Ca­nary Wharf language school of­fers Span­ish classes of all sizes on the es­tate

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Span­ish language school Vamos has opened a Ca­nary Wharf branch. The busi­ness has trained more than 6,000 stu­dents at its Hol­born head­quar­ters over the past seven years and now of­fers pre and post-work classes as well as lunchtime ses­sions at its Ju­bilee Place premises.

The courses cover all abil­i­ties, from to­tal be­gin­ners through to pro­fi­cient speak­ers.

Classes fol­low the Com­mon Euro­pean Frame­work Ref­er­ence syl­labus, cov­er­ing 20 language lev­els from A1 to C2, based on ELE text­books and sup­ported by on­line learn­ing and a blog.

Courses are ei­ther based on a week’s in­ten­sive study, five-week or 10-week blocks.

There is home­work in­volved but also tapas and con­ver­sa­tion nights, Span­ish film view­ings, paella cook­ing classes and wine tast­ings, not to men­tion oc­ca­sional week­end trips to Spain.

“The so­cia­ble el­e­ment is very

im­por­tant be­cause it’s the rea­son stu­dents come to class – to be part of a com­mu­nity,” said di­rec­tor Rus­sell Collins.

“Quite a few of our stu­dents work in Ca­nary Wharf al­ready. It’s a great di­ver­sion from a busy job.”

The classes fo­cus on the three ba­sic rules of language learn­ing – writ­ing, lis­ten­ing and speak­ing – but with the em­pha­sis on spo­ken com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“It’s a com­mu­nica­tive ap­proach, which is dif­fer­ent from how lan­guages are taught in school,” said Rus­sell. “It’s an es­tab­lished method but what’s dif­fer­ent about Vamos is the teach­ers, of which we have about 35.

“They are cho­sen for not just their ex­pe­ri­ence, but their per­son­al­ity. They’re en­er­getic and have some­thing spe­cial. Ba­si­cally, the stu­dents have to love their teach­ers.”

Courses start at £205. Those book­ing can en­ter code

FIXPR15-15 to save £15 be­fore Novem­ber 30. Go to let­slearnspan­ for more in­for­ma­tion about the classes or to book

Stu­dents prac­tise what they have learned in a con­ver­sa­tion class at Vamos Span­ish language school, which has opened a branch in Ca­nary Wharf

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