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General

Why Choose Online Language Lessons?

By utilizing video and teaching software, you’re still learning face-to-face, but it’s all from the comforts of home – or wherever you happen to be. Online language learning provides an alternative to traditional classes and is suitable for anyone who needs to save time and money.

• No commuting
• Learn from anywhere
• Get more out of lessons

How do online lessons work?

GML’s platform uses a whiteboard technology with concurrent live pooled HD video and audio teleconferencing, creating a virtual interactive classroom. To put it more simply, GML online lessons feel like a combination PowerPoint presentation and Skype call with some interactive elements tossed in. Using a tablet pen to script exercises, GML instructors are able to produce free-form handwriting that is broadcast real-time to all participants. Students are able to participate/interact in real-time just as they would do in a traditional classroom. With GML you keep learning long after the class had ended and have access to your video and audio lessons for life.

What is Great Minds Learn?

Great Minds Learn is based on extensive research and decades of real-world instructor experience. All language courses are taught LIVE by qualified instructors in a vibrant Virtual Classroom environment. GML students gain 24/7 access to online learning tools, including interactive games alongside good old fashioned quizzes and homework — with an online twist! Altogether, these proven strategies make GML a truly effective online language learning program.

How do I join an online class?

 

Live Small Group and Private Tutoring:

Joining a class on a Mac or PC is easy and only takes a few seconds.
1) Logon to Virtual Classroom Dashboard
2) Click the “Join Lesson” icon
3) Click “Yes” or “Always” (or “Trust” on a Mac) if prompted to accept the download
4) You will be entered into the class and the Attendees Control Panel where  the Viewer will appear
5) Wait for your teacher to begin the lesson

 

Do online lessons work?

A simple answer to this would be that if online lessons did not work, companies/universities all over the world over would not provide the service. Students keep coming back and new students are always joining, demonstrating that online learning does indeed work. In addition, GML’s online courses are actual live-lessons employing video, screen sharing, games and other traditional and non-traditional teaching tools including online course materials.

Does GML offer a payment plan?

Yes, a payment plan option may be available.  If you elect to pay via an available payment plan option, the full payment price will be charged in the applicable number of installments. The first payment (plus any applicable shipping and tax on the total purchase price), will be charged to the payment account you selected on the Order Page on the Purchase Date. Thereafter, your account will be charged each month for the remaining number of payments of the plan you selected, with 0% APR and no interest charged from Great Minds Learn.

*Payment  plan options are made available on packages of 10 or more lessons only.

How will I know which level is right for me?

If you do not know your level we offer a FREE Live Small Group (LSG) trial lesson for each package. Alternatively if you are interested in Private Tutoring you can schedule proficiency test with an instructor to help you determine your level  and ensure the course meets your needs

To schedule a Private Tutoring proficiency test contact us.

 

LEVEL DESCRIPTION: 

Foundation Package:

  • You are a complete beginner
  • You have very basic knowledge of the language
  • You find it difficult to produce more than a few key words and phrases
  • You haven’t used the language in a while and/or want to start at the beginning
  • Your vocabulary is very limited and you have no real understanding of the grammar
  • You can introduce yourself or greet someone but wouldn’t understand if they responded

 

 Beginner Package:

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation Package
  • You can greet and introduce yourself and others with ease
  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions
  • You know basic phrases such as polite expressions
  • You can ask and answer very basic questions
  • You are able to have a basic conversation, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly
  • You know how to identify gender and number in a sentence
  • You know how to count and write the numbers (0-20)
  • You can express emotions
  • You know when to use the definite and indefinite articles
  • You know the subject pronouns
  • You know how to form small sentence
  • You have little knowledge of conjugation
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

Intermediate Package:

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation & Beginner packages
  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases
  • You can express yourself, ask or answer questions about what you want and need
  • You can interact comfortably but the other person may need to talk slowly and clearly at times.
  • You are confident forming a sentence but may need time to put things together before vocalizing
  • You have comprehensive knowledge of grammar and language structure
  • You are able to negate sentences
  • You have a wide range of vocabulary (adjectives, nouns, verbs etc…)
  • You are able to conjugate practical verbs such as “to have, to be, to go” etc…
  • You are confident conjugating in the present tense
  • You can comfortably ‘get by’ when visiting the country, but need to adapt to the speed
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

Advanced Package:

 

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation, Beginner & Intermediate Packages
  • You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas including basic personal and family information, shopping, traveling, ordering food etc…
  • You can communicate in simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • You are able to conjugate in the present, past and future tense
  • You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, leisure, etc.
  • You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • You can describe experiences and events
  • You can briefly give reasons and explanations
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

For whom is this online language course suitable?

