Spanish – English Services
Bienvenidos – Welcome
Spanish/English Services offers Spanish as a foreign language and English as a second language to learners of all ages. We are a husband and wife team of professional language instructors with over 30 years of combined experience teaching Spanish and English to students of all ages and levels.
Our services also consist of English/Spanish translation and consecutive interpretation.
We are located in Hoover, Alabama.
All of our classes, as well as our translation and interpretation services, have a common thread running through them: communication. We stress accurate and efficient communication in and between the two languages. Our language classes utilize a communicative approach to language learning emphasizing speaking, pronunciation, and oral comprehension.
Classes are taught individually or in very small groups with significant one-on-one interaction with the instructor in the target language.
Spanish Elementary and Middle School Levels
These courses are taught in Spanish and the students are required to interact and respond in Spanish. The classes employ games, music, and other dynamic and cultural activities to motivate students and arouse their interest. They learn Christmas songs in Spanish, they make Cascarones during Easter Season, and at the end of the school year we have our traditional Fiesta.
The small group sessions for homeschool students at the elementary and middle school levels are taught on Monday afternoons during the regular school year. Classes for students who attend school are scheduled in the late afternoons from 4:00 – 5:00.
Classes will start Monday, September 11. Homeschool schedule for 2017-2018:
12:00 -12:55 1st – 3rd Grade
1:00 – 1:55 4th – 6th Grade
2:00 – 2:55 6th – 8th Grade
3:00 – 3:55 High School
Spanish High School and Adult Levels
High school and adult level classes are very much adapted to the particular needs of the student ranging from course credits for homeschooled students to advanced conversation or composition courses. These classes are usually taught individually or in groups of two and a study guide is provided. Schedules are flexible and classes may be offered in person or via the internet.
We offer tutoring for students that are already taking a Spanish courses at the secondary or college level. These sessions are offered individually in person or via the internet.
English as a Second Language/Inglés como segundo idioma
If English is not your native language and you want to learn to communicate effectively, contact us. We offer English as a second language classes individually or in small group sessions.
Si el inglés no es su idioma nativo y usted quiere aprender a comunicarse eficazmente, contáctenos. Nosotros ofrecemos clases de inglés como segundo idioma individualmente o en sesiones de grupos pequeños.
Fees listed here are approximate. Please contact us for more details regarding schedules and fees.
Spanish elementary and middle school levels:
One class per week - $30/month
Two classes per week - $50/month
Spanish high school and adult levels:
Two classes per week - $80/month
English as a second language/inglés como segundo idioma:
Two classes per week - $80/month
Tutoring or additional individual class hours are charged per hour. Contact us for more information regarding these fees.
· John M. Hall, Ph.D.
Dr. Hall, a native of Alabama, has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level Spanish, and English as a second language and as a foreign language. His travels to Latin America and Spain have contributed to his broad knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. He has a Ph.D. in Spanish from Florida State University and has taught everything from third grade English to graduate level Hispanic literature. Some highlights of his career include Associate Professor of Spanish at South Dakota State University and organizer/director of their Summer Study Abroad in Costa Rica; and Operations Director at the Guatemalan-American Institute in Guatemala City overseeing their English program for elementary and secondary students. He has extensive experience as a translator and interpreter and specializes in the areas of Spanish phonetics and syntax.
· Ana Lucrecia Hall, Lic.
Señora Ana Lucrecia Hall holds a Licentiate in Business Administration from Instituto Femenino de Estudios Superiores (University of San Carlos) in Guatemala City. She has taught English and Spanish in the U.S. and English as a foreign language in her native country of Guatemala. Her experience includes Spanish and ESL teacher for Brookings Public Schools in Brookings, South Dakota; English as a foreign language instructor in Guatemala City; and an independent Spanish instructor for homeschool students in Hoover, Alabama. She also has completed graduate work in Education. Señora Hall is a homeschool mom and is dedicated to Spanish and English education.
Guatemala, a Central American country, is distinguished by its steep volcanoes, vast rainforests and ancient Mayan sites. The capital, Guatemala City, is home to the stately National palace of Culture, and institutions such as the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Antigua, west of the capital, contains cobblestone streets and preserved Spanish colonial buildings.
Capital: Guatemala City
Currency: Guatemalan Quetzal
Population: 15.47 million
Official language: Spanish