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Learning Spanish in Chicago

by Teresa K. - Chicago Spanish Teacher

Top job-searching websites are currently showing more than 1,900 bilingual Spanish job openings in the Chicago and surrounding suburb areas. From insurance agents to managerial positions in companies of all industries, being bilingual is certainly a plus for any kind of job. So, if you're interested in taking Spanish lessons in Chicago, here are some opportunities to experience Spanish-Latino culture here in the greater Chicagoland area!

  1. The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago has the following resources and events: • Chicago Latino Film Festival, including more than 100 films • Latino Music Festival, with 15-20 concerts • The Reel Film Club, showing the most popular films from the past Film Festivals • Film in the Park, in partnership with Chicago Park District

  • At the National Museum of Mexican Art, you can immerse yourself in the richness of Mexican art and culture right here in Chicago! For more information, visit: http://www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/

  • The Chicago Public Library has numerous resources and books about Hispanic American culture, history and research information.

  • Also, here are some FAQs from my students about learning Spanish:

    1) What dialect of Spanish should I learn?

    There is some confusion around the concept of a "dialect." While speakers of different Chinese dialects (Mandarin, Cantonese, etc.) can hardly understand each other due to a big diversity in the forms of the dialects, the Spanish spoken in Spain and countries in Latin America is only one language with accent variations. A native Spanish speaker in Mexico can easily communicate with a native Spanish speaker in Spain, Peru or Argentina. Accents may vary (in the same way an English-speaker from Texas may speak differently than an English-speaker from England), but it's still the same language.

    2) How many types or dialects of Spanish are there?

    Spain used to consist of several kingdoms and each had a different language, such as Castellano, Catalan, Gallego, etc. The actual Constitution of Spain recognizes those different languages as official languages in Spain, while Castellano (Castilian) is defined as the unifying language for the entire country. Castellano (Spanish) is the language taught in America by the Spanish colonists, resulting in the "Español" spoken in America, with slight accent variations in different countries.

    3) What are the fastest ways to learn Spanish?

    I always encourage my students to practice Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in Spanish (SLRW). When learning a new expression, it's recommended to say it out loud, listen to the teacher, read and write it, and make other similar sentences. When a person desires to be a good singer, he or she needs to sing every day. The same goes for Spanish; it's necessary to practice Spanish in all four ways: SLRW. That's the reason why the TOEFL test includes all four sections.

    4) How can I choose the best Spanish teacher?

    My recommendation is to learn Spanish from a teacher who lived ten or more years in any Spanish-speaking country, for better pronunciation and language structure. Plus, the language teacher should be good at all four areas of the language (SLRW). If you want to take Spanish lessons in Chicago, you'll find many teachers with these qualifications at TakeLessons!

    5) Why do some students learn better than others?

    After observing hundreds of students, I found out the secret is to be "SELF-CONFIDENT." Even for students in Spanish-speaking environments, if they don't believe that someday they could speak fluently, they never do. But any student, even an absolute beginner, can be easily fluent if she or he imagines that she or he can do it and gets proactive and interested. No matter if you make some mistakes. Simply think, "I DO SPEAK SPANISH," and start speaking out loud!

    About Tracy B.

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    About Tracy
    I have been teaching individual and group lessons for 12+ years. Many of my students have won trophies at the Granquist music competition and also play in local youth orchestras. My own youth string ensemble plays publicly at many popular local venues several times a year. I enjoy exposing my students to the finer points of being a professional musician such as the camaraderie, team work, creativity (creating harmonies, tailoring arrangements to fit student’s level) and of course, stage presence. I am very proud of my students. It is so gratifying to see their confidence build with each new skill they master.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    My approach to teaching is to combine fundamentals with “adventure.” I encourage students to experiment with their instrument and have quite a few budding composers. No two students learn in the same way, so
    I don’t use the same strategy for each individual. I believe music should be fun and rewarding. I like to expose students to many different types of music, i.e.; jazz, pop, blues, folk and of course, classical. Students are more likely to practice music that speaks to their personality.

