Spanish Language Center

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In a Nutshell

  • Intro to advanced classes
  • Professional instructors
  • Weekend or four-week course
  • Three locations available

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Promotional value expires Jan 11, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Registration required. New students only. Valid only for group classes. All materials included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Language separates us from the animals, just as Funyuns separate us from our dignity. Dictate the terms of your surrender to the ultimate onion-flavored corn snack in Spanish with today's Groupon for group classes at the Spanish Language Center's downtown, Lakeview, or Palatine locations. For $65, you get either an intensive, six-hour weekend group course—one three-hour class on Saturday and one three-hour class on Sunday—and course materials, or a four-week group course—one 90-minute class once a week—and course materials (a $197.50 value).

The Spanish Language Center helps aspiring Spanish speakers begin the new year with expertly flipped exclamation points and rolled rs via well-structured courses taught by experienced instructors. Because classes are separated into four levels—introductory, beginner, intermediate, and advanced—students can hone preexisting skills or start from scratch. For a concentrated dose of Spanish know-how, opt for the intensive weekend class, which uses a conversational approach to quickly build comprehension and speaking skills. Or take time to practice and improve over a four-week group course. The introductory four-week course goes over proper pronunciation and fundamental vocabulary, such as "top hat" and "hooeypaloo." The advanced four-week course focuses on subjunctive tenses, passive voice, and commands. All materials are included with this Groupon, and classes are conversation-driven, ensuring that each student receives individual attention and enough oxygen to promote participation and prevent gasping. See here if you're not sure which level of class is best for you.

Class levels, times, and start dates vary by location, so check the schedules before calling ahead to register. Registration, frequently asked questions, and assessments are available online, but feel free to call if you have any questions not covered. Follow through on your New Year's resolution to learn a non-Klingon language with the help of the Spanish Language Center.


Citysearchers give the Spanish Language Center's downtown and Lakeview locations five stars on average:

  • The teachers are excellent and know how to teach Spanish where it makes sense. They even have instructors from different dialects that you can request such as teachers from Mexico, Spain, or Peru. – mleemann, Citysearch, Lakeview location
  • I took two years of Spanish in high school and I already feel like I have a better grasp on the language than I did then. I look forward to going to class every week because it is fun and I feel it is also highly useful. – Appetites, Citysearch, downtown location

Spanish Language Center

Creator of the conversational Cortez Method of Spanish lessons, Juan Guillermo Cortez started the Spanish Language Center in 2001 to expand the lessons he learned as a private Spanish teacher. With a stable of trained instructors, the school guides students of all skill levels through the intricacies of Spanish speaking during conversational group classes. Conversation-focused classes range from introductory courses that lay out Spanish-language basics, such as grammar and how to roll an r with the confidence of an archaeologist playing Operation, to advanced-level lessons on commands and the subjunctive tense. Each class hosts an average of 6–12 students and, like a sturdy soapbox, includes ample opportunity to practice speaking skills. In addition to providing all necessary materials, teachers also unlock access to an online class system full of updates and information.

Customer Reviews

Thanks! Good classes and instructors
Jillian S. · August 16, 2013
Learning Spanish, more specifically being able to speak Spanish, has been on my wish list for many years. When I saw the Groupon offer in the fall, I made my move...and could not be happier. 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 albe to speak in complete sentences and ask and answer basic questions in no time. The homework assignments (exercises in the downloadable text book) are very easy to complete in writing but are quite challenging to answer in class without looking! Being in a small group setting and working with our wonderful instructor Gladys, has helped me tremendously. Whether you are looking for a refresher or starting with no prior knowledge, I highly recommend the program.
Kathy T. · February 20, 2013
Gladys is a lovely person and fun teacher!
Tom M. · November 14, 2012
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    17 N State St.

    Suite 1440, 14th Floor

    Chicago, Illinois 60602

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    675 N North Court

    Suite 222

    Palatine, Illinois 60067

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    3139 N Lincoln Ave.

    Suite 200

    Chicago, Illinois 60657

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