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Spanish lesson

The kids are back at school and the students are about to start at uni, but there’s still time for grown-ups to enrol on one of the many autumn term Spanish courses at the Instituto Cervantes London, which start from Monday, September 27.

And if you can’t, don’t want to or just don’t need to go to Spanish lessons, there’s a range of other activities suitable for everyone – young and not-so-young.

Germán’s theatre course will start again on Wednesday evenings from October 6, for anyone who speaks Spanish at intermediate level or above. Germán and his Tierra Theatre company also have some performances planned – we’ll bring you more news of that soon.

Sandra’s first series of Monday flamenco and sevillanas classes has already started, but she’ll be back for a second round from November 15 to December 13. And if those courses sound a bit too energetic, you can practise your Spanish (higher levels only) through literature and conversation on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays from October 6.

To download a PDF with the full course timetable and prices, click here.

The Instituto Cervantes may be best known for teaching Spanish to adults, but we’ve got more children’s activities than ever this autumn.

Specialist children’s teachers from La Jolie Ronde will be with us again to give Spanish lessons for kids aged seven to 11 on Saturday mornings from October 2 to December 11, with a break at half-term.

la jolie rondeLondon now has a huge Spanish-speaking community, so we are also running a new course for Spanish-speaking children aged seven to 11 on Wednesday afternoons (4.15 to 5.15pm).

The ladies from La Jolie Ronde are never too heavy with the text books, but these classes especially will encourage creativity with language through entertaining, fun activities. They could also be a great way to make new friends.

Spanish-speaking children can also enjoy two autumn workshops organised by the culture department. The first, theatre and story-telling for children aged five to eight, is from 10.30am to 1pm on Saturday October 9; the second, story-telling and art, is on Saturday November 13 at the same time. Both these workshops are free, but places are limited and must be reserved by emailing

The autumn culture programme has already started with two fascinating evenings – one exploring the Alhambra through maths, and the other the rather more controversial topic of the Spanish Civil War.

As always there’s a strong Latin American flavour, and next up is Stephen Hart, biographer of the great Gabriel García Marquez, on Tuesday September 28.

After that there’s book presentations, poetry readings as our series Deciphering the Alhambra continues, history, music and a series of Mexican Revolution films, right up to a visit by The Guardian’s Madrid correspondent Giles Tremlett, presenting his book on Catherine of Aragon on December 8.

We’ll be bringing you as many reviews as possible from these events, in both English and Spanish, and the library should have some podcasts for you as well, but it’ll be even better to see you there…


September 24, 2010 Posted by | Books, poetry and theatre, Film, Instituto Cervantes en Londres, Music and flamenco, Spanish language | Leave a comment