Soldiers set sights on English skills

Students receiving Homestay Intensive English Course certificates, from left: Teachers Andrew Mortimer, Jill and Patrick Bennett and Wendy Gretton with students Juan Valverde Pretel, Vicente Alaez Torio and David Martinez Sanz

MOJACAR has again hosted Spanish soldiers on a ‘total immersion’ English course to prepare for military language exams in Seville.
The course for soldiers from the Legion military base in Viator, Almeria,was organised by Andrew Mortimer, a multi-lingual trainer and interpreter based in Roquetas, who has worked at Spanish Legion Brigade bases in Viator, Almería and Ronda, Málaga for 12 years.
He was aided by Wendy Gretton from Turre and Patrick and Jill Bennett from Mojácar.
The soldiers took part in an intensive two-week course in Almeria before staying with families in Mojacar.
As well as more intensive lessons and social activities with host families, the soldiers accepted an invitation from Barrie Naylor to join the Mojácar Walking Group for a 13.5 km hike from Los Gallardos to the hilltop Cerro Cabezo de Maria Hermitage.
They also joined Mojácar Club Taurino founders Audrey and Mike Hathaway for lunch at the Karma restaurant, where students learned about the club while sampling Indian cuisine.
All voiced appreciation for events arranged and opportunities provided to speak to English of different dialects. Thanks also went to Mojácar Town Hall for support provided.
For more Homestay Programme details, contact: [email protected]


Article by Jill Bennett


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