Students comments

“Good morning Montse, first of all a big thanque for a real enjoyable beginners course that I undertook, it was a real eye opener as to what you can achieve with a little dedication and it wasn’t as daunting as you first imagine, I must say that the class rotation and the use of all your props and your improvisation certainly helped, and most of all it was fun, so you won’t be seeing me on your next course but I do plan on returning when iv a little more time on my hands, so a big thanks keep up the good work and hopefully our paths will x again.”            John Marsden – January 2019

Although sadly unable to fully complete the course due to work commitments. I did however get a huge amount from the classes I attended, which were engaging & fun. The beginners Spanish course was a great intro into learning Spanish. Montse is such a kind lady, who clearly puts a huge amount of effort & thought into the content, material & delivering it. Montse made the class interesting, fun, her use of props are endless ? not only do you learn to speak Spanish you learn about the country, culture, traditions & food! Which we all enjoyed sampling! A great course delivered with passion & enthusiasm. Would thoroughly recommend the course & would definitely do it again in the future.
Gracias Montse xx
”                                                                                                                                                          Alison Johnston  – January 2019                         

“Dear Montse                                                                                                                                                                Muchas gracias por un buen año. Las lecciones son divertidas y muy interesantes.
Espero verte en enero!!
Feliz Navidad y un feliz año nuevo! ”                                                                                                                          Judith – December – 2019

“Perfect course. Friendly relaxed and fun. Puzzles, role play, using the grey matter!!
Really enjoying the course. Gracias Montse”.                                                                                                  Linda Wilson – November – 2019 

“Spanish Fun Classes.  Excellent course, with mixture of reading, audio and video plus conversation to ensure lessons being learnt. Montse provides a stimulating class ensuring everyone participates”.                                                                                                                                                                 Jim Wallace – November – 2019

“Montse’s Spanish courses are just what you need if you really want to learn Spanish. The pace is perfect, the atmosphere relaxed and Montse is committed to adding new learning ideas to the classes. Thoroughly recommended”.                                                                                                      Sue Wood – September 2019

“I can thoroughly recommend Montse’s Beginners Course for anyone wanting to start learning Spanish. The lessons are fun and everyone joins in and has a go. I’m looking forward to moving on to the Improvers level in September”.                                                                                               Jane Parkinson – July 2019 

“A great fun way to learn Spanish I am in my 3rd year studying Spanish with Montse on the Spanish Fun Courses. Montse teaches at a steady pace and uses lots of different teaching methods which make the courses really enjoyable and fun. Montse is very encouraging and supportive and acknowledges that everyone learns at a different rate. The course covers topics which are very useful to anyone holidaying in Spain eg travel, food, restaurants, hotels and also topics about oneself e.g. jobs, family personal characteristics. I would thoroughly recommend these courses. They are what they say Spanish Fun Courses.”                                           Christine Holden – Improvers Plus – January 2019

“Excellent! Montse is a fantastic teacher and the course is simply brilliant. I started the beginners course in September & have just finished the last class tonight & I have honestly learnt more than I had ever expected, which has also been the feedback from the rest of the class. I cannot recommend this course more and would encourage anyone wanting to learn Spanish to give it go. 5 stars from me!”                                                                                                                                      Natalie Taylor – Beginners – January 2019

“Excellent Spanish teaching skills using a variety of teaching methods to suit everyone. The Spanish lessons were interesting, fun, inclusive of all and varied in content. I have learnt a lot more than I expected to and found the course content very useful. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to get a basic introduction to Spanish.”                                                  Sheona Wallis – Beginners – January 2019

“Spanish for Beginners. We joined Montse’s beginners course in September. We were complete beginners, and were very nervous!! Montse’s teaching was exceptional, classes always varied, obviously well prepared, interesting and often humorous. She involved everyone in the class and because of her skills the class gelled very quickly and all members very supportive of each other.
We go to Spain much more confident and better equipped to cope with shopping, bars and tapas etc. We will certainly try our new skill and hopefully learn more whilst on holiday. We intend to join Montse again next year for the second part of the beginners course
Thank you Montse for all your help and encouragement.”                                                                       Val and Alan – Beginners – January 2019