This course was designed to teach students the fundamentals of a language and equip them with tools needed to advance on their own. So, GML is the perfect solution if your goal is to:

• Speak a new language
• Read and write in your chosen language
• Travel to an area where that language is spoken and communicate with the natives
• Work in an area where your chosen language is the mother tongue
• Understand foreign language movies and music
• Learn something new

What happens if I can’t make a class?

Simply log on to the Virtual Classroom at any time to watch the lesson you have missed before proceeding with homework. It’s like you never missed the class at all.

How many lessons do I have to attend per week?

 

Private Tutoring lessons are pre-scheduled,  each session lasts 30 minutes. There are no limit on how many you can schedule however we recommend no more then 2 hours per day.

 

Live Small Group lessons are pre-scheduled and take place once or twice a week for 40 minutes. This depends on the duration you selected. Students who are unable to attend lessons have the option to watch or download the recording from the Virtual Classroom.

 

 

What are the different programs available through GML?

 

Option 1- Live Small Group Lessons

Learn and practice your skills through live group interaction.

This option allows beginners & intermediates to understand the fundamentals of their chosen language in an interactive live group setting. Join a small group of up to 4 students who are all at the same level. Plus, revisit sessions at your convenience for a refresher since all live small group lessons are recorded.
Learn more

Option 2- Private Tutoring

Need one-on-one instruction? GML’s Private Tutoring option helps you learn a new language at your own pace and on your schedule with a highly qualified instructor. The Private Tutoring online language learning option lets beginners learn individually with the help of a tutor and 24/7 access to the online Virtual Classroom environment which is designed to support, test and prepare students for each new lesson.
Learn more

 

Do I get homework with your online language education program?

Yes. Homework is assigned through GML’s Virtual Classroom after each lesson to prepare you for your next class. Plus, we provide games & other resources to make studying fun, interactive and, most importantly- effective!

How many people can join a GML class at once?

 

Live Small Group– between 2-4 students 

Private Tutoring– 1 student

 

 

What happens if no one attendants a scheduled LSG class?

All Live Small Group lessons are pre-scheduled and  must take place even if there are no students present. The teacher will teach the class and make the video available for students to review at their convenience.

How will I know which program is right for me?

Each GML program is tailor-made for specific learning styles and language goals. To learn more about the online language learning programs click here.

How is proficiency measured?

There are 4 testing stages to determine online language learning comprehension:

After each game:
GML offers a wide variety of games and resources that make memorizing new information fun and painless.

After each lesson:
Once you’ve completed games and finished each lesson, you’ll have to take a test to ensure you’re ready to continue learning. All tests are then submitted to the teacher at the click of a button.

Every two lessons:
All live lessons include script/dialogue reading using longer sentences; this enforces interaction using vocabulary learned in previous lessons. You then take the test and submit results to your teacher.

After you complete the program:
You take an advanced test to determine if you have passed the entire course, and then take the test and submit results to your teacher.

Does the instructor have teaching qualifications?

Yes. Instructors are certified. However, GML values experience over qualifications therefore every teacher is qualified based on language fluency, teaching methods, communication skills and passion for languages.

To learn more about specific instructor’s qualifications, click here to read their bio.

Do you only offer online language lessons?

No. Private tutoring and home/office visits are available in the NY Metro Area (doorman building access only). Contact admin@greatmindslearn.com for more information.

Do you offer any other language?

Click here for a list of languages currently being offered by GML, other languages coming soon.

Will I be able to contact my instructor after the lessons?

Live Small Group or Private Tutoring  students will have direct contact with the instructor during the lesson. Students can also email their instructor directly or use the “instant chat” feature in the Virtual Classroom to speak to one of GML’s language experts.

How can I contact Great Minds Learn?

Our helpful Service Team provides e-mail and telephone support for all issues or questions about  Great Minds Learn.

  • Call our toll free number at 1-800-225-9498  Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.
  • Send us an e-mail by filling out the “contact us” form.
  • Send us a message on instant chat via our website. If we are away or offline, please leave a message and we will get in contact with you as soon as possible, generally within 24 business hours.

 

Virtual Classroom

What is the online virtual classroom?

The Online virtual classroom is a powerful interactive Web-based resource for both students and instructors that complements and extends classroom instruction. Students are able to access the portal with their own login information at anytime to benefit from GML’s online language courses.

The GML online Virtual Classroom features:
-24/7 access
-Homework/Games
-Downloadable recorded lessons (keep for life)
-Recording Tool for pronunciation practice
-Tests and Quizzes
-Downloadable instructional MP3s – (keep for life)
-Worksheets/printable info (keep for life)

What do I need to join a class?

• Good internet connection
• Head phones (mandatory)
• Webcam (optional)
• Worksheet (print from Virtual Classroom- optional)

 

Which games & resources does GML use?

