The Independent launches Spanish language learning podcasts
Thursday 03 December 2009
The Independent has launched a new language-learning series of podcasts to help users brush on their Spanish.
Starting this week independent.co.uk is offering twice-weekly podcasts to enable users learn Spanish. The podcasts are produced by Cactus Language, one of the world’s leading language training specialists, which has created a series of downloadable Spanish podcasts and pdf worksheets, which are now available to The Independent’s readers via Independent.co.uk.
The podcasts have been developed for seven levels, spanning beginner through to advanced Spanish, and are designed to help learners increase their understanding of the Spanish language through a variety of listening exercises and equip users with language skills for use in everyday situations.
Each level contains 10 x 15-18 minute lessons including an audio track, a dialogue track, a key vocabulary review track, a grammar track and a Lesson Guide in PDF format featuring conversation transcripts, vocabulary lists, grammar points and quizzes. The Spanish featured is a “standard” or “neutral” version of the language, avoiding regional forms of speech, to enable users to apply what they learn anywhere in the Spanish-speaking world.
“The Independent has been an avid supporter of language learning for years, and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with them to deliver our range of Language Minis to its readers,” comments Richard Bradford, Managing Director of Cactus in the UK. “At Cactus we believe that the best way to learn a language is through a blended approach, so we’re thrilled to be adding podcasts to our range of language learning options, offering language learners even more flexibility.”
Jimmy Leach, The Independent's Editorial Director for Digital, said "It's a fantastic opportunity for our users to improve their language skills in the way that suits them. The podcasts and back-up materials will allow users to learn at a time that suits them, and at a speed that suits. We'll be uploading 70 podcasts over the next few months, and then hope to continue the relationship with the excellent Cactus with further offerings in the future."
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