Learning a foreign language challenges the intellect, enriches the spirit, and opens up a treasure trove of crank-calling possibilities. Dial into dialects with today's Groupon: for $65, you get Spanish classes at Spanish Language Center (a $198 value). Choose from the following locations:
- 3139 N. Lincoln Ave., Ste. 200, Chicago
- 675 North Ct., Ste. 222, Palatine
- 17 N. State St., Ste. 1440, Chicago
A fleet of bilingual professionals leads lessons at Spanish Language Center, assimilating students into linguistic understanding during small group classes. Students join 6–12 fellow learners for attention-filled lessons often led by professional instructors hailing from Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Guatemala, and other Spanish-speaking countries. All classes are available in introductory, beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels and adopt a conversational style that is practical for everyday usage, whether talking about magical realism or asking for directions to a Spanish-language instructional facility. Grammar lessons are immediately followed by oral exercises, allowing students to practice their newly learned linguistics and remind themselves of the sound of their own voice. Courses accommodate a variety of timetables, with intensive weekend sessions immersing students in a pair of three-hour classes on back-to-back days or four weekly 90-minute classes, leaving time to practice at home or write telenovela fan fiction.
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.