Expats learn the local lingo
By Alex Watkins A TOTAL of 45 international residents of Torrevieja have been presented with diplomas for having passed the Spanish language for foreigners course.
The presentation was made by the councillors for integration, Carmen Morate and social services, Fabiana Ibarra.
There were a total of four courses, two at each level, which were taught by volunteers from the Torrevieja social initiative association (ATIS) at local schools and in the municipal youth centre (CIAJ).
Sra Morate praised the work of the ATIS members and recognised the merits of their technique.
“The teachers put all their knowledge and free time at the disposition of other people in order to improve everybody’s quality of life,” she said.
She also congratulated the students on the effort they are making to integrate with a culture that is so different from their own, and for having the willpower to learn the language so they can communicate better with those around them, including their children who receive classes in Spanish at school.
Sra Morate assured that integration ‘cannot be forced, it has to come from oneself and thanks to this ever-so simple project, which has been put on with hardly any resources, it is possible for a person to become an active part of Torrevieja society’.