Our Special Workshops are ... special!

And as well as being special, you just might come out of one of them enthused by your newfound language skills.

Not to mention feeling relieved that such daunting topics like the Por y Para conundrumSer or Estar dilemma or the Indirect Object Pronoun saga are a lot less confusing and much less scary.

The Special Workshops give you the opportunity to workshop the things that are famous for being challenging:

  • In the Pronunciation & Accent Workshop finally say the words trabajo, llegué or realidad without second-guessing yourself.
  • In the Por y Para Workshop learn when and how to use these two confusing prepositions
  • In the the Ser or Estar Workshop understand the difference between the two, at last!
  • And with the Direct Object and Indirect Object Workshop series feel more confident with the littlest, trickiest bits of Spanish.

We hope you have fun in your Workshop adventures! And that your Ah-Ha moments bring you much joy.

Which Workshop for my level?

Don't know which Workshop is right for your level? Check out the Summer Intensives LEVEL GUIDE!

Special Workshop Dates in the January Summer Intensives

Special Workshops in the Summer Intensives – January 2019

Pronunciation & Accent Workshop (2 hours)

Beyond the basics of the alphabet, this 2hr workshop gets to grips with pronunciation. Work on the sounds of Spanish so that whatever you say sounds good. This workshop also looks at variation across the Hispanic world and the features of some key accents. 

This is what you workshop:

  • the sounds of Spanish: vowels and consonants
  • syllable stress
  • variation across the Spanish-speaking world
  • accents – including workshopping your own Spanish accent
  • lots of practice!

Click here for more information and to sign up 

Also check out Toni's blog: The Most Glamorous Beginner Spanish Hack - Pronunciation​

Por y Para Workshop (2 hours)

Ahh the legendary PARA y PARA conundrum. Legendary because alongside the infamous 'ser or estar' dilemma, this generates the most confusion amongst learners of Spanish. Well, cast that confusion aside with this 2hr workshop. Get clear about the particular uses of each and glean some insight into how they differ so you'll never mix them up again.

This is what you workshop ...

  • The uses of POR
  • The uses of PARA
  • Semantic contrast of POR / PARA
  • Idiomatic expressions / set phrases that use each
  • Exceptions and oddities!

Click here for more information and to sign up 

Ser or Estar Workshop (2 hours)

Every Spanish student's first major brain-twister, SER and ESTAR can seem like a complex bundle of verb-y confusion. This workshop is designed to demystify these two verbs. You get to pull them apart, look at them inside-out and clarify when to use them. Imagine how great it would be if SER and ESTAR made perfect sense - this workshop will put you on the right track.

This is what you workshop:

  • the present tense forms of the verb SER and ESTAR
  • the uses of SER
  • the uses of ESTAR
  • contrast SER / ESTAR
  • adjectives that change meaning when using SER or ESTAR

Click here for more information and to sign up 

Direct Object Workshop (2 hours)

'Oh no! Not the Direct Object Pronouns! I don't even know what they are!' If this sounds like you, this workshop is one you should definitely sign up for. Once you get a hang of the direct object pronouns you will appreciate how nifty and useful they are.

The Direct Object Pronouns are me / te / lo / la / nos / os / los / las. Come along and discover their awesome-ness!

This is what you workshop:

  • an overview of the direct object pronouns
  • the function of the direct object pronouns
  • verbs that take direct object pronouns
  • placement of the direct object pronouns
  • ‘personal A’ for use with people

Click here for more information and to sign up 

Indirect Object Workshop (2 hours)

You know those little words you use along with GUSTAR? They're the indirect object pronouns. ME gusta, TE gusta, LE gusta … (me / te / le / nos / os / les). Easy to miss but very much unavoidable if you want to get your message across. The indirect object pronouns aren't straightforward. This is a great opportunity to nut them out.

This is what you workshop:

  • an overview of the indirect object pronouns
  • the function of the indirect object pronouns
  • verbs that take indirect object pronouns
  • placement of the direct object pronouns
  • use of ‘a mí, a ti, a él/ella/usted …’ with indirect object pronouns

Click here for more information and to sign up 

Indirect & Direct Object Workshop (2 hours)

'Ok, ok - so I've got a direct object pronoun and an indirect one - what do I do now?' Venture forth and learn how to spontaneously say everyday things like 'I'll give them to you tomorrow' and 'She sent it to him on Tuesday'. As any Spanish student will know, saying such commonplace things is actually really hard. This is the workshop that will help you sound like a natural.

This is what you workshop:

  • the differences between the indirect and direct object pronouns
  • verbs that take take both, versus verbs that take one and not the other
  • order of pronouns when used together
  • placement of the indirect and direct object pronouns when used together
  • lots of practice!

Click here for more information and to sign up 


Pronunciation and Accent Workshop

Monday January 14, 6.30-8.30pm MELBOURNE CBD


Tuesday January 15, 3.30-5.30pm NORTHCOTE

Ser or Estar Workshop

Wedneday January 16, 6.30-8.30pm MELBOURNE CBD


Thursday January 17, 3.30-5.30pm NORTHCOTE

Por y Para Workshop

Friday January 18, 6.30-8.30pm MELBOURNE CBD


Monday January 21, 3.30-5.30pm NORTHCOTE

Direct Object Workshop

Monday January 21, 6.30-8.30pm MELBOURNE CBD


Tuesday January 22, 3.30-5.30pm NORTHCOTE

Indirect Object Workshop

Wednesday January 23, 6.30-8.30pm MELBOURNE CBD


Wednesday January 23, 3.30-5.30pm NORTHCOTE

Indirect & Direct Object Workshop

Thursday January 24, 6.30-8.30pm MELBOURNE CBD


Friday January 25, 3.30-5.30pm NORTHCOTE


Special Workshops Summer 2019

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By Craig Burgess
August 13, 2018



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