Spanish Language Center (a.k.a. Spanish-LC) is the largest Spanish school in the State of Illinois. Some of our students even come all the way from Indiana and Wisconsin to take group and private conversational Spanish classes with us.
Founded in 2001, Spanish-LC's effective Spanish instruction lead to a quick expansion. Its current three locations are: 1) Downtown Chicago, 2) Lakeview (Chicago's Northside) and 3) Palatine (Northwestern Suburbs).
While you are here researching the best school option for you, please read below and consider the benefits of becoming a Spanish-LC student. Find out why we are the NÚMERO UNO choice for Spanish language instruction for you.
Are you new to Spanish? No worries. You will speak Spanish in past, present and future in 16 weeks or less. WE GUARANTEE IT! Request Info
We know what you're thinking, “Impossible! Nobody can fully learn a language so fast!” And you're right, probably nobody can FULLY learn to speak a language so fast. However you don't need to "master" Spanish to have the capability to effectively speak in the past, present and future. This is a skill that YOU WILL possess after your first 16 weekly classes with Spanish-LC. You will be able to ask questions and express statements of almost any subject in first, second and third person (singular and plural) in past, present and future. You will handle enough vocabulary to apply to almost any situation. Again, this we guarantee!
Disclaimer - Now, if after your first 16 classes you plan on applying for a job as a United Nations Spanish language interpreter or to be able to translate the Bible from English to Spanish, we suggest you wait a little. You might be better off by taking subsequent classes available to further enhance your vocabulary and verb tense usage.
Our capability of quickly creating (or solidifying for those with previous experience) a firm Spanish language foundation that allows effective communication in past, present and future is the secret to our success! The methodology that we use is the Cortez Method that was developed by our founder and director. All of our instructors are extensively trained to implement this methodology in every class.
After completing your first 16 weeks, we have courses for students who wish to continue advancing with their studies. These more advanced classes are also available for students who join our school for a first time. Click here to see the details of all courses offered.
You're not sure yet? Please continue reading below for additional information of why we are the best option for Spanish classes for you.
10 Benefits of Becoming a Spanish-LC student:
1. Reasonable Tuition
The first concern for some is “¿Cuánto cuesta?” (How much does it cost?). You and those ready to become Spanish speakers, understand that this is an important investment to make and do not want to put your money to waste. Be assured that any money invested into your Spanish instruction with Spanish-LC will yield a profit in many areas of your life!
Many of our students are aware that learning to speak Spanish today will make them $PANI$H speakers tomorrow!
Please read what a current student has to say:
Dear Spanish Language Center,
I just want to say thank you for the encouragement during my journey to learn Spanish. Even I, someone who struggled to learn Spanish, now have an advantage in my office as a salesperson. When someone from Latin America or Spain calls into the office and asks to speak with someone who speaks Spanish, I am the only salesperson in the office that is prepared for the task; therefore, all Spanish speaking opportunities come to me. The number of requests literally are growing month-by-month as the world becomes more-and-more global. I am glad I “bit the bullet” and made the investment of time and money to learn Spanish. In addition to connecting me with a very amazing culture and providing me with more confidence while traveling, I am also now prepared for America's future.
Again, thank you Spanish Language Center!
Glazer Kennedy Insider Circle
Tution rates for group and private instruction. Most of our students consider our rates to be very reasonable (and then extremely cheap once they discover how effective our classes are).
Having said all this, we do understand that not all students may have the same financial capability today to pursue the important goal of becoming a Spanish-speaker. We do offer special discounts or installment payment options for individuals who make less than 50K a year, senior citizens (who make less than 50K a year), college students, non-profit employees, CPS teachers, US veterans and those who are unemployed.
Our main objective is to provide you with a Spanish language learning experience that is effective, fun and affordable.
2. Three convenient locations to pick from (also onsite and online)
Conveniently enough, we have three locations available for you. Two locations are in Chicago (Downtown and Lakeview) and a third one is in Palatine (Chicago northwest suburb).
"I have taken instruction from Spanish LC for over a year, and have found the experience to be both enjoyable and beneficial. The instructors are well prepared, and knowledgeable. They all have been genuinely interested in helping me learn a new language. I have found that the method used by Spanish LC suites me well. The emphasis is speaking Spanish as soon as possible, but also lays out the grammar and language structure in a logical and easy to understand way. In other words, it makes sense.
"I had attempted to learn Spanish twice before. My first attempt was with a well known language company; and, the second with a junior college. The third time, with Spanish LC was a "charm" because the method combined speaking with just the right amount of grammar and structure. I highly recommend Spanish LC, because they helped me learn to speak Spanish!"
Spanish-LC Palatine student
If you have a group of your own and coming to us is a problem, we may be able to arrange for classes at-your-site. Onsite corporate classes are also available. For those who prefere online classes, we do that too.
