Looking for Spanish Classes? 4 Options Broken Down by Cost
Learning a foreign language has many benefits, but like many purchases, cost can be an important factor. Is software a good fit? Are you going to teach the lessons yourself? Can you really afford a private, online tutor for your child?
Here’s a closer look at some popular programs, their highlights, and what they cost.
Homeschool Spanish Academy (HSA)
Homeschool Spanish Academy classes are taught live (online) by accredited instructors and the classes can be scheduled at your convenience. The program focuses on effectiveness, achievement, and retention while helping your child learn as authentically as possible. There is an option to take accredited classes or do the course as a fun extra curricular.
As a parent, you choose if you want a 25 minute or 50 minute class. Each class includes a review section, live instruction and assigned homework to help your child practice their new language. Longer classes will earn your child high school credit.
Your price per class goes down the more classes you sign up for at a time. Also, if you’re uncertain, you can try a free class to make sure HSA is the right program for your independent learner.
50 Minute Sessions
- 15 classes – $219 total or $14.60 per class
- 30 classes – $369 total or $12.30 per class
- 60 classes – $599 total or $9.98 per class
25 Minute Sessions
- 15 classes – $149 total or $9.93 per class
- 30 classes – $249 total or $8.30 per class
- 60 classes – $399 total or $6.65 per class
Have two kids ready to speak Spanish? They also offer HSA+1 at a lower cost for students wanting to take classes together.
Rosetta Stone Online Classes
Rosetta Stone, formerly a set of CD-Roms and now an easily downloadable program, also offers online learning. However, the popular program falls short when it comes to instruction.
All lessons are automated and not monitored by a teacher. There is some review, but it is also automated and not tailored to the student. The program is favored by adults who do a lot of travelling because it’s not built with students in mind. Rosetta Stone does not offer high school credit directly, however they are amenable to helping students earn language credits. Contact the company directly for more information.
Geared towards those who prefer to learn on their own and via the internet, Rosetta Stone is a predictable program that charges per level. While the site offers a quick demonstration video, there is no free trial available.
- Level 1 Spanish: $94
- Levels 2 – 5: $124 per level (customers can choose to buy one level at a time)
- Total cost of a complete course: $590
TakeLessons Live Spanish
Takelessons.com is also a live instructor course offering a varied curriculum for students. While some classes are appropriate for kids, others focus on themes like Spanish for Customer Service or Vacation Spanish. Helpful, but not accredited and not fun for the little ones.
TakeLessons has a program that asks you to choose a time that works for you and then your child joins a group class. Each lesson has a set price and there is no textbook or homework assigned. The program also does not contribute to a student’s school credits.
While the program is a good fit for the right person, the price is a reflection of its rigidity and the fact that students learn in a digital group as opposed to one-on-one. A month-long free trial is available, though classes only happen once a week.
- One class: $19.95
- $319.20 per semester
Private (in-person) Tutoring
There’s no question that in-person private tutoring has a long list of advantages. Being able to work through homework, study for tests or even just practice Spanish in person with a private tutor allows students to comfortably ask questions and get live feedback (corrections and assurance). Also, private tutoring sessions allow tutors to cater to the needs of each student unlike group tutoring and being in-person makes for a more personal connection that can help the tutor identify and fill learning gaps. Just one session (typically 60 minutes) per week can have a big impact for students.
Unfortunately, one-on-one private tutoring can be very expensive. Private Spanish tutors typically base their pricing on the curriculum level and it is common for those with more experience to charge more. Like most services, location can certainly play into the pricing as well.
- One hour: $30-85 (varies based on location, curriculum level, tutor’s experience)
- $450 – $1275 per semester (one session per week / 15 weeks per semester)
Ready to give Spanish a try? Click here to sign up for a free class today.