Berges Institute becomes the first American language school to launch interactive online group courses
NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Learning a language is making mistakes and using it in real situations – and that’s what Institut des Berges is about to go live for the first time in the United States.
The Spanish-language school, which includes campuses in New York and Chicago, is poised to expand nationally and digitally with the launch of its interactive online group courses.
The online launch is the first of its kind in the United States and comes as Spanish continues to grow in importance and influence. According to a study published by the Instituto Cervantes, there are 41 million native Spanish speakers in the United States and an additional 11.6 million who are bilingual.
This puts the United States ahead of Colombia and Spain in terms of Spanish speakers, and just behind Mexico. Experts estimate that the United States will have 138 million Spanish speakers by 2050, making it the largest Spanish-speaking nation on the planet, with Spanish being the mother tongue of almost a third of its citizens.
Founder of Institut Berges Dan Bergès said the online capabilities will allow anyone from coast to coast to hone their Spanish skills through exciting use of technology.
“Students will be able to see and interact like a regular classroom, but all from the comfort of their own homes, and that’s the really exciting part,” he said. “Online courses will allow our students to learn in a more relaxed setting without compromising the quality of teaching. We are very happy to bring the same experience as in person online.
All levels will be available in the online course and will mirror the curriculum offered in the physical classrooms. The 90-minute classes will run weekly for 10 weeks and will follow the Graf method: a logic-based system that takes advantage of the oral skills that students already have in their native language to teach Spanish.
“Technology allows us to break down barriers and overcome distance to teach people new skills,” Berges added.
About Institut Berges
Institut des Berges offers both group Spanish lessons and private lessons for adults. The school, which opened its campus in New York in 2013, uses its own pedagogical approach called the Graf method.