The Kosciusko Community YMCA will again be offering Spanish classes for adults. The classes, taught by Benjamin Navarro, Professor of Spanish at Grace College for 16 years, have been a huge success. Each person has a different reason for participating, but most reasons tie back into what the Y is all about. As a provider of programs that develop healthy spirit, mind and body, life-long learning fits right in. The Y’s cause of strengthening the community makes it a perfect resource for building community despite language barriers. In addition, one of the hopes of the class was that it would be an opportunity for those traveling on mission trips to learn a basic level of Spanish to better communicate with those they are serving. Equipping our members to serve others is also a focus of the Y.
This basic course, offering introductory Spanish in progressive levels, uses music, stories and conversation to teach participants to listen, speak, read and write. Practice outside of class is strongly encouraged. One of the first participants in the class, Joan says, “I take the class because my mom has dementia and by keeping my mind active, I’m hoping to keep the cobwebs away. You have to keep learning or you risk wasting the mind God has given you. I love the class; Professor Navarro has such a heart for the Lord and sharing the Spanish language and culture.” The Y is an advocate for lifelong learning.
Spanish 2, for those with some previous experience or who have taken the Spanish 1 course, will be offered on Thursdays, November 1 through December 20 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Spanish 3 will be offered on Mondays, October 29 to December 10 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Contact Summer Zimmer 574-269-9622 with any questions.