Time to learn Spanish in Torrevieja

THE latest Spanish courses for foreigners started last week in Torrevieja. An initiative of the Town Hall, the course has been developed by Torrevieja’s Department of Immigration for the last eight years. The lasted course has twenty six, mostly older residents, taking up the challenge of trying to obtain a grasp of their host country’s language.

The courses are free and oversubscribed almost as soon as they are announced and take place at the Centro Cultural Virgen del Carmen,

Torrevieja Councillor for Foreigners, Pedro Valero accompanied by Graham Knight, the Director of the Foreign Residents Office OARI, officially opened the twice-weekly classes on March 1st, 2011.

The three month long course for foreigners is taught by Professor Arancha Corbi and is an officially recognized basic language course offered by the Miguel Hernández University. Those that pass, will receive a certificate of completion and be invited to the intermediate course.

Unlike the Spanish courses offered at the official language school, which are taught only in Spanish, this specialist course is taught in a bilingual fashion, in both English and Spanish.

The basic course deals with practical modules dealing with everyday life situations, offering students a vocabulary and understanding of words, phrases and verbs that are necessary to function in normal, everyday life, in Castilian.

Modules include visiting the doctor, shopping, eating and drinking, transportation and conversation.

Although the class is taught in English, it’s also popular among students of other European nationality. From the twenty six on this course, a couple are repeating the module, having found the intermediate course a little too much for them, others have never taken ‘proper’ Spanish classes before, the few who are under fifty years old are there for mainly business reasons, while the majority are retired but see the course as a way to integrate with their Spanish hosts.

The next courses have yet to be announced but are expected to be in the Autumn, 2011.

Courses are offered in both intermediate and basic level.

By Keith Nicol

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