Category: evening language courses

Viva Mexico! Cactus Partners With La Choza

Special Offer for Cactus Students at La Choza

We are happy to announce our partnership with La Choza, the tastiest Mexican restaurant in Hove (Western Road)! And just 12 minutes by bus from our school in Brighton. La Chozaa presents an affordable and gloriously delicious menu of authentic Mexican street food. The menu offers all the traditional Mexican dishes such as burritos, tacos and quesadillas, and also has a tempting variety of vegan and vegetarian options. Wash this down with the liquid of Mexico – the margarita, or try one of their expertly chosen tequilas and you will end the night feeling almost Mexican! The vibe is funky Mexican folk art, neon lights, and sugar skulls and the friendly service will make this an evening to remember. As they say in Mexico:

Barriga llena, corazA?n contento’   Full stomach, happy heart.

Why not visit La Choza and enjoy a delicious Mexican meal in a very latin environment, you can even have a go at practising your Spanish! As a Cactus student, you just need to show your course confirmation email to receive 10% off your food and drink from Monday to Friday (12pm to 5pm).*
*Please note that this discount is only applicable in Western Road restaurant.

Mexican Spanish vs Spanish from Spain

If you love Mexican food and are thinking of visiting the land of the Mayans and the Aztecs, Frida Kahlo, and the Chihuahua, famous for avocadoes, tequila and the jalapeno, you may want to take not of some of the key vocabulary differences between Spanish from Spain and Spanish from Mexico.

English Mexican Spanish Spanish from Spain
Boy Chavo

Chico
Car Carro

Coche
Cool Chido

Guay
Mobile Phone Cellular MA?vil
Friend Cuate

Amigo
Pen Pluma

Boligrafo
Talk Platicar

Hablar
Straw Popote

Pajita

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To find out more about learning Spanish, 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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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)

blue is the warmest colour subtitled foreign film

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

Intensive 5 Week Language Courses Start August

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5 Week Language Courses – August Start

If you missed out on our July start dates you can still sign up for our 5 week intensive evening language courses starting 22nd August in London and Brighton. If you would like an intensive evening language course of 20 hours, for two hours two evenings per week, in Spanish, French, German, Italian or Portuguese, then this is the course for you! You can go from complete beginner to basic language speaking ability – all before the end of the summer! This is a great way to improve your language skills in a short period of time. Are you a beginner? Find out more about our Beginners Language Courses.

Get 10% off with code AD510 from Monday 7th August to Thursday 18th August

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What You Need to Know

Your Level: Take our free online level test to check your current language level.

Your Expectations: Find out more about what to expect from a Beginners Language Course

Your Classes: Take a look behind the scenes with our Spanish group in Brighton

Your Teacher: Get an idea of who will be teaching your classes, the experience and qualifications we require

Your Questions: All your language course questions answered and more.

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For more information on any of our courses please 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

Cactus Language on the BBC News

 

Cactus Language on the BBC News: Language Learning and Dementia

A recent report by the Lancet Commission on demention prevention released last week highlighted that more than a third of dementia cases might be avoided if aspects of lifestyle such as education, exercise, blood pressure and hearing were addressed. With approximately 45 million dementia sufferers in the world, there will be an estimated 1.2 million people living with dementia in England and Wales by 2040.

Reporting on this topic, the national BBC News team selected Cactus Language Courses to highlight the importance of keeping your brain active throughout your life as one of the key ways of avoiding dementia.

Keeping the mind active throughout life, like with this Spanish class, helps to build what the study calls ‘cognitive reserve’. Strengthening the brain so that it can function in later life, despite damage.

Learning a language gives your brain a ‘work-out’ and it has been recognised that keeping your mind active, throughout your life, plays a hugely important role in your overall health.

The BBC featured a Cactus Language Spanish class to demonstrate the learning environment and spoke to some of our students about the topic and the role that language learning plays in exercising your brain. If you are interested in joining a language class you can find out more about what happens behind the classroom door.

 

 

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To find out more information about evening language courses across the UK, or any of our language 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

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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