I am long term unemployed and cooperating with Drogheda Local Employment Services in developing a
Personal Progression Plan that will lead me back into employment. This web site is part of that plan.
This website is a continuation from another website that I have been building. Its focus is on learning
computer programming languages such as C++ and Java. Further details about it can be found
In mid-2018, I realised that my work rate on this project had been too slow and that in order to
improve on this I needed better work scheduling and study methods than what I had been using.
I also noticed that when checking job advertisements for I.T. related positions that companies
were now more frequently asking for applicants that were competent in more than one European language.
In October 2018 I began a correspondence course in beginners French which I have since completed.
I have in the process learned better work scheduling and study methods. The course is run by
Kilroy’s College. Kilroy's College deliver online and correspondence courses. Details of their
course can be found here.
In October 2020 I switched over to learning Spanish. I began a correspondence course in beginners Spanish which I have since completed.
The course is also run by Kilroy’s College. Details of their course can be
found here. I am now doing
a Leaving Certificate Spanish correspondence course through Kilroy's College. Details of this course can be found
learned through the eCollege. A list of the courses the eCollege provides can be found
While spending the year 2018 studying the French language it became clear to me that the
requirement for applicants to be proficient in more than one European language has become
common place in job advertisements for a very broad range of job positions across all different
industries and by moving my primary focus from gaining an I.T. related skill to becoming
proficient in another language such as French or Spanish I would be greatly improving my
employment opportunities all round and not just in the I.T. sector.
The main goal is to always to improve on what was done yesterday and the days before it; that's called progression.
With this in mind I have set up this website:
As a form of online note taking, making sure that I understand what I have learned by being able to explain it to others.
To act as a portfolio of my work for perspective employers.
To create contacts with other amateur programmers and hobbyists interested in other technical subjects and gaining foreign language skills.
So that Drogheda Local Employment Services can check in on my progress at literally any time.
The Short to Medium Term Strategy
At each stage an enormous amount of time will be spent listening to Spanish talk and news radio on the internet.
The first stage of this plan is to learn off by heart the first most frequently used 250 words of
the Spanish language. These are the languages most necessary words. Knowing these words is enough
to construct basic sentences and begin learning basic Spanish grammar.
To know the first most frequently used 1000 words of any language a person could recognise 74% of what
they might read in most newspapers and magazines. The first 750 most frequently used words are used every
single day by every person who speaks the language. The goal for this stage is learning off by heart the
first 625 frequently used words. They are the most practical and are enough to really start gaining headway
with the languages grammar.
I have to date built up a flash card collection of almost 4000 Spanish words and phrases. I am using the
Leitner system to learn them
off by heart.
During this stage I will put heavy focus on the language’s grammar and reading books written in the Spanish language.
At this stage I will begin using Graded Readers.
Graded Readers are books of various genres that are specially created for learners of foreign languages. They may be
simplified versions of existing works, original stories or books that are factual in nature. They are ‘graded’ in the
sense that the syntax and the total stock of words used are controlled in order to make the content accessible to
learners of the language. Publishers normally issue reader series with 4-6 different reading levels to suit a range
of skill levels and allow progress over time. For example languages maybe graded according to their difficulties in
levels such as the levels shown below:
A1 - Elementary
A2 - Pre-Intermediate
B1 - Intermediate
B2 - Upper Intermediate
C1 - Advanced
C2 - Proficient
Long Term Strategy
Using Netflix many shows can be watched in various languages of choice. At this stage I will have
already begun watching shows (made in English in the U.K. and U.S.A.) I have seen many times before but with the Spanish language selected
instead of English and NO subtitles. This will make it much easier to relate what is said to what
is happening until enough understanding is gained to start watching original Spanish made shows in
their original Spanish language without subtitles.
At this stage I will have already began to find speaking opportunities, on the internet, with native Spanish speakers who wish to conduct
in a language exchange.
Also at this stage, I will write essays, short stories, and other articles in the Spanish language and source native Spanish
tutors on the internet that would be qualified to correct them.