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 teacher 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 the most popular comprehensible input tools on which CALA customarily gives workshops. Three levels of workshops are available:
- Level 1 - Demonstration(3.0 hours)
This is ideal for schools or school systems that are interested in adopting a new model for teaching world languages in the classroom. Our methods are based on using comprehensible input in the classroom (e.g., with tools like TPR and TPRS). The purpose of the Demonstration Workshop is to expose teachers and administrators to the power and effectiveness of using highly organized and comprehensible input in the classroom. We do this by conducting the demonstration in a language unknown to participants (usually Chinese or Japanese). That way they can have the actual experience of what it is like to acquire a new language through comprehensible input and at an accelerated pace.
- Level 2 - Teacher In-Service Training / Teacher Professional Development - Introduction to Comprehensible Input(≥ 12.0 hours) For a full explanation and beginning practice of the basic skills needed to use TPR/TPRS, CALA recommends a minimum of 12.0 hours (TPR - 6.0, TPRS - 6.0) of teacher in-service training. That can be divided 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 - Teacher In-Service Training / Teacher Professional Development - Coaching(≥ 3.0 hours)
(Pre-Requisite: Introduction to Comprehensible Input) Coaching is about 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 contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 contact us as at email@example.com 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and additional detail.