At Gordon Neighbourhood House we have a long history of running free language classes led by community volunteers. In the past these popular classes took place in person at Gordon House and were a great opportunity for community connection, skill sharing, and learning. Once the COVID-19 pandemic started we postponed these in-person programs for the safety of our community.
In June 2020 we began to host a weekly Spanish class again, but with the class taking place virtually via Zoom. This class is free to attend, and is led by a community volunteer. Over the last eight months the virtual Spanish class has become so popular with participants that we have added a second weekly class and split the group into ‘beginners’ and ‘intermediate’ classes.
One program participant had the following feedback on the virtual Spanish classes:
“I am extremely grateful to Gordon Neighbourhood House for providing me with the opportunity to learn Beginners’ Spanish in the comfort and safety of my own home and I cannot believe my good fortune in being able to take a weekly online class with Jessica. She is endlessly patient in answering our questions, provides us with an abundance of study materials, is always accessible through the group WhatsApp site, and continues to provide us with an excellent model of spoken Spanish so that we can practice correct pronunciation. Not only that, but Jessica is generous in sharing with us her Mexican culture which is a gift in itself. I also want to mention an unexpected bonus of the class, that of getting to know my lovely fellow-students!
One year ago the thought of being stuck at home in semi-isolation seemed daunting, but the pandemic has brought us all kinds of opportunities that never would have come our way were it not for the restrictions imposed on us. They say that learning a language is one of life’s most rewarding activities. Thanks to Gordon House and to Jessica, I am discovering the benefits for myself!“
Intermediate/Advance Spanish – Wednesdays at 12 noon
Beginner Spanish – Mondays at 10am
If you have language skills that you would like to share with the community then we are interested in supporting you to volunteer your time to teach classes and/or translate community resources. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.