Adult Group Spanish Classes
A language school since its inception, El Taller's conversation-focused Spanish classes have been recognized by The Village Voice, The Daily News, The Columbia Spectator and hundreds of satisfied students as among the best and most effective in the City. For more than three decades, numerous organizations and corporations including Montefiore Hospital, the New York Public Library, and Penguin Publishing have entrusted El Taller with teaching Spanish to their employees.
Originated by our Founder Bernardo Palombo and developed over more than three decades of teaching, El Taller’s unique approach continues to be refined in the living laboratory of our classrooms.
Our students learn Spanish of The Americas™, developing the most important aspect of the Spanish language—the mastery of vowel pronunciation and the significance of those sounds to articulate the past, present, and future.
Sound and dialogue are the basis of our methodology. Because nouns differ from one Latin American country to another, the emphasis is placed on the verb—using sound and dialogue to get students to communicate and converse more quickly than they ever thought possible.
Classes are divided into two parts. The first half gives students a structured lesson in verb conjugation and grammar, while the second half is dedicated to practicing and developing conversational ability, through acoustics and dialogue. This unique methodology, along with a rich curriculum that includes music, poetry, and art, gives students exposure to a wide variety of words, accents, and useful idiomatic phrases from throughout The Americas.
Early Bird Special: (Intermediate) Meets twice a week from 8AM to 10AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (4 weeks, 16 hours -- $270).
Morning Intensive: (Beginner & Intermediate) Meets four times a week from 10AM to noon on Monday through Thursday. (4 weeks, 32 hours -- $460)
Lunchtime: (Beginner & Intermediate) Meets twice a week from noon to 2PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (4 weeks, 16 hours -- $270).
Evenings: (Beginner & Intermediate) Meets twice a week from 7PM to 9PM on Mondays and Wednesdays. (4 weeks, 16 hours -- $270)
Tuesday Night: (Beginner & Intermediate) Once a week from 6:30AM - 9:30PM on Tuesdays. (6 weeks, 18 hours -- $295)
Saturday Morning: (Beginner & Intermediate) Meets from 10AM to 1PM on Saturdays (6 weeks, 18 hours -- $295)
Art and Literature: (Advanced) An upper level class that focuses on reading, writing and conversation. Meets from 7PM to 9PM on Mondays (4 weeks -- $140)
Summer Crash Courses: 30 hours of instruction in two weeks. Classes meet 9AM to 12PM Monday through Friday. Sessions begin July 11, July 25, and August 8 ($485).
Beginner: This is the introductory level at El Taller. Students with little to no conversational ability are encouraged to start at this level. You will be introduced to the present, past and future tenses.
Intermediate: This level is for students who feel comfortable actively participating using the present, past, and future tenses in both the simple and compound tenses.
Advanced: This level is for students who feel comfortable actively participating in almost complete Spanish and are working towards expanding their vocabulary as well as perfecting their pronunciation and conversational skills.
Casa Abierta (Open House)
To learn if the classes are a fit for you, come in and audit a class before enrolling in the next session. Stop by to visit our classrooms, meet the teachers, and experience what Spanish of the Americas™ at El Taller is all about.
There is a $20 materials fee for all new students in adult conversation classes, which includes a workbook and access to mp3s, which can be streamed online here.
In order to confirm class enrollment, we strongly encourage early registration. Please note that El Taller reserves the right to make amendments to the class schedule at any time, including cancelling a class section if there is insufficient registration.
We also offer a wide-variety of extra-curricular activities including Spanish conversation meet-ups, field trips, and dance classes to further enhance your language learning experience.