We strive to meet the language needs of the community and those searching for language classes in Nashville and surrounding areas. CALA offers services to a variety of audiences. Please use the links noted below to see what services suit you best.
CALA's language-learning courses are ideal for adults of all ages and backgrounds. Our language classes are available for ages 13 and up. Middle-schoolers are also welcome if accompanied by an adult. We offer cutting-edge language instruction based on brain research. That means that you will learn a foreign language much faster than in a traditional language class. We deliberately make our courses FUN and engaging so that you don’t even realize you are learning the new language!
Maybe you’re an adult looking to study a foreign language for the first time or as a refresher. You may be a high-school or college student looking to get a head start with the language you're learning in school. Our classes are perfect for any student. We design them to help you get moving at an accelerated pace in a very short time. The CALA Language Institute offers Spanish classes and a variety of other foreign language classes each summer. So, come join us!
- Current student reference: Shelley Thomas' Classroom Site (Middle Tennessee State University)
Schools and School Systems
Workshops / Professional Development / Coaching / Consultation
CALA offers professional development workshops for the teaching and learning of world languages, including English as a Second Language (ESL). Our training methods are based on brain research with special attention to delivering comprehensible input in the classroom. TPR (Total Physical Response) and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) are considered by experts like Dr. Stephen Krashen to be the most effective comprehensible input tools for first langauge (FL) and ESL. At CALA, we provide workshops focusing on these tools and the brain research behind them. Three levels of workshops are available along with consultation:
- Level 1 - Demonstration Workshop (3.0 hours)
This is ideal for schools or school systems that are interested in seeing an effective model for teaching world languages in the classroom via comprehensible input. The demonstrations take the full three hours, including one hour for TPR and two hours for TPRS. The demonstrations are fun, engaging and participants tell us they can remember these demonstrations for years. They allow both teachers and administrators to experience and understand together the power and effectiveness of using highly organized comprehensible input in the classroom. For Q&A and an in-depth explanation of how TPR and TPRS work, see level 2.
Level 2 - Explanation / Q&A Workshop (≥ 12.0 hours) For a full explanation and beginning practice of the basic skills needed to create comprehensible input using TPR/TPRS, CALA recommends a minimum of 12.0 hours (TPR - 6.0, TPRS - 6.0) of professional development. This includes the demonstration and the explanation of the key skills. These 12 hours can be divided into 2 days or as desired by the participating organization. Subject matter can also be tailored to meet the needs of schools and/or their counties or districts.
- Level 3 - Coaching Workshop (≥ 3.0 hours)
(Pre-Requisite: Workshops 1 and 2) Coaching is about more individualized skill development. CALA will work with teachers as individuals or as groups either to develop their lesson plans or to refine their skills delivering comprehensible input in the classroom.
- Level 4 - Consultation (≥ 3.0 hours)
Some schools have staff trained in using comprehensible input but need individual attention for curriculum and/or content development. Consultation is provided on a per/hour basis to help schools or school systems fit the content to existing standards and develop lesson plans.
Teacher In-Service Training Fee: $250/hour ($750 minimum) plus $100/day for travel/incidentals if outside Rutherford County, Tennessee. Please email or call us at 615-898-5757 to discuss a workshop that is just right for you!
CALA supports teachers in their professional development and their mission to bring more effective language instruction into their classrooms. That is why we offer a methodology workshop to teachers during our Summer Language Institute. The workshop is aimed at training teachers how to use comprehensible input tools like TPR and TPRS in their own classrooms. Details for this workshop as well as CALA language-learning materials (i.e., workbooks) can be found on CALA's Marketplace/Registration Page (available summer only).
Methodology Course for Graduate Students (FL 6900 available only during Spring semester at MTSU)
This course is aimed at graduate students and language teachers who wish to enhance their ability and need graduate credit. The purpose is to train you how to use tools like TPR and TPRS which provide comprehensible input in the classroom.
CALA recognizes teachers' need for training and support to successfully implement comprehensible input strategies in their classrooms. We welcome you to read more about how to become a certified practitioner of TPR/TPRS and other brain-based comprehensible input methods through CALA's Teacher Certification Program.
Homeschooling, Community, & Business Groups
The Latino population in Tennessee is growing rapidly. This increases the need for the community and businesses to understand Spanish for basic communication and business transactions. CALA has partnered with government and industry groups to provide an accelerated, entertaining, and highly effective language-learning experience ideal for busy professionals.
We also offer corporate language training programs for groups. We can deliver on-site training to suit your schedule. CALA offers group language training options for others within the community such as churches, schools, homeschooling co-ops, and more. Please email or call us at 615-898-5757 to discuss a customized language training solution for your business or group.
ESL (English as a Second Language)
CALA provides ESL instruction on a limited basis to individuals and groups. Please contact us for availability and additional detail.