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21 years in business
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This is the best place to go if you want to learn Spanish! Really!! Raquel’s approach of interactive classes really works! And they are fun!! In the past I took different Spanish courses, but for the first time, I feel I can interact very comfortably in a foreign language, even on business trips. I feel bilingual now! :) ¡Gracias!Aug 17, 2017
I had a great time taking private lessons with Raquel this spring. I worked with Raquel to prepare for a trip to South America as a college student. Raquel is very kind and helpful, and she has a great sense of humor! I learned more Spanish in 4 weeks at Arriba! Spanish (7 hours of lessons per week) than I had in 8 years of school! I hope to get a chance to take more lessons with her in the future - highly recommend!Aug 7, 2017
I have studied Spanish in Guatemala, Spain and in the U.S. I have been enjoying my lessons with Raquel for the past three months. Classes with her are very similar to the small, private language schools that I attended when I was abroad. Going to her classes is like being in a Spanish-speaking country. Raquel is very approachable and easy to understand. I love listening to her talk in Spanish, and her explanations are clear and precise. I would recommend Raquel's Spanish classes to anyone who loves the Spanish culture and language.Aug 5, 2017
My friend and I were inspired to study Spanish after exploring the Inca Trail. We have taken 16 lessons so far with Raquel and it has been terrific. The teaching method she uses is great in helping you learn and retain new vocabulary and verb conjugation. I also really liked her emphasis on proper pronunciation from day one. I majored in Italian and have studied Spanish and Chinese before and this was by far the best and most effective language instruction I have ever received. I plan to continue with my Spanish classes until I become fluent in Spanish. Raquel, gracias y nos vemos pronto!Aug 4, 2017
My friend and I were inspired to learn Spanish after exploring the Inca Trail. We took 16 lessons with Raquel, and it was terrific. The teaching method she uses is great in helping you learn and retain new vocabulary and verb conjugation. I also really liked her emphasis on proper pronunciation from day one. I majored in Italian and have studied Spanish and Chinese before, and this was by far the best and most effective language instruction I have ever received. I plan to continue with my Spanish classes until I'm fully fluent. Raquel, gracias, y nos vemos pronto!Aug 4, 2017
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Yes, the cost for four, one-hour long one-to-one lessons is $180. For six one-hour, semi-private group lessons for a group of 2: $180 per student. For six 75-minute, semi-private group lessons for a group of 3: $180 per student. For six 90-minute, semi-private group lessons for a group of 4 to 5: $160 per student. Then, I offer group Spanish courses, with a maximun of eight students per group, from beginner to advanced. The courses run for four consecutive weeks, with two classes per week. The cost is $190 per course. You can find more information on upcoming courses at arriba-spanish.com/spanishclasstimetable.html
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?The first thing I do is ask about the student's needs, and identify the skills we need to work on, and do a short level test. Then, we talk about our schedules, to agree on possible times to have the lessons, and how many lessons per week he/she needs, or can take. Then, I give him/her a quote for the amount of lessons she/he wants to take. And we are ready to start whenever the student is ready.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I hold a Bachelors degree in Education from the Complutense university in Madrid (Spain), and a Masters degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, from the university of Jaen (Spain). I have been a Spanish teacher for 20 years, in Australia and in the U.S.