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English Classes

We offer affordable, English-language online courses year-round weekdays and Saturdays in order to accommodate our students’ needs. Professionally trained and experienced teachers teach our classes.

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How do I register for the English classes? (Returning Students)

With a communication-based approach to language acquisition, students learn English grammar systematically, accompanied by writing, listening and conversational exercises. Students will also read newspaper articles, and watch videos in English followed by analysis and debate.

To see the full calendar of classes, please click here 

How do I register for the English classes? (Current Student)

The student that are current taking the classes need to stay with the same instructor on the same level UNTIL they finish the book. Once the book is over, you can move on to the next level/

Do you need help with registration? Once you complete the placement test, you can call us at 404-638-1800 or email Michael Alvarez at malvarez@thelaa.org

How do I define my class level? 

New students need to take an online placement exam to find out their level of expertise. Once you complete your exam and can see your score, check below to see what level you are:

Level

%

Basic0% -40%
Level 141% – 65%
Level 266% – 79%
Level 380% – 89%
Level 490% – 99%
Conversation 180% – 89%
Conversation 2 & 390% – 99%
Advanced Level100%
Literary Language100%

Online Classes

Our Online classes are delivered by trained instructors, using Google Meet or Zoom.

Schedule and Programming

Weekday | 2 hours

Monday/Wednesday
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday/Thursday
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Classes start

Classes end

January 10
March 14
May 16
July 25
September 26
November 28
March 2
May 2
July 11
September 14
November 14
December 15

 

Saturday | 2 hours

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Classes start

Classes end

January 8
April 2
July 9
October 1
March 19
June 11
September 17
December 10

*NOTE:
Late Registration

Registrations received during the first week of class will incur in an additional fee of $25 (valid for new and returning students). No registrations will be accepted after the first week of class.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be given after the first week of class. If a refund is requested during the first week of class, a $20 service fee will be applied and the refund will be prorated depending on the number of classes taken. Refunds will be sent via mail in the form of a check.

Holidays

Please note that our office is going to be closed, so there won’t be classes scheduled on the following dates:

–MLK Day – Monday, January 18
–Memorial Day – Monday, May 31
–Independence Day – Monday, July 5
–Labor Day – Monday, September 6
–Thanksgiving Week – November 24 to 26
–Christmas Week – December 22 to 24
–New Year’s Week – December 29 to 31

Schedule

Days

Hours

Morning classesSaturdays9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon classesSaturdays2 – 4:00 p.m.
Evening classesMondays and Wednesdays6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Evening classesTuesdays and Thursdays6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In-person Classes

Schedule and Programming

Weekday | 2 hours

Monday/Wednesday
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday/Thursday
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Classes start

Classes end

January 10
March 14
May 16
July 25
September 26
November 28
March 2
May 2
July 11
September 14
November 14
December 15

 

Saturday | 3 hours

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Classes start

Classes end

January 8
March 12
May 7
July 9
August 27
October 29
February 26
April 23
June 25
August 20
October 15
December 17

*NOTE:
Early Registration

If you are a Returning student and register for the next session no later than the last day of your current session, you will have a discount of $30 and pay $220.

Late Registration

Registrations received during the first week of class will incur in an additional fee of $25 (valid for new and returning students). No registrations will be accepted after the first week of class.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be given after the first week of class. If a refund is requested during the first week of class, a $20 service fee will be applied and the refund will be prorated depending on the number of classes taken. Refunds will be sent via mail in the form of a check.

Holidays

Please note that our office is going to be closed, so there won’t be classes scheduled on the following dates:

–MLK Day – Monday, January 18
–Memorial Day – Monday, May 31
–Independence Day – Monday, July 5
–Labor Day – Monday, September 6
–Thanksgiving Week – November 24 to 26
–Christmas Week – December 22 to 24
–New Year’s Week – December 29 to 31

Corporate Classes

We are Atlanta’s largest provider of language instruction for over 20 years.
We offer:

  • Instruction that develops strong language skills.
  • A customized curriculum designed for your company’s particular needs
  • Opportunity to improve cross-cultural communication.