“Spanish Fun Courses I have been attending Montse’s classes for over four years now and continue to enjoy the time I spend in them. Montse is a great teacher, involved and committed to the students with a very enjoyable delivery and teaching style. If you want to learn Spanish from scratch, or improve your existing level, I recommend you try her classes.”        Nigel Greenhalgh – Conversation Class – January 2019

Hi Montse,
“Just a short note to say thank you for the food and drink you put on tonight. You really went over and above what you need to do. It may not show but I am really enjoying the course and I think we have a good mix in the class and of course an excellent tutor.”
Peter Nicholson – Beginners – November 2018

“Me gusta mucho estudiar español con Montse. I have enjoyed the sessions immensely. Montse is a very good teacher. She encourages and is extremely patient. The pace of the lessons are good and not too fast. Montse has everybody’s progress in mind and is on hand to give help. I recommend anybody to attend one of her courses. Thank you very much Montse”.  Pauline Kershaw – Beginners – July 2018

“I have really enjoyed the course. I like all the handouts, I found them really helpful when revising. I really enjoyed all the fun activities. I feel this is the best way to learn. You are a very good teacher and very helpful. Thank you.”                                                                                                          Jessica Taylor –  Beginners – July 2018

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and look forward to attending each week. I am amazed at how much I’ve learnt and feel confident trying out my new skills in Spain. Montse is the third Spanish teacher I have had and is definitely the best. A good mix of teaching styles with lots of repetition which is good. Very interactive and I love all the different resources used to bring the lesson to life. I can’t think of a way to improve the classes, there is a good balance of everything and manageable amounts of homework.  I am always interested in culture, cultural differences so perhaps a bit more of this. Can’t wait for the next course to start! ”                                                                                                                                                                                       Fiona Maudsley – Beginners – July 2018

“Really enjoyed the course. Having the book to work from helped me to catch up at home and to revise. I enjoy doing the homework but there could be more of them for extra practice. Listening exercises in class is enjoyable but difficult, more would be good for a challenge. Will be going to the next course. Thank you!”                                                                                                                Lauren – Beginners – July 2018

“As always I enjoy the classes. Your style of teaching is easy and the material is always good. You explain in detail each topic, and the handouts explain and complement also. Homework is sufficient for the material. I like the visual handouts as they make it easier to learn the topics. My only request would be to give enough room to write answers in as sometimes have to squash words in. Overall, I am very happy with the course.”                                                                     Mark Whitemoss – Improvers – July 2018 

“I have struggled with the grammatical learning e.g.: infinitives, verbs, etc. I felt nervous about the group 1-1 mingling to perform as an activity. However the penny has suddenly dropped and I feel more confident. I do struggle at times because I am partially deaf and when we are in large groups together all talking I cannot hear as a 1-1 conversation. I really enjoy the picture handouts and using props. I like how Montse can read my troubled mind. I am surprised that I can converse really well in Spain which means I am learning. ”                         Julie Whitemoss – Improvers – July 2018 

“Spanish Fun Courses.  Fun, informative and enjoyable course for learning Spanish. Covers all aspects of grammar as well as the vocabulary and listening skills. Montse is a very easy to relate to teacher. ”                                                                                                                                                   Denise – Improvers – July 2018 

“Thank you, Montse, for making this course enjoyable at the same time as we are learning. I like the mixture of videos, listening exercises and conversation practice with the rest of the class”.                                                                                                                                                                                       Marie Fishwick – Improvers – July 2018

“I have enjoyed the course very much. Hopefully it has given me the confidence to use what I have learnt when I go to Majorca. I have met new friends and have been comfortable in my group – however didn’t feel as confortable when mixed with another group for last few weeks but that just me and a confidence thing!                                                                                                      Thank you Montse you are a brilliant teacher, I love hearing about your culture and your home town. You have been very patient and have a good sense humor – I like to hear your little anecdotes of things that have happened in translation! Please keep me informed of future classes! ”                                                                                                                                                                             Sarah Kenyon – Beginners – July 2018

