Babble On is a small language school based in Hamilton House, a community centre in the heart of Bristol's cultural quarter - Stokes Croft. Our objective is simple; to teach you to communicate effectively in English.
Around 50% of the lesson time is dedicated to speaking practice
“I love teaching. I love hearing about everyone's different lives and cultures. I started teaching English in 2010 after training at International House Bristol. After that I worked for The Bilingual Family Mentoring Project (teaching school children who needed support with English, in their homes after school).
I love music and singing so I particularly enjoy teaching phonetics and pronunciation. I'm very patient. I will help you to understand natural English intonation. I love languages! I can speak French and German reasonably well, and I'm currently learning Spanish. I studied Hindi and Nepali, but I'm really only a beginner! But please note: We only speak English in the classroom! I'm a keen cyclist, and took a break from teaching in 2011 to cycle from Bristol to India! On my return in 2012, I set up Babble On Language School.”
¡Hola! ¿Qué tal? I am enthusiastic, experienced and qualified Spanish Teacher from Spain. After working as a journalist for 3 years in Madrid, I discovered the passion of teaching Spanish when I moved to Bristol in 2010. Once here, I studied for and successfully completed a Masters in applied linguistics to teach Spanish as a foreign language, specialising in Teaching Spanish through drama techniques. Since 2011 I have been employed by the University of Bristol teaching Spanish to undergraduates. In addition to this, I teach business Spanish in different companies and I deliver private tuition around Bristol. I don’t follow any specific method, as I tailor the method depending on the student´s needs and character. Humor, role-plays and games are the base of a friendly and engaging teaching atmosphere. Photography, writing and travelling are the things that I like to do in my spare time.”
"I teach English and French. For me the most important thing is to get people speaking the target language as much as possible in class, I'll also give you some handy tips on how you can carry this on out of the classroom. I love learning languages and that's why I teach it, I taught English in Bahrain for over a year a and have been teaching French in a Bristol secondary school for the past year. I grew up in France so I can tell you all you need to know about the French and how beneficial their language is. Stokes Croft is a great place to learn a language and because we're so central we place a big emphasis on teaching foreign students about this great city.”
"I studied Media and Communication at the University of Seville and I worked as a journalist for 5 years in Spain. After that, I did a postgraduate course to be a Spanish language and literature teacher at the University of Madrid and I came to the UK. Since then I have worked in Media as well as as a teacher. I have got a love-hate relationship with journalism; I have got a more balanced relationship with teaching. I love looking for resources and creative ideas for my lessons that help awaken the knowledge and spontaneous expression of the students. I like experimenting by using theatre in the classroom, and quite often I use role plays in which students immerse in real life situations. The most enjoyable side of teaching is to observe how my students learn! In Bristol, I have taught Spanish at Filton college and private lessons. I speak Spanish, English and Portuguese and I'm an avid reader in any of those languages. In 2012 I created Ventolera Learn Spanish, my own teaching company, and now I am really happy to join Babble On Language School. It is a beautiful community project!”
Conversation Club is a social gathering, in which students of all levels; new, old and prospective, can practice their English. A teacher is always on hand to answer your questions, and keep the conversation flowing. Come along for a beer, tell your story, and make some new friends. Mondays (excluding public holidays) - 18.30-20.00 The Canteen, Stokes Croft. (The Canteen is a vibrant café/bar below Hamilton House. There is live music most nights, and they serve really yummy local food. There is also a lovely terrace for all those balmy English summers' evenings(!))
Bristol is the ideal city for learning English, there is something for everyone and it's all very accessible by foot or bicycle. This makes the city an ideal place to meet people and speak English because people have more time than in bigger cities like London.
Most people here speak standard English, there is a regional accent but it's easy to understand.
What makes Bristol unique is its very distinctive areas, its abundance of great view points, the great range of good music, its green/eco movement, and of course the street art. We're looking forward to meeting you to tell you more about all these great places. In fact, we love Bristol so much, that our conversation lessons are built around some of the interesting aspects of the city and its culture. Also the historic and very beautiful city of Bath is only 20 minutes away.
Here are some sites you may find useful:www.thisisbristol.co.uk (general/jobs) www.visitbristol.co.uk (general) www.venue.co.uk (events)
Some good blogs:www.stampthewax.com (music) www.bristolfoodie.co.uk (food) www.crumbmagazine.com/en (arts)) www.flickr.com/groups/bristolgraffiti/ (street art)