WHY LEARN SPANISH?
Spanish is one of the most practical options for those interested in learning a second language. It is the second most spoken language in the United States, and 1 of the 3 most commonly spoken languages globally. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 12 percent of U.S. residents speak Spanish at home. Spanish is one of the easiest foreign languages to learn. Much of its vocabulary is similar to English, and written Spanish is almost completely phonetic. Spanish is a language of growing importance worldwide. Americans are studying Spanish in record numbers, as a rising number of jobs require Spanish. Spanish too is becoming of greater importance in Europe, where it is often the foreign language of choice after English. It is an official language on four continents. Because much of English is Latin based, learning Spanish will give you a better understanding of English . Whether you are traveling to Mexico, Central or South America, having a good command of Spanish will open doors to the business or pleasure traveler.
The English language draws heavily from Spanish, therefore studying Spanish increases your confidence and scores when you take the SAT or ACT exams. Spanish is close to Latin, the common ancestor of all romance languages. Spanish developed from Latin and an estimated 60% of the English vocabulary also comes from Latin. For over 30 successful years, Lurie Language has remained committed to helping hundreds of students excel in their rigorous Spanish language classes and improve their scores on standardized tests. Our intensive focus on reading, writing, grammar as well as culture. literature and speaking skills set us apart from other methods. Whether you are preparing for the FLACS, SATII , AP or Spanish National Exam, you will progress at a remarkably fast rate and reap the lifelong benefits in both your educational career and personal life as you prepare to enter today’s global marketplace. Most importantly, you will learn to express your own thoughts in Spanish using the exclusive Lurie Language Method, which breaks the language down into its component parts, then reconstructs it. For those students who are preparing to study abroad, we help you with your Spanish so you can arrive and communicate with confidence. We also help you understand the culture, geography, history, film and literature of Spain and Latin and South American countries you will be visiting. We take the stress and fear out of learning Spanish,and replace it with joy and confidence!
Young children have an innate and powerful drive to learn, and the key to success in to capture and nurture that drive. In private and small group coaching sessions, children learn the joy of expressing themselves in Spanish through doing, not memorizing: songs, crafts, games, stories. cooking, authentic holiday celebrations and much more. As a parent you play a key role in your child’s successful learning experience. We meet periodically with parents to discuss both your child’s progress and productive ways of encouraging learning at home.
Elementary school children fully enjoy learning a second language, and typically see it as "cool". The elementary years are an ideal time to begin learning a second language, as the famous "window of opportunity" is wide open. Learning Spanish should be exciting, rich in culture, and most of all it should be fun! It is every child's right to experience the sense of accomplishment and joy that comes with learning Spanish at the earliest possible age. At Lurie Language, we capture that essential drive to learn that all children possess. Children learn all the basic components of Spanish grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary and begin to form simple sentences from the very first lesson.
Parents play a key role in nurturing their child’s linguistic development. Through periodic meetings we discuss ways to supplement your child’s language learning process at home.
Using authentic materials from Spain, Latin and South America and the Caribbean, children are exposed to both the language and rich cultures of one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.
In "Boost your Brain: The New Art and Science Behind Brain Performance," Neurologist Majid Fotuhi, M.D. highlights the benefit of learning a second language to stay vibrant at any age. A multilingual lifestyle is exciting, and it can help strengthen and preserve your memory. Feel confident while traveling overseas communicating in Spanish for business or personal enrichment. Lurie Language prepares you both linguistically and culturally for your trip to Spain, Latin America, South America, or the Caribbean. This includes history, geography, film, cuisine, literature, art, and much more, allowing you to get the most out of your travels.
During the middle school years, we focus on building a solid foundation in all areas of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and reading. By focusing on developing solid study skills, we guide middle school students to success on the Benchmark and other exams.