Learn to Speak Spanish...The Immersion way!


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This is a presentation on learning spanish with \"We Talk Espanol\". Spanish Immersion classes offered to real estate, physcians, CPA\'s, Attorneys,Lenders,Nurses, and anyone who is working in a diverse environment.

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Learn to Speak Spanish...The Immersion way!

  3. 4. Hi, I’m Butch Grimes Founder of WeTalkEspanol.Com Day in and day out I realize how important it is for us to better educate ourselves and understand our new global economy. The opportunities are endless. For us to provide better service and compete in this global market place, we must better understand cultures, practices and languages. Speaking Spanish Opens the Door to New Opportunity… The United States has the fifth largest Hispanic population of any country in the world –more than 30 million people… California alone has 5.5 million people who speak Spanish at home… Other states with high Spanish-speaking populations include Texas (3.4 million), New York (1.8 million), and Florida (1.5 million). Source: American Demographics. And it’s expected these numbers will only increase in the years to come… More and More Reasons To Start Speaking Spanish Soon!
  4. 5. To Open your business to new, untapped opportunities To Gain global job skills that make it easier to advance To Make it easier to talk with friends who speak Spanish To Travel like a native in Spanish Speaking countries Don’t be left out. Take advantage of this great opportunity and join us . I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed. Weather you sell to, buy from, work with or work for a Spanish speaking segment of the population, the numbers and growth give you more and more reason to start speaking Spanish yourself soon! Enhance your career, don’t be left behind learn to speak Spanish now…. GIVE US A CALL AND SIGN UP TODAY!!! WWW.WETALKESPANOL.COM
  5. 6. Spanish for Professionals© Session 1
  6. 7. RECENT STATISTICS SHOW THAT CALIFORNIA IS OVER 50% MINORITY. IN TODAY’S WORLD TO COMPETE YOU MUST BE ABLE TO SPEAK AND UNDERSTAND A 2nd LANGUAGE. “ We Talk” Espanol founder Butch Grimes is bridging the gap of cultural diversity by offering Spanish and English classes to underserved communities. The Wetalkespanol.com & The Savior Faire partnership is a collaborative effort of necessity and good business. “It’s time to stop brushing it under the carpet. Times, people and business has and will continue to change. Our demographics and the way we do business is evolving. Learning a new language is the wave of the future. We need to get on the ball or get out of business” Founder Butch Grimes said. The wetalkespanol.com partnership is not a high school language program! Recent research into first and second language learning shows that a communicative, interactive method is the most effective and efficient way to start speaking a foreign language. Are you worried about tripping over your tongue or not “getting it”? don’t be! our curriculum is specially organized to support beginners. Expect lots of carefully designed speaking activities and mini conversations where you can safely practice with your fellow students to become fluent as you go. WeTalkEspanol and it’s immersion program doesn't believe in making up two years worth of grammar constructions before you begin to master speaking. You need to get productive and speak, now! The WeTalkEspanol-Savior Faire Program will support your future real–life business conversations by setting up many, simulated, culturally correct practice situations in which you are really going to find yourself: • Small talk to establish relationships with clients • Negotiating • Inquiring and solving problems • Training staff • Communicating with business associates • Sales presentations • And more
  7. 8. Everyone agrees the immersion approach is the most powerful but the prospect of sitting in a class in which you don’t understand the language can be understandably daunting. To support you, our teachers are trained to teach in the immersion approach. If you don’t understand it is not your fault! We equip you with our exclusive, Clarification Phrases © which empower you to immediately ask your teacher to make something clearer. You are never lost for long! Materials: WeTAlkEspanol/Savoir Faire has carefully chosen foreign language texts and support materials to complement our communicative/immersion approach.   The texts organize information for you and support you at home with further study. Our expert teachers use the texts as springboards for their lively and engaging lessons. In addition, a special bilingual grammar book coordinated with the main programs is used in levels 1a-1d for those students who want to do more in depth self-study.
