Cree, Spanish language classes return to PAMC this fall

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The Prince Albert Multicultural Council (PAMC) will be offering language classes again this fall in Spanish and Cree.

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Running twice weekly from September to December, the Discovering Diversity in Language Classes are aimed at beginners with the objective of learning how to speak either language at a conversational level.

“Last year’s class … went really good, so now we are doing it again,” PAMC assistant executive director Michelle Hassler said.

“Then hopefully this year, our teachers are more experienced and they already know how to run their classes, so it will be more fun and it will be really good.”

Registration is now open for the classes, which cost $199.99 each for 70 hours of instruction and are set to begin in the first week of September.

Cree classes will take place at the PAMC office on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., while Spanish classes are scheduled for Wednesdays and Fridays at the same time.

The choice of languages at this year’s classes stemmed from the success of previous years as well as local demand, with Cree and Spanish being the most commonly spoken languages in the area that people wanted to learn.

“Basically Cree is really one of the known languages here in the community and area,” Hassler said. “Lots of people inquire about Cree classes.”

At least 24,000 people in Saskatchewan speak Cree.

In addition, Hassler said, “Lots of Spanish-speaking people are coming in (to the Prince Albert area) right now and most of the Canadians also go to the Spanish-speaking countries and they want to learn Spanish.”

Cree is really one of the known languages here in the community and area. Michelle Hassler

Classes this year will incorporate some new elements, with the PAMC considering how to incorporate an activity for the language students at its annual Tapestrama festival.

“This year we are really thinking to really make it more fun and we are thinking of having more activities for our students, not only in classroom activities,” Hassler said.

While last year’s classes included Mandarin as well as Spanish, Hassler said the PAMC was considering bringing back the former next year if circumstances warrant.

“Of course we want to make sure that our instructors are a native speaker of the language that we are going to offer, and so it’s just like just a matter of looking for the right teachers for the right language.”

Anyone interested in registering for this fall’s Cree and Spanish classes would do well to move soon, since spots can fill up fast.

The PAMC can accommodate a maximum of 10 to 12 people per class. While registration has just begun, there are already a few people on the PAMC’s waiting list which it has begun to contact.

Registration forms are available at the PAMC office. Additional information is available by calling Sylvie Charpentier at 306-922-0400 and via email at sylvie.pamc@gmail.com or info@pamcsk.com.

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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