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Our courses

 

We offer  3 month online French, Spanish and Portuguese courses via Zoom, using an interactive learning platform.

All Roots Up courses are split into groups of 2-5, so that you can really get to know the other learners in your sessions. The best things is that you'll all be learning for the same reason, whether that be a love of music, food, film or travel.

Find out more about our 2020 courses below...

Our Classes

  Course Schedule

Spanish for Travelling

Journey through the dense jungles, wild beaches and deserts of Central and Latin America on this 12 week trip from Mexico to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia in Argentina…  

In our sessions you will learn how to :

  • navigate an airport / train station / bus station 

  • reserve and confirm accommodation

  • enquire about activities & excursions

  • get around the area by asking for directions and using public transport

  • find the best local food and nightlife and use slang in the right context

  • express likes and dislikes, make choices, and to agree or disagree with others

  • talk about yourself when meeting new people and ask them questions about their life and culture 

Next intake – March to May 2021

Beginner (Level 1)  

Spanish on a Plate 

Know your tapas from your pintxos? Your tacos from your tostadas? This one is all about comida. On this course, we’ll be digging deep into the cookbooks of nations around the Spanish-speaking world on the hunt for our favourite food & drink. 

In our sessions you will learn how to :

  • express your opinion on the food we learn about and ask questions about the cuisine and culture of different countries  

  • compare and contrast cuisines and their flavours 

  • understand and translate recipes from Spanish to English – (and maybe even write your own…)

  • make the dishes we learn about and describe your experiences with the group 

  • find the best places to eat and drink with locals    

Next intake – March to May 2021

Beginner (Level 2) 

Portuguese for Travelling

Touch down in Rio de Janeiro for carnival  before heading south on an adventure through São Paulo, Curitiba and Florianópolis. Your trip ends inland at the mystical Iguaçu Falls…  

In our sessions you will learn how to :

  • navigate an airport / train station / bus station 

  • reserve and confirm accommodation

  • enquire about activities & excursions

  • get around the area by asking for directions and using public transport

  • find the best local food and nightlife and use slang in the right context

  • express likes and dislikes, make choices, and to agree or disagree with others

  • to talk about yourself when meeting new people and ask them questions about their life and culture 

Next intake – February to April 2021

Beginner  (Level 1) 

Spanish through Sound 

 This whistle-stop tour starts in the flamenco bars in Seville’s La Triana before exploring the rest of the Spanish-speaking world in search of la mejor música.  Think salsa in Havana, cumbia in Colombia and the underground dance scene in Buenos Aires…

In our sessions you will learn how to :

  • express your opinion on the music we discover  

  • compare and contrast artists and their styles 

  • use basic technical terms to refer to the music we hear

  • understand and translate song lyrics from Spanish to English – (and maybe even write your own…)

  • find the best places to hear live music & go out with locals

  • talk about your favourite music when meeting new people and ask them questions about their music taste  

Next intake – TBC 2021

 Spanish on Screen 

Spent the past hour scrolling through Netflix to discover you’ve watched everything (decent) they have to offer? No stress.  In this course not only will you get to discover new documentaries, series and films but by the end you’ll be watching it without the English subtitles… 

In our sessions you will learn how to :

  • express your opinion on the content we discover  

  • talk about characters in series and films or people featured in documentaries

  • use slang and regional language  

  • understand short clips without subtitles by deducing the meaning of vocab from context

  • talk about your favourite series, films and docs when meeting new people and ask them questions about theirs   

Next intake – TBC 2021

Spanish for Work 

When your Linkedin profile says you speak Spanish (but you haven’t spoken a word since Year 11) and your boss asks you to go to a conference in Madrid… Lucky for you it’s been postponed for 3 months and you’ve got lockdown to prove you’ve still got it.

*This course is for Intermediate groups only!

In our sessions you will learn how to :

  •  write and respond to emails   

  • understand and use formal Spanish 

  • answer the phone and have a flowing conversation  

  •  confidently present an idea on a topic 

  • follow business etiquette in the country / countries you’re dealing with 

  • talk about your job and company when meeting new people and ask them questions about theirs  

Next intake – TBC

Intermediate + Advanced 

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