Andrea’s April Update

Wow! 2019 is already in full swing and so much has already happened.

Visitors to our coffee shop will have noticed that the Café Hub has received a paint job and the lights have been fixed. It now looks lovely and bright. With a lot of effort, our brilliant staff put up our new window display as well as a sign that lights up. We have moved most of our books for sale into the Café Hub so that The Language Hub is now a big toy paradise with enough space for parents and carers to enjoy a cup of coffee while the wee ones can play after or before their courses. Also, we have turned our upstairs into a versatile space for events, classes, meetings and more. Our learning space at the Language Hub and the event space at the Café Hub are now available for rent, so please visit our website for more information on pricing and capacity.

Because we are renting out premises, lovely Ceza Ouzounian, an experienced pilates teacher will be running classes every Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm. Please contact her directly for further details. We are also very pleased that Gaynor’s Baby Music Classes from 10:30am to 11:30am have proven to be a big hit. Please call her for details on 07908 011 630 or email her.

As for the café, the cakes from the Big Bear Bakery are delicious and we have also been approached by other cake makers who also have tasty loaves, tray bakes and round cakes. Linda from Casadolce Bakes has surprised us with an amazing vegan chocolate and avocado cake and she has gone to the effort of baking a German plum streusel upon request. Hmmm… German Kaffee and Kuchen!

But it’s not all about the Café Hub…

Our regular language courses for children and adults have resumed and we have added Japanese as well as Mandarin to our programme. For more information on these and other languages, have a look at our calendar or get in touch with us.

Our new course programme for courses starting in April 2019 is available on our website. If you would like to book a 1 to 1 class or a 2 to 1 class in any of our languages, please e-mail me directly or use the contact form on our website.

The new year has prompted us to get back to something we really love: working with schools and pupils. At the end of January we were invited to attend the World of Work Day at Bankhead Primary School where we talked to primary pupils about how language skills could enrich their lives as well as their careers. Later that week, we also visited Chryston High School to trial one of our new language immersion workshops for high schools. The workshops are designed to help learners prepare for upcoming exams with a native speaking teacher and activities for skills training, like listening, speaking, writing or reading. The topics are aligned with the specifications of the SQA National 5, Highers and Advanced Highers and can be picked from a catalogue by schools. We are happy to tailor a class specifically to pupils’ needs or to prepare a special topic, for example on seasonal festivities. For more information on school visits or immersion workshops please get in touch with me.

But wait… There is more exciting news from the Language Hub!

We are proud to announce that we have for the first time organised the Partick Fun Fest. Together with Partick Housing Association, we organised two hours of daily activities, such as language workshops or arts and craft and one hour of lunch for 25 local children. It was great fun and we are now all up to speed with the latest dance moves—mainly 40-year-old moves with new names 😊. We all enjoyed it so much that we will be organising similar events for upcoming school holidays in spring and summer.

As you can see, we are super busy, but when we have a minute we look at ways to raise funds for our multi-lingual library project. This is a long-term project to support the community as well as schools who are looking for multi-lingual books. Our idea is not only to have a physical multi-lingual library, but to send multi-lingual book boxes around the country in order for remote areas to have access to our resources. To achieve this we are aiming at a starting figure of £30,000 for stock, staff, and a suitable space in which we can host reading events for schools and families. One of our fundraising projects is our regular book fair which is a great event for readers to pick up a bargain as well as contributing to this great project. Please get in touch with Michéle if you would like to know more about the project, donate books or funds.

That’s us for now, but stay tuned for updates on social media: @LanguageHubScot on Twitter, @languagehubscot on Instagram, and we’re also on Facebook.