• Drag & Drop (audio and visual)
• Word Scrabble (sentence structure and spelling)
• Matching (audio and visual)
• GML’s Audio Tool (pronunciation comparison)
• Flashcards (audio and visual)
• Quiz/Test
• Blog (articles on culture/languages)
• Forum (GML students)

How do I join an online class?

 

Live Small Group and Private Tutoring:

Joining a class on a Mac or PC is easy and only takes a few seconds.
1) Logon to Virtual Classroom Dashboard
2) Click the “Join Lesson” icon
3) Click “Yes” or “Always” (or “Trust” on a Mac) if prompted to accept the download
4) You will be entered into the class and the Attendees Control Panel where  the Viewer will appear
5) Wait for your teacher to begin the lesson

 

How will I know if I’m pronouncing the words correctly?

During Live Lessons: 

During each lesson students take part in pronouncing vocabulary/sentences and are corrected in real time by the teacher.

Audio Tool:

Our helpful recording tool allows students to listen, record & play back the vocabulary or sentences assigned for each lesson by an instructor. Using the recorder is very simple and includes the following features:
• Voice recording
• Playback
• Pronunciation comparison
• A speed controller to speed up/slow down playback
• The ability to save recordings to your hard drive

How can I view the class in full-screen format?

Live Small Group & Private Tutoring
On the top of the Attendee Control Panel, click the View Menu button and select the Full Screen option. Or, on the Attendee Grab Tab on the side of the Control Panel you can click the View button to toggle between Full Screen and Window viewing. For an illustrated explanation, consult User Help.

 

Technical FAQ

What do I need to join a class?

• Good internet connection
• Head phones (mandatory)
• Webcam (optional)
• Worksheet (print from Virtual Classroom- optional)

 

What equipment do I need?

All you need to begin learning a new language online with GML is your computer, an internet connection, headphones, a microphone and a webcam (some come with built in microphones). It is not mandatory that students have a webcam—you’ll still be able to see your instructor. However, we do require all students to use headphones during the lessons to eliminate background noise.

What are the system requirements for attending a class?

On a PC

Internet Explorer® 7.0, Mozilla® Firefox® 4.0, Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 (JavaScript and Flash™ enabled) or the latest version of each web browser
Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Cable modem, DSL or better Internet connection
Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM (Dual-core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with 2GB of RAM recommended)
Participants wishing to connect to audio using VoIP will need a fast Internet connection, a microphone and speakers. (A USB headset is recommended.)

On a Mac®
Safari™ 3.0, Firefox® 4.0, Google™ Chrome™ 5.0 (JavaScript and Flash™ enabled) or the latest version of each web browser
Mac OS® X 10.5 – Leopard® or newer
Intel processor (512 MB of RAM or better recommended)
Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
Participants wishing to connect to audio using VoIP will need a fast Internet connection, a microphone and speakers (A USB headset is recommended).

On an iPad, iPhone or Android device
WiFi connection recommended to use VoIP

How do I join an online class?

 

Live Small Group and Private Tutoring:

Joining a class on a Mac or PC is easy and only takes a few seconds.
1) Logon to Virtual Classroom Dashboard
2) Click the “Join Lesson” icon
3) Click “Yes” or “Always” (or “Trust” on a Mac) if prompted to accept the download
4) You will be entered into the class and the Attendees Control Panel where  the Viewer will appear
5) Wait for your teacher to begin the lesson

 

How can I view the class in full-screen format?

Live Small Group & Private Tutoring
On the top of the Attendee Control Panel, click the View Menu button and select the Full Screen option. Or, on the Attendee Grab Tab on the side of the Control Panel you can click the View button to toggle between Full Screen and Window viewing. For an illustrated explanation, consult User Help.

 

Payment

How do I register?

Private tutoring and Live Small Group:

Registering is easy; all you have to do is follow these simple steps:

1. Fill out the registration form
2. Select a program and level (example: Live Small Group – Foundation Level)
3. Schedule your preferred slot by creating a “New Attendance”
4. Make a payment to secure your slot
5. You will receive your invoice, schedule and login information via email

 

 

How do I pay?

All lessons are paid for in advance via the “GML registration” page:  you have the option to purchase a lesson or a discounted package of multiple lessons. All major credit cards accepted.

What happens after you register and make a payment?

Live Small Group & Private Tutoring

You will receive your login and password information via email to access the Virtual Classroom resources and your lessons immediately.
Note: HD recordings of LIVE lessons and homework become available after each lesson takes place.
We recommend you check the calendar to view your schedule.

How do I change the way I pay for a payment plan?

When you send money for preapproved payments such as a recurring payment, subscription, automatic billing, or installment plan, the money is first taken from your PayPal balance.

Here’s how to change the way you pay for preapproved payments if you don’t want to use your PayPal balance:

  1. Log in to your PayPal account.
  2. Click Profile near the top of the page.
  3. Click My money.
  4. Click Update in the My preapproved payments section.
  5. Click the name of the merchant (Great Minds Learn) for the agreement you want to change.
  6. Click Change in the Payment Method section.
  7. Select the payment method you’d like to use.

