Spanish Classes for Teens

Parent Q&A

Spanish camp/class for 12 year old Mar 27, 2019 (1 responses below)
Spanish 3 on Skype or online Aug 10, 2017 (1 responses below)
  • Spanish camp/class for 12 year old

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    Does anyone know of a Spanish group class or summer immersion camp for pre-teens? EBI summer camps only go up to 2nd grade. I find it hard to believe there are numerous Mandarin, German and French language options but no Spanish! Thanks for any information or advice.

    Concordia Language Villages is a language immersion sleep-away camp that would work for a 12-year-old. For something closer to home, Bay Language Academy has day camps. We also love Homeschool Spanish Academy online, for great one-on-one lessons. Good luck!

  • My kids don’t have any foreign language background but I’d LOVE them to have a solid background in Spanish by the end of high school.

     Were the yesrs of Spanish at King & Berkeley High, time well spent? My impression of mandatory high school Spanish 101 is bad..

      In hindsight, would you have done things differently for your child in middle or high school? (Too late for immersion preschool!) t’s an extra expense, but there are many language learning options nowadays.

    My experience is that it is up to the kid on whether they love it and practice or not. Whether a good or bad teacher, so much of it is on the kid to practice and at least watch videos in Spanish outside of class, go to Mexican markets, etc. Maybe starting at a younger age than middle school would help. My daughter had good and bad teachers for three years in high school, didn't really retain anything due to her own lack of commitment, and now as a senior is wishing her Spanish were better and plans to start over with Spanish I in college.

    I'm not sure about King because my kids went to Willard, but in my experience not many kids take Spanish in middle school because it requires two years, and it uses up the one elective they have, so no art or drama or coding or etc. But two of my kids took Spanish at Berkeley High with no prior training and they had a good experience. My oldest son took it for 2 years, and his conversation was good enough to make basic small talk with Spanish speakers. However he flaked on the grammar and writing - he was a C student - so when he got to college he had to take another year to fulfill the graduation requirement. OTOH he was able to converse with the locals when he vacationed in Mexico after college. The youngest took one year at BHS before transferring to a private school as a sophomore, where he was way ahead of the other Spanish 2 students because of his excellent teacher at BHS, who stressed conversation and spoke to the kids only in Spanish, and really stressed pronunciation. So I would say wait until high school, BHS has some good Spanish teachers. They can take 3 years (maybe 4? not sure.) and then if they want, there are all sorts of Spanish language summer programs for high schoolers, and of course college after that. 

  • Spanish 3 on Skype or online

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    My 12 grader needs to take Spanish 3.  He attends a private school, and wants to take other subjects.   We were hoping to find an alternative class like a skype or online class with feedback.   If you have any suggestions.  Please let me know. 


    RE: Spanish 3 on Skype or online ()

    Tilden Prep offers one-on-one and small-group classes in their Albany and Walnut Creek campuses. I believe they might also offer distance/online classes. They´re kind of  pricey,  but because of their format, students are able to complete the semesters very quickly, so it´s a good alternative. 

Archived Q&A and Reviews


Summer Spanish Conversation/Immersion Program

March 2010

Can anyone recommend a good program for teens for this summer to practice conversational spanish?

Yes! A fantastic small school run by native speakers, my son did a 2 hour class 4-5 days a week for 4 weeks and not only learned to speak, but covered an entire year of high school spanish curriculum, allowing him to move ahead a year. Classes were small, mixed teens and adults, or just teens (about 4-5 people/class), 2 week sessions, but they will allow you to tailor a program to your needs. It's called the mesoamerica institute in berkeley. They're just great! Raissa

Summer Spanish for 13-year-old?

March 2008

I am looking for Spanish lessons/classes for a 13 year old as an activity this summer. (It does not have to be a day or sleep away camp/vacation at this point. Just lessons). Or, does anyone know of anything such as College for Kids that might offer something like this? He will be entering 8th grade. Thank you! eb

Centro Latino on San Pablo in Berkeley (near Dwight Way) offers Spanish classes all year round for kids and adults. They have a more intensive program over the summer. The classes are small and the teachers seem to be very good. I took a class from Teresa and she was so positive and encouraging! I encourage you to check them out. Judy

Summer Spanish class for Teens

March 2004

My son has had poor Spanish preparation in middle school and we'd like to prepare him for Spanish 3/4 in high school in the fall. Any suggestions on classes and/or tutors who could help him catch up over the summer? We already plan to cap off the classes with an immersion program in Mexico, so I'm already aware of programs abroad (but if you have had an exceptionally good experience with one, especially in Oaxaca, I'd like to hear about that, too). Thanks! Robin

Try Centro Latino in Berkeley. They have wonderful teachers/classes though out the year. 2530 San Pablo Ave. Suite E in Berkeley. 510-849-4504 Zeze