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About our One-on-One Spanish Classes and Private Self-Assembled Groups in San Francisco Bay Area


General Characteristics

  1. General  information

  2. Minimum Age to Join Our Private Classes

  3. School's Availability

  4. Length of a Typical Session

  5. Number of Hours per Week

  6. I Have a Limited Number of Weeks to Study

  7. How Soon Can I Start?

  8. If Needing to Miss Sessions

  9. If There Is a Holiday within My Term

  10. If my Schedule Changes Each Week

  11. Meeting at Different Locations Each Week

  12. Attend a Class before Deciding

 

Private groups

  1. Forming My Own Private Group

  2. Forming my own private group with my children under 13

 

Availability and Prices

  1. How much is it?

  2. Can I pay class by class?

  3. What is the price for one class?

  4. Can I fraction my payment?

  5. Paying the least

  6. Why prices vary over time?

  7. When and how do I submit my payment?

  8. Do I need to purchase books?



General Characteristics

Can you give me some information about your private tutoring program?

Our private Spanish tutoring program can adapt to any specific need that you may have.
  • To learn more about the characteristics of our private Spanish tutoring program, please click here.

  • To learn about the different emphases where we can focus our attention, please click here.

  • To learn about why you should seriously consider studying with us, please click here.

  • To learn about our areas served, please click here.

  • To learn more about our prices, please click here.

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here.

 

What is the minimum age to join your private classes?

Because our learning materials are specifically designed for adults and teens 13 and up, children under 13 years old unfortunately cannot be admitted to any of our Spanish classes. Please accept our apologies for this limitation.

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here.

 

Do you have availability?

In order to receive a proposal that considers your schedule preferences and our current availability, please submit a non-commitment  online application. Your application will be responded within 5 business days.

 

How long is each typical session?

  • Most private classes (one-on-one or private groups) would last 2 hours each, their minimum length. This minimum length allows you, your peers and your tutor to minimize the time you need to spend commuting relative to the time invested in attending classes. This minimum length also allows you to have sufficient time to do all the class dynamics required to be done at once. This will make you notice significant improvement over time.

  • Spanish immersion classes (8 or more hours per week) however, could last as long as 4 hours each.

  • Each hour will last 55 minutes to accommodate for a 5-minute break and an adequate transition between students.

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here.

 

How many hours per week should I enroll for?

  • It all depends on how urgent your need to learn Spanish is. Most of our students meet with us anywhere between 2 to 16 hours per week.
  • In addition, students are expected to study at home on their own the same number of hours per week that they meet with their instructor to read in advance what they will be working with on the next class, and to do related homework.
  • Average students complete a full level of instruction after meeting with their Spanish tutor for 16 hours.
  • There are 9 levels of instruction: 3 beginner, 3 intermediate and 3 advanced. We label our levels by color, though, going from white (beginner I) to black (advanced III).

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here .

 

What if I only have a limited number of weeks to study?

If you only have a limited number of weeks to study with us, you can choose to meet with us from 2 hours per week to 16 hours per week, subject to availability in your area. Typical and minimum length of a session would be 2 hours. Maximum length of a session would be 4 hours.

For example:

  • If you choose to meet with us 16 hours per week, you will complete any of our 9 levels of instruction in 1 week. You will most probably be meeting 4 times per week on 4-hour-long sessions.

  • If you choose to meet with us 8 hours per week, you will complete any of our 9 levels of instruction in 2 weeks. You will most probably be meeting 4 times per week on 2-hour-long sessions.

  • If you choose to meet with us 4 hours per week, you will complete any of our 9 levels of instruction in 4 weeks. You will be meeting 2 times per week on 2-hour-long sessions.

  • If you choose to meet with us 2 hours per week, you will complete any of our 9 levels of instruction in 8 weeks. You will be meeting once per week on a 2-hour-long session.

Please be aware though that in addition to committing to attend your sessions, students are expected to study at home on their own the same number of hours per week that they meet with their instructor and to read in advance what they will be working with in the next class, and to do the related homework. Suggested number of hours per week to dedicate to these at-home activities is the same number of hours that you will be meeting with your tutor. Therefore, meeting for example 2 hours per week with your instructor translates into an extra 2 hours of self-studying at home, adding up to 4 hours per week of total commitment to your Spanish learning.

