Sunday, 1 November 2009

A Spanglish November....

Dear all!

Listen up!
Its November already, and our new meeting place is turning out to be a vibrant spot to meet new people, with the added bonus that we are all have plenty in common.

The Spanish Invasion language exchange group will be meeting up at 3 different places this month...

Tuesday Evenings at the St James Tavern, from 8.30 pm onwards...
Dates: 3rd, 1oth and 24th November...

On Tuesday, 17th November... We have our first get together booked at the OLE OLE Spanish restaurant 29-31 New Steine, Marine Parade, Brighton. We will be there at 8.30 for an introduction to Flamenco dancing... As its a special night Ole Ole are offering Spanish Invasion members and Combination Languages £5 for Paella a drink (Sangria or a soft drink). I will be sending out some more details closer to the time...

Thursday Evenings at the Cornerstone, Elm Grove, Brighton, from 8 pm onwards...
Eddie and Tom will be there to welcome new members and regulars...

We are looking forward to a fun month with our language exchange group... When we first started out, we had more Spanish members... Now, we have more people learning Spanish! We do want give everyone the opportunity to practice their language skills, which is why we are working hard to get everyone together...

Combination Languages Spanish lessons are well under way now and into their 4th week. The group of Beginners / Low Intermediate level students have covered topics like 'meeting and greeting', 'likes and dislikes' and 'the body and illnesses'. They have also gone over grammar points such as the present tense of regular verbs and the 'me gusta' construction.Lots of hard work and studying have taken place but lots of fun has been had as well!

The group has worked on modern Spanish pop songs and played numerous games to help them to progress with the language.And of course we all enjoy the pint and chat afterwards in the St James Tavern with Spanish Invasion members.If you think you would like to join the group, new students are welcome at any time and you're able to take part on a drop in basis (£15 for hour and a half session or £12.50 if you book for 4 weeks in advance.)Email or call Suzie on 07974 563137

Come along on a Tuesday evening to the St James Tavern on St James Street from 8.30 onwards...

The more you practice your language skills... the more confident you become. This is the reason why we are have joined forces with Combination Languages to give you a head start! Come along to an evening at the St James Tavern, meet Suzi who has been conducting her lessons for the past month above the St James Tavern from 7.30 pm until 9 pm. This is a note from one of her students...

"Suzi is a great teacher and I'm really enjoying the lessons.Although I already know some Spanish, it's great to learn in a more structured way. She tries to speak as much Spanish in the lesson as possible, to make you feel more comfortable with the language.All the materials are supplied and really well prepared. It's also great to get to meet native Spanish speakers after the lessons,to practise what we've just learnt! Roll on Tuesday!" David Slattery
Thank you for taking part.. The more people who join our group the more we can do!


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