Does GML offer a payment plan?

Yes, a payment plan option may be available.  If you elect to pay via an available payment plan option, the full payment price will be charged in the applicable number of installments. The first payment (plus any applicable shipping and tax on the total purchase price), will be charged to the payment account you selected on the Order Page on the Purchase Date. Thereafter, your account will be charged each month for the remaining number of payments of the plan you selected, with 0% APR and no interest charged from Great Minds Learn.

*Payment  plan options are made available on packages of 10 or more lessons only.

How do I cancel a payment plan agreement I have with GML?

A payment plan lets you pay for goods or services you’ve already received. If you want to cancel the agreement, contact Great Minds Learn directly on 1-800-225-9498 or emails us at: billing@greatmindslearn.com.

Please note that a canceled payment plan cannot be reactivated.

What about refunds and complaints?

We urge you to read our Terms and Conditions before purchasing so that you fully understand our refund, cancellation and complaints policies. We recommend you try a FREE trial lesson to determine if GML’s live  online lessons  meet your learning needs.

Click here to try a live lesson.

Arabic (Levantine)

What makes this online Arabic course unique?

GML Arabic is a unique course designed to merge Colloquial (speaking) & Modern Standard Arabic (reading & writing), specializing in the Egyptian or Lebanese dialect which can be understood by anyone who speaks the Arabic language. An unconventional teaching method is used for obtaining new information, focusing on the practical grammar and vocabulary you’ll use in real-life situations. GML Arabic has proven to be highly effective with its conversational style of instruction which immerses you in your new language, making your learning experience fun, easy and effective.

What are some the benefits of learning Arabic?

1. Arabic is the 5th most commonly spoken native language in the world. Arabic is the official language of over 20 countries and there are well over 300 million native speakers of the language. These speakers are largely concentrated in the Middle East, but there are minority groups of native speakers throughout the world. It is also an official language of the United Nations, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference, and the African Union.

2. Arabic is the liturgical language of Islam. In addition to the millions of native speakers, many more millions know Arabic as a foreign language, since as the language of the Qu’ran, it is understood by Muslims throughout the world.

3. There is a high demand and low supply of Arabic-speakers in the Western world. Relatively few Westerners ever venture to learn Arabic. With the growing importance of the Middle East in international affairs, there is thus an extreme shortage of workers in the West who are versed in Arabic language and culture. Those who study Arabic can find careers in a variety of fields: journalism, business and industry, education, finance and banking, translation and interpretation, consulting, foreign service and intelligence, and many others. Only 1 % of the United States 12,000 FBI agents have any knowledge of Arabic at all, and this includes those who know only a few words.

4. There are financial incentives for learning Arabic. The US government has designated Arabic as a language of strategic importance. The National Strategic Language Initiative instituted in 2006 promotes the learning of Arabic (and other languages deemed critical) among Americans through numerous scholarships and supported learning opportunities. These include support for language courses from beginning to advanced levels, study abroad programs, intensive instruction opportunities, teacher exchanges, and professional development.

5. Arabic-speaking nations are a fast growing market for trade. Initiatives to integrate the Arab world into the global economy are opening up numerous potential new business opportunities. The Arab region with its rapidly growing population provides a huge export market for goods and services. With a GDP of over 600 billion dollars annually, the region also has much to offer the world market. In order to do business effectively, one must understand the language and culture of the people with whom one hopes to negotiate and conduct trade.

6. Arabic-speaking peoples have made significant contributions to world civilization. While Europe was experiencing the relative intellectual stagnation of the middle Ages, the Arab-Islamic civilization was at its zenith. Arabs contributed a great deal to the advancement of science, medicine, and philosophy. Much learning from the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine cultures was preserved for the world through the Arab libraries. Arabs have also made significant contributions in such areas as literature, mathematics, navigation, astrology, and architecture. Knowledge of Arabic enables the exploration of this vast body of knowledge in their original language.

7. The Arab-speaking world has a rich cultural heritage. The Arab world has its own unique art, music, literature, cuisine, and way of life. Westerners know about belly dance, perhaps have read 1001 Nights, and may have tried some popular Middle Eastern dishes such as hummus or falafel, but Western exposure to the Arab way of life is generally limited. In exploring the Arabic world, you will learn to appreciate its distinct cultural products and practices and you will come to understand some of the values important to the Arabic people, such as honor, dignity, and hospitality.

