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  • Convención FEDELE 2018

    Once again it’s time for the FEDELE National Convention, a time for pooling the ideas we have on teaching Spanish in Spain and for understanding the trends of all aspects of the business sector.

    The convention will be held on the 15th and 16th February at the Hotel Vincci Soma in Madrid. A large number of member schools will be attending and they will have the opportunity of taking part in both the internal group sessions and the in-training talks for people in management.

    Representatives of the Instituto Cervantes, Turespaña and ICEX will provide a welcome ceremony to open the conference. This will be followed by the first presentation in which José Luis García Delgado will speak about the teaching of Spanish in Spain as an industry of the future.

    The sessions of working groups will begin after lunch and will be discussing various subjects of relevance to the sector, for instance international markets, human resources and student accommodation. These sessions will continue on Friday 16th.

    The FEDELE sectoral report will be presented at the Convention. This document uses comprehensive data to indicate trends in the teaching of Spanish from the point of view of the member schools. On the second day there will be presentations by Okapia Tools on the SIELE tests and on company values.

    There will be a closing ceremony at 17.00h

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  • Feliz 2018 desde FEDELE

    We’re already in the last few days of 2017 and we don’t want to let the year finish without remembering with our readers the most important moments of the year for FEDELE.

    The first activity of 2017 was, as usual, the annual convention of FEDELE schools, which has become a regular event in the calendar for the heads of FEDELE schools. On this occasion the training programme was very well received. There were activities dealing with various professional matters such as business leadership, labour law and Instituto Cervantes accreditation.

    The 1st Conference on Language Tourism in the Madrid Autonomous Community took place in February. This event was organized by the Madrid Autonomous Community together with the Instituto Cervantes and the Plataforma del Español.

    In 2017, the collaboration agreement between FEDELE and SIELE was signed. This agreement, which was ratified by the FEDELE President, Maricarmen Timor, and by Sara Alegría, as the representative of SIELE, will make it possible for member schools to become SIELE examination centres.

    In April, FEDELE, the publishers Edelsa and the Berlin and Munich Institutos Cervantes organized training days for teachers of Spanish in Germany.

    And in Madrid in May, FEDELE organized the 1st Meeting for Heads of Study of FEDELE schools. This event allowed Heads of Study of member schools to access a training programme specifically designed for their job profile.

    Once again this summer FEDELE has taken part in the summer course of “Spanish throughout the World”, which was organized by the Instituto Cervantes together with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as part of the 30th Cursos de Verano Complutense at El Escorial.

    Without a doubt, the main focus for FEDELE activity this autumn has been ¡VAMOS! Español en España FEDELE Workshop 2017. This year the event included a programme of social networking in the cities of Ibiza and Palma from the 8th to the 11th October 2017. The workshop was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Agència de Turisme de les Illes Balears and the Consell Insular d´Eivissa and to the collaboration of Turespaña and the Instituto Cervantes.

    And in November for the first time a FEDELE open space conference #DesconFEDELE was held in Sevilla. The different format of this meeting for teachers of Spanish was a total success. In the future, open space conferences will be held in other FEDELE destinations like Barcelona, which has already been confirmed for next January.

    Many thanks to everyone who has made this year such a success and special thanks to all the people who follow us on this blog and on social media. Happy 2018!

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  • FEDELE en Seúl y Tokio

    During December, there will be conferences in Seoul (South Korea) and Tokyo (Japan) entitled “Spanish, a language of the future: latest news on certification and professional development”. FEDELE will be taking part making known the Spanish courses available in Spain.

    These conferences are organised by the Instituto Cervantes, SIELE Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española, the publishers Edinumen and the Federation itself and count on the collaboration of the Education Office at the Spanish Embassy, ICEX and Turespaña.

    They are intended for teachers of Spanish and educational advisors and will provide information on the new digital certificate in Spanish SIELE, the promotion of Spain as a destination for language tourism and will include a workshop in teacher training given by the publishers Edinumen.

    The Seoul conference will take place on the 2nd December from 09.00h to 14.00h at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. The Tokyo conference will take place at the Instituto Cervantes on the 10th December.

    Information about South Korea conference
    Information about Japan conference

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  • Jornada AETC Turismo Idiomático

    The 2nd Language Tourism Conference organised by AETC (Asociación de Empresas Turísticas de Cádiz) has already been announced. The aim of this meeting is to encourage reflection on language tourism in Cadiz province through open discussion with institutions and associations and professional people involved in the sector.

    The conference will take place at the headquarters of the Confederación de Empresarios de Cádiz (Avda. Marconi, 37), on Friday 10th November.

