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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.

    Picture copyright: gdsteam

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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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  • FEDELE convención

    FEDELE is organising their annual convention again this year. It will take place on the 16th and 17th of February, in Madrid. There will be a meeting of the steering committee beforehand to decide on the specific topics to be dealt with.

    Broadly speaking there will be a series of presentations and discussions on matters affecting member schools and the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language here in Spain.

    The conference will begin at 11.30 with a welcome from the president María del Carmen Timor who will then introduce the programme for the two days. This opens with a talk on the new aspects of the Accreditation System for the Instituto Cervantes’ Spanish as a Foreign Language Schools, followed by a presentation of SIELE by the team from Telefonica-TED. At the end of the morning, the Federation manager will comment on the most important aspects of the sectorial report of FEDELE.

    The activities on Thursday afternoon begin with a presentation by the treasurer of the accounts of the Federation. This will be followed by a talk on tax law by José Manuel Cambra, from the administrative agency AUREN.

    First thing on Friday morning a report will be given on FEDELE’s plan of action for 2017, at which point member schools will be able to offer their suggestions for the project. After the coffee break Pilar González Agudo will speak on reason and emotion in company leadership. At one o’clock there will be a debate on unqualified practice, unfair competition and good practice in the sector. And the conference will close with a presentation on employment law by Ignacio Sampere .

    Image copyright: FEDELE

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  • Ten Idiomas Jerez

    Tenidiomas in Jerez de la Frontera has recently completed a total refurbishment of its facilities; one which has doubled the number of classrooms to thirteen, each fully equipped with smart-boards, air-conditioning and heating.

    The building, located in the very heart of the historic centre of the city, is fully accessible and now on two floors connected by lift and stairs. Facilities include reading area, library, staff room and enlarged reception.

    According to Gerry Rylance, director, “The new facilities will improve the learning experience for our students by providing a comfortable user friendly environment and despite the size of the new school Tenidiomas maintains its family atmosphere”.

    Tenidiomas is the only FEDELE language school in Jerez de la Frontera. Located in the province of Cadiz the city is well known for its strong links with authentic flamenco, horse-breeding and sherry production.

    Follow this link for a virtual tour of the school.

     

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  • Embajador de España en Hungría 2016

    We are pleased to let our readers know that FEDELE and the Spanish Embassy in Hungary have agreed to collaborate on the programme Spanish Ambassador 2016, a competition which will be launched by the Education Attaché Office in Hungary in September of this year.

    The programme has been in operation since 1988 and this year the nine bilingual sections of the country will be taking part. As usual, the embassy will be responsible for the nationwide promotion of the competition in different media.

    FEDELE and the schools that wish to collaborate are providing the prize for the two winners of the competition.  The prize will be a one-week Spanish course in Spain and will include accommodation in a host family with half-board.

    The competition will start in September and finish at the end of October. The course dates will be agreed by the winners and the selected schools, although it’s expected that they will take place by next spring at the latest. Once the competition is finished, the winners will decide from amongst all the schools taking part where they want to do their course.

    For more information about this programme please contact the FEDELE office (info@fedele.org).

    Picture copyright: Chris Shervey.

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  • FEDELE

    As our readers will be able to see, this week FEDELE have brought out their redesigned webpage. Big changes have been made to the aesthetics and to the way in which the content is navigated, with the aim of making access to information easier.

    The first most noticeable change to the new webpage is the cleanness of the design which will enable it to be read in a much more comfortable and intuitive way. In keeping with this change to the webpage, FEDELE have renewed their image with a logo better adapted to current times and to the aims of the Federation.

    The new webpage is organised around two main elements of design. The first is a series of marked pathways which allow the user to select the profile which is closest to their interests (student, teacher, agency or school of Spanish). The contents which are most frequently consulted are found at the bottom of the homepage. These include information on the official exams which are organised by FEDELE – the DELE exams and the Spanish nationality exams (CCSE). The search bar for member schools according to location, the map of FEDELE schools, FEDELE social networks and other programmes related to the activities of FEDELE (an organisation of Spanish as a Foreign Language businesses) are also found on the home page.

    The great novelty of the webpage is the use of pathways adapted to the profile of the reader which enable the user to find information which matches their specific needs. Each pathway has general information for all readers and other more specific information which is intended more for one particular profile than for another.

    New FEDELE webpage.

     

     

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