3. The Largest & Most Qualified Spanish Teaching Faculty in Chicagoland
Spanish-LC always keeps a staff of 10+ Spanish language instructors from diverse origins such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Ecuador, Peru and others. Again, as mentioned earlier, all instructors are thoroughly trained to teach with the Cortez Method developed by the founder and director of our school. This method clearly presents the stepping stones for each level and lays out a path for students to easily apply them in conversation from day one! All classes are planned out in advance and clearly explained by well prepared instructors.
Students find our logical, easy and effective teaching methodology to be the biggest plus of our school.
Please read the following excerpt taken from a testimonial posted on Yelp:
"I have tried other programs in the past and have found the Cortez Method to be the best by far. Each lesson draws on material from the previous chapters (and previous sessions). The vocabulary is constantly reinforced and concepts are reviewed often.
"There really is a 'method' and I find that things click into place as I move through the assignments. The order of the lessons is done in a way that as a class we were able to speak in sentences and ask and answer basic questions in no time."
Spanish-LC has a proven track record of offering quality Spanish classes in group, private and corporate settings, in the Chicagoland area, since 2001, year round, without interruptions. Our full time mission is to teach Spanish and have been trusted by 5,000+ students since 2001!
Sadly (and you do know this if you have taken classes elsewhere) the Spanish-teaching industry is characterized by much improvisation. Many Spanish-speakers just jump into the market, offer their “teaching” services freelance and/or are hired by other Spanish “schools” to do their “thing” without any real structure, building blocks or set goals. That is NEVER the case with us!
6. Free Tutoring and Class Repetition When Needed
Our main concern is that you become a Spanish speaker. Therefore, we want to make sure you get it and can say it. All students in our school are entitled to free tutoring for further explanation or clarification of any topic covered in class which you may not have fully understood. We care so much, that many times the tutoring will be offered by our director himself.
Furthermore, group students are allowed to repeat courses at no additional cost (¡Gratis!) when they or (their instructor) feel it's necessary.
NO OTHER Spanish language school in Chicago is AS committed to see you succeed in your Spanish learning efforts. That's why NO OTHER school backs up their instruction with these two freebies.
7. Diploma of Completion and Illinois State Board of Education Certificate
Since 2006, Spanish-LC has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education as a provider of continuing education. We are authorized to officially award certificates for CPDU (continuing professional development units) and CEU (continuing education units) upon request.
Spanish-LC Completion Diplomas are also available per completion of each of the following levels: Introductory, Beginners, and Intermediate.
8. We specialize in ONE language only: ESPAÑOL
How would you feel about an Italian restaurant that claimed to "specialize" in Indian, Chinese, and Spanish food among others? How good could the quality of its food really be? That's exactly how we feel about "language" schools who claim to specialize in every language you can think of... Really?!!!
You can't even start to imagine ALL the work we have to go through to recruit, interview, and then thoroughly train our instructors before they give a first class. Now imagine doing this for multiple different languages. It just doesn't happen.
You want to deal with Spanish language experts? Here we are. That is what we do. That is our specialty!
9. Friendly office staff
Our friendly office staff is always ready and willing to assist you. Need help with upcoming classes? Call us. Need to reschedule a class (with proper notice) do to an emergency. Let us know and we'll help you out. You can always contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call our central line (773) 665-9887. Our office hours are:
Mon - Thu 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Fri 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sat & Sun Leave voicemail or email and we will contact you on Monday.
10. Students are ONLY grouped with peers at the same level
You wouldn't like to be trapped in a class with students of different levels. Would you? We have heard from students complaining about past experiences at other "language schools" where students of different levels are all packed into the same class and then asked to smile for a picture to post online. Of course on the first day before starting class.
With us, you will NEVER have that problem. Every student WILL have to be assessed in order to be properly placed with the right group level. Don't even worry about the assessment process because it is very simple. We will provide you an online option and/or have an instructor evaluate your level over the phone. If you prefer, in person assessments are also available upon request. Click here to see more about our levels.
Testimonial from an Advanced Spanish Conversation Class Student
"¡Hola! Me llamo Elena y soy estudiante de la clase de conversación del Spanish Language Center."
"Soy una estudiante fiel. He estado en Spanish-LC por tanto tiempo porque es una ganga - la clase es pequeña, el maestro facilita la conversación, todos los estudiantes son inteligentes y el precio es razonable."
"Nuestras conversaciones siempre son muy interesantes, divertidas, y a veces controversiales. ¡Por supuesto que se las recomiendo a todos!"
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Congratulations, if you have read this far, it is enough proof that you are serious about your Spanish! You know that you cannot procrastinate any longer and need to be in Spanish class now. Spanish-LC is by far the best option in Chicago.
If you feel there is something else you would like to know before you proceed or would like us to walk you through the process of registering for class, please call us at (773) 665-9887 or click here.
For very limited time,
we are offering a FREE copy of the e-book we use for our Intro 1 class, click here if you would like a copy.