Excite | Empower | Engage
“At Evia, we help students develop the courage to use a second language, not just teach words and phrases they are too self-conscious to use when it counts.”
Professor Lee Forester
Founder & coauthor | Evia Learning
What we believe
Education is not the delivery of a product
Learning is an experience, not a commodity. Students learn when they experience something, process it, and then change their behavior accordingly. When we teach, we are encouraging students to react to certain stimuli in a specific way. That is never neutral, and for that reason teaching understanding is inextricably connected to the teaching of information or ideas.
Language is more than words
It is useless to teach students what to say in a different language if we do not at the same time teach them when, why and how to express themselves it that same language. There is no language without culture, and there is no language teaching without culture teaching. The purpose of language is not just communication, it’s self expression. This is true whether it’s your first or tenth language.
Students must connect to the real world
Cartoons and stilted scripts don’t help students learn. We base our materials around authentic images, videos, and the voices of native speakers ranging from Pablo Neruda to Bolivian miners in Potosí. We empower people from these places to speak for themselves and to tell your students what they think is important about their culture. This gives students hundreds of hours of natural aural input in the process.
Our integrated Spanish program
Ritmos - Beginning Spanish
Now in its 2nd edition, Ritmos for beginning Spanish is the first textbook of its kind, featuring the voices of dozens of Spanish speakers and bringing a sense of community into the classroom. Ritmos guides students on their first steps into the diverse and fascinating cultures of Spanish speakers worldwide, with special focus on Mexico and Spain.
Rostros - Intermediate Spanish
New in 2020, Rostros provides the curricular foundation for an intermediate Spanish course focused on language, culture, and recurring themes of the Spanish-speaking world. Rostros guides students through a geographical, personal, and historical journey of the Americas, the Caribbean, and Spain while moving them toward continued study or time abroad.
Two essential learning components