Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Start improving your chosen foreign language in September...

Dear Invasion Members,

September has arrived!

September is always a good time to start something new. The Spanish Invasion has been created to enable everyone involved to improve their language skills by discovering new approaches to learning English and Spanish.

Our group meetings will give you the encouragement you need to develop your language skills, as we understand that it can be difficult to motivate yourself whilst learning a language.

As mentioned in our last news letter we would like to organise an event which will involve all our members. We are looking into organising an 'open mic' evening, to give members the opportunity to sing, read poetry, play some music, etc... Any members who would be interested in performing in front of a lovely crowed of people, please contact me. We are still looking for a venue to host this event, once we have a small line up and a date for the event to take place, I will send out the details.

Events taking place from the 4th - 30th September.

Eddie and Arantxa host the Cornerstone event, and I host the Sidewinder and the Guarana bar events! There will be occassions when we won't be able to attend the events due to other commitments. With this in mind, if there are any members who are interested in joining our team and would like to host a night, please let me know.All our meeting Spots below...If you are interested in joining the group its Free to all! The more people who join us, the more discounts will be on offer!!

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We have had a great few weeks with The Spanish Invasion! So many people have joined and are enjoying all the invasion meetings...

We will be meeting at Sidewinder - Tuesday evenings from 8pm until late...

We meet at the Cornerstone - Thursday from 8 pm until late.....

We party at Casablanca on a Wednesday night....

For any members who are interested in joining the Spanish Invasion, but are not sure what to expect, the Guarana bar is a great place to meet. If you would like to meet me there for a coffee on a Saturday between 11 am and 1pm, please let me know, I will be happy to come and meet you!

We meet at More Bar on Trafalgar Street, every Sunday night! We are there from 8 pm.
Complimentary Calimocho for all Spanish Invasion Members...Flamenco music - Candela Quartet!

We are working with Lingualearn- For all your language softwear - have a very helpful website... I have been listening to their language softwear. Their wide range of language learning products are proving to be useful tools in improving foreign language abilities...Please check out their new video brochure

For new arrivals to the Brighton area, I have been working with the National Health Service, to make sure that members are informed! Access to medical attention can be difficult! The Brighton & Hove NHS have would like to make sure that all of you are looked after whilst you are in Brighton. If you are not registered with a Doctor, there is a Walk-in practice. Please go to - Aspect House, 84-87 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XE. Open everyday 8am - 8pm, including all bank holidays. TEL: 01273 203058.

Please contact if you need any more information!

Best wishes

About Me

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If you have read my blog and want to know more about me ... please read on!

Where are you from?

The short answer would be the south of England, but this is not strictly true.  I was born in Bahrain, and I've lived in Spain, Scotland and England.  When I worked for First Choice (Tour operator), I was sent to work in Almeria, Tenerife, Malaga, Corfu and Bulgaria! Then I moved to Brighton. I had a great time there and met some amazing people (you know who you are)! From there I moved to Alicante to become a teacher.  I got a better teaching position in Toledo with Cambridge English plus, there I spent my days correcting exams, teaching kids and Adults... and now I am residing in Ciudad Real with my life partner.

Why did you become an English teacher?

I've always liked the idea of teaching, but I figured it was a good idea to get some life experience before trying to teach. So, that's what I did! I have worked in tourism, insurance, marketing, health and safety, bars and restaurants! Work experience gives you heaps of anecdotes and stories to teach your students about real life!

Why did you decide to become self-employed?

Well, it was an easy decision, I wanted the freedom and flexibility to teach English through numerous activities, cooking, wine tasting, playing games, etc.  When you work in a school/academy/college you teach the same thing day in day out, students get bored of sitting down at a desk with a book open in front of them, having done this during school hours as well. Through experience I've learnt that it's easier to learn a language when you actually live it! Kids in Spain learn grammar at school, they know how the language works, but they don't get the opportunity to speak.

Why online classes?

I wanted to be able to teach other nationalities and maybe provide a service to people who can't leave their house, or live out in a small village where they don't have access to a language school. Teaching online is intense, it doesn't suit everyone, but the students I have are happy with the classes.

Are online classes better than in person?

If there is a good internet connection, and the student is keen to learn online, then it can be good, but I wouldn't say it was better than in person. Learning online is intense, you have to constantly pay attention, your teacher is able to provide you with visual aids, class notes, etc. You save money on petrol and you save time! When technology improves, it will be possible to join a group, which should be cheaper for you and give you the opportunity to meet other students from around the world!

How do you fill your time?

Well, I keep a blog for my students, the number of readers are increasing everyday, which is encouraging. I won't talk about politics, religion or any subject which may offend any nationality. It's purpose is to give students something to read, which may interest them. Helping them to learn new vocabulary and expressions. I also teach at a nursery in the mornings, and one evening a week I teach children and their parents together! This gives parents the opportunity to learn with their children, making it easier to practise at home. English can become part of your everyday lives!

My teenage group are new, and I love teaching them!

iFriendly Summer project:

Every year I look into summer camps and the options I have to teach during our long hot summers... I have to say there is quite a wide variety of summer camps here in Spain, United Kingdom and Ireland.  I have worked for the Junta de Andalucia and Combination Languages in the U.K.

I love Castilla La Mancha and I would rather stay and teach closer to home... I think I have found what I am looking for.  A stunning little village not 50 minutes from my City... Saceruela.

This year I intend to set up a summer camp for kids, aged 10 -16 from the local schools and academies. In 2016 / 17 I intend to attract students from the U.K and Ireland, those who want to learn Spanish, so that we can teach both languages together.  This will enable iFriendly to provide activities for both nationalities and give everyone the chance to learn from each other. A similar set up to my 'Invasion Friendly' project in Brighton, where Spanish speakers and English speakers got together every week to learn from each other in a social environment. This will also be available for adult learners, but on weekends throughout the year.

Invasion Friendly "To promote cultural integration and change. Give the word invasion new meaning. A safe way for travellers to learn languages."

Check out this stunning village

I teach English through wine tasting events in Ciudad Real, at Taberna Vinalia Check out our events on Facebook.

From April 2014 to December 2014, I worked on a Tourism project in Toledo, due to the long commute I no longer teach the course.

And last but not least, I teach English online!

For Skype English classes Contact Lisa Jane by email