  8. 9. Level Descriptions Level 1a/b   (90% immersion ) Our teachers know that at a beginning level, information must be presented clearly in an organized manner and repeated and practiced often. They encourage your questions and are happy to re-teach until you feel comfortable. Comfortable and successful students accelerate.   Each class, we apply our years of experience to create mini conversational opportunities so students can orally practice just what they know. You are never out of your depth. Our goal is for your accent to be clear and for you to be comfortably conversational with the language you learn at this level. We know what it takes for a successful beginning class, a relaxed, social atmosphere, effective practice activities and empathetic teachers.   You will be impressed with how well you and your fellow students can converse when you have completed Level 1a/b.
  9. 10. Level Descriptions <ul><li>Level 1c/d (90% immersion) </li></ul><ul><li>Our commitment to conversational practice continues in the second level. By the end of level c/d, you may find yourself quite confidently discussing with a fellow student something you saw on the news– entirely in a foreign language! In levels c/d, more and more opportunities are provided for you to simply, “make yourself understood” or in other words, apply , as creatively as you can, the structures and vocabulary you are learning in the textbook curriculum.   Powerful techniques such as SF’s, “Not English Spoken” are introduced. This technique gets students comfortable using only the language they have in contexts that demand more language – just like in real life! </li></ul>
  10. 11. Level Descriptions <ul><li>Level 2a/b   (95%) &  Level 2c/d (99% immersion) </li></ul><ul><li>Rollicking conversations, jokes and debates led by our passionate teachers characterize the end of level 2 c/d.   The advanced grammar you study in the textbook are applied in increasingly challenging strategies and techniques that encourage you to begin to “think” in a foreign language. After participating in these activities, students find language flows from their brain to their tongues more automatically. At levels a/b & c/d your vocabulary blossoms and your “ear” improves because of your previous immersion exposure so listening comprehension activities suddenly “open up”.   It takes surprising little time to dredge up old language experiences. If you are a rusty intermediate speaker, this is the course to bring it all back </li></ul>
  11. 12. Level Descriptions <ul><li>Upper Intermediate/Advanced Levels    (100% immersion) </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking like a native is the goal of our advanced levels. These are very social classes where students become friends and use foreign language to interact socially. The native speaking teacher acts as a facilitator, correcting, teaching mini lessons and providing material for interesting and provoking conversations that demand more advanced constructions from students. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Spanish for Professionals © “ WeTalkEspanol” THE BEST AND EASIEST CHOICE IMMERSION?? WHAT IS THE IMMERSION APPROACH? An immersion foreign language classroom at Savoir Faire is one in which most of the class is conducted in a language other than English. The teacher speaks only Spanish, for example, to greet you, explain his weekend, to get you started on an exercise. He may use English to clarify grammar points or to reduce a moment of frustration you may be experiencing. He may use English, depending on your level, to discuss a cultural issue as often the level of language required and the subtleness of the issue would be too complicated to be understood in a foreign language alone. The teacher may use one or all of the following methods to help you to comprehend what he is saying: draw, mime, demonstrate, make noises, gesture, repeat, repeat in a different way, refer to something you already know all while carefully watching your body language and your face for lack of comprehension. Savoir Faire provides Clarification Phrases© to help our students participate in the immersion process by learning to effortlessly ask for comprehension help in the foreign language they are learning. This is a valuable skill in the classroom and even more so when speaking with native speakers in a foreign country. WHY IS THE IMMERSION APPROACH THE BEST? Most of our students want primarily to speak and understand the language they are learning. The immersion approach is by far the best way to learn to speak a foreign language because it most simulates an authentic experience. Everyone agrees that going to live in a foreign country speeds up the ability to speak and understand. Our classrooms utilize this well known fact by conducting as much of the class as possible in a foreign language. This provides you the opportunity to acquire language much in the same manner you acquired your first language. As you recall, no formal explanations were required! Though it is easier (at first) to have a lot of English spoken in your classroom, it is not true to the in-country experience that we all agree is the most powerful foreign language experience. If our teachers routinely followed every foreign language utterance with an English translation, you would unconsciously wait for the English. You can see how this would slow your progress considerably. However, we acknowledge that the classroom is an artificial environment and a certain amount of grammar and explanations are needed to help you learn about the language. Learning about the language helps you to monitor your speech for accuracy. But the immersion approach only works to the extent that you understand what the teacher is saying. There is an art to teaching in an immersion classroom and this is the reason Savoir Faire hires and trains well-educated instructors.