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here .


How soon can I start?

Provided that we have available Spanish tutors in your area, One-on-One sessions or private (self-assembled groups) can start as quickly as 5 days after your tuition is received.

Before submitting your tuition though, you would need to apply to our Spanish program and be accepted.

To submit a non-commitment application, please click here .

Your application will be responded within 5 business days. On our response, we will provide you with a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that matches your preferences the closest.

 

What If I need to miss a session?

You can schedule make up sessions if you registered for one-on-one classes or for private group instruction, provided that you:

  1. Notify your tutor of this need at least 24 hours before your scheduled session to be missed, AND

  2. Complete all of your sessions within the allocated number of weeks.

This means that you may need to agree with your tutor directly on when to have your make up classes by choosing from his/her availability at the time of your request. If, for example, you are meeting once per week, you may need to meet twice per week in any of the prior or remaining weeks left.

If you registered for private group classes, all students in the group would need to agree.

If attending one-on-one classes, an alternative to missing classes when traveling is to have your classes live over Skype Video at your usual times and days. If you are traveling to a different timezone, class would still need to take place at your regular times and days (usual time zone).

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here.

 

What if there is a Holiday within my term?

  • If there is a National or Religious Holiday or if Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year's Weeks fall within your pre-paid term, your term may be extended accordingly to compensate for that Holiday.
  • To see a list of all Holidays observed, please click here.
  • However, sessions will take place during public Holidays if both (1) student(s) and (2) teacher agree on having the session anyway.

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here .

 

What If My Schedule Changes Every Week?

With One-on-One classes and private group classes your are required to have a default schedule so that we can guarantee that we will always have time for you on each of the weeks that will have been allocated to you until your expiration date. This means that you are expected to meet regularly with your tutor every week at the same times, days and location.

If your schedule changes regularly though, you can consider instead having your classes on a floating schedule which allows you to agree with your tutor on a week-by-week basis on when to have your next session, subject to the times/days that he/she has available in the given week. There may be weeks when you may not be able to find a mutually convenient time/day but a floating schedule would not restrict you with an expiration date.

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here .

 

Can I meet at different locations each week?

It is unfortunately not possible to alternate meeting locations every other week. Meeting location will need to be the same all throughout the length of your term.

If you are attending one-on-one classes though and you need to travel from time to time, it may be possible to have some of your classes meeting in person while you are in the city and some of them meeting over Skype Video while you are away.

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here .

 

Can I attend one of your classes before deciding?

You can certainly purchase a reduced-price 55-minute one-on-one sample session with your Spanish tutor for:

  • $39 if meeting at a cafe or your tutor's home, or
  • $69 if meeting at your office or home, provided that your home is within our area of influence.

On this sample session, you will have the chance to:

  1. meet your Spanish tutor, and

  2. familiarize yourself with our Spanish program, teaching materials and methods

For their peace of mind, new students will also have the chance to request a change of tutor or a full refund, after having their first regular class, if they think our Spanish program is not compatible with their needs. Students can communicate this request via email within the following 48 hours after their first class. After that deadline they will only be entitled to partial refunds that would correspond to the number of hours not yet used. Sessions missed without proper minimum 24-hour notice would be considered used.

To purchase a sample session, please follow these steps:

  1. Submit an application if you have not done so already. Please do not forget to include a note saying that you are first interested in having a sample session.

  2. Once you are accepted into the program and suggested a time/day to have your sample session, please submit your $39 or $69 fee through our payment center.

  3. Wait up to 5 business days for our confirmation via email.

 

 

Private Groups

1. Can I form my own private group?

Yes you can. You would just need to gather one friend, relative or colleague to form your own private group. You could also gather more friends, relatives or colleagues if desired, up to the limit of 12 students per group. The only requirements are that you are all adults and/or teens above 13 and that you meet within one of our areas of influence, at either your home, your tutor’s home, or even a coffee shop.

The size of the group that we would recommend would be anywhere between 2 and 4 students. This size would allow you to still benefit from a lot of opportunity to participate actively in class. This size will also allow you to meet at a coffee shop, your tutor’s home or even your home or office if located within one of our areas of influence.

If preferring to assemble a bigger group, you could. However, note that for groups of 5 students and up, it would only be possible to meet at your home or office.