“Muchas gracias Montse. I have really enjoyed the challenge of learning Spanish. We have a great mix of class learning through visual and audio. The role play and games also get you thinking! I like the idea of more homework (but maybe that comes in later courses)”.                    David Ball – Beginners – July 2018

“I have really enjoyed learning Spanish this year. I have particularly enjoyed the variety of exercises and working in pairs/groups. The homework helped consolidate knowledge and was not too much to handle while working in the week!                                                                                         Thank you very much Montse… I will be sad to go!                                                                                       Amy Read – Improvers – May 2018    

“Many thanks for all the hard work you put in to your lessons to make them fun and enjoyable. I have really enjoyed the course and have learned a fair bit of Spanish along the way!  Thank you for your patience and help.                                                                                                              Hope you have a lovely break . Let’s hope the good weather continues throughout the summer. See you in September. ”                                                                                                                             Lyn Rider – Beginners – July 2018

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course, set at the right pace. Encouraged to participate. Will definitely be doing the next course”                                                                                                                  Robyn Terry – Beginners – July 2018

“The course so far has exceed my expectations significantly. Montse engages a variety of teaching methods so there is something for everyone, and is enthusiastic about her subject and to pass on her cultural knowledge. Two years in, I feel much more confident to talk to other Spanish people and I am looking forward to the next course! ”                                  Andrea Benthom – Improvers – July 2017

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. You have kept it varied and interesting. You have covered a wide variety of subjects. The other people on the course have been good fun and all of the same standard. Over the summer I will try and do 10 minutes a day. I will look forward to starting again in September.”                                                                                                         Heather Moody – Beginners – July 2017

“I found it both enjoyable but challenging. Sometimes I felt really lost where we were but this coincides with the periods I were away (thanks you very much for all the e-mails) but overall I managed to catch up. I am not a natural linguist and it takes a long time for me to understand. I am very much a visual learner so like handouts with visual aids are useful. Overall, the teaching was very good and at the right pace. But thoroughly enjoyable if it wasn’t I wouldn’t pay my money and come! Gracias Montse.”                                                   Joyce Preston – Beginners – July 2017

“This has been a lovely course which I have thoroughly enjoyed. It goes at a nice pace and I like the way Montse goes over topics in several different ways so you never get bored or feel like you are repeating things. I’ve loved the interaction between the group members and the support everyone gives each other. Montse has a relaxed way of teaching and is extremely supportive and encouraging. Thank you.”                                                                                 Christine Holden – Beginners – July 2017

“I enjoyed the variety of topics and activities. I appreciated seeing new teaching strategies. Regular revision has been extremely helpful. Nothing is too much trouble for you if we need further explanation. You have a lot of patience and a great sense of humour. Muchas gracias.”                                                                                                                                                                    Gill taylor  – Beginners – July 2017

“Montse has been a great teacher throughout the whole course. She provides plenty of training materials in an easy atmosphere. Montse is very patient and explains each topic very clearly. I’ve really enjoyed the course so far, and I will be coming back. The handouts I  liked are when we learned fruit, vegetables, meats, seafood as I found this material easy to follow. Also the end os sessions handouts to revise what has been learned is good, and maybe could be used more often.”                                                                                                           Mark Whitemoss – Beginners – July 2017

“I came with no real expectations and a little trepidation and nervousness. Montse is patient and has a lovely nature, temperament and personality. She has supported me with my fear of numbers and I can now confidently count to 1000 in Spanish – somehting which I never thought I would achieve. We visit Spain frequently and we are now much more at ease in conversing with the locals. I particularly like the handouts with pictures – somehow it seems to stick in my memory. The group participation is very helpful in building confidence amongst  the group and Montse guides us all when taking part. I look forward to my Spanish lessons and have learnt so much. We learn and have fun. Thank you Montse: excellent tutor”.                                                                                                                                                           Julie Whitemoss – Beginners – July 2017

“Really enjoyed the revision. Learnt more than normal. Montse and the rest of the class were really helpful at all times”                                                                                                                 Keith greenwood – Summer revision course – July 2017

