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PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Definition:
Private instruction -- as its name implies -- is a lesson given by an instructor to one student only.

Reasons to choose private instruction:

- your child's schedule does not allow him/her to partake in a group class or a group class is not offered for his/her age group;
- your child needs to concentrate on specific goals which would not normally be covered in a group class;
- you prefer a one-on-one approach for your child which limits distractions and helps him/her focus;

What to do when you have decided that private instruction is a better option for you?

- Get in touch by email and answer the questions below in the core of your email;
- We will review your information and communicate back to you with a proposed schedule;
- We will then ask you to sign up below (or by phone). 
- Once we receive your registration and payment, we will put you in touch with your instructor and confirm your first appointment.

Questions 

1) Full name and age of the child, the parents, and email addresses
2) Which language have you chosen?
3) Please explain the child's experience with the language you selected to learn (years of formal training - if any, where the child studied, what is the child's level of proficiency - listening, speaking, etc.)
4) Your timeframe: when would you like to start lessons
5) Your availability: please give us as many options as possible; which days, which times of day would work for the child's lessons?
6) Any additional information you think is important for us to know in selecting an instructor for your child 

Prices: 
$60/hour (one student/one instructor)
$550/10 hours (one student/one instructor) 

SEMI-PRIVATE INSTRUCTION 

Definition:
Semi-private instruction is a lesson given by an instructor to TWO students. 
(If there are more than two students, we no longer consider these lessons “semi-private”. They become group classes and are treated differently. Please email us
 if you have a group of three or more students)

Reasons to choose semi-private instruction:
- you have determined that your child and another person you know (friend, sibling, family member, etc.) have the same interest in a foreign language, the same level, the same goals, the same schedule constraints;
- the children's respective schedules do not allow them to partake in a group class or no group class is offered for their age group;
- the children need to concentrate on specific goals which would not normally be covered in a group class (for example, they need extra help with their homework);
- you prefer that your children receive a more focused attention from their teacher, in an environment with fewer distractions

What to do when you have decided that semi-private instruction is a better option for your children?
- Get in touch by email and answer the questions below in the core of your email;
- We will review your information and communicate back to you with a proposed schedule;
- We will then ask you to sign up below (or by phone). 
- Once we receive your registration and payment, we will put you in touch with your instructor and confirm your first appointment.

Questions 

1) Full names and ages of the children, names of the parents, and email addresses
2) Which language have you chosen?
3) Please explain the children's experience with the language you selected to learn (years of formal training - if any, where they studied, what is their level of proficiency - listening, speaking, etc.)
4) Your timeframe: when would you like to start 
5) Your availability: please give us as many options as possible; which days, which times of day would work for your children's lessons?
6) Any additional information you think is important for us to know in selecting an instructor for your children  

Prices:
$40/hour/student (semi-private instruction, 2 students/1 instructor)
$350/10 hours/student (semi-private instruction, 2 students/1 instructor)

 

SPECIAL POLICIES FOR PRIVATE AND SEMI-PRIVATE INSTRUCTION:

- Private or semi-private lessons must be paid for at least 48 hours prior to the first lesson.

- Private or semi-private lessons take place at the school (75 Market Street in Portland) like all other classes unless a mutually more convenient location can be found.

- Tuition is non-refundable. A 10-hour package can be used over the course of 12 months. We cannot however guarantee that the same instructor will be available if you stop your lessons for several months. It is also a lot more productive to come to class regularly without long interruptions.

- We reserve the right to charge for lessons not canceled with at least a 24-hour notice. To cancel or change a lesson, contact your instructor at least 24 hours before your scheduled lesson, by email or phone. Your lesson is considered canceled or rescheduled when you have either spoken with your instructor by phone or received an email back from your instructor. No voicemail left on the school number will be accepted as cancellation as the office may not be staffed soon enough to inform your instructor.

- Also please review the rest our general school policies for important information.





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