SPANISH LESSONS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
Monolingual Tongue Today
Bilingual Mind Tomorrow
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 8AM - 5:30PM Pacific Time
Kiddos Lingua. After School Program
Spanish class for kindergarters to 5th graders who attend Desert Sands Unified School District. Communicative method. Space is limited to 25 kids. First come, first served!
Location: James Monroe Elementary School. Room 805. 42-100 Yucca Lane, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203.
Spanish Adult Lessons
One-on-one classes designed for adult students. Personalized instruction face-to-face or via Skype from a teacher with a master's degree during a weekly session (1hr and 30min. or 2hr). Programs: Prisma Latinoamericano and Tejidos for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.
Location: Office. 51400 Avenida Ramirez, La Quinta, CA 92253
Who We Are
Cruz Language Academy is a private school that offers Spanish lessons for kids and adults. Elementary school kids receive Spanish instruction at Kiddos Lingua: after school program, a class group limited to 25 students.We teach adults one-on-one and face-to-face in our office in La Quinta or online via Skype. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels are open from late August to mid June for kids and adults alike.
We are highly qualified teachers who hold Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Spanish. have teaching credentials, and 20+ years of experience. Our teaching methods focus on practicing , practicing, and practicing Spanish from day one using the experiential methodology and the communicate approach. We center in the real proficiency of the student improving his listening, reading-comprehension, writing, speaking, and Spanish grammar.
Since 2013, we have been helping students to succeed in learning Spanish, whether it is for travel, business, or personal growth. The company core values stand by the Cruz Language Academy acronym (CLA):
To provide the highest academic standards for learning Spanish using the most effective methodologies in a student-centered approach.
To teach Spanish based on rigor and excellence in a cross cultural philosophy.
To make sure that students master the Spanish language in terms of fluency and fully acquisition.
Yipsy De Armas, B.S. in Special Education and Teaching (2001)
Mrs. De Armas was born and raised in a Latin American country and speaks Spanish fluently. As the youngest daughter of Spanish immigrants from the Canary Islands, she understands the differences between the Spanish from Spain and Latin America. She grew up in a monolingual environment and only learned English as a foreign language in middle and high school. That challenge fueled her desire of speaking English to her daughter since she was a toddler. When Mrs. De Armas and her family moved to the United States, she wanted to raise a bilingual daughter while maintaining her Spanish heritage, traditions, and culture. This was the first seed to start Kiddos Lingua: After School Program. Yipsy really wanted to share her Hispanic heritage with her daughter's classmates after school hours.
She is very passionate about teaching Spanish to small kids through interactive activities, songs, games, storytelling, theatrical performances, and art. Her bachelor's degree in Education and Teaching plus fifteen years of experience, have given her the tools to encourage kids to speak Spanish since childhood. Therefore, all the students in Kiddos Lingua are growing up as bilingual individuals under Mrs. De Armas' guidance. They have one little body and two big souls: English and Spanish.
Luis Miguel Cruz, M.A. in Teaching Spanish (2017)
Mr. Cruz was born and raised in a Latin American country and speaks Spanish fluently. He is the grandson of an immigrant from Asturias, Spain. Spanish has been his truly passion since childhood participating in innumerable contests at the local and national level. At the age of fourteen, he won the Golden Medal at the National Spanish Contest for secondary school students. A few years later, Mr. Cruz had the opportunity to attend college and studied Spanish Language and Literature. He graduated with honors and a summa cum laude degree as a Spanish teacher in 2000. He is been working in the educational field for more than sixteen years, mostly as a college professor.
In the United States, Mr. Cruz has pursued graduate studies at Humboldt State University and University of California San Diego earning his teaching credentials in Spanish. He holds Master's degree in Teaching Spanish from the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain. Because he wanted to raise a bilingual daughter, he created Kiddos Lingua: After School Program during the 2015-16 school year. Working together with Mrs. De Armas and their daughter Lauren is one of the most rewarding experiences in Luis' personal and professional live.
Our proven method to teach Spanish as a second language is called TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). This scientific-based method was first developed by Spanish professor Blain Ray in the 1990's based on Dr. Stephen Krashen's theory of comprehensible input. The theory states that individuals acquire another language only when messages are fully comprehend.
Cruz Language Academy teachers develop a bilingual approach (English and Spanish) taking advantages of the learners' strengths with the objective of minimizing their weak areas at the foundation level. Once students acquire the basics, lessons are taught entirely in their second language from beginning to advanced levels. The communicate and experiential learning methods are at the center of our methodology.
PRIVATE SPANISH LESSONS
- One-on-one sessions tailoring an individual's needs.
- How many sessions? 4 or 5 according to each calendar month.
- How long? 90 or 120min.
- When? Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 3:30PM from late August through mid June. Summer off.
- Where? Teacher's office.
- Face to Face: Spanish teacher delivers the lecture to the student in the same physical location at the same time.
- Virtual Learning: Spanish teacher and student are in different locations at the same time via Skype.
- Blended: Face to face and virtual learning combined. Online practice with the Spanish instructor's supervision .
How It Works
In 3 Simple Steps:
I) Click PAY TUITION.
II) Prepay your language service.
III) You will receive a confirmation email and a phone call with details about your language program.
Learning Spanish with us is always fun and engaging!