Author: Maria Ansede

Oktoberfest 2017: Where to Celebrate in the UK

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Oktoberfest 2017 Events in the UK!

Oktoberfest, the most famous beer festival in the world, holds an important place in Bavarian culture. The 19th century original Munich event, a mix of a travelling funfair and a great beer festival, gave way to the numerous Oktoberfest celebrations that take place every year across the world. If you want to enjoy the best German beers, munch down on delicious bratwurst and practise your “ein beir, bitte!” with your traditionally dressed waiter, have a look at our list of top Oktoberfest 2017 events in the UK! If you can’t get to Germany for Oktoberfest then why not practise your German here, on UK soil?!

London (5th – 8th October)

London Oktoberfest is the biggest Oktoberfest in the UK with more than 50,000 guests attending each year since its start in 2011. The festival transforms Millwall Park (Canary Wharf) into a traditional Oktoberfest with a giant beer tent offering: special brewed Bavarian beer, the best Bratwurst, Schnizel and Pretzel this side of Munich, and live music from traditional Oompa bands. The entire family can also experience Bavarian culture for a day with their kid friendly Sunday Lunch special offers!

Leeds (6th – 8th and  13th – 15th October)

Oktoberfest is back again in Leeds for two weekends in October. The South Bank Depot is the new central venue, just a few minutes walk from Leeds Train Station. This Oktoberfest celebration is the only UK based one to team up with Hofbräu – one of the last traditional Munich breweries still in Bavarian ownership. Authentic German cuisine including bratwurst. brezel and hendl, and an in-house Oompah band providing a range of singalongs and classics, makes this an authentic Bavarian experience.

Brighton (13th – 14th October)

Oktoberfest Brighton has a new home at The Level in Union Road and additional sessions this year after the success of their 2016 event. Book your place now and visit The Grand Bier Tent to enjoy the outstanding selection of hot and cold traditional German plates, steins full of craft bier as well as lively German music. ABK is the 2017 exclusive beer brewed at the same local German farms used by Aktien Brewery for over 700 years.

Manchester (18th – 22nd October)

Manchester Oktoberfest will bring you the feeling of being in an authentic Oktoberfest tent filled with long tables and benches in the middle of Manchester at Albert Square. Over one long weekend you can fully experience everything that makes a real Oktoberfest: live music by a German bands coming from Bavaria, delicious German food and fine beers, waitresses and waiters dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen and even a giant outdoor beer garden!

Bournemouth (20th – 21st October)

Bournevaria Oktoberfest 2017 transforms the BIC Solent Hall into a big Bavarian beer festival. The best German bratwursts and pretzels, accompanied by cold craft biers and a live band, will give you a genuine taste of Oktoberfest. Traditional German outfits are highly encouraged and there is a prize for Best dressed. Combine this with some of your best German expressions and you are bound to be in with a shot at the winner’s prize! Admission price includes a souvenir glass and a voucher for 50% off your first pint, so book your place and enjoy all the Bournevaria has to offer!

Oxford (21st October)

Oxford has been twinned with the German city of Bonn since 1947. Now The Oxford-Bonn Link, an organization established in order to promote the partnership between both cities, is bringing the Oktoberfest to Oxford for a day. Join the Bonn Link for a fantastic night at the Oxford Conservative Club (New Road). Get ready to dance and sing German folk songs with the Oxford Oom-Pah-Pah-Lumpas band and don’t forget to try the varied German nibbles and drinks.

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Cactus offers language courses to all levels. To find out more about learning German, or information on any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher trainingEnglish and French

Cactus Language Partners with La Tasca Broadgate

 

Special Offer for Cactus Students at La Tasca Broadgate!

La Tasca Broadgate is a genuine Spanish Tapas Bar & Restaurant situated a stone’s throw away from London’s Liverpool Street Station, and a couple of minutes’ walk from Moorgate. La Tasca Broadgate delivers an authentic Spanish dining experience in the heart of London, while also being the perfect venue for large group bookings, parties and meetings.

Do you dream of pan con alioli, or patatas bravas, with a nice glass of Rioja? Perhaps you are new to Spanish food and have yet to experience some delicious albondigas or calamares a la plancha? Whatever your preference, there is no better place to put your Spanish language skills into practice than at a Spanish restaurant. Try out your ‘¡Quiero más, por favor!’ with your waiter and get into the Spanish mood with some great Spanish food and even better Spanish wines.

Serving delicious Tapas, Paella, Mains & Desserts along with a range of Wines, Sangrias and Copa Gins, La Tasca Broadgate features a new range of speciality happy hour Cocktails that remain 2FOR1 All Day Every Day. Who can resist that?

Cactus students will receive a massive 25% off their food at La Tasca Broadgate by simply showing their course confirmation email. Don’t miss the chance to taste the best of Spain in central London and book your table at La Tasca Broadgate here!

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Cactus offers language courses to all levels. To find out more information on any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

Foreign Films: Where to Watch Them This Month

Foreign Films That Will Improve Your Language Skills

August showcases some excellent subtitled foreign films over the next weeks and we don’t want you to miss out. If you’re looking for a more culturally enriching experience to the usual summer blockbusters check what’s on and enjoy some of the best films out whilst practising your language skills.

“Blue Is The Warmest Colour” (French)

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This controversial coming-of-age drama follows the life of Adèle as she experiences freedom, desire and love while growing into a young woman. This French film won the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and the jury also awarded the Honorary Palme d’Or to the two lead actresses in the movie (Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux). Watch “Blue is The Warmest Colour” in Manchester this summer alongside the short film “Reaching” by Sophia Yeut See.

“Your Name” (Japanese)

“Your Name” is an animated drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai, also creator of the acclaimed “The Garden of Words”. Mitsuha and Taki don’t know each other at all, they even live in different places. When Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her small town and go to the capital of Japan, they become strangely connected. Mitsuha dreams she is a high school boy who lives in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a village he has never visited. What does this connection between them mean? You can watch “Your Name” in several cities such as Bournemouth, Brighton, Liverpool, and London.

“Jab Harry Met Sejal” (Hindi)

Meet Harry and Sejal in this Indian romantic comedy filmed in multiple European locations as well as India. When Sejal loses her engagement ring, Harry, a tourist guide in Amsterdam, decides to help her and ends up involved in a crazy journey across Europe. This search leads them to understand both love and relationships better, and realize what they are truly looking for. Watch “Jab Harry Met Sejal” in Leeds and Manchester.

“Once Upon A Time” (Chinese Mandarin)

“Once Upon A Time” is a romantic drama based on the best-selling fantasy novel “Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms”. The story revolves around Bai Qian, a goddess and monarch from the Heavenly Realms that is sent to the mortal world. Powerful forces, wild battles, loyalty and eternal love transform her adventures into an epic journey. You can watch this long-awaited Chinese fantasy film in London and Manchester.

“The Wrong Move” (German)

“The Wrong Move” is one of the critically acclaimed films that form Wim Wenders’ Road Movies trilogy. This 1975 German production is a great landmark of European cinema and Wenders once defined it as an example of “how to be able to grasp the world through language”. The film reflects the German director’s interest in angst and self-discovery following the trip of Wilhelm, an aspiring young writer, as he explores his country. Watch “The Wrong Move” in Manchester this August.

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To find out more information about any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

Win Tickets For A West End Show With Cactus!

Tape Face: A Modern Day Charlie Chaplin

Join TAPE FACE as he brings his uniquely hilarious and moving comedy to London, in a multi-award winning spectacle that needs to be seen to be believed. Don’t miss the chance to experience the phenomenon: finalist of America’s Got Talent 2016 and critically acclaimed around the world!

“His three-man Jackson Five number… might just be the greatest five minutes of art created by man… Properly funny, truly wondrous. ”
★★★★ The Times

Win One Of Two Pairs Of Tickets For Tape Face

Cactus is celebrating our upcoming July Evening Language Courses with a competition to win one of two pairs of tickets for Tape Face. His hilarious and moving spectacle of silent comedy is accessible for a multilingual audience. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and when it’s over you’ll be completely lost for words!

Enter the competition by simply sharing our post on Facebook.

In addition, we have a special offer for all our readers and participants interested in the show: you will be able to book Tape Face tickets with a 50% discount by entering code: TAPE20 when making your booking.*

*Offer valid Wed – Thur shows until 20th July 2017. Book at: nimaxtheatres.com – 0330 333 4811

Show details:
6th June – 22nd July 2017
Wednesday – Saturday, 7:30pm
Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH
Tickets: £20.75 – £64.50
Website: http://tapefacelondon.com/
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Please check the complete terms and conditions of our competition below:
Prize package is a one of two pairs of (2 tickets) tickets to Tape Face at the Garrick Theatre, London. Valid any one performance between Friday 14th July and Saturday 22nd July 2017 (Evening performances). Subject to availability. Closing date: midnight 13th July 2017. The winner will be notified via email/phone no more than 3 days after the closing date. The winner has 3 days to accept the prize and respond to the promoter via phone or email, otherwise a new winner will be chosen at random. Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Competition open to UK residents Only. Competition promoter is Boom Ents Ltd, 17a Newman Street, London, W1T 1PB.

