language, works for some students, those who respond well to the challenge of not understanding the teacher 100%. For others, immersion creates a lot of anxiety that may block students from learning. Since there are different learning styles, at the Latin American Association we believe that we must teach in a way that does not exclude anyone. Therefore, we use as much Spanish as possible in the class, but it is not a total immersion program. Logically, the use of Spanish by the teacher increases with each level. In the higher levels, classes are conducted almost exclusively in Spanish.

 

How big are the classes?

 

Classes range from 4-15 students. We know that many students would like a class of 3-6 students in the belief that they will have more opportunities for interaction and more attention from the teacher. However, we have found that the size of the class is not the only variable for practice and attention; rather, it is the way the teacher manages the class. Breaking into small groups and pairs allows the teacher to circulate around the room to work with individual students on an as-needed basis. In addition, we find that with small group work, students can practice with a partner rather than speaking in front of the whole group, which can be anxiety-provoking.

 

What kind of Spanish do you teach?

 

At the Latin American Association, we teach standard Spanish that is used in all Spanish-speaking countries. We do, however, teach students regional differences in vocabulary and pronunciation. Contrary to popular belief, there is no variety of Spanish that is "better" or "purer" than another. There are some vocabulary and pronunciation (accent) differences in the different varieties of Spanish, but they are relatively minor, similar to the differences between British English and American English, for example. All varieties of Spanish-from those spoken in Spain to those spoken in Chile-are mutually intelligible; that is, it is all the same language and all Spanish speakers understand each other perfectly.

 

How long will it take me to become fluent?

 

Learning a language is a long process and really, lasts a lifetime. There are many factors which influence how long it will take someone to learn a language, including motivation, experience learning a foreign language, level of commitment, contact with the target language outside the classroom, and time. Generally speaking, although some programs make promises about learning Spanish in days or weeks, truthfully, it takes approximately 2 years for students to get to the advanced level. However, you should be able to communicate in Spanish on a limited basis in a short time.

 

Do you offer make-up classes if I have to miss a class?

 

Unfortunately, we cannot offer individual make-up classes.

 

Do you offer onsite classes for business and nonprofits? What about customized classes?

 

Yes. The Education and Language Services department offers onsite Spanish classes & customized Spanish classes for employers wishing to offer classes in the workplace. In the past, we have worked with a wide variety of clients including employers in the healthcare/medical, legal, mortgage, real estate, financial and social services fields. We also offer translation and interpretation services.

 

Still have questions? Call us at 404-638-1802 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .