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  • I Jornadas de Español para Fines Específicos en Viena

    We are pleased to let our readers know that on the 13th and 14th October the Education Offices of the Spanish embassies in Switzerland and Austria, together with the University of Economics and Business Studies in Vienna (WU) and the Austrian Association of Teachers of Spanish (AAPE) are organising the first symposium on Spanish for Specific Purposes in Vienna (JEFE-Vi).

    The programme for the two days will include:

    Friday 13th October 2017
    13:30h – 14:30h Submission of documents
    14:30h – 15:30h Inauguration and opening plenary session
    15:30h – 16:00h Parallel communications
    16:00h – 16:30h Break for coffee
    16:30h – 18:30h Parallel communications and workshops
    19:30h Social programme – reception at the Spanish Embassy in Vienna

    Saturday 14th October 2017
    09:00h – 09:45h Plenary session
    09:45h – 10:30h Plenary session
    10:30h – 11:00h Parallel Communications
    11:00h – 11:30h Break for coffee
    11:30h – 13:30h Parallel communications and workshops
    13:30h – 15:00h Lunch and guided visit of the university
    15:00h – 17:00h Parallel communications and workshops
    17:00h – 17:45h Closing plenary session
    17:45h – 18:00h Closing and goodbyes

    This event provides an opportunity for presentation and discussion of research into Spanish for specific purposes and also a space for discussion of classroom experiences.

    The main subjects for discussion will deal with:

    • Analysis of discourse
    • Cultural aspects
    • Lexicology and lexicography
    • Teaching Spanish for Specific Purposes and curriculum design

    The enrolment fee includes attendance at the symposium, coffee in the breaks, Saturday lunch and a guided visit of the city on Saturday.

    On Friday there will be a reception at the Spanish Embassy in Vienna to which everyone attending the symposium is invited.

    More information is available on the symposium webpage.

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  • Informe 2017 El español: una lengua viva

    The 2017 report from the Instituto Cervantes, “Spanish: a living language” has recently been published. This report was written by David Fernández Vítores and coordinated from the Dirección Académica of the Instituto Cervantes. The structure of the report is the usual one for this type of publication.

    Firstly, statistics for Spanish throughout the world are given. The second chapter deals with Spanish as a Foreign Language and its position in various different educational systems. In the third chapter an overall picture of Spanish as an economic asset is discussed and this leads to a section on Spanish and the internet and social networks. The report ends with a chapter on Spanish in science and culture and a bibliography.

    The statistics given in the report indicate that “Spanish is the second most widely spoken native language after Mandarin and also the second most widely spoken language on a global count of native proficiency + limited competence + students of Spanish”.

    An approximate calculation can also be made in global figures of twenty-one million students choosing Spanish for career purposes. This places Spanish in direct competition with French and Mandarin as the second most widely studied language. It is striking that interest in learning Spanish is especially apparent in the two main English speaking countries – the United States and the United Kingdom.

    Anyone wishing to see the entire report can download a PDF version with with this link.

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  • CLIC International House Cádiz

    CLIC International House has just opened new premises in Bahía Blanca in the provincial capital of Cádiz. The property comprises 700m2 on two floors – the main floor and a top floor/terrace.

    The new school has 12 classrooms all equipped with a multimedia projector or smart TV, free wifi, air-conditioning and central heating. All the classrooms have natural light and furniture designed to make learning a second language more comfortable.

    The top floor also has a professional kitchen for cookery classes and a spacious student lounge with a café which is used for the cultural programme activities and for language exchange amongst CLIC students.

    The enormous 200m2 terrace next to the student lounge is definitely the area that the students enjoy the most. It is equipped with outdoor furniture and hammocks and students can have a coffee between classes and prepare work for the following day with their fellow classmates. Or simply read a book. Views from the new CLIC premises are spectacular.

    Image copyright: CLIC International House.

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  • FEDELE

    On the 9th June, Carmen Timor and Ana Cózar, president and manager of FEDELE respectively, held a meeting with the Department for Educational Planning at the Ministry of Education. The Department was represented by José María Fernández Lacasa, Director General of Management and Educational Planning at the Ministry of Education and David Ferrán Priestley, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation and Overseas Educational Development.

    This meeting provided FEDELE with the first contact with the Ministry of Education and a chance to introduce the Spanish as a Foreign Language sector in Spain, the work of FEDELE and their main needs with regard to the Ministry. With this in mind, FEDELE brought up the following subjects:

    • A general presentation of FEDELE and its member schools, general information, relationships with other institutions (Instituto Cervantes, Turespaña and ICEX). Here we emphasised that FEDELE and the Ministry of Education share the common goal of promoting Spain as an educational destination.
    • The need to develop a common strategy for the teaching of Spanish in Spain using the Ministry’s network of Education Departments found throughout the world. We explained the relationships FEDELE already has with many of the Education Departments but explained that there was a need for a common plan that could be applied to the entire network.
    • Register of schools not regulated by the Ministry of Education – visas. Here we spoke of the need for our schools to be registered with the Ministry of Education in order to facilitate the application for visas. We asked about the possibility of accredited schools being registered in the Ministry’s non-regulated schools register which currently doesn’t include any private Spanish language schools.
    • The possibility of offering university credits for specific courses offered by our schools.

    The representatives of the Ministry emphasised the interest being shown by the Ministry of Education in joining forces to attract more students of Spanish to Spain and at the same time to increase international interest in studying Spanish in public education. They explained that the Spanish government is currently designing a strategic plan for the international promotion of Spanish.

    For FEDELE this was a great opportunity to present the educational offer of our member schools and also to establish a way of collaborating with the government which plays a fundamental role in the teaching of Spanish.

    Image copyright: FEDELE.

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  • Bangkok ELE

    Information about the 5th Spanish as a Foreign Language Conference in Thailand, which will take place in Bangkok on the 26th and 27th January 2018, is now available.

    The main aim of the event is to share experiences and ideas, to discuss points of view concerning Spanish language teaching and to present proposals. It is organised by the Spanish Section of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Chulalongkorn in Thailand.

    The deadline for sending proposals is the 15th September 2017. These can be for “communications” (20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes discussion) or for practical workshops of 45 minutes. Acceptance of proposals will be made known before the 1st October 2017.

    The general idea is to give the widest possible over-all picture of Spanish as a Foreign Language: from linguistics to culture, from literature to Spanish for specific purposes. Enrolment is free. The deadline for enrolment is 15th November 2017.

    If you have any questions or require more information please contact the following email address: jornadas.ele.bkk@gmail.com, or write to Spanish Section, Department of Western Languages, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Phyathai Rd., Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330.

    People interested in enrolling can do so with this form.

    Image rights: Wikimedia Commons.

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  • Cervantes UCM 2017

    The Instituto Cervantes and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid are collaborating once again on the 30th Cursos de Verano Complutense en El Escorial. The course will take place from the 10th to 12th of July at the San Lorenzo site at El Escorial. This year’s programme is entitled “Spanish throughout the world, a sustainable economic asset”.

    As the Instituto Cervantes itself indicates, “From a multi-faceted perspective, the course “Spanish throughout the world: a sustainable economic asset” is intended to provide key points for an effective management of learning and teaching of foreign languages. To reach this goal, thought will be given to the changes and challenges in language teaching and to the activity in relevant sectors – teaching, tourism, employment, education, technology and communication. Special attention will be paid to the spread of the Spanish language and the performance of institutions in this area will be analysed.”

    A series of very varied topics will be dealt with during the course, all of them related to the central theme of the programme: the changes which enable the growth of Spanish in different countries and the response of international companies and public and private educational institutions teaching Spanish to new global demands, a response which is conditioned by the training of professionals and the use of technology in language learning.

    The course is intended for both professionals and students involved in language teaching. The conference is based around two plenary sessions and a round-table discussion on each of the three days of the conference.

    For more information and registration please visit the webpage of the Cursos de Verano de la UCM [PDF].

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  • CREA Isla Salamanca
    CREA is an event for Spanish as a Foreign Language teachers, both native and non-native speakers and also for trainee teachers. This session, which aims to create a space for dialogue in which impressions and experiences can be shared, is organised by ISLA, a Spanish language school which has been operating for more than twenty-five years. Different technological and dynamic resources for the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom will be presented within a participatory environment to encourage the exchange of the participants’ different points of view.

    This aim is consistent with the spirit which has defined ISLA in the last few years, that of constant creation and evaluation of new teaching materials, tools which adapt to the new type of student and teacher. ISLA is committed to creating online resources, 160 of which are already freely accessible, and to the creation of new classroom activities.

    CREA will be focussed on new technologies and innovative proposals for the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom and this focus will link the various talks and workshops. There will also be spaces, generally in the afternoon, where more classical topics will be dealt with, for example music and image in the SFL classroom and, especially for non-native teachers, the teaching of Spanish grammar.

    CREA’s main objective is the exchange of ideas among the participants and there will, therefore, be a considerable amount of time made available for open discussion and for putting into practice with real students ideas which arise during the discussions and workshops. Two new projects, “El Espejo” and “Tú decides”, will be presented at the conference.

    Everyone attending the event will be able to take part in all the afternoon and evening activities on the programme, these include a welcome drink, a cookery class, wine tasting and pairing and an open-air farewell party.

    If you would like to see the programme and the terms and conditions please visit the webpage:  www.profesorescreativos.com

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  • VII Encuentro de Profesores ELE AIL Madrid - Edinumen

    The 7th Conference for Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language organised by AIL Madrid and the publishers Edinumen will take place in Madrid from the 31st July to the 4th August.

    This conference will be a new experience for Spanish teachers since the aim is to acquire strategies for finding motivation in the classroom rather than to acquire knowledge.  The content of the conference will, therefore, be practical rather than theoretical.

    Participants will work together to learn how to apply new technologies in the teaching and learning of Spanish, from teaching online to using social networks and Kahoot  in the classroom. There will also be a pooling of emergency tools to add to the first aid kit of solutions for possible set-backs in the classroom.

    The secret of a good teacher is always to have a plan B. We all know the brain needs to become excited in order to learn and so managing emotions in the classroom will also be looked into, together with the teaching of vocabulary and oral skills. There will also be the chance to learn to teach business Spanish in an entertaining and fun way. The full programme is as follows:

    Monday 31st July:
    • 9:00h – 9:30h  – Welcome breakfast. Handing out of material
    • 9:30h – 11:00h – Objective: Gamification in the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom. Kahoot and other tools
    • 11:30h – 13:30h – Everyone online: Skype, Facebook and other platforms
    • 14:00h – 15:00h – Welcome lunch
    • 17:10h – 18:50h – Workshops and visits

    Tuesday 1st August:
    • 9:00h – 9:30h – Everyone takes part: Pooling what we have learnt
    • 9:30h – 11:00h – Managing emotions in the classroom
    • 11:30h – 13:30h – Teaching and learning vocabulary in the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom
    • 17:10-18:50 – Workshops and visits

    Wednesday 2nd August:
    • 9:00h – 9:30h – Pooling what we have learnt
    • 9:30h – 11:00h – Special purposes: Business Spanish
    • 11:30h – 13:30h – Special purposes: Business Spanish
    • 14:00h – 15:00h – Guidelines for class observation
    • 17:10h – 18:50h – Workshops and visits

    Thursday 3rd August:
    • 9:00h -11:00h – Class observation
    • 11:30h – 13:30h – The teacher’s first-aid kit: emergency tools
    • 17:10h – 18:50h – Workshops and visits

    Friday 4th August:
    • 9:00h – 9:30h – Teaching by immersion: AIL Madrid
    • 9:30h – 11:00h – Oral skills: pronunciation and prosody
    • 11:30h – 13:30h – Presentation of latest developments by the publishers Edinumen
    • 14:00h – 15:00h – Closing session and  diploma ceremony
    • 17:10h – 18:50h – Workshops and visits

    Registration and more information on the conference
    Image copyright: AIL Madrid

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  • Enele2017

    Enele is a project designed and coordinated by Jane Arnold, the academic director of Language and Cultural Encounters, to provide Spanish as a Foreign Language teachers with the opportunity to meet together with other teachers from all over the world and to reflect on their work, at the same time as developing their skills working on important proposals from the current scene of Spanish as a Foreign Language.

    As Jane Arnold says, “Enele offers the perfect occasion for combining usefulness with pleasure.” The programme has once again been prepared “with great care in order to help us develop as teachers.” And additionally, “There can be nothing better than sharing experiences with other teachers from all over the world in a setting as pleasant as the city of Cadiz.”

    This is the third time this type of meeting has been held. Last year fifty teachers from fifteen countries including the UK, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, USA, Argentina, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Algeria, and Russia met up in Cadiz. As the academic director of LCE has said, “In the two previous encounters real communities have been created, sharing experiences and enriching the group.” A group which is made up not only of  Spanish as a Foreign Language teachers “since we have also had teachers of other foreign languages.”

    Enele 2017 is entitled “Create, play, thrill: Exploring new paths in Spanish as a Foreign Language Teaching.” Speakers at the plenary conference, for the three modules and the three workshops are all well-known specialists in Spanish as a Foreign Language with considerable experience in teacher training.

    They are looking to offer new pedagogical possibilities which will lead to active learning and greater participation on the part of the students in constructing knowledge of the language and culture they are pursuing. They will provide measures to awaken students’ curiosity and to create a classroom atmosphere which is conducive to learning.

    More information on Enele is available on their webpage.

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  • Vamos Español en España
    This month sees the beginning of the campaign to launch  ¡VAMOS! Español en España FEDELE Workshop 2017. After much hard work updating the image of the event and redesigning the event itself, the organisation of the FEDELE workshop for agencies and schools can begin. This year it will take place in the cities of Ibiza and Palma from the 8th to the 11th October and will involve an innovative programme of social networking.

    The event is sponsored by the Agència de Turisme de les Illes Balears and the Consell Insular d´Eivissa with the collaboration of  Turespaña and Instituto Cervantes.

    A range of activities will be organised during the event to give agents information on the destinations available in Español en España and on the schools which belong to FEDELE and also to demonstrate the cultural, gastronomic and tourism diversity of the Balearic Islands.

    The programme includes activities in landmark locations like Ibiza beach, the Ibiza Town Hall cloister, the convent of Sant Francesc in Palma, Bellever castle and the yacht club in Palma.
    Afterwards, from the 11th to the 14th October, there will be excursions to Andalusia, Valencia and Madrid where agents will be able to get to know the cities and the various Spanish schools where their students are able to study.

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