Autumn has brought several new students to the Centre of Pendeen wanting to learn Spanish for their holidays (to Cuba, the Canaries, and mainland Spain). I must confess to a slight touch of envy when I hear of all these plans, but I have been travelling too, albeit from the comfort of my laptop – translating texts about Colombian peace talks and about a Spanish gastronomy conference for my part-time translation course. Translating really helps me keep in touch with the language and learn about other cultures or specialist fields (including, for example, how to eat a sea urchin).
The 4 week Spanish for Beginners course has now finished, but we will be continuing from November 2nd, and new students are very welcome to join us. If you would like to join but are a complete beginner, please feel free to contact me and we can arrange some catch-up sessions. Mondays 6.45 – 7.45 pm.
The Spanish for Improvers class is going strong and we have been working on our verbs as well as practising asking for tourist information and honing listening skills. Sometimes using a foreign language is all about guesswork and negotiation rather than grammatical accuracy, so we have practised listening out for key words and phrases and using the context to guess what the message is. It may just be that you need the message to be repeated or spoken more slowly (más despacio), so that that string of seemingly incomprehensible syllables starts making a bit more sense. If you are interested in joining this class, please get in touch. Mondays 5.30 – 6.30 pm.
While you are at the Centre of Pendeen you can pick up a bargain second hand book (they have several thousand for sale) or even some useful kitchen equipment in their “Kitchenalia” sale. And if Spanish is not for you, you could try Tai Chi or Scrabble…
Numbers, greetings, introducing yourself, negotiating a conversation and knowing how to pronounce Spanish words.
Understand and speak from the start
We will focus on listening skills and speaking, to build your confidence in using Spanish on your holiday or in future classes.
4 – week course
The course runs for 4 weeks and will hopefully give you the taste for learning more! The course costs £28 which works out at just £7 for each session.
When and where?
Monday evenings 6.45 – 7.45 pm at the Centre of Pendeen starting mid September (provisionally 21st September 2015).
Small class size
The maximum number of students is 6, which means I can respond to the needs of the individuals within the group. So if there is something you would particularly like to learn, or you need extra help or practice with an aspect of the language, just let me know.
About the tutor
I am a PGCE-qualified teacher of MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) with more than 8 years’ experience of teaching languages to adults and children, both in Spain and in the UK. Please contact me on email@example.com or 01736 787905 if you would like to reserve a place on the beginners Spanish course, or if you have any further questions. ¡Hasta pronto!
In the first class I like to ask learners why they want to learn German or Spanish. Shown above are just a few of the answers they give.
Get speaking right from the start
Many people learnt a language at school and now want to take it up again, or learn a completely new language. Others did not really enjoy language learning at school, but are motivated to give language learning a second chance. Often they feel their knowledge of grammar is OK, but they want to be able to speak and understand more confidently.
Travel, friends and holidays
A lot of people are enthusiastic about the country where the language is spoken and may have visited and got a taste for the culture and want to go back and chat with the locals or friends over a café con leche or a Weissbier.
I have several learners working in the hospitality industry, who want to be able to communicate with their guests. Here in West Cornwall we have a huge number of German visitors, thanks partly to the popularity of the German produced TV adaptations of Rosamunde Pilcher novels shown on a Sunday evening in Germany. Filmed in Cornwall with a German cast, these shows draw thousands of German tourists every year to visit the landscapes and houses made famous in the programmes.
Classes tailored to your interests
Whatever your reasons, I will take them into account when planning your lessons and if there is something you particularly want to learn then let me know, and I can plan it into a future lesson.
And if you have no particular reason and just want the fun and challenge of learning a new language, then that’s fine too!
Look under the Spanish or German tabs to find details of current classes in St Just, Pendeen and Penzance.
German beginners – Wednesdays 4.45 pm – 5.45 pm
German improvers – Wednesdays 6 pm – 7 pm FREE taster sessions Wednesday 14th January 2015
I really hope you’ll come along and try a session!
Centre of Pendeen
We will be using the small meeting room at the Centre, which also runs a huge range of other activities, groups and classes as well as the farmers’ market every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. So if languages are not your thing, maybe you could try patchwork, yoga, scrabble or bowls.