“The variety of learning styles: solo, groups, visual and auditory. Games and prizes! Good for different levels of ability. Looking forward to moving on to some more grammar.”             Liz Horn – Beginners – July 2017

“This is an excellent course, the resources and presentation materials are really good. The course is nicely paced and encourages people to have a go. As the title says it is a “Fun” course.”                                                                                                                                                                 Mark Exton – Beginners – July 2017

“No complaints, I enjoy the course, a good mix of subjects and a good atmosphere”                Michael Booth – Improvers – July 2017

“I have throughly enjoyed the course. Montse did as she advertised, she made learning fun. I thought the content was just right. I particularly liked the bingo to learn numbers. The resources were good and I enjoyed doing the homework. An excellent course and teacher.”                                                                                                                                                                         Rosemary Ryan – Beginners – July 2017

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. The style of teaching has been perfect for me and the activities have made it fun.I feel I have learnt so much and because it has been so enjoyable, I want to learn more. For me, I would like more revision papers as I am not very good at revising. I would like to say thank youso much Montse. You are a wonderful teacher and I look forward to learning more Spanish with you.”                                                           Yvonne Hindle – Beginners – July 2017

“The course was excellent as was the teaching. The course book was appropriate to the lessons and homework was fair and not difficult. The handouts in the lessons were very good.”                                                                                                                                                                               Teresa Barker – Spanish for Holiday Course – June 2016    

“I have always wanted to learn Spanish but I was always nervous about doing so. I saw the Spanish fun course and decided to go for it!…. I’m so glad I did it’s been so easy with Montse I’ve learned so much it’s easy to follow and if I don’t understand its explained without being patronising.”
Maria Fitzpatrick –  Beginners – January 2016


 “I have thoroughly enjoyed learning Spanish this year. The course content has been challenging at times but never impossible, which I think is appropriate. The handouts, games, lesson structure have been impressive and made learning fun and interactive. Montse, you are a brilliant teacher, very patient with a great sense of humor.”
Sarah May – Beginners – July 2016                                                                                                                       
“I feel Montse has given me a real grounding in Beginner´s Spanish. I can begin to understand and join essential everyday situations, such as using public transport and shopping.
MUCH more than the structured and consistent approach through the BBC text, Montse shares her love and experience of everything Spanish so we can dip in the history, culture and what´s on in the news on TV! 
Montse is relaxed and brings out the best in us and our group. We have a wide range of resources from hand’outs, quizzes, a vast collection of plastic fruit and vegetables, bingo… and a lot of laughs. The taster session was wonderful. Thank you Montse. Es magnifico!”       Elaine Moon – Beginners – June 2016                                                                                                                              
 “Really enjoyed the course. The resources (plastic fruit, etc.) were fun and helped. I found working in twos and groups helpful! The resources were interesting and enjoyed the games. i find listening the most difficult. Thank you.”
Carole Jones – Spanish for Holiday Course – June 2016                                                                            
“I have really enjoyed the course and the style of teaching – very practical and at a pace I’ve been able to cope with. Montse has worked really hard and brought lots of resources which have been fun to use. A great start to learning Spanish”.                                                            Carole Dew – Spanish for Holiday Course – June 2016                                                                                
 “The course is of a great help to me and some of the activities such as “Bingo” with revision of numbers and “Contrarios” with the word and opposites are really good. The book is good and also the extra example of papers you give is of great help. Maybe some more listening exercises. Thank you.”
Ali – Improvers Plus – June 2016                                                                                                                                    
“The course has been excellent and at the right level for me. Montse uses a variety of teaching methods and this helps different learning styles as well as keeping lessons fresh and interesting. Although I don’t enjoy doing numbers, Montse has persisted in making us learn the numbers using a variety of methods and this is paying off. The handouts are useful and clearly presented and I like that she punches the holes in them so they can be filed immediately. The classes have a good balance of speaking, listening and reading, but I feel there could be a little more writing. I would also like a little more homework (although sometimes I don’t do it) The course book is good although the layout is not always well presented. Montse is an excellent teacher and I look forward to more classes.”
Anne Taylor – Spanish Improvers – May 2016                                                                                                   
“Enjoyable, interesting and fun,  easy to learn – not boring as the time goes quick. Friendly atmosphere and we learn a varied amount of subjects. Muchas gracias.”                                             J.K. Hambling – Beginners – May 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                 
“Having previously studied Spanish at school(20 years ago), I find the format of Montse’s course much better that that. There was far too much emphasis on learning grammar rather than the language itself. It is excellent that we learn from a native Spanish speaker as you can always guarantee the pronunciation correct. I have enjoyed the fun way of learning with games, etc. I will definitely be back for the Improvers course! Also, the book is excellent, it is very useful having all of the answers in the back.”                                                       Steven Barnes – Beginners – May 2016
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my Spanish course. Montse made it fun with her enthusiastic, innovative approach. The interactive activities were a good support to understanding Spanish. Montse always offer support, encouragement and guidance throughout each lesson. Muchas gracias.”                                                                                                                                          Margaret Jopson – Beginners – May 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
 “I think you have a good mix of resources and use them well in a variety of ways. My weakness is the listening skills – would welcome additional materials/ideas to improve these.”
Irene Nutall – Improvers – May 2016
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the past year. The verbs and tenses have been challenging, but I now finally think I am coming to grips with them. I enjoyed very much, the questions and working in pairs to ask each other and practicing our verbal skills. I hope we can continue practicing verbal skills. I have also enjoyed the short videos and translating them. I will be returning in September and I am looking forward to the next challenges.
You are a great teacher, I like your style very much, I also consider you as a friend now as well as my teacher, and respect you immensely. Looking forward to next term.”
Helen Catlow – Improvers – June 2015                                                                                                               
“I enjoyed the course, which I joined late, it was easy to integrate into the class and the informal atmosphere helped to make for a relaxed learning experience. It doesn’t matter if you get it wrong as long as you try then hopefully learn from those errors we all make. Thanks Montse.”                                                                                                                                                         Peter Wilkinson – Intermediate – June 2015                                                                                                          

