About LALC

Latin American Language Center is a Spanish language company in Chicago who teaches Spanish to adults in an immersive and fun experience. The organization was founded by Mara Bogado Poisson from Buenos Aires Argentina with the latest methodologies from Europe. 

Over 40 Years of Teaching

Spanish lessons for adults in an immersive environment!

Take Spanish courses in Chicago with us because our tutors, our style, and our mission is more than just a language school. It is about building a Spanish-speaking community where you can come learn from native Spanish teachers, meet great friends, and live the real Latin American Language Culture. Check our Socials in order to better understand our events and philosophy and also read our reviews.

CHOOSE US

Why Learn With Us?

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Learn from people not books

We apply the grammar into the conversation. Grammar is important but is only 30% of becoming fluent. The rest of Spanish fluency is practicing and immersion in the real world. 

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Events to meet Spanish native speakers

Speaking is the number one way to improve your Spanish. We offer socials to meet and practice with Spanish native speakers and if you cannot attend, we give the resources to find native speakers.

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No extra cost on materials

The price of the course includes the materials: printed and digital.

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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. 

STAFF

Our Administration

Principal

Mara Bogado Poisson

Founder & Certified Spanish teacher. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Daughter of immigrants from Paraguay and now an immigrant from this country as well. Her personal mission is “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

eVENT COORDINATOR

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

TESTIMONIALS

What Our Students Say

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Sarah H.

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

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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