20-HOUR WEEKEND INTENSIVES

Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese


Planning a trip to a Spanish, Portuguese, Italian or French-speaking country? Spend a weekend in a fun setting, mastering the basics of a new language. This will be an immersion class, starting on Friday evening (6 – 9:30 p.m.), continuing on Saturday (9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., including a one-hour working “group lunch” break), and Sunday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.).


By the end of the weekend, you will be putting on skits in the new language, singing songs, will be able to pronounce and read, and will know basic vocabulary.

The most important benefit is that you will have the confidence to speak!


Location: Eden Prairie, Minnesota or your home city if you have a group of 6 or more. A discount will be given to the person hosting the weekend intensive at their home if the course is taught outside of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Cost for classes outside of Minneapolis/St. Paul does not include travel expenses for instructor.



Note: for individuals who want to achieve conversational competence, this weekend intensive provides the perfect segue into the 84-hour Accelerated Learning Course or the Online Instruction. You will be able to understand and speak in a new language with ease.


Comments from Students of the Weekend Intensive Class


“A fun, multisensory approach to foreign language learning…hearing, seeing, and saying interspersed with singing, role playing (acting), and even a relaxation exercises (yes, nap time). Forget about your old-fashioned “book larnin” approach. Arlene provides a joyous experience in her approach to students becoming conversationally proficient.” - Harry Y.



“On the second day of the weekend intensive, Arlene did an exercise where she only spoke Spanish, and I was able to understand 90% of what she was saying based on the strong foundation of pronunciation and vocabulary we had already established. This is an excellent course to familiarize yourself with the basics of Spanish, and get comfortable for travel or primed for her 84-hour extended course!” - Heather P.



“We loved the Italian Intensive! By Sunday, we were astounded at how much we’d learned. By putting so much of your own personality and joy into your teaching—not to mention having the class right in your home, so many of these classroom barriers to learning just disappeared. Learning Italian wasn’t about memorizing vocabulary and conjugating verbs, it was about singing, playing, and putting on skits. It was learning from a different side of the brain, and we liked it! We are both having fun playing with vocabulary, phrases and songs.” - Cathy and Doug C.



“The Weekend class was great! I spent 2 nights in a row dreaming only in Italian. The most amazing thing was that the words were coming out so fluently and I didn’t even have to think about what was being said. As I said, it was a dream! I ran to the library last week and picked up some Italian tapes. It’s amazing how many words I understand and others that sound so familiar. Prior to your class the only Italian I knew was: Prego. A watery tomato paste used by lower middle income households. Milano, a cookie purchased by suburban housewives. I have used the class picture book throughout the week and my kids have enjoyed it as well.” - Mary M., General Mills



“Arlene, I just wanted to let you know how very much I learned – and in such a short time! Your class was an incredible amount of fun! I can’t wait to try all that I learned – in Rome! (Especially the menu items!) Thanks so much.” - Judy N., General Mills



“Grazie again! You are an amazing teacher with so much energy, creativity, and enthusiasm! This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” - (Phyllis and Holly, mother and daughter, elementary teacher and corporate lawyer

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