“Good, informal teaching. Different resources used: visual, audio, hand-outs, games, role play, etc.”                                                                                                                                                                       John Walsh – 10 Week Beginners Part 2 – April 2015

Montse,   I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your patience with me all year. You are a great teacher and I love coming to my Spanish lessons.  Not only we are learning a new language we are also learning about the county, the food,  the people and the different ways of life. I am hoping to improve my spoken Spanish and be able to tell you all about our fantastic holiday in Spain when I see you in September in fluent español, muchas gracias.”                                                                                                                                                    Darina Currie – Improvers – 30 week course – June 2015

“Got through a lot of content and taken at the right pace for me. Very good pronunciation teaching. Good social roleplay.”                                                                                                                     Ron Valovin – 10 Week  Spanish for Beginners Part 2 – March 2015

“The pace of the lessons, the chance to speak and listen, interaction with other learners to practice stepping out of our comfort zone, the useful topics, it was a fun way to learn, lots of praise and patience.”                                                                                                                                            Julia Howarth –  10 Week  Spanish for Beginners Part 2 – March 2015

“Got us talking straight away – very good to overcome fears! Very relaxed, great manner and delivery of material. Bingo and quizzes good for revision.”                                                             Neil Howarth – 10 Week  Spanish for Beginners Part 2 – March 2015

“Good handouts. I like having to write words down after seeing them on screen. Would like more conversation but difficult see how we could find time for that really. Muy bien.”              Sue Wood  – 10 Week  Spanish for Beginners Part 2 – March 2015

“Lots of practice talking and listening Spanish. Montse is an excellent teacher! Really looked forward to Thursday morning and the Spanish class.”                                                                 Bridget Hardiman – 10 Week  Spanish for Beginners Part 2 – April 2015

“Good handouts and a mixture of role play and listening and speaking. Very good to have to say numbers every week. I felt that there was a lot to learn every week but that it was OK as it made me do homework. Perhaps more handouts.”                                                                   Kay Valovin  – 10 Week  Spanish for Beginners Part 2 – March 2015

