Our goal is to enable our students to speak the target language with proficiency in the shortest time possible. At CPLI, our students will start speaking a new language from the very first class. Over time, our talented teachers will help you master the language.
We have devised two strategies to achieve this goal: First, students are instructed to use the targeted language as much as possible; second, our teachers use the Pyramid Drill Method, which enables students to establish an instinctive response to the new language very quickly. The structure of our language courses is comprised of the following:
- Five levels of study
- Four terms per level
- 30 class hours per term
- Eight- or fifteen-week terms
- Payments: Fees are payable in advance for the entire session and must be paid in full to secure registration.
- Withdrawal: A student who wishes to withdraw from a course must notify the CPLC office in writing before the first day of the class for a refund.
- Cancellations: Group classes and semi-private classes may not be canceled or rescheduled. Private classes may be rescheduled as long as the student notifies the school at least one business day (24 hours) in advance. Without such notification, the student will be charged in full for missed class time. Properly canceled private classes may be made up at a future date, but only within the term.
- Location: CP Language is conveniently located two blocks from Columbus Circle in midtown Manhattan, NYC. We can also arrange on-site instruction at your home or office within the New York metropolitan area.
- Level 1 (Elementary) Introduction to conversational essentials with an emphasis on pronunciation, basic grammar and vocabulary, and sentence construction.
- Level 2 (Elementary-Intermediate) Intensive conversational practice, which aids in increasing grammar and vocabulary skills and developing sentence structure. For non-Latin character languages, further practice involves writing in the target language.
- Level 3 (Intermediate) Introduction of more complex syntactic structure with an emphasis on conversational skills and comprehension. Class discussion concentrates on everyday topics and vocabulary. Introduction to text reading.
- Level 4 (Intermediate-Advanced) Completion of core grammar and vocabulary of the language. Refinement of speaking style through intense conversational practice. Introduction to newspaper reading.
- Level 5 (Advanced) Continued development for refined understanding of grammar and conversational fluency, paying close attention to idiomatic use of language and regional differences. Class reading materials selected from contemporary and classical texts to provide an in-depth understanding of the culture(s) in which the language is used.