Spain and the Spanish language have been generating some interesting statistics around the UK lately.
Well, not exactly the country and its native language but its relationship to us:
Of all the possible holiday destinations we have to choose from, Spain, in particular, Barcelona and Andalusia, continue to call us back, again and again, making it the preferred destination for our holidays abroad.
In spite of fewer students electing to sit foreign language GCSEs overall, Spanish bucks that trend by showing an increase in the number of students sitting that exam while French and German are lagging.
The uptick in numbers continues through A-Levels where, again, with German and French exams waning in popularity, Spanish is on the rise.
The trend continues through undergraduate study: Spain is among the most popular destinations for UK students studying abroad.
Blame it on Shakira; blame it on Sangria.
Blame it on all of those exotic Latin dances and the allure of Luis Fonzi’s Despacito: whatever the reason, we and our kids are finding Spanish studies suddenly cool… and that’s a good thing!
Besides the cognitive benefits, one derives from the ability to speak more than one language, the professional and economic opportunities available to those who can speak a second language competently make learning Spanish worthwhile.
Wouldn’t learning French or German be of equal value?
To some extent, yes.
However, with the total number of Spanish speakers worldwide now second only to Mandarin Chinese speakers – English having been relegated to third place, it stands to reason that learning Spanish would better position one to take a competitive role later in life.
Whatever your reasons or those of the students in your clan, Superprof wants to help place you on the front line of benefit and opportunity by presenting you with some of the best places to learn Spanish throughout our country.
A romantic getaway to a Caribbean beach will make good use of your Spanish language skills! Source: Pixabay Credit: Mustang Joe
The cream of the crop of Spanish lessons in Glesga would surely be had at the Language Hub.
There, you will first encounter a placement test to determine how much Spanish you know and how well you can speak it.
If you cannot speak Spanish at all, you would be placed in their beginners class and, should you wish to learn with your mates, you might all get to learn together – provided you are all starting your language learning experience from scratch.
Naturally, should you have some Spanish skills, you would be grouped with other learners at the intermediate level.
If you were to happen onto Live Language’s foreign language webpage, you would find that the very first language listed is Spanish… could it be because so many people inquire about Spanish classes?
Their three-month course will take you through the basics of grammar while building your vocabulary and practising your Spanish pronunciation.
You never need to worry about overcrowded classes; they restrict their classes to under 15 students in order to maintain the optimal teacher-student ratio.
One most enticing aspect of their language program: they can arrange for a learning session in Spain!
You may choose to sojourn in Madrid or Majorca, staying with a host family and seeing what Spain is like through the eyes of a native.
What a learning experience that would be!
We’ll leave that idea to germinate… or would you like to know of other Spanish courses in Glasgow you might take?
If you enjoy the festive sounds of Mariachi music, Mexican Spanish is the language for you! Source: Pixabay Credit: Ernesto Slava
From undergraduate courses at the University of Leeds to adult language programmes at Leeds City College, Loiners are spoilt for choice when it comes to learning Spanish.
If you happen to be preparing for GCSEs or A-Levels, take note of the University of Leeds Spanish language BA programme.
Theirs is a four-year, full-time degree program that permits you to tailor your language learning to your interests.
For example, if you find peace in religious studies, you may take Spanish for Religion. By contrast, if you’re fascinated by advances in medicine, you might focus on Medical Spanish.
If you are not contemplating attending university but still wish to learn Spanish in a structured learning environment, you might consider Leeds City College.
A haven for school leavers and proponents of continuing education alike, their Spanish language studies do not disappoint!
What is particularly great is that they teach language and culture as complementary aspects of learning, through events sponsored by native speakers of various Spanish speaking regions.
One facility whose purpose is to promote Spanish language and culture is Instituto Cervantes.
There, you may prepare for the Spanish Dele – the official exam of Spanish language proficiency, avail yourself to their library and discover Spanish culture through the events they host.
Of course, they also teach Spanish; to adults and GCSE level students.
There are so many outlets to learn Spanish in Leeds! We’ve compiled our top picks in this table:
|School Name||What They Teach||Physical Address||Web Address||Phone Number|
|University of Leeds||Undergraduate and Graduate Spanish||Michael Sadler Building|
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
|https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/courses/f044/spanish-ba||0113 343 3669|
|Leeds City College||Adults and school leavers||Several locations throughout the city||https://www.leedscitycollege.ac.uk/courses-apprenticeships/adult-part-time-courses/languages/||0113 386 1997|
|Cactus Language Training||Adults and Business Spanish||Various locations throughout the city||https://www.cactuslanguagetraining.com||0127 383 0960|
|Cervantes Institute||Spanish language and culture|
|169 Woodhouse Lane|
Leeds LS2 3AR
|https://leeds.cervantes.es/en/default.shtm||0113 246 1741|
As our weather is particularly gloomy this time of year, it would be quite natural for our thoughts to turn to sunny escapades in Valencia or Málaga… or did you have mountainous Madrid in mind?
If so, you may want to brush up on your Spanish by taking a Conversational Spanish class with Able Manchester.
You might know of this facility as an English study hub, perhaps meant for native speakers of Spanish to learn our language but you could also learn Spanish in the adult language classes they host.
Incidentally, if you were looking for Spanish lessons for your children, you could find them at Able Manchester too!
Their language courses don’t necessarily drill heavily on Spanish grammar; they are more interested in getting your speaking skills right through a variety of exercises and role play.
