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    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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  • 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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  • FEDELE Madrid

    On the 6th May, FEDELE Madrid, together with the publishers Edinumen, organised a teacher training workshop for teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language. The workshop took place at AIL Madrid and teachers from Eureka School of Spanish Language, Tandem Escuela Internacional Madrid, Estudio Internacional Sampere, Academia Contacto, Madrid Plus, Inhispania and AIL Madrid took part.

    There were two sessions:

    •  “Narrative pedagogy in the learning of a second language: imagination”, presented by Javier Diaz Castromil.  This session came from the idea of the narrative structure of memories and involved a practical presentation of activities connected with the meaning of classroom experience as the main driving force in learning.
    • “Avatars, between reality and possibility: a motivating image for learning”, presented by Mario Eugercios Hernández. The work in this session was carried out in a virtual environment using technology to stimulate the student’s contact with the target language in a context of “gamification of language”.

    Given the response of the participants and the debate that was generated, it can definitely be said that the workshop was a great success. Additionally, Spanish as a Foreign Language professionals from different schools were given the opportunity to get to know each other and exchange ideas.

    Members of FEDELE Madrid hope to organise more training events in the future and so demonstrate their commitment to quality and innovation in the classroom.

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  • Spanish in a day

    The 2nd Spanish in a day competition has begun.  This competition, which is organised by C de Cine, tests the creativity and linguistic competence of students of Spanish.

    One of the most interesting novelties of this second competition is that there are two versions: a general one and one for young learners.  Each team participates in the category corresponding to the level of Spanish of their spokesperson. One of the criteria to be evaluated is a control of the linguistic resources pertaining to the level at which they are competing.

    The aim of Spanish in a day is to encourage working together while learning Spanish. In order to participate, you need to form teams of three to five Spanish students and choose a spokesperson. Once this is done, participants can sign up together and organise their different roles – actors, directors, scriptwriters etc.

    The team is now ready to create a cooperative project. The video will compete at the language level of the main actor who will also be the spokesperson and the person responsible for providing all the documents necessary for entering the competition.  All members of the winning video team will receive prizes.

    You can download the PDF with step by step instructions for taking part in the project with this link. The registration form for this second competition is in this other document.

    For more information please see the competition webpage.

    C de Cine webpage.

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  • Encuentro Práctico Essen

    The 14th Practical Conference for teachers of Spanish in Germany, organised by International House Barcelona and the publishers Difusión, will take place on the 9th and 10th June. The organisers are wanting to open up the event to other places in Germany and have decided that this year it will take place in Essen.

    On this occasion the event brings together specialists in the teaching of Spanish who will be tackling questions of methodology from different perspectives, with a very attractive programme which combines theory and practice. Participants will be able to attend talks by outstanding speakers such as  José Plácido Ruiz Campillo, Natalia Contreras and Neus Sans, and a wide range of different workshops such as Oral Interaction, Spanish for University Students or The Flipped Classroom.

    The aim of the conference, according to the organisers, is that the day and a half of talks and simultaneous workshops should provide a space for interaction and collaboration for teachers of Spanish to continue developing as professionals. The magnificent welcome offered by the University of Essen will, without doubt, provide the perfect context for this event.

    You can see the whole programme of the Practical Conference with this link and enrol at a reduced rate if you sign up before the 20th May.

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  • Encuentro Práctico ELE Madrid

    The 18th Practical Conference of Spanish as a Foreign Language  will take place at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid  on the 19th and 20th of May.  The event is organised by the publishers Edinumen and International House.

    Edinumen and IH have been collaborating on the organisation of the event for more than fifteen years, ever since it began in 2000 as an event described in their own words as “convivial and modest”.

    The programme for the conference is as follows:

    Friday, 19th May 2017:
    •    15.30h – 16.00h – Collection of credentials.
    •    16.00h – 16.15h – Welcome.
    •    16.15h – 17.15h – Cognitive spring and the dark side of the moon: strengths and limitations of cognitive grammar. Juan Manuel Real Espinosa
    •    17.30h – 18.30h – Marking the written expression and interaction test of the DELE exams. Javier López Tapia y Javier Fruns
    •    18.30h – 19.00h – Break
    •    19.00h – 20.00h – Seminar: “Advantages and disadvantages of using the mother tongue in the classroom.”

    Saturday, 20th May 2017 (morning):
    •    10.00h – 11.00h – Integrated learning of language and content: constructing knowledge. Ana Blanco Canales
    •    11.00h – 11.30h – Break
    •    11.30h – 12.30h – Mobile telephones, powerful tools in the classroom. Ceri Jones
    •    12.40h – 13.15h – Presentation of recent developments. Editorial Edinumen
    •    13.20h – 13.50h – Presentation of recent developments at International House Madrid

    Saturday, 20th May 2017 (afternoon/evening):
    •    16.00h – 19.50h – Simultaneous workshops: Direct to the classroom.
    •    20.00h –  A farewell glass of wine and the draw.

    Programme details can be found on the webpage: Encuentro Práctico ELE.

    Information on how to enrol is available with this link.

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