8. Knowing Arabic can promote intercultural understanding. In addition to having limited exposure to real Arabic culture, Westerners are presented with one-dimensional negative stereotypes of Arabic-speaking peoples through the news media, Hollywood films, and other sources. At the same time, events in the Middle East affect our daily lives. Reliance on such false and superficial images can lead to mistrust and miscommunication, to an inability to cooperate, negotiate, and compromise, and perhaps even to military confrontation. Those who learn Arabic gain deeper insights into the cultural, political, and religious values that motivate people in those cultures. People who know Arabic can negotiate the cultural and linguistic gap between nations, assist in solving and avoiding intercultural conflict, and help businesses successfully engage in international trade.

9. Arabic influence is evident in many other languages. The export of concepts, products, and cultural practices from Arabic-speaking peoples is evident in the vocabulary that Arabic has lent other languages. Algebra was invented by Arab mathematicians in medieval times. Such staple products as coffee and cotton came from the Arab world, as well as jasmine, lemon, and lime. Other Arabic loanwords appearing in English denote such diverse things as henna, macramé, lute, mattress, gerbil, sorbet, safari and muslin. The influence of Arabic culture is apparent not only in the English language. Numerous Arabic contributions are also discernible in Persian, Turkish, Kurdish, Spanish, Swahili, Urdu, Tigrinya and other languages.

10. The Unites States has a significant Arab-American population. There are nearly 3.5 million people of Arab heritage residing in the United States. Even just a basic knowledge of the Arabic language and culture can improve understanding and acceptance of this often misunderstood and misrepresented group of Americans.

Why learn Egyptian or Levantine Arabic versus other dialects?

Egyptian /Levantine are the most widely understood dialects, thanks to the well-established music, TV, and film industries there. Egyptian/Levantine media is popular enough that no matter where you go in the Arab world, you’ll keep hearing Egyptian Arabic on TV and the radio; so if you learn those dialects, people all over the Arab world will be able to understand you easily.

What is colloquial Arabic?

Colloquial Arabic is the spoken Arabic used by Arabs in their everyday lives. Unlike MSA that is uniform in all Arab countries, colloquial Arabic is subject to regional variation, not only between different countries, but also across regions in the same country. GML’s emphasis is on colloquial, which is most appropriate for everyday use.

What is Modern Standard Arabic?

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), as its name indicates, is the modern counterpart of Classical Arabic. It is the official language of 22 Arab countries where it is used in the oral and written form on all formal occasions. The main difference between MSA and Classical Arabic lies in the vocabulary. MSA reflects the needs of contemporary expression, whereas Classical Arabic reflects the needs of older styles. GML’s emphasis is on colloquial, which is more appropriate for everyday use.

How will I know which level is right for me?

If you do not know your level we offer a FREE Live Small Group (LSG) trial lesson for each package. Alternatively if you are interested in Private Tutoring you can schedule proficiency test with an instructor to help you determine your level  and ensure the course meets your needs

To schedule a Private Tutoring proficiency test contact us.

 

LEVEL DESCRIPTION: 

Foundation Package:

  • You are a complete beginner
  • You have very basic knowledge of the language
  • You find it difficult to produce more than a few key words and phrases
  • You haven’t used the language in a while and/or want to start at the beginning
  • Your vocabulary is very limited and you have no real understanding of the grammar
  • You can introduce yourself or greet someone but wouldn’t understand if they responded

 

 Beginner Package:

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation Package
  • You can greet and introduce yourself and others with ease
  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions
  • You know basic phrases such as polite expressions
  • You can ask and answer very basic questions
  • You are able to have a basic conversation, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly
  • You know how to identify gender and number in a sentence
  • You know how to count and write the numbers (0-20)
  • You can express emotions
  • You know when to use the definite and indefinite articles
  • You know the subject pronouns
  • You know how to form small sentence
  • You have little knowledge of conjugation
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

Intermediate Package:

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation & Beginner packages
  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases
  • You can express yourself, ask or answer questions about what you want and need
  • You can interact comfortably but the other person may need to talk slowly and clearly at times.
  • You are confident forming a sentence but may need time to put things together before vocalizing
  • You have comprehensive knowledge of grammar and language structure
  • You are able to negate sentences
  • You have a wide range of vocabulary (adjectives, nouns, verbs etc…)
  • You are able to conjugate practical verbs such as “to have, to be, to go” etc…
  • You are confident conjugating in the present tense
  • You can comfortably ‘get by’ when visiting the country, but need to adapt to the speed
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

Advanced Package:

 

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation, Beginner & Intermediate Packages
  • You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas including basic personal and family information, shopping, traveling, ordering food etc…
  • You can communicate in simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • You are able to conjugate in the present, past and future tense
  • You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, leisure, etc.
  • You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • You can describe experiences and events
  • You can briefly give reasons and explanations
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

French

What are some of the benefits of learning French?

French is one of the most useful languages to master, for fun or for career use.
-French is the official language of 26 countries, and a number of international organizations. It has over 75 million native speakers, and over 220 million speakers worldwide. It is one of the ten most influential languages in the world.