    My teaching environment is very laid back. I expect my students to practice, but I don’t read them the riot act if they show up to a lesson not having practiced much the week before. I encourage them to practice more the next week and I give them strategies for how to fit practice time into their schedule along with the most efficient way to practice their pieces.

    I encourage parents to sit in on their child’s lesson, but I don’t require it. The more a parent is informed about their child’s goals, the better they are able to assist, support and facilitate the student’s practice. Involved parents contribute greatly to a child’s success.

    I love teaching adults too! It is never too late to learn an instrument and the rewards carry over into all aspects of life. As with children, music makes us all smarter. Research proves this. We learn complicated spacial and math skills without even realizing it; we’re having too much fun!

    I have annual recitals for private students. I speak Spanish.

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Basement studio finished and separate from house

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    Sometimes music. I can refer students to instrument rental or purchase places, but do not have instruments to provide. I can obtain music for the students if they prefer, otherwise I will tell them what and where to buy.

    *** Specialties ***
    I use Suzuki and other books for material, but my teaching is more traditional. I use actual bowhold from start. My own invention - pinky AND thumb houses. Music reading is introduced fairly early. A little at a time and it's painless.

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    Frank I. January 18, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    Great so far!!!
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    Naomi T. January 5, 2017
    · Guitar · In studio
    My little one seems to really enjoying her lessons
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    Dave M. September 25, 2016
    · Violin · In studio
    I’m an adult with a fair amount of previous musical experience but absolutely none with a stringed instrument. Tracy’s approach for that kind of beginner is ideal. She is firm about establishing sound fundamental technique from day 1 and building on it with practice pieces that provide just the right amount of challenge. She is encouraging and phenomenally patient. If technique problems or incipient bad habits arise as more complicated material is taken on, she is all over them and always has corrective measures to pull out of her (extensive) bag of teaching tricks. I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning a new instrument.
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    Tracy B.

    Tracy B.

    Berwyn, IL 60402
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    Fun, interactive, useful, motivating and effective classes.
    Individual or group classes.
    Native Spanish speaker and qualified teacher who tailors classes to students' level, needs, age, learning styles and interests.
    Free materials, flexible schedule and friendly atmosphere.

    About Georgina
    An energetic and highly motivated individual dedicated to fostering personal and intellectual growth through foreign language teaching, via modern and eclectic methodologies of language learning, with emphasis on interaction, communication, and generating interest in foreign languages and cultures.
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    Christopher March 14, 2018
    · Spanish · In studio
    Georgina is a native speaker with a clear, concise approach and dives right in. So far so good.
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    Eddie K. July 25, 2017
    · Spanish · In studio
    Georgina is doing such a great job catering the Spanish lessons to the needs of each child per the goals that have been set. The lessons are fun and engaging and my boys really enjoy them.
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    Moe T. July 12, 2017
    · Spanish · Online
    A great teacher who is enthusiastic, very smart and makes class fun!
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    Downers Grove, IL 60515
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    About Adriana R.

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    I have more than ten years of experience teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL). I guarantee my students a successful class thanks to my passion for teaching, my patience and my enthusiasm.

    About Adriana
    Hola,

    Thank you for taking the time to read my profile!

    Spanish is my native language and I've always been fascinated by its grammar, its phonetics and beauty in general. But learning other languages has also being one of my passions. I am fortunate to be proficient in two languages (Spanish and English), but knowing a few others has given me perspective that became a tool for another of my passions: Teaching!!!