  13. 14. Spanish for Professionals © WeTalkEspanol THE BEST AND EASIEST CHOICE(2 ) WHAT ARE COMMUNICATIVE METHODS? Our language classrooms are a balance of acquisition (speaking and listening/comprehending) and learning (grammar). We use the immersion approach to get you comfortable being inundated with unfamiliar language and then give you tools such as Clarification Phrases©, meaning cues through pictures, gesturing, re-saying etc. to help you navigate your way through to comprehension. Students want to be able to speak a foreign language better than, they know how it works! Our communicative methods and techniques go hand- in- hand with this immersion approach. If you truly want to have conversations with native speakers you need lots of practice approximating those conversations and lots of practice salvaging understanding from language that goes right over your head. Acquiring a language (speaking and understanding) in a communicative, immersion classroom means hearing and understanding foreign language and using it in meaningful, task-oriented exercises that most mirror the interactions you might really have with a native speaker. The communicative methods we employ to accomplish this include many role-plays, games where real life information needs to be exchanged for success, opportunities for spontaneous conversation with classmates and the teacher and more. You need lots and lots of this aspect of language learning to speak fluently and spontaneously without hesitations and fear. Learning a language, on the other hand, is when you study grammar and syntax and is great to allow you to correct yourself and to be more accurate. Over using your knowledge of grammar can cause you to become paralyzed with the need to be perfect and interfere with your fluency growth. You need much less of this aspect of language learning to communicate successfully.
  14. 15. Spanish for Professionals © WeTalkEspanol/ Savoir Faire Language Institute, Inc. THE BEST AND EASIEST CHOICE(3 ) <ul><li>WHAT ABOUT READING AND WRITING? </li></ul><ul><li>Reading and writing can support your goal to speak a foreign language. </li></ul><ul><li>Reading and writing are important to learning to speak a foreign language. Reading can help you expand your vocabulary and to repeatedly see how the grammar works. Writing helps you to remember how the language is constructed. Reading and writing aid in helping you to remember language when you speak. As a communicative school, we provide every opportunity in-class for you to speak and understand, so few reading and writing exercises occur in class. These activities are generally reserved for homework. In Savoir Faire group classes, we look at reading and writing as a way to further the immersion process and as tools to help our students to speak more accurately and have better conversations. </li></ul><ul><li>OUR GOAL FOR YOU: </li></ul><ul><li>We want for you to stand in front of a group of foreign speakers and successfully and confidently ask questions regardless of your language level and regardless of how complicated the exchange. </li></ul><ul><li>We do not want for you to stand in front of a group of foreign speakers and be only able to talk about how the past tense works. And, we would like you to be better at asking and answering questions than explaining the past tense. The immersion approach and our communicative methods powerfully combine to make this true for our students. </li></ul><ul><li>We want you to be able to speak a foreign language better </li></ul><ul><li>than, knowing how it works! </li></ul>
  15. 16. Spanish for Professionals © Function and Conversation Strategies Session 1 <ul><li>Lesson 1: Introduction: how to get the best out of this class </li></ul><ul><li>Greetings in a business setting. </li></ul><ul><li>The alphabet and pronunciation </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 2: Describing your job/ position/ title - Dialog </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar: masculine and feminine nouns </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Discussion: Proper introductions in a different cultural setting </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 3: Apologizing -Dialog </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar: Verb - ser </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural discussion: Student generated topic </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 4: Dialog Review </li></ul><ul><li>“ How much does it cost?” numbers to 1,000,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar: Verb - estar </li></ul><ul><li>COOPERATIVE TRANSLATION GAME © </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 5: Dialog Review </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar: possessive pronouns </li></ul><ul><li>“ I NEED IT NOW!`” © Custom Translation Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 6: Making An Appointment - Dialog </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar: Prepositions, en, con, del </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural discussion: Agreeing and disagreeing in business </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 7: Dialog Review </li></ul><ul><li>Days of the week </li></ul><ul><li>Telling time, Cultural discussion: Student generated topic </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 8: Invest The Learning: student created dialogs </li></ul><ul><li>“ I NEED IT NOW!`” © Custom Translation Practice, Cultural discussion: The importance of hospitality </li></ul>