    The complete programme is as follows:

    • 10.00h: Welcome and introductions
    • 10.30h: The teaching of Spanish in Andalusia. Ana Cozar. FEDELE
    • 11.00h: Promotion of language tourism. Antonio Martí. TURISMO ANDALUZ
    • 11.30h: Round table discussion. Participants: José María Casero. AEEA. Cristina Sainz. ESCUELA GADIR. Isabel Montaldo. PATRONATO DE TURISMO CÁDIZ.
    • 12.30h: Conclusions and closing

    The conference is sponsored by the Diputación de Cádiz through the Provincial Tourist Office, Cadiz town council, la Federación de Escuelas de Español de España (FEDELE) and the Association of Spanish schools in Spain.

    Entrance is free until seating capacity is reached. Enrolment at  www.aetcadiz.com.

    News of this event can be followed on  Facebook and Twitter.

    Cover image: Nicolas Vollmer.

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  • Desconferencia

    Over the last ten years a series of barcamp training events have appeared in the teaching world. These barcamps or user-generated conferences are professional events in which all participants take part in a very active way. They are different from the more traditional conferences and meetings in that they are organised not vertically, but horizontally, one to one, paying particular attention to:

    • participation
    • cooperation
    • collaborative creation of knowledge

    At FEDELE we are convinced that this type of format is highly productive, especially for teachers of Spanish who are used to collaborating and sharing with their colleagues. For this reason we at FEDELE are backing the organisation of various barcamps at which teachers from FEDELE schools can (and should) work together with teachers from other schools.

    The FEDELE barcamps for teachers of Spanish will have the following work schedule:

    9.30 – 11.00h: Working groups
    11.00 – 11.30h: Break
    11.30 – 13.00h: Working groups
    13.00 – 14.00h: Presentation of results, discussion and reflection
    14.00 – 15.30: Lunch provided by FEDELE
    15.30-18.00: Training workshop given by the driving force behind the barcamp

    This first barcamp event will take place in Sevilla on Saturday 4th November and will be led by Antonio Orta. Antonio has a doctorate in Modern Languages, Translation and Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Palo de Olavide. The subject of his thesis was initial teacher training and educational innovation. He is currently Head of the SpanishDepartment at CLIC International House Sevilla. He also teaches on the Masters programme for teachers of Spanish at the University of Pablo de Olavide in Seville and on the training and refresher course Diploma for Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Universitat de València.

    FEDELE member schools are all guaranteed a free place at the barcamps and additional places are available for only 20€. For more information please contact the secretary of FEDELE.

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  • Vamos FEDELE

     

    ¡VAMOS! Español en España FEDELE Workshop 2017, the essential event for businesses working in the Spanish in Spain sector, is taking place in the cities of Ibiza and Palma, from 8th to the 11th October.

    The main objective of this professional event is for Spanish language schools and student recruiting agencies looking for new destinations for their clients to get together. 46 international agencies and 30 FEDELE member schools will be attending.

    As we have explained before, the programme includes activities set in a series of wonderful spaces – Ibiza beach, the cloister of the Ibiza Town Hall, the convent of Sant Francesc in Palma, Bellver Castle and the Palma Yacht Club.

    As usual, after the event there will be familiarisation trips to other destinations in Spain, as for example to the Comunidad Valenciana or to Madrid. These famtrips give agents the opportunity to get to know at first-hand other Spanish schools that are taking part in ¡VAMOS!

    This event is made possible by the sponsorship of the Agència de Turisme de les Illes Balears and the Consell Insular d´Eivissa and by collaboration from  Turespaña and the Instituto Cervantes.

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  • FEDELE FIE 2017

    We are pleased to let our readers know that the FORO INTERNACIONAL DEL ESPAÑOL 2.0./FIE  will take place in Madrid from the 4th to the 6th October. The event will be held within the framework of  LIBER 2017, FERIA INTERNACIONAL DEL LIBRO with the support of IFEMA and the PLATAFORMA DEL ESPAÑOL.

    Businesses and institutions involved in economic activity related to the Spanish language will come together to consider current issues, to share innovative projects and to create synergies with the following objectives:

    • To spread information on Language Technology which is being developed around the Spanish language.
    • To promote the internationalisation of Spanish culture and language, emphasising its richness.
    • To encourage the growth of Spanish throughout the world by increasing its teaching and strengthening the position of Spain as a destination for cultural and language tourism.

    Amongst the activities planned for the event there will be: presentations, round tables for reflection, workshops, interactive games, and also a business forum where participants will be able to meet with companies and professionals from the sector and create new opportunities for business.

