About LALC

Latin American Language Center is a Spanish language school in Chicago that provides Spanish lessons to adults through a fun and immersive experience. LALC was founded by Mara Bogado Poisson, who is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, using the latest methodologies from Europe. 

Over 40 Years of Teaching

Spanish Lessons for Adults in an Immersive Environment!

We encourage you to take Spanish courses with us here at LALC because our tutors, our style, and our mission go above and beyond that of any ordinary language school. Our goal is to build a Spanish-speaking community where you can come learn from instructors that are native Spanish speakers, meet great friends, and live the real Latin American culture. Check our Socials to learn more about our events and philosophy. 


Why Learn With Us?


Learn from people not books

We apply the grammar into a conversation. Grammar is important but only factors into 30% of becoming fluent. The rest of Spanish fluency is acquired by practicing and through immersion in real time social situations. 


Events to Meet Native Spanish Speakers

Speaking is the number one way to improve your Spanish. We hosts various social events for you to meet and practice with native Spanish speakers. Can’t attend on of our events due to conflicting schedules? No worries, our staff at LALC is committed to providing the full immersive experience and we will gladly pair you with a native speaker to work with one-on-one.


No Extra Cost for Materials

The price of the course includes the materials, both printed and digital.


Laid Back and Fun Classes

We have beer on tap, and prizes when we play games in Spanish. Our classes are tailored to young professionals who want to learn quickly through one-on-one communication and want to connect with people. 

Spanish Lessons in Chicago


Our Team

Head of LALC

Mara Bogado Poisson

Founder & Certified Spanish teacher. Mara was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Daughter of immigrants from Paraguay and now an immigrant in this country as well. Her personal mission is to value and enjoy this short life as a human. Find stability and variety through business. Love myself and connect with people. Grow as a person learning from my mistakes, accept myself, contribute with my strengths.

  • Spanish
  • English


Illana Polak

Is originally from New York and speaks Hebrew and Spanish. She is our event coordinator and helps us host our events and improve our curriculum.
She has a Bachelors degree in Social Studies, and she is very committed to help the community.

Spanish teacher

Elvia Carreon

Originally from Mexico, Elvia is one of our Spanish teachers. She helps us with social media and the curriculum. She is studying Media in the Art Institute of Chicago. She is bilingual in Spanish and English perfectly. She received a grant to study at the University, is very smart, and involved with the Hispanic Community. 

  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Spanish


What Our Students Say


Sarah H.

If you are looking for Spanish classes – this is the spot. 

Spanish Lessons in Chicago

I took 3-4 years of Spanish in middle and high school and haven’t “formally” studied since. I practiced on Duolingo a bit but noticed that my speaking and listening weren’t improving very much on a trip abroad.

I signed up for classes at LALC and instantly started progressing in my Spanish. The classes are 100% speaking and listening so you get an immersive experience for 2 hours a week. They also tell you how to best practice during the week so you can continue to learn after class.

LALC combined with Duolingo helped me greatly improve my vocab, listen, and feel confident speaking. 

Highly highly highly recommend.

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