Contact Us

To find out more information about any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

What Happens Behind the Classroom Door?

Find Out What Happens in a Language Class

Learning a language is an adventure and one that most people start with feelings of excitement, enthusiasm and perhaps a little bit of apprehension. If you have never learnt a language in a communicative environment your only experience of language learning may be that of memorising verb tables at school. Our classes are very different to this, therefore before booking their course a lot of our students want to know what happens in a language class and what should I expect? As well as, “what are the best ways to start learning a language?” Here we will address exactly what happens behind the classroom door.

An Example: Spanish Beginner 2 with Javier

Using our Spanish Beginner 2 (A1 CEFR Level) class with teacher Javier Paz as an example, we will take you through the staging of the lesson, give you an idea of the atmosphere in the lesson, explain the methodology and outline your involvement and participation in the class. Everyone attending the Spanish Beginner 2 course has completed the 10 week Spanish Beginner 1 course, which gives them a reasonable understanding of the basic every day vocabulary and also the present tense. All our evening classes are held over 2 hours, either once (10 week courses) or twice (5 week courses) a week.

What Happens in a Language Class: The Atmosphere

Although Javier’s students are still at beginner level Javier only uses Spanish in the class. He uses a lot of gestures, mime, visuals and also drawings on the board to ensure the meaning is clear and despite their low level, everyone seems to keep up and understand. This creates a relaxed, fun but focussed environment in which it is ok to make mistakes and everyone is supportive of each other’s learning.

 

 

What Happens in a Language Class: Step by Step, Stage by Stage

Javier’s lesson are divided into a series of activities and feedback which are based around the assigned course book and his own materials. Some of the activities are completed as one large group, some are carried out in pairs or smaller groups. Throughout the lesson every student is engaged in the activity and Javier ensures that everyone contributes to the task, to allow the whole class the opportunity to speak as much as possible.

At the beginning of his class Javier and his students recap what they did last lesson to refresh everyone’s memories. This leads into a short discussion on holidays the main topic of the day. Students then work in small groups of 3 to discuss their ideas (beach or city holiday? Sunbathing or sport?), and to clarify the meaning of some new vocabulary items. After feedback the whole group analyses a grammar structure and focuses on the meaning , form and pronunciation of this structure (ir = to go). After students work in pairs to discuss which Spanish speaking destinations they would like to visit and to practise the verb structure.

Just before the short 2-minute break halfway through the lesson, Javier names one of the students El Rey de Los Deberes? (the King of Homework) for his dedication and for always completing his homework. The winner has to choose between castauelas (wooden clackers typical from Spain) and a can of Spanish peas (!) as a prize. The student doesn’t hesitate and happily selects the food.

 

 

After the break Javier gives the students an activity which combines the topic (holidays) with the new vocabulary, new grammar (ir = to go) and the transportation vocab taught in the previous lesson. This speaking activity, which is conducted in pairs, allows students to put everything they have learnt together and to reinforce some of the new language they had learnt that day. The lesson comes to an end with a listening task that summarizes the topics addressed and Javier gives the group a reminder about the homework for the week that will be sent to the students by email.

What Happens in a Language Class: Student Participation

Over the two hours students spend around 70% of the time speaking, with Javier listening, correcting and taking notes. Javier only speaks around 30% of the time when he is setting up tasks, clarifying the meaning of vocabulary and grammar structures, and getting feedback or doing error correction. All students actively participate in the class, and although it is clear that some students are more confident than others everyone has an equal opportunity to use the language and to participate in the tasks using their Spanish. It was surprising how much Spanish everyone was able to use given they had only been studying Spanish for 18 weeks.

What Happens in a Language Class: What Next?

If you like the sound of these classes and think that it might be something you would like to try why not find out more at our Language Course Questions page or take a Free Online Level Test to check your level and see which level course you should book.

Contact Us

To find out more information about any of our courses, or just general advice on language learning, simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

 

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