Furthermore, you may brush up on your cultural knowledge through the events they sponsor; you will have ample opportunity to exercise your newfound vocabulary in a social setting… all while having fun!
If you were looking for something a bit more hard-hitting, you may be interested in the University of Manchester’s Spanish courses for all.
You don’t need to be a university student to enrol in these classes; they are for everyone. Nor do you need to have any level of proficiency in Spanish.
You may start in Beginners Spanish or, if you are indeed leaving on holiday in a few weeks, you may select their fast track course, just so you can acquire some language before you leave.
They also have classes for the intermediate Spanish speaker and even for those fluent in the language!
Wait… if one is fluent in Spanish, why would they need classes? Excellent question!
If you have signed up for the Spanish Dele language proficiency exam, you would certainly want a way to exercise your language skills in the run-up to your test day.
Even if you were getting ready for A-Levels or the International Baccalaureate, these classes would help. In fact, undergraduates benefit from them, too.
These are only a couple of possibilities for learning Spanish in Manchester…
Fancy going to Andalusia to enjoy Flamenco dancing? Best to pick up on Spanish phrases! Source: Pixabay Credit: 691806
As does the University of Manchester, so the University of Birmingham offers open courses in a variety of languages.
Here too the trend continues; Spanish is their most popular selection!
You would study alongside university students taking extracurricular classes and others who are simply interested in learning something new.
Your curriculum would be predicated upon which level of language ability you are currently at.
If you are sure you’re beyond ‘Buenos Dias’ but not quite so sure how close to ‘Buenas Noches’ you actually are, you may take their online placement test, and then check their calendar for the next available enrolment date for your level.
These classes are suitable for GCSE students and above but they are not recommended for younger learners.
Should you need a Spanish teacher qualified to work with young children, you should contact Kidslingo and ask about their Spanish for kids programme.
How early did you want your child to start learning?
They offer a baby program; multi-sensory learning that features music and videos. Once your child becomes verbal, games and storytelling come into play.
Kidslingo accepts students up to 11 years of age, keeping the learning fun and engaging throughout. What a way to prepare your progeny for bilingualism!
Incidentally, Kidslingo operates throughout the country, they are not just for Spanish lessons in Birmingham. So, should you need to relocate, you may take your child’s lessons along!
Online Spanish lessons offer that same flexibility…
For busy adults and denizens of the digital realm otherwise known as teenagers, perhaps the most effective way to partake of Spanish lessons is online.
Consider the case of the busy parent: s/he has a work schedule to adhere to and family concerns to manage such as maintaining the home, buying and preparing food and seeing to the health and wellbeing of the entire family.
Just thinking about it is exhausting!
Who has any real desire to rush out for lessons after doing the nightly tidying up?
Another reason to consider online lessons is the cost: with virtually no business overhead to cover, Spanish teachers online are free to set reasonable prices for their one on one language lessons.
Finally, the selection of Spanish teachers available for online instruction is far greater than you might find in traditional learning setups.
Were you hoping to learn Mexican Spanish so you can discover Chichen Itza and explore the rest of the Yucatán Peninsula?
Or, inspired perhaps by Luis Fonzi and West Side Story, you might want to learn Puerto Rican Spanish and maybe explore the rest of the Caribbean Islands.
By searching for your best teacher online, you may choose a Spanish instructor based on which region of the Spanish speaking world they hail from so that you can learn both the language and culture that sparked your interest.
Other than finding your ideal Spanish tutor on Superprof, you may try your luck with Italki, a global tutor marketplace for language learning.
Simply scan teacher profiles until you find one or more likely candidates, check their calendar to see if your schedules are compatible and reserve your lessons!
Live Lingua works in much the same way except for how tutors’ rates are set: on Italki, teachers set their own rates and Live Lingua establishes a base schedule of fees that are listed right on their web page.
In either case, lessons are delivered strictly online, via Skype or whichever video platform your chosen teacher specifies.
Superprof, by contrast, has more than 7,000 Spanish teachers all across the UK.
So, if you prefer an in-home Spanish tutor; one who would work with small children and adults alike; one who might take on a small group of Spanish learners or work one to one, then the choice is clear.
Why settle for a Paella at Costa del Sol when you could enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine in Spain? Source: Pixabay Credit: Giro Chantal
Our country’s capital being a global city, host to businesses and individuals from all over the world, why should it come as any surprise that opportunities to learn Spanish in London abound?
You might find the teachers at the aptly named Spanish Lessons in London to be dynamic and engaging.
Your first meeting with them would consist of an interview to determine why you want to learn Spanish.
Are you hoping for Conversational Spanish lessons so you can enjoy a more intense holiday experience abroad or are you preparing for an exam; a formal assessment of your Spanish language ability?
For business or for pleasure, Spanish Lessons London has a Spanish course for everyone!
How about Spanish lessons at the International House?
Here again, the teachers tailor their curriculum to your language learning needs. You may enrol there without knowing so much as ‘Hola!’ and come away with ‘Querido, yo quiero…’ – maybe even in time for Valentine’s Day!
The best way to beat the post-holiday blues is to get yourself engaged in something productive – that is one reason why so many people make New Year’s resolutions!
One way to keep your resolutions is to embroil yourself in something so fun, so stimulating and worthwhile that you won’t think for a moment of stopping.
Learning Spanish surely qualifies!
Now that you know where, all around the UK, you can find such lessons, you may join the ranks of those who have already made Spanish THE language to learn this year.
Now discover where else you could take Spanish lessons in London…