You don’t always need exams! As an example of wider benefits of learning without exams, here’s Charlotte’s story from Wilson Marriage Centre, Colchester: Employer: Wine Agency. Courses taken: Spanish Beginners; Spanish Improvers 1&2; Spanish Intermediate 1&2; Spanish Circle.
“We work with wineries in Spain, and there are some smaller producers who cannot speak English. It is helpful in business to communicate and understand the language. It is also a great personal challenge to learn a new language and a chance to meet new and interesting people who share the same interest.
I have been with the same classmates for the past three years and together we have supported each other and built friendships. Also the teachers at Wilson Marriage are brilliant. We have interactive classes which are always different and kept fun and involving. I always look forward to and enjoy my Spanish lessons.
I have been able to send emails and message on skype in Spanish. I have also been able to practice with Spanish speaking winery workers. Some who also speak English have been able to give me tips and teach me new things. I also have been able to use my Spanish on holidays, and impress my friends and family.
Where next? I plan to continue with my learning and building up my knowledge of the language. The pace of learning is relaxed and you are encouraged to build your confidence up with your classmates.”
This story first appeared on ACL Essex’s News and Facebook pages as an example of what can be achieved through their classes. If you are a learning provider with similar stories to tell, or know of a story that could be inspirational to others, please contact us by emailing LearningNeverStops@btinternet.com
For details of foreign language classes locally visit www.aclessex.com/