CONTACT:

Private Classes

Our Private ESL classes offer high-quality, tailored instruction. Classes are taught by professional, native-speaking instructors and can be one-one-one or in group of two or three students in order to meet the student’s specific needs. At this moment, our classes are offered online only via Zoom.

CONTACT:

Meet Our Teachers

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Erika

As an immigrant and language learner myself, I know that learning English is hard and requires a lot of patience and practice. I love teaching ESL because I admire the hard work and dedication of my ESL students; they want what is best for themselves and their families.

Learn More about Erika Alcantar

Shidaun

I love connecting with others, learning about new cultures and sharing my own experiences. Teaching gives me an opportunity to connect with my students while giving them the tools they need to fulfill their dreams.

Learn More about Shidaun Campbell

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Rachel

I first became interested in teaching English as a Second Language as an undergraduate student, but I thought of it as something to do “someday in the future.” Still, teaching was something that I thought of often and I came to realize that it is not something that need be done in a distant land or time — there is a community of learners in my own backyard that I could serve. Thus, my journey began, and I have already been rewarded with many fulfilling experiences — from teaching English to the immigrant and refugee community in New York City to teaching a three-week intensive English program in Poland. My goal as a teacher is to continue to learn, develop, and challenge myself to meet the needs of my student communities and help them achieve their goals. I am committed to providing a supportive and positive learning environment, where students feel free to risks — and make mistakes. We all experience the same setbacks, frustrations, and joys in the learning process.

Learn More about Rachel L. Conrad

Carlos

I moved to the US in 1967 and learned English in Kindergarten (with the help of Sesame Street). There was no ESOL back then, but I had some terrific teachers that helped me learn and love reading. I see the same thing in some of my newcomers (whether in middle school or grown-ups) that I saw in myself. That desire to learn something new to help them grow. I love being a part of that.

Learn More about Carlos Delanuez

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Jane

I enjoy teaching ESL because I like to watch students develop skills in a second language. I had a great experience at GSU studying Applied Linguistics – the courses and professors provided us with so much useful information and so many great resources – and trying to actually apply what we were taught is a constant intellectual challenge.
I see myself as the “coach”, both in terms of helping students realize exactly what learning a second language entails (time, patience, study, a willingness to try to speak, etc.) as well as helping them realize that they are improving every day. I teach them that it’s not a linear process and that it’s not a quick process.
Besides enjoying the intellectual challenge of coaching students and trying to plan the best classes that I can, I enjoy the students themselves. I find out about their home countries as well as what is happening here in our local community, and I can follow how they are adjusting to their new life here. We become a family, and I am privileged to share this one part of their lives.

Learn More about Jane Fenn

Breck

I love teaching ESL because I learn so much from my students every day – more than I could ever express. Their unique backgrounds, stories, expertise, and perspectives help me grow and improve as a person, both personally and professionally. I love teaching ESL because I love my students!

Learn More about Breck Gordon

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Dr. Tamica

Education is my passion and I believe everyone deserves a quality education.

Learn More about Tamica Means

Lisa

I love teaching ESL because I enjoy learning about the life, culture and challenges around the world from a personal perspective.

Learn More about Lisa Porter

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Loretta

I enjoy introducing students of all levels to my native language as well as the culture and customs of our country. My lessons are a mix of the four language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, along with vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar. From my personal experience, a language is not truly learned until it can be used in real-life situations, so application of learned skills is always part of my instruction. Practice is very important so there is always ample time for my students to “”make the language their own.
My experience has shown that student-centered learning is the key to accessing language skills, so I try to get to know what is important to the individual. I encourage questions – clarifying information is key to language acquisition and fluency.
I have worked in the fields of adult education and corporate training for thirty years. I get great satisfaction teaching English to adults, because they come with a lifetime of experiences that they can share, using their developing language skills. I often feel like I learn at least as much about myself and the world-wide community as the students learn about English and our American culture.

Learn More about Loretta Siefferman

Jennifer

For me, it is all about student connection, which is especially important in the ESL classroom. I love learning about my students’ cultural and personal histories and incorporating that information into everyday learning. Adult learners are so eager to learn and engage, teaching at times seems effortless. ESL classes are also filled with constant learning that flows from teacher to student, student to teacher. I feel very fortunate to have learned so much from my students and about myself as a teacher as well.

