Coffee Break Spanish uses a relaxed and non-threatening approach
to introduce Spanish to learners around the world. Participants
download and listen to a weekly 15-20 minute Spanish lesson during
which teacher ‘Mark’ teaches student ‘Kara’. The podcasts are
available free of charge and in essence work like a radio show
teaching Spanish to adult learners.
Covering both Spanish and Latin American varieties of Spanish,
the programmes give listeners access to the language needed to
become confident in a range of situations commonly experienced by
travellers. Listeners then interact with each other through a
web-based forum to practise their new language skills.
The concept of podcasting allows students from as far away as
China and Australia and the UK to learn together and feedback to
the producers to affect the future content of the podcasts. Since
the launch of the series there has been in excess of 4.5 million
downloads of the show, and coffee break Spanish has been in the top
three educational podcasts in the UK, the USA and Canada on
Radio Lingua Ltd is a small company based in the West of
Scotland set up to manage the podcast. The success of Coffee Break
Spanish across the world shows that podcasting can promote language
awareness and competence regardless of geographical location.