The long summer vacation is an ideal time to start new projects and perfect some skill that we have always wanted to get right.
If you are a student with long, idle hours and very little activities scheduled, here is an opportunity to spend some of it learning a foreign language.
According to Rachel Collis, a modern languages specialist tutor in French, Spanish, English and History, this is an ideal time for students especially to begin to work on their orals and grammar.
Students going to secondary school for the first time can get a jump on learning to write and speak Spanish and French.
Those students about to enter Fourth and Fifth Forms may need some help with breaking down those verbs and grammatical constructions that can prove very testy, especially when it comes to handling the multiple choice and situations sections of the CXC Paper.
There are also positions for CAPE students who for the first time find themselves having to read novels and interpret them in both languages.
“Unfortunately, some teachers do not teach certain sections of the CXC and CAPE syllabuses because of their lack of familiarity with the subject matters,“ said Collis. There are others who are more comfortable with teaching students to write the languages, and place very little emphasis on the spoken aspect. This can prove costly when the time comes for the oral exam which is a part of the overall pass mark.”
There is also room at the teacher’s table for adults who have always wanted to learn a language other than English. And last but not least, some of our Hispanic residents who would like to upgrade their knowledge of Standard English will also find assistance.
Special focus is placed on helping persons to speak the languages well.
Groups are especially welcomed.
Individuals get personalized attention.
Don’t be the one to say that you wish you had taken advantage of this opportunity. Foreign language teachers who are skilled in delivering efficient service are becoming very rare.
Those of you who have tried the popular online translation and audio services will realize that nothing beats the flexibility of receiving instruction from an experienced and capable language teacher.
Collis has more than forty years of experience teaching modern languages to students, from kindergarten to university level.
Collis can be reached at 561-3404 or 774-5890 or [email protected]