In general terms, the bigger the group you assemble the less each student would end up paying. However, as stated before, note that the smaller the group the more chance you have to participate in class and therefore the fastest you can improve your conversational skills.

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here .

 

2. We are a family with children under 13, can we self-assemble our own private group (adults and children together)?

Because our learning materials are specially designed for adults and teens 13 and up, children under 13 years old unfortunately cannot be admitted to any of our Spanish classes.

What we can recommend, bearing in mind the age of your children, is to self-assemble your own private group for adults and teens and pass your knowledge along to your children under 13, or simply wait until they turn 13 so that you can all join at the same time.

The only requirement for self-assembling your own private group is that you all have the same level Spanish, or very similar. This way you will have access to all of our materials. This could also work as a great tool for you to adapt it to your children as you learn with us. Sometimes teaching others is one of the best ways to learn.

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here.

 

 

Availability and Prices

1. How much is it?

Minimum purchase is a package of 16 hours of one-on-one Spanish instruction. These 16 hours allow our students to complete one full level of Spanish proficiency, out of the 9 levels that we offer.

  • Price for 1 package of 16 hours (1 level) can be found here.
  • To learn more about our one-on-one classes, please click here.
  • To learn about why you should seriously consider studying with us, please click here .

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here .

 

2. Can I pay class by class?

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept payments class by class. Minimum purchase upfront is a package of 16 hours of one-on-one Spanish instruction. These 16 hours allow our students to complete one full level of Spanish proficiency, out of the 9 levels that we offer. We do offer though the option of getting 6-month interest free financing through Paypal, our online banking institution.
  • Price for 1 package of 16 hours can be found here .

  • To learn more about our 6-month interest free financing through Paypal, please click here .

  • To learn more about our one-on-one classes, please click here .

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here .

 

3. What is the price for one class?

Minimum purchase is a package of 16 hours of one-on-one Spanish instruction. These 16 hours allow our students to complete one full level of Spanish proficiency, out of the 9 levels that we offer.
  • Price for 1 package of 16 hours can be found here .

  • To learn more about our one-on-one classes, please click here .

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here .

 

4. Can I fraction my payment?

The minimum payment currently accepted is one level (16 hours). Although we do not provide students with financial aid directly, when submitting your tuition through our Payment Center you can select the option "Paypal Credit" that Paypal offers. If you qualify, they can finance your classes, so that you can pay six months from now with no interest.

If needed, consider also funding your classes through credit card debt. All major credit cards are accepted at this time.

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here.

 

5. How can I pay the least?

Remember that the more levels you pay up front, the cheapest each level becomes, and that the most friends, relatives, or colleagues you share the classes with, the cheapest it becomes for each of you.

In addition, don't forget to pay within the next 24 hours of hearing from us and consider negotiating with your boss so that you can have classes during business hours (M-F 8am to 5pm).

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here .

 

6. Why prices vary over time?

Our prices may vary over time due to multiple reasons. To cite some examples:
  1. Prices may go down during a special promotion

  2. Prices may go up when we don't have sufficient tutors to meet demand

  3. Prices may go down when economies of scale are reached.


If you are a current or former student, you can sign up for any next level term by just submitting the same net amount you did last time for the same number of levels (if more convenient option for you) provided that:
  1. No more than 1 year has elapsed since you had your last term, AND

  2. You did your homework, attended all of your sessions on time and got a passing grade.


To apply for our Spanish program
and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here .

 

7. When and how do I submit my payment?

Levels need to be paid in advance through your preferred payment method by visiting our payment center. The payment needs to be sent once the submitted application has been approved.

Initial term payment need to be received at least five business days before desired start date. To hold into time slot, consecutive terms are required to be paid five business days before your current term expires. Reservations cannot be made unless the payment is received on time.

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here .

 

8. Do I need to purchase books?

No. All proprietary learning material will be accessible at no extra charge through our online student center .

All of our teaching material has been developed by our Academics Department. This material includes a syllabus that will cover topics related to the emphasis you showed interest in, Spanish grammar guides, role plays, conversations, multimedia material and much more.

To apply for our Spanish program and receive a quote in writing and a schedule proposal that considers your preferences and our current availability, please click here.


 

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