Portland, OR (PRWEB) September 8, 2005
Speak Shop, http://www.speakshop.com, is an award-winning pioneer in online foreign language tutoring. Medical and legal professionals use Speak Shop to take face-to-face Spanish lessons with experienced tutors in Guatemala -- when they want, without leaving their desks. In one online system, working adults can choose a tutor, schedule lessons and take live lessons via webcam.
Hispanic immigration is motivating U.S. employees and professionals to add Spanish language training to their schedules. With more than 40 million Hispanics in the U.S., the impact is widespread. Life-saving services such as healthcare and emergency aid can hinge on whether the provider knows Spanish or has access to an interpreter, which they often do not.
Many of Speak Shop's customers are taking lessons to build specialized vocabulary in their professional fields. Immersion lessons are often the most effective way to learn a language, but traveling abroad is not feasible for most people. Students come to Speak Shop for intense yet affordable tutoring that they would otherwise not be able to access.
Because each lesson is one-on-one, they learn faster and can home in on the most important areas for their needs. The scheduling is up to the student. Some students take lessons every day while others check in once every couple of weeks. "Speak Shop is one of the best uses I've seen of the internet. The classes are helping me learn the specialized vocabulary I need for my work as a lawyer while improving my grammar, listening and conversational skills. My teacher, Milvia, is great. I take classes when it is convenient for me," Frances, attorney and Speak Shop student.
Speak Shop also creates opportunities for tutors. Tutors set their own rates at Speak Shop's open marketplace. Speak Shop provides tutors with results of customer research to help them with pricing and supports tutors through marketing and business training. Students choose tutors based on experience, feedback ratings and prices, creating a true fair trade market. By using the Internet, tutors in Latin America are reaching a huge new market of students. The system reduces poverty and creates jobs while giving customers who could not travel to Guatemala for immersion lessons a new option.
About Speak Shop
Speak Shop was founded by Clay and Cindy Cooper to increase access to foreign language education and to generate economic opportunity for people in Latin America. People around the nation use Speak Shop to take live Spanish lessons online while supporting international economic development. For more details on Speak Shop visit http://www.speakshop.com.
For more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview, please leave a voicemail at (267)295-2862 or email Cindy Cooper at email@example.com
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