“I like the interaction between the teacher and the course members. I like the handouts. I like being able to ask questions to the teacher. I feel its OK to make mistakes. The teacher creates a non threatening environment. Enjoyed a lot.”                                                                         David Proctor – 10 Week  Spanish for Beginners Part 3 – April 2015

“The course has been good and has reinforced my development from a previous beginner’s course taken from a different provider. The teaching methods are varied and stimulating and group work is strong and well coordinated. Homework is appropriate and the course relates in a structured manner to the text book. A greater use of group discussion in Spanish moderated by the tutor would be helpful. Overall, very good. I shall re-enroll”.            Richard Hooper  – 30 Week Spanish Intermediate Plus Course – July 2014

“I have thoroughly  enjoyed this well-structured, well taught course. There has been enough challenge without it being too difficult, Montse you are very approachable and enthusiastic! Gracias.”                                                                                                                                             Gill Taylor – 10 Week Spanish for Holiday Course  – July 2014

“Took a while to get to grips with everything for me. I think the smaller group made it more challenging but I probably learned more. Your presentations and ideas are good and varied which I have enjoyed. The content is spot on for using abroad, it’s a shame I am unlikely to be able to continue as I would like to now I have become a little more confident.  Corinne Wilson  – 10 Week Spanish for Holiday Course  – July 2014

“I have found the course to be very interesting and enjoyable. Some aspects have been more difficult that others but overall I have been given a good insight into holiday Spanish. I am looking forward to putting into practice. Thank you Montse”                                                     R. Cocklin –  10 Week Spanish for Holiday Course  – July 2014

“Overall I have really enjoyed the course and found the delivery very effective and fun. The teacher has a good personality and is not intimidating. When I started I was unsure what level I was comfortable in, so started at the lowest. I took it upon myself to move up again. I think she could perhaps sense that I was becoming a little bit frustrated and under-challenged. The flexibility of being able to move around classes until you find what suits you needs is a great feature of this course. I could no sense any negativity in the class which I think is due to everybody willingness to learn.”                                                                                 Sean Kerr  – June 2014

“This has been an excellent course. Montse has made learning a joy. Combining visual aids, video and class activities so that lessons are very informative and entertaining. Lots of useful handouts to take away and reinforce lessons. I look forward to continuing with Montse”                                                                                                                                                                          Eileen Moore – June 2013

“Montse’s varied and interesting methods of teaching have kept me interested and enjoying the whole course. She has made it fun, gentle but stimulated learning. I wish all my lessons at school could have been as enjoyable. The pace was perfect and she made sure we were all ok with her rate of teaching. Personally, I would like a bit more revision of the previous weeks study lesson at the beginning of the next week’s lesson. I loved all the practical learning styles. FAB! Thank you.”                                                                                                  Kay Chippendale  

“Perfect for beginners. The course is fun, enjoyable and relaxed. Everyone is encouraged. Montse is so patient. I have gained so much confidence to speak Spanish home and abroad. I have met some lovely new friends. We all share, learn and work together.”          Karen O’Kane

“I enjoyed every lesson. Good teaching style. Never bored. All lessons interesting and fun. Lots of hand outs. Great teacher treats everyone the same. Gained in confidence speaking and understanding. I recommend Spanish, you won’t be disappointed!”
Pauline Burton

“Very enjoyable – enjoyed so much that I came back for the 2nd year. Montse is very pleasant and helpful and gives a good mix of activities to make each lesson both educational and fun. Highly recommended!”
Brian Burton

“Montse puts a lot of effort into making Spanish learning fun and educational and this is reflected in us students who enjoy coming to class after a long day at work.”
Dave Hutchison

“Excellent course, with many different activities to help learn the language. The emphasis on speaking and pronunciation has made us much more confident when visiting Spain. The hand outs were very helpful for revision. Montse is very good at getting the whole class involved and is flexible on topics e.g: doing festivals, whilst making sure we cover the basics. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone interested in Spanish.”
Maggie Inskip

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  1. I’ve been having lessons with Montse for over 2 years, once a week and I can certainly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn Spanish. As I travel to Spain as part of my job, I can clearly see the progress I am making in both speaking and understanding in Spanish. Montse is a great teacher and I look forward to continuing with my development through her lessons.

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