I had always wanted to learn a language. My GCSE Spanish is passable but I have always
dreamt of being fluent. Languages at lunchtime is an informal way to learn a new language
and immerse yourself in a different culture. The idea was started by Lizzie Watts, Chancelry
Projects & Administrative Assistant Chancelry at Bath Spa University. The aim was to give
students going to study in Spanish speaking countries a taste of what was to come.
Speaking with Lizzie she described the hour long classes as, ‘an informal session set aside
which is led by the participants with no official teacher, although we have several native
Spanish speakers who come along and help. This is a trail session being run this year only.’
The classes are held every Wednesday at Commons on Bath Spa’s Newton Park Campus
between 1-2pm. Everyone is welcome to attend from staff to students. Lizzie explained,
‘Learning a second language is important to both staff and students, it can help both break
down barriers and open doors.’
Many of the students attending have been offered a place to study at The Institute of
Technology at Monterrey in Mexico City this summer through the Global Academy of
Liberal Arts (GALA). GALA set up by Bath Spa is a network of universities around the
world who help one another with collaborative projects, funding and student exchanges.
These classes in basic Spanish are aimed at helping these students navigate Mexico’s biggest
city while also preparing them for this semester abroad. ‘Being able to communicate, even at
a basic level, in another language can help you to get by when abroad,’ explained Lizzie who
is also involved.
The classes are currently a trial session but providing their success the hope is to have similar
classes next year which will be more widely advertised. There are many opportunities for
students at Bath Spa to study abroad, through Erasmus, GALA scholarships and also the
Global Citizenship Award.
Information regarding this opportunities and funding is included below
Other Outwards Opportunities for Students
– http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/university-life/study- abroad/other-international- opportunities
– There are bursaries and awards available to help with/contribute towards travel from
here http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/study-with- us/undergraduate/fees-and- finance/other-