-If you want a career in diplomacy or foreign relations, French is one of the most useful languages to learn. It is the official working language, for example, of all United Nations agencies.

-Learning French will make vacation or other travel in French speaking countries easier. It will enable you to make new friends, take care of your daily needs, make or change travel arrangements, and enhance your ability to understand information.

Is there a specific French dialect I should learn?

While there are certainly regional dialects, French in general is regulated by the Académie française, and only one version is taught.

How will I know which level is right for me?

If you do not know your level we offer a FREE Live Small Group (LSG) trial lesson for each package. Alternatively if you are interested in Private Tutoring you can schedule proficiency test with an instructor to help you determine your level  and ensure the course meets your needs

To schedule a Private Tutoring proficiency test contact us.

 

LEVEL DESCRIPTION: 

Foundation Package:

  • You are a complete beginner
  • You have very basic knowledge of the language
  • You find it difficult to produce more than a few key words and phrases
  • You haven’t used the language in a while and/or want to start at the beginning
  • Your vocabulary is very limited and you have no real understanding of the grammar
  • You can introduce yourself or greet someone but wouldn’t understand if they responded

 

 Beginner Package:

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation Package
  • You can greet and introduce yourself and others with ease
  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions
  • You know basic phrases such as polite expressions
  • You can ask and answer very basic questions
  • You are able to have a basic conversation, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly
  • You know how to identify gender and number in a sentence
  • You know how to count and write the numbers (0-20)
  • You can express emotions
  • You know when to use the definite and indefinite articles
  • You know the subject pronouns
  • You know how to form small sentence
  • You have little knowledge of conjugation
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

Intermediate Package:

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation & Beginner packages
  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases
  • You can express yourself, ask or answer questions about what you want and need
  • You can interact comfortably but the other person may need to talk slowly and clearly at times.
  • You are confident forming a sentence but may need time to put things together before vocalizing
  • You have comprehensive knowledge of grammar and language structure
  • You are able to negate sentences
  • You have a wide range of vocabulary (adjectives, nouns, verbs etc…)
  • You are able to conjugate practical verbs such as “to have, to be, to go” etc…
  • You are confident conjugating in the present tense
  • You can comfortably ‘get by’ when visiting the country, but need to adapt to the speed
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

Advanced Package:

 

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation, Beginner & Intermediate Packages
  • You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas including basic personal and family information, shopping, traveling, ordering food etc…
  • You can communicate in simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • You are able to conjugate in the present, past and future tense
  • You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, leisure, etc.
  • You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • You can describe experiences and events
  • You can briefly give reasons and explanations
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

What makes this online French course unique?

GML French is a unique course designed to introduce students to basic and intermediate speaking, understanding, reading and writing aspects of French as it is spoken in France today. The focus is on the practical: grammar, vocabulary, idioms, rejoinders and verbs you’ll use in real-life situations. GML French takes a fun, yet hands-on, and content-driven approach. Our conversational style of instruction immerses you in French, making your learning experience fun, easy and effective.

Italian

What are some of the benefits of learning Italian?

Learning Italian is not just fun. Italian is useful for many reasons including:
-Italian is spoken by over 61 million native speakers and 85 million people worldwide
-It is the official language of Vatican City
-Learning Italian will give you a greater understanding of the culture, including cinema, art, opera, and history
-It is spoken in much of Europe, so learning it will make traveling much easier
-It is one of the official language of the European Union
-In the United States, Italian is the fourth most commonly taught second language.

Which Italian dialect does GML teach?

While there are numerous dialects, and regional variations, Standard Italian is considered to be the Italian based on Tuscan, which developed from the Florentine that was used by Dante Alighieri in his writings. Standard Italian is what is taught at GML.

What makes this online Italian course unique?

GML’s Italian course immerses the student fully in the language, through the use of games, quizzes, online discussion groups and classes, enabling the student to easily master the fundamentals of communicating in Italian, both orally and in writing.

How will I know which level is right for me?

If you do not know your level we offer a FREE Live Small Group (LSG) trial lesson for each package. Alternatively if you are interested in Private Tutoring you can schedule proficiency test with an instructor to help you determine your level  and ensure the course meets your needs

To schedule a Private Tutoring proficiency test contact us.