    I strongly believe everyone is capable of learning Spanish. That's why I guarantee my students I can teach them not only what they want but also what they need.
    Every student is different and that's why I personalize each of my classes. I have 15+ years of experience teaching adults, teens, children, big groups, families, etc., not only in the US but also in Mexico and other countries (online). My teaching method has
    been recognized and awarded by organizations like the Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago, and the DuPage County Health Department.
    I enjoy teaching because there is no better satisfaction that helping others to accomplish something they considered almost impossible; I will be happy to help you get there!
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    Aryn September 14, 2018
    · Spanish · In home
    Adriana is the perfect teacher - she loves teaching and languages and has a great talent for understanding her students and their unique needs. Even after our first lesson, I felt very comfortable with her, and appreciate that she tailors the lessons to what is important to me! Every lesson I learn something new, and she has been very encouraging along my journey! I would recommend Adriana to anyone at any level who wants to learn Spanish. :)
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    Karen June 28, 2018
    · Spanish · Online
    Adriana was very well prepared and put me at ease. She focused on exactly what I needed!
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    Valeri July 20, 2017
    · Spanish · In studio
    Addy is awesome! Really made me feel like I can do this!
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    Adriana R.

    Adriana R.

    Chicago, IL 60605
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    $25 / 30-min

    About Teresa K.

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    CERTIFIED SPANISH TEACHER FROM LATIN AMERICA

    I am a current public school Spanish teacher in Illinois.
    I grew up in Argentina, and I spend my school years and graduated university there and also had more than 10 years working with Spanish-speaking customers and employees. I've taught Spanish in schools and in learning centers as well as private lessons since 2007.

    About Teresa
    LICENSED SPANISH TEACHER FROM LATIN AMERICA

    I'm a current Spanish teacher in public school.
    I grew up in Argentina and also have work experiences with native speakers from Central America in CA & Texas for 5 years.
    I graduated school and college in Argentina and completed graduate teaching certification program in US.
    I have been teaching students from basic to advanced native level and helped hundreds of students to improve their Spanish level and gain confidence~!
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    David B. July 11, 2018
    · Spanish · In studio
    first day was very nice. We got organized and I got lots of home work. I hope I can keep up. She is very knowledgeable and helpful.


    I look forward to future lessons.
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    Agnes May 30, 2018
    · Spanish · In home
    Very good explanations and easily adjusts to individual needs of the student.
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    Anna J. April 12, 2018
    · Spanish · In home
    It is an absolute pleasure to work with Teresa. She really makes an effort
    ( despite me and my daughter being at different level ) to accommodate both of us. My daughter very much likes talking in Spanish with Teresa. She corrects her right away, which is an excellent learning experience. I love the idea that she gives us a little homework, it makes you sit down and work on your Spanish not only during the class. We really looking forward to keep working with Teresa
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    Teresa K.

    Teresa K.

    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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    $60 / 60-min

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    From my lessons, students will gain engaging and exciting instruction. Students will use Spanish every time we meet. My aim is to help you meet your goals and help you enjoy it along the way!

    About Jimmy
    My name is Jimmy. I have been teaching Spanish for about five years now. I have taught all ages from kindergarten to adults.

    As a current teacher, my primary goal is to make sure the students have engaging and fun experiences while learning Spanish. I do not lecture solely on the nuts and bolts of the language but rather allow the student to perform the language in order to learn it.

    I do want to make clear that I do teach young children (ages 2-12) but I prefer to teach them in person and at least twice a week. I believe the experience to be more valuable that way.

    Additionally, I ask that you and I talk for a while before signing up for lessons with me. I may not be able the person to give you what you need. I want to be sure your needs are met through Take Lessons and I may not be the person that can do that. So, please mess
    age me often.

    I am always excited to teach someone this language I love so much.

    ¡Gracias!
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    Renee September 18, 2017
    · Spanish · Online
    Explains complicated language principles well.
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    Michelle C. September 6, 2017
    · Spanish · Online
    I was so nervous last night, but Jimmy kept calming me and given me encouragement. He made it fun as I was learning, we laughed alot, I'm super excited to continue my lessons 🤣
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    Vernon R. August 9, 2017
    · Spanish · Online
    I normally don't do reviews but had to for this one. Jimmy is an amazing teacher have a lot of patience with a great method of teaching I would recommend him to anyone.
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    Jimmy T.

    Jimmy T.

    Chicago, IL 60616
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    About Christelle L.

