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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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    I have taught Spanish levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 in a high school setting and tutored a myriad of my students to grow in their language input and output skills.
    I currently teach Spanish 1, 2, and 3 at the Central Coast New Tech High School in Nipomo.

    About Jon
    Hello!

    I just moved from San Jose to Arroyo Grande and am so excited to be back in the Central Coast!
    I currently teach high school Spanish at the Central Coast New Tech High School in Nipomo and love it there!
    I have a passion for teaching and love to teach my true love: music and piano!

    I also tutor in Spanish language as well as English language.

    I am happy to teach in your home or apartment; however you need to have the following materials:
    1) Piano that is relatively kept up and tuned regularly

    *** Specialties ***
    Suzuki Piano Method
    Classical piano background
    Rock cover music
    Solo piano, new age style music composition
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    Lisa R. October 21, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    Incredibly astoundingly wonderful. Fourth lesson and he is playing songs. Jon has a wonderful calm easy way of teaching. He makes is fun and engages my son. At first Marshall was not into being "taught" now he is practicing everyday and looks forward to each Saturday.
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    Jon H.

    Jon H.

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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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    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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    Lilian August 11, 2016
    · Spanish · In home
    very good
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    Georgina L.

    Georgina L.

    Downers Grove, IL 60515
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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

    My name is Adriana, and I would love to meet you!. I have been teaching ESL since 2000 and Spanish since 2005. Through my years of experience, I have always been committed to guarantee my students would learn and will also enjoy taking my classes. Students must have fun while learning.
    I have received awards from prestigious institutions like Erie N. House and St. Augustine College in Chicago for outstanding teaching performance.

    I have taught Spanish and ESL in Mexico and in the USA to people of all ages. I enjoy making my students feel proud of themselves for their achievements. Patience, perseverance, and customized service are my standards of teaching.

    I look forward to helping you reach your goals!.
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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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    cheryl July 13, 2017
    · Spanish · In home
    Lovely person and good teacher! Highly recommend!
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    Whitney H. November 10, 2016
    · Spanish · In studio
    Adrianna is awesome! My daughter is 5 years old and loves coming to her Spanish lesson. She has been taking them for a couple of weeks now and Im excited to watch her progress. I would def recommend Adrianna to anyone!
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    Adriana R.

    Adriana R.

    Chicago, IL 60647
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    $25 / 30-min

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    Arlington Heights, IL
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    CERTIFIED SPANISH TEACHER FROM LATIN AMERICA

    I am a certified 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 well-known learning centers as well as private lessons since 2007.

    About Teresa
    LICENSED SPANISH TEACHER FROM LATIN AMERICA

    I'm a licensed 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 high 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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    Pepe May 19, 2017
    · Spanish · In studio
    I loved Ms Kim's class. I had lots of fun. I got kicked out of the class but that's ok.
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    Shane May 19, 2017
    · Spanish · In studio
    Miss Kim was my favorite teacher EVERRRRRRRR!!!!!!! SHE IS THE BEST AND I LEARNED SO MUCH!!!!
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    Kyle September 24, 2015
    · Spanish · In home
    Teresa has been absolutely wonderful. She is working with my son Kyle who has been failing Spanish 2. They have had 3 session and Teresa said he is catching on quickly. Kyle has said that Teresa is very easy to work with and likes her very much. Thank you Teresa!
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    Teresa K.

    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
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    Specialist in Peninsular Spanish and Language Learning Techniques.

    About Jared
    I am a polyglot, translator, teacher, and game designer, specializing in Scandinavian Languages, Yiddish and also a host of rarely taught languages. If you would like to learn a rarer language, such as Icelandic, Greenlandic, Breton or English Creoles of Melanesia, it can be arranged via the site. Contact me via the question form for any subject for more details.
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    Ari November 8, 2017
    · Hebrew · Online
    Thank you for being so patient...as a good country-man, I ask a lot of questions and he answers all!!! Thank you!
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    Todd September 18, 2017
    · Danish · Online
    Excellent, intelligent instruction. Thanks!
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    Nicholas September 12, 2017
    · Swedish · Online
    Very informative and knowledgeable instructor ! Can't wait for next weeks lesson!
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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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    ABOUT MY PRIVATE LESSONS

    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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    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.

    Bloomingdale, IL 60108
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    Do you want to speak/talk in Spanish? Do you need Spanish for Business? My name is Beatriz, I am a Spanish native speaker with a master degree, helping. I can help you to improve your Spanish skills. The lessons will be tailored according to the student from beginners to proficient or Spanish for business.

    About Beatriz
    I am an experienced IT professional and chef, during my career I have had the opportunity helping people to achieve their goals. I speak English, Spanish, and French.
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    Beatriz C.

    Naperville, IL 60564
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    $50 / 60-min

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    Hola amigos,

    I have being teaching Spanish for 20 years with the following simple technique :
    *Speak Spanish only
    *Repetition of words and sentences.
    *Fun and simple homework
    This technique have help my 4 years old and 2 years old kids to learn Spanish fast. I am proud to say that my teaching technique has been successful with other students with different ages.

    About Carmen Edith
    My name is Carmen Edith , I have been teaching Spanish for almost 20 years. The technique I use is simple and fun:
    Speak Spanish only
    Easy homework
    Practice, practice, practice.
    I am confident that this technique will help you. I use the technique my kids ( 4 years old and 2 years old) so far I have being successful. They learn fast and their pronunciation is amazing.
    I have use the technique for adults as wells as kids. The results have always being appreciated by the students.
    Mi español es su español,
    Su éxito es mi éxito.
    Carmen Edith
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    Carmen Edith F.

    Chicago, IL 60613
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    Average Cost of Spanish Lessons in Chicago, IL

    The average cost of 60-minute Spanish lessons in Chicago is $48. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $35 and $60 per hour.

    30-min $25
     
    $38 average
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    45-min $30
     
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    For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute Spanish lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute Spanish lessons are 17% less expensive at $40, and 30-minute lessons cost 21% less at $38.

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