Ex­pats learn the lo­cal lingo

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Social Scene -

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’.

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