My language academy is the Spain attraction!

GLASGOW lawyer Samantha Henderson has swapped her legal contracts for books on English grammar by opening a language academy on a Spanish holiday island.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

She decided on a change of career after falling in love with a Spanish teacher and last month launched her education establishment in the seaside town of El Medano on Tenerife.

Almost 100 students have so far enrolled and 28-year-old Samantha who trained and qualified as a commercial lawyer with Glasgow legal firm MacRoberts is hoping more will sign up.

The former Glasgow University student who speaks fluent Spanish said: "The demand for good quality language courses is quite staggering. We live in a closely interconnected world and more and more people are recognising just how valuable the ability to communicate efficiently can be to them."

Samantha, who studied Spanish while working on her law degree, offers courses which convert Spanish to English and English to Spanish. German and Russian are also on the curriculum.

She said: "There is considerable Russian investment in the Canary Islands and Russian tourism is becoming a major factor in the local economy. We offer Russian for tourism so that Canarians can interact with their latest guests as well as they have always dealt with their British and German visitors.

"We teach small groups, focusing on conversation and communication and the use of technology in language learning. We aim to make the classes dynamic and entertaining and try to break away from traditional teaching methodology which most academies here still follow."

Her school also offers English classes for local children and admits: "The main proportion of the clientele so far has been Spanish people wanting to improve their English."

She adds: "The Canary Islands have been affected as badly as - if not worse than - mainland Spain by the years of recession and European monetary turmoil which we have experienced over the past five years or so.

"The levels of youth unemployment, particularly, on the islands are quite frightening, and many young people see gaining a facility in English or another language as a passport to finding employment elsewhere in Europe."

And Samantha has no regrets about quitting Glasgow. She said: "It's wonderful to wake up to beautiful sunshine every morning and compared to, say, spending an hour reading a commercial lease, I much prefer what I'm doing now.

"I see results first-hand, there is a lot of fun to be had from chatting with people from all over the world in a relaxed atmosphere, and overall, it's a very satisfying way of making a living while also building a business."

gordon.thomson@ eveningtimes.co.uk

Education

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

145218

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
                A weekly round up of social highlights                
                               

A weekly round up of social highlights

                               

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

                               

Why the Harlem Globetrotters weren't so slam dunking and making a boob at Debenhams

               
Free swim at a Glasgow Club pool for every reader - Click here

Entertainment

Lifestyle

Wedding
Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.

            Michelle McManus            
                       

Michelle McManus

                       

Sussed in the City

                       

Why women are better at spotting so called 'bluff' when it comes to the independence debate.

           
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.