Three popular groups wanting to learn or Improve their Spanish


Spanish Conversation

Meets: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the Month

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

There are ten members of this group and our Spanish expertise ranges from reasonably proficient to bilingual.

We start a meeting by each talking about what we have done since the previous meeting; this usually leads to questions and the conversation may take various directions.

Once we have exhausted the conversation, we read out loud a newspaper article, usually from El País, on a topic of interest. We do not translate into English, but we do occasionally need to focus on a point of grammar or the meaning of a specific word in context.  If there is still time, we may discuss the events or points of view described in the article.

We have twice in recent years visited Spain as a group, but such visits do not form part of our normal activities.


Spanish for Beginners 1

Meets: 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the Month

Time: 14:30 – 16:30

In this group, we use two books, both with a strong emphasis on repetition of the target language; this emphasis helps to surmount the initial difficulties which can be experienced by the adult beginner. The books are ‘Easy Spanish:step-by-step’ by Barbara Bregstein (McGraw-Hill) and SPANISH CD intensive language course. The latter is recommended by the Council of Europe. There are accompanying CD’s or MP3 with basic dialogues and exercises which guide us in the assimilation of the language.


Spanish Improvers

Meets: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the Month

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

This group is working at GCSE level or slightly above.  We have used various text books to gain vocabulary and a solid understanding of grammar. We are now using other sources of Spanish.  During a typical meeting, we will read out loud and discuss a topical item from the Spanish press; perform a role-play designed to develop real-life conversational skills as well as indulge in amateur dramatics; perform a listening or grammar exercise; read some pages of a novel, with which we are making slow but steady progress.

The group is currently full, but vacancies do arise from time to time.