by Pamela Gill
Debbie Janes, far left, Community Education administrative
assistant, and Marilyn Forward (R), program developer
with Community Education, run over a few last minute details
with two students from Belize who will be teaching an
introductory Spanish course beginning Feb. 4. The course
is filled to capacity with an extensive waiting list.
By Pamela Gill
Whatever the reason – trips to the Caribbean or a general
interest in foreign languages – Grenfell College’s
Community Education is finding out that people are keen to
Community Education's Conversational Spanish course has been
full with a waiting list for quite some time; the course begins
“This course is intended for people who have little
or no knowledge of the Spanish language,” explained
Marilyn Forward, program developer at Community Education
and College Relations. "Participants will learn to pronounce
Spanish words and will be able to carry on simple conversations.”
Grenfell is able to offer this course because of two international
students who come from Belize.
Shanda Williams and Nataliah Cardona, both of Belmopan City,
the capital of Belize, are working towards a bachelor of arts
in psychology at Grenfell.
“I've been asked a lot of questions about our home and
whether we speak English or Spanish there,” said Ms.
Williams. “It will be nice to share the language. It's
going to be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to it.”
Ms. Cardona sees the opportunity as a chance for personal
growth and career development.
“I'm looking at getting into the University of Toronto,”
she said, referring to postgraduate studies. “Teaching
Spanish at a young age at a university will be very beneficial
to me for my career.”
“We’ve been overwhelmed at the public response
to this course,” said Ms. Forward, adding that if all
goes well, there's no reason to think Community Education
wouldn't offer the course next fall. “We’re glad
that we are able to offer Shanda and Nataliah employment while
they're attending school. Their skills will really enhance
the variety of programming we’re able to offer.”