Grand Junction man teaches Spanish classes to locals
WHAT: Spanish Now
WHERE: 560 Main St., Grand Junction
COST: $90 for eight-week course, $30 per hour private lesson
Sarah Voorhees, a Grand Junction resident, is in the process of adopting two children from a Spanish-speaking country.
“I want to be able to speak with them once we get them to our home,” she said.
So, she started taking lessons from Grand Valley resident, Alberto Alfaro.
Alfaro not only teaches Spanish at Juniper Ridge Community School, but he also teaches adults the language with his business — Spanish Now.
“I highly suggest anyone to get in there and try it,” Voorhees said. “It’s a great experience and you never feel awkward when speaking. He makes it fun.”
Originally from Monterey, Mexico, Alfaro moved to Grand Junction in 2007 because his wife, Megan, is native to the area. In 2010, he began teaching Spanish out of his home. Since then, he has served more than 300 residents including doctors, lawyers, and retired couples who are interested in traveling to South America and other Spanish-speaking countries.
“Teaching is very rewarding for me,” Alfaro said. “It’s the most rewarding when a student tells me how they have used what they have learned.”
Alfaro has been teaching for more than a decade. He originally taught English as a second language at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Tec de Monterrey for short). He is also a graduate of the school.
Alfaro offers private and small, multi-person classes. Group classes, typically teaching four to five students, are $90 for an eight-week course. Private lessons cost $30 per hour.
An eight-week course won’t make one fluent, but is a good start, he explained. Classes over a few years time would be needed to master the language.
“I’m realistic in my teachings,” he said. “It’s hard work for both student and teacher, but the outcome is satisfying.”
Only Spanish is spoken during lessons, which is different from high school and college courses.
“It’s more of a mimic method since that’s how we all learn our first language,” he added.
“Alberto is so kind and thorough,” Voorhees said. “He is really good at making sure you know the things you need to know.”
When not teaching Spanish to his students, Alfaro enjoys being with his five children (all under age 8) and playing sports, like soccer.
For more information about Spanish Now, visit http://www.gjspanishnow.com.
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