    FEDELE will be taking part this year with two activities which will take place on the 4th October:

    • 00-13.00 Round table for reflection. “Spain as an Education Destination: A Regional Perspective”.The following people will be taking part: José María Casero, President of Español en Andalucía, Ricardo Ortiz, President of the Asociación de Escuelas de Español de Castilla y León, Eva Batalla, President of FEDELE Comunidad Valenciana and Stephen Jenkins, President of FEDELE Madrid.
    • 00 -16.30: Presentation. “Language holidays in Spain. Statistics for 2016”, by Mari Carmen Timor Catalá, President of FEDELE.

    Other important institutions and companies taking part in this second year of FIE 2.0 include: the Real Academia Española, the Instituto Cervantes, the University of Alcalá, the Dirección General de Turismo de la Comunidad de Madrid, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the Fundación Ortega y Gasset-Gregorio Marañón, the Fundación San Millán de la Cogolla and many other companies involved in the growth, innovation and expansion of the Spanish economy. For more information about participants and speakers please consult the programme of activities which can be found with this link: full programme.

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  • Jefes de estudios FEDELE

    FEDELE is pleased to announce that on the 25th and 26th of May the 1st Meeting for Heads of Study of FEDELE Schools will take place in Madrid, in the Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía.

    The main objective of this event is to give Heads of Study and academic coordinators tools to facilitate their work as team organisers, with a series of workshops and talks by outstanding experts.
    Novelties regarding the new evaluation system, Sistema de Acreditación de Centros ELE del Instituto Cervantes (SIELE), and a series of Google applications which are very useful for academic management will also be presented.

    The registration fee covers access to the workshops, lunch on the first day, coffee/breakfast on the second day and the attendance certificate. Each FEDELE member school is given one free place. If any school wishes to send a second participant they should make an extra payment of 50 euros.

    The programme is as follows:

    Thursday 25th May

    • 12.00h – 12.30h: Accreditation
    • 12.30h – 12.45h: Welcome
    • 12.45h – 13.45h: Sistema de Acreditación de Centros Instituto Cervantes (SACIC). From school organisation to the heart of the activity: academic services, Nuria Vaquero Ibarra.
    • 13.45h – 14.30h: SIELE: presentation of the exam and preparing for it.
    • 14.30h – 16.00h: Break for lunch (provided by FEDELE in the hotel).
    • 16.00h – 18.30h: Workshop on motivation through gamification, Oriol Ripoll.

    Friday 26th May

    • 09.00h – 10.15h: Gsuite, new management and collaboration between teams, representative of Google Spain
    • 10.15h – 10.30h: Coffee break
    • 10.30h – 12.30h: Team management: difficult or impossible? Jose Angel Medina
    • 12.45h – 14.30h: Changing the identity of the Spanish as a Foreign Language teacher after critical incidents, Carles Monereo
    • Closure and presentation of certificates.

    Schools who are interested in attending should contact the FEDELE office.

    Cover photo: FEDELE

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  • Jornadas Alemania

    At the end of this month, on April 28th in Berlin and 29th in Munich, FEDELE, the publishers Edelsa and the Institutos Cervantes from Berlin and Munich are organising training days for teachers of Spanish.

    The events will be meeting a double objective for professionals in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language.

    Firstly, participants will be able to take part in the various training workshops provided by Edelsa and secondly they will have personal experience of a wide range of Spanish immersion courses with different destinations in Spain, all of them at schools which are members of the Federation.

    Participants at both events will also be able to take part in the draw for teaching materials from Edelsa and a grant for a place on the advanced course for Spanish teachers, “Play as a learning mechanism” (online from 3rd to 24th September), which is organised by FEDELE and the Instituto Cervantes.

    David R. Sousa will be giving two workshops at both events: “Talking, you understand people: oral interaction in the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom” and “Clues and strategies for preparing for the DELE exams”.

    More information on the Munich event with this link.
    More information on the Berlin event with this link.

    Photo copyright: John Morgan.

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  • FEDELE-SIELE

    During the FEDELE schools convention which was held a few weeks ago in Madrid,

    an agreement was signed between the Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española (SIELE) and our Federation. The agreement, which was signed by Maricarmen Timor as the president of FEDELE and Sara Alegría as the representative of SIELE, will facilitate schools which are members of the Federation becoming SIELE examination centres.

    The SIELE exam certifies the level of competence in Spanish using digital media and is aimed at both students and professionals.

    The SIELE has been developed by the Instituto Cervantes and by various Hispanic universities – (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Universidad de Salamanca, Universidad de Buenos Aires). The support from these institutions means that the tests have been developed with good practice and a high quality standard and with the use of different types of linguistics.

    If you would like to know where the SIELE exams are being held, you can look for the examination centres here.

    If you are thinking of joining the network of schools offering SIELE to their pupils, you will find all the information you need here.

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