Why Learn Spanish?
Hola -- Hello! Did you know by 2050, the United States will be the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world? Today, nearly 450,000 Michigan citizens identify themselves as Hispanic, and nearly 32,000 citizens living in the lakeshore region identify as Hispanic. 

As demographics change, having Spanish speaking skills in your back pocket will come in handy at work, in the community, and at play. Most important, having the skills to communicate with a Spanish speaking person demonstrates your cultural awareness and understanding. Plus, it’s fun -- es divertido!
  • Keep pace with changing demographics.
  • Enhance your travel experiences.
  • Increase your cultural understanding.
  • Build community and get to know your neighbor.
  • Keep your mind sharp.
  • Improve your employment potential.
  • Become more independent.
  • Help others who may not speak English.
Your business or organization will also benefit from having Spanish-speaking staff or volunteers.
  • Open doors to communicate and improve business opportunities in the global world.
  • Medical, law, social work, schools, faith, and governmental entities, just to name a few, can interact with Spanish speaking individuals.
  • Work abroad.
  • Expand your workforce diversity by hiring and promoting men and women whose native language is Spanish.
The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance’s Spanish Language Academy Boot Camp is taught in relaxed, small-group environments, which is perfect for practicing on the spot with others, receiving immediate feedback and encouragement from an expert instructor, asking questions, and making new friends.
  • No intimidating or costly software to download.
  • Understandable and concise translation from English to Spanish.
  • Grammar explanations.
  • Clear instructions and expected outcomes.
  • An affordable alternative to college courses and most language software programs.
Business Courses
The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance Spanish Language Academy will tailor a language course to fit your organization's needs. Classes can be taught on site – no need for your staff to lose valuable work time driving to and from class. Students will graduate confident and prepared to communicate in Spanish in general job-related encounters. Spanish skills will be acquired through structured training, exercises, and verbalizing.

10-Week Level 1 Boot Camp
  • Kick off with an introduction to native speaker pronunciation.
  • Learn greetings and introductions.
  • Develop a foundation of effective vocabulary.
  • Practice universal encounters and job-specific situations.
10-Week Level 2 Boot Camp
  • Refine native speaker pronunciation.
  • Tackle advanced sentence structures.
  • Strengthen and increase practical and useful vocabulary.
  • Dive into advanced conversations and job-specific encounters and exchanges.
4-Hour Abbreviated Boot Camp
  • Introduction to native speaker pronunciation.
  • Learn greetings and introductions.
  • Practice common encounters.

Required course book: “Easy Spanish Step By Step,” by Barbara Bregstein.

To learn more about how your business, organization or agency can benefit from Spanish Language Academy boot camps, email Alfredo Herdandez or call 616.846.9074.

Esperamos poder servir sus necesidades – We look forward to serving your needs.

Community Courses -- 6 weeks for just $75! 
The perfect holiday gift or New Year's resolution                            Online registration now open!

Looking for a unique holiday gift for that special someone? Working on your list of New Year's resolutions? Consider Spanish Language boot camp -- it's fun, it's easy and it's affordable! Classes begin January 12.

The average adult can speak a foreign language confidently in a relatively short time. At the Lakeshore Ethnic and Diversity Alliance Spanish Language Academy Boot Camp, you’ll see that you’re never too old to learn a second language, it doesn’t have to require a lot of time, and it can be affordable. 

Boot Camps take place at the offices of the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, housed in the Macatawa Resource Center in Holland.

In this informal environment, you’ll quickly discover how painless and straightforward it can be to learn Spanish. You will develop confidence and Spanish competence through structured training, exercises, and verbalizing, all while having fun and making new acquaintances. All this for just $75! Sign up for both Session 1 and Session 2 at the same time for only $125!

Because we want your Language Academy Boot Camp experience to be beneficial and fun, we ask that you to take a placement quiz to determine the course best suited for your skill level.
  • Boot Camp Level 1: Scores between 0-45%
  • Boot Camp Level 2: Scores between 50-85%
Click here for the quiz, which will take approximately 5 minutes. 

6-Week Level 1 Boot Camp [Download the flyer]
Session 1: January 12 - February 16
Session 2: February 23 - March 29
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
$75 for one session.
$125 if you sign up for session 1 and 2 at the same time.
  • Kick off with an introduction to native speaker pronunciation.
  • Learn greetings and introductions.
  • Develop a foundation of effective vocabulary.
  • Practice universal encounters.
6-Week Level 2 Boot Camp  [Download the flyer]
Session 1: January 12 - February 16
Session 2: February 23 - March 29
6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
$75
  • Refine native speaker pronunciation.
  • Tackle advanced sentence structures.
  • Strengthen and increase practical and useful vocabulary.
  • Dive into advanced conversations and universal encounters.
Required textbook for Levels 1 and 2: “Easy Spanish Step By Step,” by Barbara Bregstein.

Questions? Email Alfredo Hernandez or call 616.846.9074

Vas a tener much diversión aprendiendo Español – You’re going to have a lot of fun learning Spanish!