Want to take part?
* Literacy Forsyth’s Spanish classes for adults will begin June 10. They will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Cumming Library, 585 Dahlonega Road.
* To register or for more information, email Annaliza Thomas at email@example.com with “Spanish Class” in the subject line. Registration closes June 2.
FORSYTH COUNTY — While many students dread learning a foreign language, many adults wish they had the opportunity.
That’s exactly what Literacy Forsyth will be providing the community through a new fundraiser.
Literacy Forsyth, a nonprofit that provides adult education classes and GED testing in partnership with Lanier Technical College, will offer an adult Spanish class beginning June 10.
“Community members can now participate in a low-cost Spanish class and help Literacy Forsyth raise money for its GED programs,” said Annaliza Thomas, executive director.
She said leaders of Literacy Forsyth had the idea of offering Spanish classes in the community after receiving many calls from interested adults.
“I started researching places people could take classes so that I could give people the information when they called, and I found that there were not very many opportunities north of Atlanta to take Spanish classes,” Thomas said. “So we decided to develop this as a fundraiser.”
Thomas said she has just begun registering people for the first semester of the class, which will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 10 through July 31 at the Cumming Library.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in the class already,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of people who work in doctors’ offices, schools, banks, government offices and local restaurants inquire about the classes.”
Thomas hopes for between 25 and 50 people for the first semester of the class, which costs $250 per person.
She said participants don’t need to have any Spanish training to take part.
“Our classes will be beginner to intermediate,” she said. “They will be ideal for community members who would like to learn or improve their Spanish. People don’t need any previous experience learning or speaking Spanish.”
Classes will be taught by certified language instructors who Thomas said “have years of experience teaching foreign language to English speakers.”
“We also have many native Spanish speakers who will be volunteering to help as conversation partners for this program,” she said.
“Our classes will be ongoing, so individuals will be able to start at beginner level and work up to a more advanced conversational level.”
Thomas said she hopes many people will take advantage of the program since “the classes are a great way to learn.”
“They are perfect for anybody who has Spanish-speaking clients or friends,” she said. “And since the classes will be located at the Cumming Library, we will also be able to connect students to free language learning resources available there.”