By Tatiana Ortiz
A focus group called Hispanos Unidos at Campo Family YMCA started a Spanish class for its adult members 18 and up last fall. It meets in the conference room for an hour the 1st and 2nd Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. Hispanos Unidos aims to work together and connect the whole community through their Spanish language and culture with service.
Recently, the class brought on a new instructor named Analia Huber in June of this year.
As a Latina, her previous experience portrayed as a good fit to teach this class.
Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Huber spoke Spanish in her home. Therefore, the language became very familiar to her. She has lived in the United States for more than 40 years. When Huber moved to the Tampa area she joined Campo Family YMCA and Hispanos Unidos. She fortunately always had the opportunity to continue speaking Spanish in her jobs and neighborhoods.
Huber teaches beginner and intermediate level Spanish in her class. Students will learn grammar, conversational pieces, colors, alphabet and much more. Individuals can sign up at Campo Family YMCA Welcome Center. A deadline does not exist because of this open enrollment class.
Helen Wong a student from Huber’s Spanish class, expressed her thoughts about what she learned.
“Huber applies various methods that strengthen both listening, speaking and understanding skills. This class motivates me to continue to expand my knowledge of the Spanish language,” Wong said. She also recommends it to anyone interested in taking Spanish.
Huber hopes that students who attend her class get excited about learning the language of Spanish because it will expose them to a new culture and foods.
“I encourage people to not be afraid to know another language” Huber said.
For more information, visit www.tampaymca.org/locations/campo/. It is located at 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico. Open Monday through Friday 5 a.m.- 10 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. Call 684-1371.