Clay Reis Area General Manager, Georgia Pacific Waxahachie, Huntsville, Cleveland, Spanish student
I have an organization of 350 employees with sites primarily in the South (Alabama and Tennessee) and South West (Texas). I have found over the years that our workforce is getting more and more diversified. Working with the Chattanooga School of Language has been a great way to improve my language skills so that I can communicate effectively with employees. I have also found that you can’t learn a language without learning the culture as well. Being able to relate and understand other cultures has been an advantage in finding and retaining a talented work force.
The Language School’s ability to offer one-on-one teaching for a more intimate and focused sessions has been effective for me and my learning. After an initial 1st class, my Instructor was able to customize the subsequent classes to focus on my weakness and on the parts of the language I need most for doing business.
For people who are serious about putting in the time and effort to learn a new language and culture, I have found the Chattanooga School of Language to be a fabulous investment in myself and my business.
Jeff Richmond President, Roadtec, German student
Because of my new legal status as Managing Director of my corporations operation in northern Germany and given my heavy travel requirements, I opted for private German lessons through Chattanooga School of Language. My instructor has been great about working around my busy schedule, and she has done an excellent job of not only teaching the language, but she’s also brought to my classes German language business news topics that help me relate to my professional world. Well worth the investment for me and my firm.
Lauren Gauthey German student
I began taking German classes at CSOL to better communicate with my husband’s family, but I never anticipated having so much fun in the process. It’s wonderful to be in a learning environment again after graduating from college a few years ago. I have learned far more in the last nine months at CSOL than I could have on my own and have loved every minute of it!
Frank Williamson Parent of two children in a CSL customized/family language class; French language student
To prepare my children for a trip to visit relatives in France, we signed them up for weekly French lessons at CSL. Eventually, with another father and daughter, I joined the class myself. The family experience of learning French together has been wonderful, and it has given us new, shared experiences (and words!) to enjoy at home. Cécile Lainé is a very talented teacher who works harder on preparing for class than I would expect of any teacher. Learning from her is interactive, interesting, engaging. She is a joy. I recommend CSL to anyone — child or adult –who is interested in learning a new language or improving their foreign language skills.
Jessica Cliché Parent of a child in a CSL after-school language program
I’ve been trying to find a fun, interactive Spanish class for my daughter for a long time. Time and distance were an issue until the Chattanooga School of Language came to my daughter’s school! My daughter is learning Spanish and having fun with it. She comes home excited about new words, and she’s also learning about different countries and activities that make her curious about the language. She was not very enthusiastic about Spanish before, but I’m a firm believer that learning another language will open opportunities and increase her exposure to other cultures and countries. Thank you so much for bringing the program to her school and giving me the opportunity to expose her to my native language through this wonderful program.
James McKissic Director of Office of Multicultural Affairs, City of Chattanooga
City government has worked with the Chattanooga School of Language (CSL) over the past four years to offer Spanish classes to our employees, police officers, and firefighters. This partnership has improved our front line interactions with the public. We have also used CSL translation services on City documents and interpretation services when hosting international delegations. CSL is an amazing partner and one of the businesses we rely on to make sure that Chattanooga is a welcoming City.
Jeremy Roerdink Principal at Fairyland Elementary School
Fairland Elementary School is the first school in the state of Georgia to implement a Spanish program during the school day for preschool aged children. This program is provided by Chattanooga School of Language.
Based on research, now is the time to expose children to other languages. We didn’t want to wait until high school for them to start learning. The Chattanooga School of Language effectively integrates Spanish into the current curriculum of our classroom teacher. It’s a perfect blend – taking what the kids are familiar with and adding Spanish. I’m very pleased with the progress of the children and plan to expand the program to kindergarten next school year. I hope this can be a model for other schools can explore.
Morgan Lingerfelt Lead Preschool Teacher at Fairyland Elementary School
The Chattanooga School of Language has been awesome to have in my classroom. The immersion technique they use has taught my students not only Spanish words, but also some literacy skills associated with a second language. As a teacher, watching my students at first struggle and now to understand and interact with these awesome teachers has been amazing.