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    Spanish and Art teacher born in Argentina and raised in Spain. I can help you improve your current level of Spanish, help your children with Spanish at school, or teach you Spanish from scratch! Du Page area.

    About Christelle
    Bienvenido/a a mi perfil. Me llamo Christelle y soy profesora. ¡Encantada!

    I was born in Argentina and spent the first half of my life there and then moved to Spain, where I lived until 2016 when I moved to Chicago area.

    While I was still getting my Bachelor's Degree in English Philology in Barcelona, I started working in language schools teaching English to all ages.
    I worked as an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher for almost 7 years. I have experience with children as young as 1 y/o, one-to-one lessons, small and large groups.

    I am currently working as a Spanish and Art teacher in a private school in Oak Brook, Fusion Academy. I work with high schoolers who struggle learning in conventional learning environments.
    I also have a Spanish Teacher certification from International House Barcelona and I am an official DELE
    (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language) examiner certified by Instituto Cervantes.

    Look for me in LinkedIn for more information about me and check my art portfolio Red Summers Tea at Carbonmade dot com.

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    I can help you improve your current level of Spanish, help your children with Spanish at school, or teach you Spanish from scratch!

    ⋆ LOCATIONS
    I live in Bloomingdale and work in the DuPage county area. I meet most of my students in local coffee shops like Starbucks or Panera, but at-home lessons are possible as well.

    ⋆ LESSON FREQUENCY AND LENGTH

    It would depend on your goals. School tutoring usually requires less time because Spanish at school is extremely basic and it’s doesn’t really lead to fluency in the language. Anything else needs a greater degree of commitment! I meet my students for one hour once or twice per week AT LEAST.

    ⋆ TEACHING METHOD
    For school tutoring I try to adapt to your school’s method. For other types of lessons, I prefer avoiding translation and memorization and make use of effective Spanish textbooks, technology, games and free conversation.

    ⋆ SCHEDULE / AVAILABILITY
    I mostly teach Monday-Friday afternoons and weekends in the morning.

    ⋆ RESCHEDULING / CANCELLATIONS / PUNCTUALITY
    I understand flexibility is convenient and appreciated, so I allow rescheduling and cancellations in case of emergency or with enough advance notice. I recommend students to stick to their agreed schedule if they want to achieve their goals, even if that means to meet at another time during that same week. If I am already on my way to your lesson and you need to cancel, I will charge for the lesson. If you’re going to be late, please let me know, and I can’t guarantee that I can stay later than our scheduled time.

    ⋆ FIRST LESSON
    During our first lesson we will take time to go over any important information, set our goals and answer questions regarding nature of our lessons. We can talk about fees and teaching materials during this lesson as well.

    For any more details or any questions, please don’t hesitate contacting me!
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    · Drawing · In home
    We found Christelle on this website and could not be more thrilled. She was able to meet all of our requirements in an art tutor, speaking perfect Spanish to my daughter and always energetic during the lessons. My daughter cannot wait for the next lesson to come every week!
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    · Spanish · Online
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    Alicia November 1, 2017
    · Spanish · Online
    My son had a great first class and is looking forward to more classes!
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    Christelle L.

    Christelle L.

    Bloomingdale, IL 60108
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    About William S.

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    Learning a foreign language can be challenging and frustrating! I believe it is important to ceate a friendly welcoming atmospher for learning, where students feel able to ask questions, make mistakes, and enjoy themselves. Without this freedom, learning a language is more dificult. I have experience teaching students of all ages - young and old. I have always built good rapport with students I teach.

    My style is founded in the importance of communicative competency first. Research shows students learn best when they are free to make mistakes, and do not learn best by rote. Lessons will be tailored to students' needs/interests. We will learn throuh a specific topic drawing on the vocabularly and grammar associated with that topic rather than learning grammar or vocabulalry alone.

    About William
    I have been tutoring since 2014 when I worked in Spanish elementary school. Prior to that, I graduated from Exeter Univeristy with a Master's in Social and Political Philosophy and a Bachelor's degree in Politics from the University of Leicester. I also was employed by the prestigous tutoring service Titanium Tutors in London.

