Which course should I take?
If you have little to no exposure to speaking or writing Ladino, and are serious about developing proficiency in the language, the Beginner or Intensive Beginner course is a good option. If you have already taken a Beginner course or two in the language, the Intermediate course would be most appropriate. If you are somewhat proficient in the language and/or have taken an intermediate course, a Conversation course would be appropriate; this course is especially fitting if you’d like the focus of the class to revolve around speaking the language. Students who have already taken intermediate courses or are advanced speakers of the language should consider the Advanced course. If you are interested in learning how to read and write Ladino in the Hebrew-based semi-cursive typeface (Rashi) or cursive script (Solitreo) used among Sephardim in previous generations, consider taking the Reading Rashi or Reading Solitreo classes.
What is the minimum number of participants needed for a class to run?
Depending on the course, a minimum of 6 to 8 participants are required to run a class. All these details are provided on each of the corresponding course description pages.
What happens if I register and the minimum number of participants is not met?
You will have the option to either receive your money back or join another class.
What is the maximum number of participants allowed in a class?
This will depend on the class. Please see course descriptions and notes for each of the given courses for additional details.
Can two people in the same household take the same class?
Yes. Since each of you will count toward enrollment, please be sure to reflect this information in registration and payment.Can I take a class or two before registering?
No, participants must first register to attend a class.I am not sure which class to take. Can you help me decide?
If you’d like to discuss which class is best for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact page to be in touch.
Can I obtain credit for my school/university from these classes?
No, these classes are not affiliated with any university.
How do I pay?
Once you select your desired course, you can make payment through PayPal. PayPal provides a secure method of payment. If you have a PayPal account, your computer will likely recognize this and ask you to log in. If you do not have a PayPal account and prefer to pay by Credit or Debit card, you can still do that by clicking on the PayPal button of the appropriate page, entering your email address, and proceeding to Guest Checkout (you will not need to create an account). Should you have any concerns, you can reach out via our Contact page.
What is the refund policy?
Refunds, less any transaction fee imposed by PayPal, will be provided up until one day after your initial session. After this point, no full or partial refund will be available. Please be sure you are able to participate in a class prior to signing up and paying.
What happens if I have to miss a session?
If you need to miss a class, you will still be provided with the content we covered and have access to our online student-only section. Partial refunds will not be administered.
Do you offer any discounted rated?
Early-bird pricing is available to everyone, if signing up and paying for a course prior to June 1, 2021. After this date, classes will return to regular pricing only.
Do I have to pay for all classes in advance?
Yes. This allows registration and payment information to be taken care of prior to the start of the class without weekly review of payment. This also ensures minimum enrollment requirements are met per class.
Can I pay for someone else’s classes?
Yes. You can enter the participant’s information in the registration section and your billing information for payment. If you are interested in exploring different options, please email email@example.com
Will these classes be online?
Yes, all classes this summer will be entirely online. We will utilize the Zoom platform, which is free for you to download on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. You will receive a password-protected link to gain access to your class.
What is the advantage of taking these classes as opposed to self-study?
For years, people around the world have been asking for online classes. These classes not only facilitate your learning, but they also foster a community of learners interested in gaining proficiency in Ladino. Further, your instructor is one of the leading Ladino language scholars and one of only a handful of experienced Ladino teachers in the United States. See some of the testimonials and ratings on the home page, as well as recent press.
Will classes be recorded for further review?
As the class format is live (synchronous), classes will not be recorded. However, participants will receive access to a “students-only” password-protected section of this site, which will contain material to review the content of each session.
How do I gain access to the student-only section?
You will receive an email with login information in the days prior to the start of our summer class.
Will there be a textbook for our course?
Depending on the class you register for, you will receive information as to which texts are to be used and where to purchase them online (costs are separate from any payment for class enrollment). The Beginner, Intensive Beginner, and Advanced courses will use a (text)book; the Intermediate, Conversation, Rashi, and Solitreo classes will use materials provided by the instructor.
Do you offer individual lessons?
Yes, for individual or group lessons, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss rates.