Learn More about Jennifer Wallin

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Sarah

I love seeing the transformation that happens in students as they learn new concepts and become more confident in themselves.

Learn More about Sarah Wilkinson

ADULT EDUCATION COORDINATOR

ADULT EDUCATION MANAGER

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IMPORTANT: DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, IN-PERSON CLASSES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

We offer affordable, English-language online courses year-round weekdays and Saturdays in order to accommodate our students’ needs. Professionally trained and experienced teachers teach our classes. We offer eight levels:

  • Beginner (Intro, Level 1 and Level 2)
  • Intermediate (Level 3 and Level 4)
  • Advanced
  • Conversation
  • Literature

With a communication-based approach to language acquisition, students learn English grammar systematically, accompanied by writing, listening and conversational exercises. Students will also read newspaper articles, and watch videos in English followed by analysis and debate.

ESL online

New students need to take an online placement exam to find out their level of expertise. Once you complete your exam and can see your score, check below to see what level you are:

  • Basic: 0% – 49%
  • Level 1: 50% – 69%
  • Level 2: 70% – 79%
  • Level 3: 80% – 89%
  • Level 4: 90% – 99%
  • Advanced: 100%

ADULT EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Caitlin Webb
Latin American Association
404.982.6895
cwebb@thelaa.org

ADULT EDUCATION MANAGER
Patricia Saavedra
404.638.1837
psaavedra@thelaa.org

ONLINE CLASSES

Our Online classes are delivered by trained instructors, using Google Meet or Zoom.

2021 Calendar and programing: 

Weekday Classes

30 hours – 20 classes

(Twice a week for 10 weeks, 1.5 hours each class)

Saturday Classes

20 hours – 10 classes

(10 Saturdays, 2 hours each class)

Session Dates

January 11 – March 22

March 29 – June 7

June 14 – August 23

August 30 – November 8

November 9 – December 16  – End of the year workshops

Session Dates

January 9 – March 13

March 20 – May 22

June 5 – August 14

August 21 – October 30

November 6 – December 11  – End of the year workshops

SCHEDULE

Evening classes:

Mondays and Wednesdays  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

SCHEDULE

Morning classes:

Saturdays / 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon classes:

Saturdays / 2 – 4  p.m.

FEE

Tuition: $95*

FEE

Tuition: $70*

*NOTE:

Late Registration

Registrations received during the first week of class will incur in an additional fee of $25 (valid for new and returning students). No registrations will be accepted after the first week of class.

Refund Policy

If for some reason you are not able to attend your class, we are happy to offer a partial refund only if you make the request during the first week of class, via email to psaavedra@thelaa.org. After the first week, only special cases will be considered for partial refunds. Unless you request the refund within four (3) months after payment, no refunds will be given.

Holidays

Please note that our office is going to be closed, so there won’t be classes scheduled on the following dates:

–MLK Day – Monday, January 18

–Memorial Day – Monday, May 31

–Independence Day – Monday, July 5

–Labor Day – Monday, September 6

–Thanksgiving Week – November 24 to 26

–Christmas Week – December 22 to 24

–New Year’s Week – December 29 to 31

IN-PERSON CLASSES

Due to concerns of the spread of COVID-19, in-person classes have currently been cancelled until further notice. We are currently offering virtual private ESL instruction, group classes and workshops. For more information on our ESL program, please contact our adult education coordinator, Caitlin Webb, cwebb@thelaa.org

Weekly Classes

TBD

Saturday Classes

20 Hours

10 Weeks (2 hours class once a Week)

Session Dates

TBD

Session Dates

January 11 – March 22

SCHEDULE

TBD

SCHEDULE

INTRO LEVEL ONLY

Afternoon Classes

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

FEE

Tuition: $95*

FEE

Tuition: $70*

*NOTE:

Early Registration

If you are a Returning student and register for the next session no later than the last day of your current session, you will have a discount of $5 and pay $90.

Late Registration

Registrations received during the first week of class will incur in an additional fee of $25 (valid for new and returning students). No registrations will be accepted after the first week of class.

Refund Policy

If for some reason you are not able to attend your class, we are happy to offer a partial refund only if you make the request during the first week of class, via email to psaavedra@thelaa.org. After the first week, only special cases will be considered for partial refunds. Unless you request the refund within four (3) months after payment, no refunds will be given.

