Spanish Language Classes and Groups January 2020 to Summer 2021

The Society runs a number of very popular Spanish Language Courses and Conversation Groups
for the benefit of our members.

 
Some of them are run by volunteers and therefore are free. The remainder will incur a reasonable cost. The paid formal classes are run by a Spanish lady on our behalf. Those groups which incur a cost, pay for a native speaker to attend as an assistant. We believe that all our courses are very good value and provide excellent tuition and/or encouragement to engage in Spanish Conversation.
 
Courses and groups are specifically for adults only, who are members of Portsmouth Hispanic Society, so applicants who are not members already will need to join the Society before or at their first lesson. This is best done online. Please note that due to the popularity of the courses, membership of the Society does not guarantee a place on one of them; before joining the Society only in order to take lessons, please check first that there is a place for you on your chosen course
 
If you are studying Spanish at a college or elsewhere you are very welcome to join our Conversation groups, but we would prefer you to wait until you have finished your course before joining one of our more formal courses.
 
If you wish to apply for one of the following courses or groups please click on the link beside the course and fill in the application form. If you have any queries, or need help please email the language coodinator- email: language@spanishportsmouth.org.uk


Beginners Course - Day Time - Starting Jan 16th 2020 - Several places available

Thursday 9.30am to 10.30am The Link at Cosham Baptist Church £30 for a 5 lesson block, payable in advance The course will last 20 weeks Led by Natalia a qualified and experienced teacher of Spanish as a foreign language. The course follows the BBC Book, Talk Spanish 1, with access to on line activities out of class A course for complete Beginners

Post Beginners Course - Day Time - THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL, sorry

Thursday 10.45 to 11.45am The Link at Cosham Baptist Church £30 for a 5 lesson block, payable in advance. The course will run for a further 20 weeks Led by Natalia a qualified and experienced teacher of Spanish as a foreign language. The remainder of this course which started in October, will follow the BBC book Talk Spanish 2 This course is for those who have completed a Beginner's course or have an equivalent level of Spanish

Improver's Course - Day Time (This course is currently full, Short waiting list will be held)

Wednesday 9.30-10.30 At the tutor's home in Milton, Portsmouth £30 for a 5 lesson block, payable in advance. The course will run for a further 20 weeks Led by Natalia a qualified and experienced teacher of Spanish as a foreign language. This course follows the Book Sueños 1 This course is for those with around two years of Spanish learning

Intermediate Course - Day Time - A few places remain on this course

Thursday 12.00 to 13.00 The Link at Cosham Baptist Church £30 for a 5 lesson block, payable in advance. The course will run for a further 20 weeks Led by Natalia a qualified and experienced teacher of Spanish as a foreign language. No book is recommended for this course. Natalia will use her own resources and materials For those who have been following a Spanish course for several years but now wish to consolidate their skills and knowledge and become more fluent.

"How Spanish Works" course - Beginners or Improvers Courses run on demand.

Monday or Tuesday - 7pm until 9pm - Actual days to suit the students. At tutor's home in Havant Free course 12 week course. Repeated throughout the year on demand The tutor describes the course ---- 'Unfortunately learning a few Spanish words and pointing is often not much help. You won't find "What time is the next train to …" or "I bought this here yesterday" in a dictionary and phrase books don't give any real help over pronunciation. You can get a real sense of how Spanish works by attending the absolutely FREE (to members of the Society), no books to buy, but lots of grammar, EVENING course."

Cosham Conversation Group (Daytime) Sessions are standalone so regular attendance is not essential

On-going all year although the leader is away about half the time. Group members may wish to meet together in his absence. Wednesday 10.00 to 11.00am At the leader's home in Cosham. No cost. Informal and fun group activities designed to get you talking Spanish to others and working with them. The group leader, Mike, is a fluent Spanish speaker who knows Spain, especially Madrid, and the Spanish people and culture very well. You will need some prior knowledge of Spanish and you will also need to be prepared to put your theory into practice and have a go at talking in Spanish with others in a friendly and relaxed environment. Native Spanish speakers are welcome to join the group, taking part in English.

Southsea Conversation Group (1) - daytime. Sessions are standalone so regular attendance is not essential

On-going all the year, though group members may on occasion decide not to meet. Wednesday 10.00 to 11.00am On occasion, the meeting day may have to be changed. Group members will be kept informed. At a member's home in Southsea This group usually engages a native Spanish speaker as a helper and the cost is shared. Friendly and informal sessions to help you practise your Spanish with other members of the Society. The sessions whilst encouraging are free of pressure to talk. You may take an active part or just listen. Conversation is free to range over a number of topics covering normal everyday situations.

Southsea conversation group (2) - Friday afternoon Sessions are standalone so regular attendance is not essential

All year round. This is a mixed ability group, from intermediate to fluent. Friday 1400-1530 At the organiser's home in Southsea This group usually engages a native Spanish speaker as a helper and the cost is shared. The meetings are informal and provide an opportunity to speak the Spanish language. We sometimes choose a topic for a meeting, though on the day we may talk about breaking news. All members participate, so you'll need to be able to speak Spanish, though you don't have to be fluent

To discuss your options further please contact the language coordinator
Josie Wheeler
Email: language@spanishportsmouth.org.uk


 

Language News


First the sad ( for us ) news.
Ann, the tutor of our Thursday morning classes, for over 10 years, has decided to retire and is moving away from Portsmouth. We are happy for Ann, as she is moving closer to her family and her grandchildren. We wish her all the best and thank her for all that she has done for this Society. We shall miss her enormously.
 
Now the great news.
Our daytime courses are opening again and a new Beginner's class will be available. We welcome Natalia, a competent and experienced Spanish tutor, to our Society. From January she will be running classes for us, She is re-starting our Beginners class. She is also taking over Ann's Post Beginners and Improvers classes as well as her Intermediate group. We are excited at this new phase in the life of our Society.


Reading groups

Spanish Literature group
We run a reading group in the library in John Pounds Centre, in Queen Street, Portsmouth, on the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 11.30am - 1.00pm.
A group of enthusiasts get together to read Spanish literature, from some of the great Spanish and South American writers, past and present. We read in Spanish and also in translation usually via dual language texts.
You don't need to be a member to come along, although most of us are. Apply to join, here



Learning Spanish through reading.
We have also decided to trial a new sort of reading group- a Spanish reading group for intermediate Spanish learners. This will be a self-help group reading B1 and B2 level Spanish stories and discussing various aspects of Spanish grammar using online resources. You do not need to be a member to take part, but we do encourage you to join.
Meeting time and dates suggested for 11:30am on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at the John Pounds Centre library, however a different day and time could be considered according to demand.
To register interest and make contact with the organiser, Rona, click here.