OLi-works Spanish has begun

Converse at our OLi-workshop in Spanish

Our informal OLi-workshop in conversational Spanish has begun, on Tuesdays at 8:00pm and Thursdays at 7:00pm, EDT Canada. (Now changed to 9:00am PT, 12:00 noon ET and 6:00pm CET). You can check the World Clock for the time in your location.

The purpose of our workshop is to encourage participants to speak, which is the usually the most difficult, last stage in language acquisition. We have facilitators fluent in Spanish from Spain and from South America.  Normally attendees will be at a level that they can listen and understand slow Spanish, but talking poses challenges for them. If you don’t wish to speak right away, but rather listen to others (struggle) for awhile, that is perfectly fine.

A format easy to prepare for

As described here on our workshops page, the OLi-workshops in Spanish follow a standard format that is adjusted each week.

First drop-in for free

Prospective participants can drop in for free to their first conversational Spanish language workshop.  After that, if a participant wishes to join the OLi-works language workshops, they are expected to pay for a series of three workshops, CAD $45.00. More about our payment and cancellation policy is here. 

Who is coming?  The networking side

Participants in our language OLi-workshops tend to be independent professionals who work overseas, individuals contemplating travelling and writers who wish to master other languages.

At our launch of the OLi-workshop in Spanish, we had Heidy Rodriguez as our facilitator. Heidy is a petroleum engineer originally from Colombia, but now living in Calgary, Canada. In addition to her engineering qualifications, Heidy has provided English and Spanish language training to various groups over the years.

Ken Robertson is an overseas development professional with a career in finance, business and environmental studies who, for his Master’s degree, launched a global not-for-profit dedicated to providing off-grid energy for lighting in underserved areas of the planet. The organization set up operations in each of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Ken lives in Calgary, Canada.

Meg Barker, founder and operator of OLi-works, is hosting the language workshops. Her background is in building capacity in science, technology and innovation, public policy and international affairs. She has worked domestically with the federal government in Canada, and also on a range of projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She lives in Kelowna, Canada.

Jan 22nd, 2021

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