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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”.
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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.
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 .
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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.
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 (email@example.com).
Picture copyright: Chris Shervey.
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.
This week both the extraordinary general assembly and the 2016 Convention of FEDELE have been held in Madrid. For the first time ever, the Convention was held as a separate event and not as part of the Annual Meeting.
At the extraordinary general assembly which preceded the Convention the new governing body was elected and this will again be led by María del Carmen Timor. During the meeting questions of great concern to the private sector of Spanish teaching were discussed such as FEDELE’s report on the sector; changes to the brand image of the federation; the next events to be organised (ECELE and the Annual Meeting); the results of the DELE and CCSE exams etc.
On the 12th and 13th of May the FEDELE Annual Convention was held with a full programme of information and training aimed at member schools.
The meeting began with an official opening by the Federation president, followed by the presentation of the plan of action given by the manager, Ana Cózar, and the treasurer’s report which was given by Javier Torres. Guillermo García Vicente, of Telefónica Digital, then gave an introductory session on SIELE, the new evaluation system.
After lunch on the first day there was a presentation by Ángel Sánchez, professor at the University of Alicante, which dealt with different financial aspects affecting language schools. Thursday closed with a workshop on communication and marketing organised by the company Lenkua.
Friday began with a very practical presentation by Ignacio Sampere, lawyer and lecturer in law at the Carlos III University in Madrid, of the agreement on non-regulated training. This was followed by a workshop on working as a team given by Fernando Cembranos.
The morning session ended with a presentation given by David Ruiz on student visas. The Convention ended with a round table discussion between the representatives of the member associations on the evolution of the Spanish as a Foreign Language sector in our country.
Instagram is, without a doubt, one of the social networks to have grown the most in the last few years. This application for mobile phones, also accessible on web navigators, allows users to share photos and short videos (up to 15 seconds) and also to vote, tag and comment on the proposals of other participants.
It’s strange that Instagram which has appeared relatively recently has already overtaken older and more traditional networks like Flickr. More images are uploaded on Instagram than on other digital networks like Twitter.
Probably Instagram’s success lies in its graphics and especially in its use of retro and vintage filters. This success has forced businesses and brands to design and implement a digital marketing strategy adapted to the specific environment of Instagram.
We have started a campaign, here at FEDELE, presenting our schools on Instagram, so if you would like to know what FEDELE schools are like and how they are being presented you can follow our campaign here and at the same time follow FEDELE’s Instagram account. Thanks very much!
It was confirmed at the recent FITUR fair that Alicante will host the 2016 FEDELE Annual Meeting, the great professional event for Spanish as a Foreign Language which brings together agents from all over the world and the people in charge of schools of Spanish in Spain.
An agreement signed between the Valencia Tourist Board, the Alicante Town Council and the Costa Blanca Tourist Board – three institutions from local, provincial and regional government – indicates that they will be giving their support to the organisation of the event and enabling it to be its usual success.
The FEDELE Annual Meeting is a professional encounter of an immersive nature at which agents offering language courses abroad can get to know at first-hand the offer available at FEDELE schools, the social and cultural context of the schools and their destinations.
FEDELE Annual Meetings also contain a wide-ranging programme of visits to places of interest with the aim of providing an opportunity for networking and for exchanging experiences. At the end of the event there is a series of visits to other nearby places that also offer courses of Spanish language and culture.
Image copyright: Fèlix González.
As our readers will know, ECELE is an encounter, first held in 2010, between schools teaching Spanish abroad and schools of Spanish as a Foreign Language in Spain. The way in which it has grown and developed has made it an important event not only for the schools but also for teachers and other members of the sector.
The conference was held for the sixth time in Madrid, from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 26th November. It was made possible by the financial contribution of Madrid Destino and Turespaña, who covered the costs of the teachers invited to attend, and the support of the conference secretary.
In this year´s ECELE the following organisations also took part:
- GUARD.ME, an international insurance company who sponsor the event. Guard. me is an multinational company who launched an insurance product for the Spanish sector in Spain in 2014.
- Instituto Cervantes. A national organisation which promotes Spanish. The Instituto Cervantes is also the body which accredits schools of Spanish as a Foreign Language.
- Editorial Difusión. Publisher specialising in books and methods for teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and teacher training.