 

LEVEL DESCRIPTION: 

Foundation Package:

  • You are a complete beginner
  • You have very basic knowledge of the language
  • You find it difficult to produce more than a few key words and phrases
  • You haven’t used the language in a while and/or want to start at the beginning
  • Your vocabulary is very limited and you have no real understanding of the grammar
  • You can introduce yourself or greet someone but wouldn’t understand if they responded

 

 Beginner Package:

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation Package
  • You can greet and introduce yourself and others with ease
  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions
  • You know basic phrases such as polite expressions
  • You can ask and answer very basic questions
  • You are able to have a basic conversation, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly
  • You know how to identify gender and number in a sentence
  • You know how to count and write the numbers (0-20)
  • You can express emotions
  • You know when to use the definite and indefinite articles
  • You know the subject pronouns
  • You know how to form small sentence
  • You have little knowledge of conjugation
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

Intermediate Package:

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation & Beginner packages
  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases
  • You can express yourself, ask or answer questions about what you want and need
  • You can interact comfortably but the other person may need to talk slowly and clearly at times.
  • You are confident forming a sentence but may need time to put things together before vocalizing
  • You have comprehensive knowledge of grammar and language structure
  • You are able to negate sentences
  • You have a wide range of vocabulary (adjectives, nouns, verbs etc…)
  • You are able to conjugate practical verbs such as “to have, to be, to go” etc…
  • You are confident conjugating in the present tense
  • You can comfortably ‘get by’ when visiting the country, but need to adapt to the speed
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

Advanced Package:

 

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation, Beginner & Intermediate Packages
  • You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas including basic personal and family information, shopping, traveling, ordering food etc…
  • You can communicate in simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • You are able to conjugate in the present, past and future tense
  • You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, leisure, etc.
  • You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • You can describe experiences and events
  • You can briefly give reasons and explanations
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

Spanish

What makes this online Spanish course unique?

GML Spanish is an innovative course designed to further the knowledge of our students’ language skills using the newest technologies and teaching methods. By creating a comfortable and accessible learning environment, our course emphasizes the fundamentals of Castilian and Latin American Spanish structure, reading and listening comprehension, and self-expression in speaking and writing. GML Spanish courses immerse the student in the target language through engaging, fun and diverse lessons.

What are some the benefits of learning Spanish?

• Spanish is everywhere!
Spanish is an official language on four continents and is the mother tongue in 21 countries. There are well over 35 million, and with over 40% of the population growth being among Spanish speakers in the United States. . In Europe, Spanish is the second most popular second language, after English. With some 400 million speakers, Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world behind Mandarin, English and Hindi, all whom have more speakers. The sheer number of Spanish speakers and their rate of growth makes learning Spanish a smart choice.

• Learning Spanish is rapidly becoming a business necessity.
Spanish is becoming more and more important with regards to business. Learning Spanish will enable you to better communicate with Spanish speaking employees or co-workers. In North America, Hispanic consumers are the fastest-growing market segment. In the United States, knowing Spanish can be particularly helpful if you work in healthcare or education. Increasingly, the building trades are employing more and more Spanish speaking workers. If you are bilingual, you will be more marketable and have more career choices than your monolingual counterpart.

• Learning Spanish helps you keep up with pop culture.
The influence of Hispanic culture is strong and growing stronger daily. Everyone knows the Taco Bell commercials with the talking Chihuahua that said, “Yo quiero Taco Bell”. That cute little dog actually had non Spanish speakers saying, “I want Taco Bell or I love Taco Bell”, whichever you preferred.

• Learning Spanish can help your health!
Knowing two languages can actually reduce your chances of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Research shows that bilingualism enhances mental abilities in children and older adults, sharpens critical thinking skills and stimulates creativity.

• Learning Spanish will enhance your travel.
While it is certainly possible to travel to a Spanish speaking country without knowing any Spanish, your trip will in no way compare with the incredible adventure that awaits the traveler who speaks Spanish. In order to truly explore, understand the culture and get to know the local people, you need to know Spanish. Simply put, when you travel to a Spanish speaking country, knowing the language will allow you to move from the role of observer to that of an active participant.

• Learning Spanish is fun!
Whether your motivations are practical, intellectual or sentimental, learning Spanish is something that will benefit you for the rest of your life!

What is Castilian Spanish??

The Spanish language term Castellano (Castilian) refers to the Spanish language as a whole. It’s the official language of Spain, used on the radio and also the language that books are written in.

What is Latin American Spanish?

Latin American Spanish is a form of Spanish. It is the Spanish spoken in North and Central America, also known as American Spanish. It is  colloquial Spanish that is a result of the influences of the English language.

Example: Define computer

Castilian Spanish: el ordenador

Latin American Spanish: la computadora

How will I know which level is right for me?

If you do not know your level we offer a FREE Live Small Group (LSG) trial lesson for each package. Alternatively if you are interested in Private Tutoring you can schedule proficiency test with an instructor to help you determine your level  and ensure the course meets your needs

To schedule a Private Tutoring proficiency test contact us.