    I teach Philosophy, Political Sciences, and History up to advanced level having covered these subjects extensivley over my college career. I can teach Spanish up to intermediate level having lived in Spain and studied at school, as well as English, Geography, and Religion. I am also happy teaching writing skills and preparing for exams.

    I believe the best way for students to learn is through a dialogue, for them to show they understand. To acheive this, I avoid lecturing and rote learning. Instead, I set out cl
    ear learning objectives at the start and then ask appropriate questions to ascertain the student's understanding throughout our lessons together. This way my lessons are personable, and geared towards the individual student's needs.

    I also believe learning should be enjoyable. I create a fun, enthusiastic lesson environment. I have worked with students of all ages and have built good rapport with them all. I look forward to getting to know you and starting working together soon!
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    William S.

    William S.

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    $25 / 30-min

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    I am a native Spanish speaker of Mexican-American descent and I am originally from San Diego, California. I received my undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Political Science and Comparative Literature. Most recently, I obtained my Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego. I have a strong commitment for education and work for an international educational organization based in Washington, D.C.Furthermore, I have years of experience tutoring kids ages 5-14 in mostly bilingual education and reading comprehension. I strongly believe in the power of education and I am deeply committed to using my skills in Spanish to making the world a kinder, knowledgable and more connected place. :)

    About Perla
    I am a native Spanish speaker of Mexican-American descent and I am originally from San Diego, California. I received my undergraduate education from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Political Science and Comparative Literature. Most recently, I obtained my Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego. I am strongly committed to the promotion of education and currently work for an international educational organization based in Washington, D.C.Furthermore, I have years of experience tutoring kids ages 5-14 in mostly bilingual education and reading comprehension. I strongly believe in the power of education and I am deeply committed to using my skills in Spanish to making the world a more kinder, knowledgable and connected place. :)
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    Perla M.

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    About Diante C.

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    My lessons will really focus on the grammar. When learning a new language, it's not so important to always use proper grammar, but knowing the grammar patterns will make remembering and studying vocabulary easy.

    About Diante
    I speak 4 foreign languages fluently: German, Spanish, French, and Japanese. I started my teaching career by teaching Spanish in daycares around Chicago. I've also taught English to students in Guayaquil, Ecuador. This includes a brief couple of weeks where I substituted in a University.
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    Diante C.

    Chicago, IL 60608
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    $24 / 30-min

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    I am a retired college professor with 15 years teaching experience in the classroom, as well as, 15 years tutoring and teaching Spanish privately for different companies. I am a native speaker and can teach students not only how to speak Spanish, but also read and write Spanish. As a former lawyer and judge in the country of Colombia, I can also teach professional Spanish for anyone doing business in a Latin American country.
    With over 30 years teaching and tutoring experience in the United States, I have had the luxury of working with college students, as well as, business professionals. When we lived in Colombia, I was a lawyer then a judge. So I can not only teach conversational Spanish, I can also teach business and professional Spanish.
    I have experience working with college students and business professionals, but I am also a grandfather and have a ton of patience for young learners as well. Please reach out and contact me if you would like me to tutor you so you could speak ...

    About Harold
    I am a retired college professor with 15 years teaching experience in the classroom, as well as, 15 years tutoring and teaching Spanish privately for different companies. I am a native speaker and can teach students not only how to speak Spanish, but also read and write Spanish. As a former lawyer and judge in the country of Colombia, I can also teach professional Spanish for anyone doing business in a Latin American country.
    With over 30 years teaching and tutoring experience in the United States, I have had the luxury of working with college students, as well as, business professionals. When we lived in Colombia, I was a lawyer then a judge. So I can not only teach conversational Spanish, I can also teach business and professional Spanish.
    I have experience working with college students and business professionals, but I am also a grandf
    ather and have a ton of patience for young learners as well. Please reach out and contact me if you would like me to tutor you so you could speak like a native speaker.
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    Glenview, IL 60025
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    $34 / 30-min

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