Holidays

Please note that our office is going to be closed, so there won’t be classes scheduled on the following dates:

–MLK Day – Monday, January 18

–Memorial Day – Monday, May 31

–Independence Day – Monday, July 5

–Labor Day – Monday, September 6

–Thanksgiving Week – November 24 to 26

–Christmas Week – December 22 to 24

–New Year’s Week – December 29 to 31

CORPORATE CLASSES

We are Atlanta’s largest provider of language instruction for over 20 years. We offer:

Instruction that develops strong language skills.

A customized curriculum designed for your company’s particular needs

Opportunity to improve cross-cultural communication.

CONTACT:

Caitlin Webb

cwebb@thelaa.org

404.982.6895

PRIVATE CLASSES

Our Private ESL classes offer high-quality, tailored instruction. Classes are taught by professional, native-speaking instructors and can be one-one-one or in group of two or three students in order to meet the student’s specific needs. At this moment, our classes are offered online only via Zoom.

CONTACT:

Patricia Saavedra

psaavedra@thelaa.org

404.638.1837

Hello! My name is Ms. Erika Alcantar Anguiano, and I am one of the English instructors at the Latin American Association. I was born in Uriangato, Guanajuato, Mexico, but I have been living in Georgia since 2002. I graduated from Georgia State University (GSU) in spring 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics and a minor in French and again in summer 2020 with a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics. I have had the opportunity to teach English to a variety of students in different places such as adults in Gainesville, children in Mexico, international students at GSU, and adults online. In my free time, I like to learn and practice other languages.

Hello! My students call me “Super Teacher Shidaun”. I’m a Certified TEFL teacher with 9+ years of teaching experience and am currently pursuing a Master’s in Education with a specialization in ESL. For over 6 years, I’ve been teaching children and adults online. I speak multiple languages including basic Portuguese and Spanish. I am also a published author and I enjoy dancing, singing and writing. I believe that education should be fun and informative and I enjoy making my students smile. I look forward to seeing you in my class!

Rachel Conrad is an English-language coach for immigrant and international students and has experience teaching English in the United States and abroad. Since earning a certificate in English language teaching from the New School in 2016, she has taught at the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw, Poland; at The International Center and the New York English Academy in New York City; and with the College of Staten Island's English Language Institute (ELI) "Cultural Bridge" program, based in Peru. She will complete her MA TESOL degree at Hunter College, NYC, in December 2021.

I have been a teacher for 22 years. I started teaching in 2000 in Orlando, Florida where I taught 5th grade for 7 years. We made the move to Georgia in 2007 where I taught 5th grade and 3rd grade before moving to my current assignment as an ESOL middle school teacher in 2016. I graduated from the University of Central Florida with my BS in Elementary Education and from Walden University with a Masters in Math and Reading Education. I've been married since 1994, I have 3 daughters; one of whom is starting her first year as a Kindergarten teacher this year (2021). I love building model airplanes, playing guitar, reading, and biking and hiking.

"I began a second career in ESL about eight years ago. First, I completed my CELTA certification in Mexico City in 2012, then I completed my Master’s in Applied Linguistics at GSU in Atlanta in 2018.
I have a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas and have studied Spanish at the Latin American Association here in Atlanta for several years. I’m currently studying Spanish (via Skype) with a private tutor who lives in Argentina to try to improve my fluency!
In my first career, I worked in a biomedical research environment with people from all over the world. It was interesting to interact with non-native English speakers on a daily basis and it was educational to see how their lives here in the U.S. were affected by their English language proficiency.
In the last eight years, I taught ESL for Literacy Action of Atlanta, for Speak, Inc., in Norcross, and for Conexion Training, in Duluth. I also interned at the International Refugee Committee, where I did my research study for my Master’s degree. I’ve taught Korean, Cambodian, Mexican, Guatemalan, Nicaraguan, Honduran, Venezuelan, Colombian, Uruguayan, Brazilian, Chinese, Afghan, Belarusian, and Syrian students.
When I finished my Master’s degree in 2018, I began teaching ESL at the Latin American Association. I’ve taught Intro, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. I’m currently teaching a Level 2 class on Saturday via Zoom. The students are all from Central or South America and most are from Mexico, Venezuela, or Colombia.