  16. 17. Spanish for Professionals © Lessons Agenda <ul><li>Starting on the second week of your program each lesson will have the following elements: </li></ul><ul><li>Greetings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is the time to ask questions about the previous lessons or homework </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accumulated dialog: Greeting and small talk in a business setting: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This technique developed by Savoir Faire Language Institute will help you to build immediately usable communication skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Previous vocabulary review: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Repetition, repetition, repetition! We know that it takes several repetitions for our brain to “acquire” new knowledge! Our program supports this need by providing scheduled review of what was previously introduced </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communicative practice #1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is when new vocabulary and language functions will be introduced in context. A lot of drills, practicing in group, pairs, partner circles, etc… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grammar highlights (from the communicative practice topic) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This part will be done partially in English. It will help your long term memory and give you tools to reproduce the function of the lesson in the future </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Every second week: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Previous dialog review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or teacher’s choice activity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This time is dedicated to YOUR questions about the day lesson. You will be able to use English at that time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Closing </li></ul>
  17. 18. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION <ul><li>Immersion </li></ul><ul><li>8 week, 1 day a week, 2 hour commitment </li></ul><ul><li>4 week 2 day a week class with a maximum of 20 students per class. </li></ul><ul><li>Enrolement open to friends and family office mates, employees, employers, church or community organizations want to learn Spanish, we want to provide you with that opportunity. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus is to teach you how to speak Spanish and have conversations in Spanish. </li></ul><ul><li>our main focus is not on writing and conjugating verbs. </li></ul><ul><li>Class location determined by Group or Association </li></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>FOUNDER “BUTCH” CHARLES GRIMES “THE COMMUNITY EDUCATOR” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Butch” Charles Grimes real estate expert, entrepreneur, radio talk show host, columnist, community leader – a man of many hats, is committed to improving his community and the lives of those around him. A recognized real estate authority, he is often called upon by national and multi-national companies for guidance on achieving success in the ever-evolving minority emerging markets. He has also testified before the California Legislature and Senate on issues of mortgage insurance, unfair lending practices and other issues impacting the underserved communities. His success is based on a formula of trust, education and compassion, the cornerstone of his career and life. </li></ul><ul><li>Grimes’ initial introduction to real estate began through purchasing, improving and selling distressed properties. His passion for the industry ignited, when he became an agent, then a loan broker for his own company, “Trust Financial.” Realizing inner-city homeowners needed more than someone who simply buys and sells their properties. He provided education and information, particularly in the subjects of property retention and preservation. These efforts of assisting and educating his clients led to their independence as well as his own. He established the following companies: L.A. Metropolitan Funding Group, Inc., Team Equity L.A. Property, Inc. Su Sueno Real Estate Services, We Talk Real Estate TV & Radio Enterprises and “WE TALK” ESPANOL.COM-SPANISH LANGUAGE CENTER . </li></ul><ul><li>Grimes real estate expertise and community contributions do not end there. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of Team Equity L.A., he is the past State President of the California Association of Real Estate Brokers (CAREB). Grimes’ influence on the 54-year-old organization is illustrated by its embracing of 21st century technologies needed to maintain and enhance its power, influence and education. Prior to serving as State President of CAREB, Grimes was a two-term President of the Consolidated Realty Board. </li></ul><ul><li>Grimes shares his considerable real estate knowledge in his weekly radio show, “We Talk Real Estate with Butch Grimes” on KTYM, 1460 AM in Los Angeles. The show is the first live talk radio show dedicated to addressing real estate questions and concerns of inner city communities. He also writes a monthly column as the, “The Real Estate Insider” for many statewide and local newspaper like The L.A. Focus Magazine . </li></ul><ul><li>Due to his vast experience and speaking ability, Grimes has recently been retained as a state-wide Real Estate Instructor and speaker by The Professional Realtor Institute. PRI, as it is formally called provides college equivalent education courses recognized by the Department of Real Estate and the National Association of Realtors as the #1 Real Estate designation earned in the country. (GRI Designation). </li></ul><ul><li>Recently Butch Grimes was selected to join the prestigious “Center Stage” National Speaking Tour along with the “Great American Homeownership Challenge” #1 Best Seller Author,Speaker and Co-Host of “DEBT DIET with Oprah Winfrey”, David Bach. The tour is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. </li></ul><ul><li>A native Los Angelean and former football all-conference wide receiver, Grimes earned a Bachelors degree in Political Science from University of Redlands. An avid fisherman, Grimes is the first African American to win a renowned Professional Fishing Tour in 1999. Other hobbies include golfing, scuba diving, bowling, tennis and flying. Grimes’ accomplishments, achievements and relentless passion to help others are embodied in his quote, “I see opportunity daily and I want others to have my vision.” “BE INFORMED, NOT SURPRISED” </li></ul>
  19. 20. SPANISH PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (spp) <ul><li>Tuition and Schedule of Payment per student </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum 15 – maximum 20 students per class for language classes </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-cultural presentation (2 hours) (up to 20 students) </li></ul><ul><li>$250.00/8 week course ($31.25 per class) </li></ul><ul><li>Pay per session per hour charge: </li></ul><ul><li>Each level is 16 hours of 8 classes of 2 hours each </li></ul><ul><li>The first class will include a 30 to 45 minutes presentation on how to learn a foreign language in the most efficient way when working full time. </li></ul><ul><li>Level 1 - 1a - part 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Level 2 - 1a - part 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Level 3 - 1b - part 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Level 4 - 1b - part 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Individual make-up per hour-Makeups to be taken at alternate locations offering the class for that period. </li></ul><ul><li>Material Fee per student </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish/English Dictionary-Included in registration </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish for Gringos-$25.00 (required) </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast Tutorial-20.00 (Optional) </li></ul><ul><li>PARTICIPATION PROGRAM PROFITS </li></ul><ul><li>Association Wholesale Price-$199.00 </li></ul><ul><li>Association Mark Up- $50.00 </li></ul><ul><li>Price offered to Members- $ 250.00 </li></ul><ul><li>Association Profit- $51.00 per student. </li></ul><ul><li>20 Students X $ 50.00 mark up=$1,000.00 Profit per 8 week course offering. </li></ul><ul><li>Our goal is to give our students usable language skills . </li></ul><ul><li>Following our policy, tuition is due before the start of the classes. Students can pay via the internet, or credit card. This goal often requires flexibility and willingness to work with our students’ situation. Please do not hesitate to discuss with us any issue you might have regarding this proposal or language learning. </li></ul>
  20. 21. Contact Information <ul><li>Rosland Jackson </li></ul><ul><li>We Talk Enterprises </li></ul><ul><li>866-938-2552 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Butch Grimes </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>323-864-9906 </li></ul>