 

LEVEL DESCRIPTION: 

Foundation Package:

  • You are a complete beginner
  • You have very basic knowledge of the language
  • You find it difficult to produce more than a few key words and phrases
  • You haven’t used the language in a while and/or want to start at the beginning
  • Your vocabulary is very limited and you have no real understanding of the grammar
  • You can introduce yourself or greet someone but wouldn’t understand if they responded

 

 Beginner Package:

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation Package
  • You can greet and introduce yourself and others with ease
  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions
  • You know basic phrases such as polite expressions
  • You can ask and answer very basic questions
  • You are able to have a basic conversation, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly
  • You know how to identify gender and number in a sentence
  • You know how to count and write the numbers (0-20)
  • You can express emotions
  • You know when to use the definite and indefinite articles
  • You know the subject pronouns
  • You know how to form small sentence
  • You have little knowledge of conjugation
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

Intermediate Package:

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation & Beginner packages
  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases
  • You can express yourself, ask or answer questions about what you want and need
  • You can interact comfortably but the other person may need to talk slowly and clearly at times.
  • You are confident forming a sentence but may need time to put things together before vocalizing
  • You have comprehensive knowledge of grammar and language structure
  • You are able to negate sentences
  • You have a wide range of vocabulary (adjectives, nouns, verbs etc…)
  • You are able to conjugate practical verbs such as “to have, to be, to go” etc…
  • You are confident conjugating in the present tense
  • You can comfortably ‘get by’ when visiting the country, but need to adapt to the speed
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

Advanced Package:

 

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation, Beginner & Intermediate Packages
  • You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas including basic personal and family information, shopping, traveling, ordering food etc…
  • You can communicate in simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • You are able to conjugate in the present, past and future tense
  • You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, leisure, etc.
  • You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • You can describe experiences and events
  • You can briefly give reasons and explanations
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

Portuguese

What are some of the benefits of learning Portuguese?

Many people are not aware of just how widely Portuguese is used today. It is, in fact, the seventh most spoken language, used not only in Portugal and Brazil, but in Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe. It is also spoken in parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and Malaysia. It is, in many ways, the next logical language to learn after mastering Spanish.

Among the many good reasons to learn Portuguese are the following:
-In the BRIC countries (Brazil Russia, India, and China), Portuguese is gaining ground as an international working language.
-Portuguese is the fastest growing European language, after English and Spanish.
-If you are looking at doing international volunteer work of any kind, it is likely you will end up in a country where you will need Portuguese to communicate.

What makes this online Portuguese course unique?

GML Portuguese is an innovative curriculum designed to utilize the newest teaching methods and technologies to further students’ learning of the language. In an accessible, comfortable learning environment, students gain familiarity with the structure of the language, and it’s idioms, as well as gaining comprehension in both reading and speaking skills. Like all GML courses, it works by immersing students in the language, through the use of interactive games, lessons, quizzes, reading, and writing it.

How will I know which level is right for me?

If you do not know your level we offer a FREE Live Small Group (LSG) trial lesson for each package. Alternatively if you are interested in Private Tutoring you can schedule proficiency test with an instructor to help you determine your level  and ensure the course meets your needs

To schedule a Private Tutoring proficiency test contact us.

 

LEVEL DESCRIPTION: 

Foundation Package:

  • You are a complete beginner
  • You have very basic knowledge of the language
  • You find it difficult to produce more than a few key words and phrases
  • You haven’t used the language in a while and/or want to start at the beginning
  • Your vocabulary is very limited and you have no real understanding of the grammar
  • You can introduce yourself or greet someone but wouldn’t understand if they responded

 

 Beginner Package:

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation Package
  • You can greet and introduce yourself and others with ease
  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions
  • You know basic phrases such as polite expressions
  • You can ask and answer very basic questions
  • You are able to have a basic conversation, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly
  • You know how to identify gender and number in a sentence
  • You know how to count and write the numbers (0-20)
  • You can express emotions
  • You know when to use the definite and indefinite articles
  • You know the subject pronouns
  • You know how to form small sentence
  • You have little knowledge of conjugation
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

Intermediate Package:

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation & Beginner packages
  • You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases
  • You can express yourself, ask or answer questions about what you want and need
  • You can interact comfortably but the other person may need to talk slowly and clearly at times.
  • You are confident forming a sentence but may need time to put things together before vocalizing
  • You have comprehensive knowledge of grammar and language structure
  • You are able to negate sentences
  • You have a wide range of vocabulary (adjectives, nouns, verbs etc…)
  • You are able to conjugate practical verbs such as “to have, to be, to go” etc…
  • You are confident conjugating in the present tense
  • You can comfortably ‘get by’ when visiting the country, but need to adapt to the speed
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language

 

Advanced Package:

 

  • You have comprehensive knowledge of the Foundation, Beginner & Intermediate Packages
  • You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas including basic personal and family information, shopping, traveling, ordering food etc…
  • You can communicate in simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters
  • You are able to conjugate in the present, past and future tense
  • You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, school, leisure, etc.
  • You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • You can describe experiences and events
  • You can briefly give reasons and explanations
  • You can easily advance by immersing yourself into the culture and language