Hi! I am an ESL teacher, personal trainer, event planner, and stand-up comedian in New York City. I started teaching ESL as a volunteer and loved it so much that I went back to school and made it my full-time job. I specialize in community-based programs and low-literacy learners. I am currently learning Spanish and preparing to go back to school (again!) to study linguistics.

I am a global educator who has worked in academia on the secondary and collegiate level. My educational training includes earning a doctorate in Humanities from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s in Business at Troy State University, and a bachelors in Communications from The University of Akron. I have been in the field of education for 9 years and working with ESOL students for 3 years. I am also a former United States Army Reserves Officer.

Lisa Porter is a resident of the state of Georgia, USA. Lisa received her Associates Degree in Management Studies from the University of Maryland Asia, her Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies and History from the University of Maryland Europe, a Certificate in Accounting from Gwinnett Technical College and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Ashworth College.
Before beginning her work in Education and corporate America, Lisa’s family traveled with the military to Jacksonville, FL, Charleston, SC, Misawa, Japan and Spangdahlem, Germany where she served 3 years as PTA President and worked for Family Advocacy as a Program Coordinator. As a program Coordinator, she provided services and resources for military families with domestic challenges. Since relocating to the metro Atlanta area, in 2002, Lisa has worked for Gwinnett County Government, Publix, Bank of America and VWR International in various roles obtaining many skills, which she utilizes in her career today.
In 2016, Lisa obtained her Global TESOL Certification from the University of Georgia. In 2020, she obtained her TEFL Certification. As evident in the commitment to her local community and yearly mission trips to Honduras, Lisa enjoys helping others. In 2017, Lisa traveled to Capitol Hill as an English Language Learner Advocate to talk with her state representatives about support and recognition of English Language Learners in the State of Georgia.

"I am originally from Michigan and had the opportunity to learn my second language (French when my family moved to Montreal. Since that time, I have also worked on my Spanish skills, through classes in Atlanta and Costa Rica. I earned my BA in English from Emory University and received my TESOL certification from Seattle University Graduate School Of Education. I have instructed and managed language classes and programs since 2001, (for The Latin American Association and Catholic Charities Atlanta) and have worked with students from over 70 countries. I have also undergone numerous trainings provided by the USCIS for assisting instructors who are preparing students for citizenship (both in Atlanta and Washington, DC). I successfully completed the Basic Immigration Law Course (40 hours plus exam) offered by the Immigrant Pathway Institute and have assisted naturalization applicants at numerous activities and citizenship events for the New Americans Campaign in Atlanta and Miami .

After making a conscious decision in late 2018 to refocus my career and life goals, I obtained my Master's degree in English Language Instruction from my alma mater, Arizona State University, where I also received my Bachelor's degree in English Literature. I have volunteered with New American Pathways, teaching basic English to newcomers and have also spent the last year and a half interning with the International Rescue Committee as a lead ESL Instructor. In addition to my role at LAA, I work with Catholic Charities Atlanta providing morning ESL instruction to enrolled Adult Learners. I love incorporating "outside -of-the-box" instructional tasking including teaching with music and video, instilling pronunciation practice and drills, and introducing American classic literature to new learners. Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband, 12 year old daughter, 5 year old step daughter, and of course our 2 dogs and 5 cats. I am an avid gardener and also try to make time to see friends at the occasional happy hour or live music event.

Shortly after graduating from the University of Georgia with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Spanish, I traveled to Costa Rica to get a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). When I moved to New York City a couple of years later, it was this certificate that landed me my first job at Kaplan International on the 63rd floor of the Empire State Building. I continued to teach there as I obtained my Master's in Public Health from Columbia University. After taking a few years hiatus, I made my way back into the classroom through a part-time position with the New York Public Library. In 2017, I moved to Atlanta and discovered the Latin American Association. I knew it was a place I wanted to work. I have been teaching at LAA since January 2018 and have thoroughly enjoyed the many students I’ve had in my class over the years. In teaching, my hope has always been that students learn as much from my classes as I learn from them.