Teaching and Living in Lanzarote
On the island of Lanzarote we have people from all over the world.
At any one time many of them are learning languages, they may be Chinese or Russian students learning Spanish, Italian or Rumanian students learning English, German students brushing up on their French or French students wanting to learn Chinese. There are therefore a huge variety of teaching opportunities in various languages.
However the majority of students regardless of their background want to learn Spanish or English.
Many people ask “Should we learn American or British English?”
If your child is at school in Lanzarote they probably already use one type of English, depending on what they’re learning at school and which school they attend. That’s perfectly OK. There’s no right or wrong type of English.
Learners often want to study ‘standard English’. But it doesn’t really exist. In countries such as the UK and Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, there are over 100 different regional and local varieties of English.
In addition, the majority of people who use English come from other countries around the world (over 1 billion people!). English speakers are used to hearing lots of different accents and types of English – it’s a really important part of learning the language.
The Spanish that is spoken and taught on Lanzarote is Castellano, often with a touch of South American dialect.
Many Spanish Language Academies offer the adult foreign learner class-based lessons as well as cultural and tourist activities, where students can learn the language in a different way outside of the standard classroom.
Many also support foreign school children who will be starting a new year in Spanish schools and need to improve their command of the Spanish Language quickly.
School children need to grasp the basic vocabulary to allow them to progress with their other studies and to interact with their classmates.
If you have moved to Lanzarote alone or with your family, learning the language is the quickest way to feel at home and to interact with the local community.