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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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  • 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 is pleased to let our readers know that with the recent addition of two new schools, IDEALOG in Castelldefels and Academia Contacto en Madrid, our Federation now has ninety members.

    These two newcomers and the work of all of the associations which make up our Federation have made FEDELE a significant player in the national panorama of Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language and the main representative of private schools in the sector.

    FEDELE is made up of a series of regional associations which over recent years have been incorporated into the Federation: Español en Andalucía, with 29 schools; la Asociación de Escuelas de Español de Castilla y León, AEECyL, with 16;  FEDELE Comunidad Valenciana, which has 15 schools; FEDELE Madrid, with 11; FEDELE Barcelona, 10; FEDELE Nacional, with 6 schools and the youngest of all the associations which has only recently been formed, FEDELE Baleares, with 3 schools.


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  • Hong Kong

    The 5th Edinumen Teacher Training Session in Hong Kong will take place on the 10th and 11th March. Speakers at this year’s session include Daniel Cassany, José Gómez Asencio, Max Cortés and Liliana Pereyra all of whom are excellent speakers and have first –hand knowledge of the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language.

    The workshops this year are organised in two groups: Practical Workshops and ICT Workshops “Getting Down to Work”. The proposals that have been selected can be seen online together with the complete programme.

    As usual in the events organised by the publishers Edinumen, the University of La Rioja will be collaborating by holding a draw amongst the participants of the seminar for a grant to cover a post-graduate course in teaching Spanish as a second language to immigrants.

    There will be a few novelties this year including cocktails for everyone attending the seminar.

    Image rights: Wikimedia


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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.

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  • Encuentro de profesores Bulgaria

    The 2nd Conference for Teachers of Spanish, organised by the Instituto Cervantes, will take place at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria on the 22nd of April, with the idea of providing continuity with the conference held in October 2015.

    This professional congress, which will take place in the Mirror Hall in the Spanish Department on the second floor of the Philology Faculty, is a result of collaboration between the Education Office of the Spanish Embassy in Bulgaria and the University of Sofia San Clemente de Ohrid. It will begin at nine o’clock and end at half past five, with two coffee breaks and an hour for lunch. Entry is by ulitza Sveti Kliment Ohrisdki.

    Anyone interested in attending the conference should write to  aux1sof@cervantes.es before Tuesday 18th April. People interested in giving a paper should contact  prof4sof@cervantes.es before Friday 24th March.

    Enrolment is free.  More information can be found with this link.

    Image copyright: Wikimedia.



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  • jornadas Madrid Difusión

    Difusión, the publishers, are proposing that we enjoy two days in Madrid at their 8th Educational Conference for Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language.  They are organising the conference in collaboration with PROLINTER (Programme of Languages for Internationalisation) from the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid. SIELE, FEDELE and Madrid Destino are sponsoring the event and the Instituto Cervantes is taking part.

    The conference will be held over two days, 3rd and 4th March 2017, at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas y Energía de la Universidad Politécnica, a building that has been declared a “historic and artistic monument”.

    The programme for the conference is as follows:

    Friday, 3rd March

    • 15:00 – 15:30 Registration
    • 15:30 – 15:45 Opening
    • 15:45 – 16:45 Consuelo Triviño (Instituto Cervantes). From home language to universal language: Pan Hispanic Spanish in the era of globalisation.
    • 16:45 – 17:00 Break
    • 17:00 – 18:00 Rafael Bisquerra (University of Barcelona). The universe of emotions
18:00 – 18:15 Break
    • 18:15 – 19:15 José Amenós (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). Not all close languages are the same: grammar and cognition, beyond transference.
    • 19:30 – 20:30 Musical performance.

    Saturday, 4th March

    • 9:30 – 10:45 Simultaneous workshops (first time-slot)
      10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
    • 11:15 – 12:45 José P. Ruiz Campillo (University of Columbia). A thousand imperfects, one imperfect: when grammar is image.
    • 12:45 – 13:15 SIELE presentation
13:15 – 13:45 Difusión space
13:45 – 16:00 Break
    • 16:15 – 18:15 Presentation of  Difusión and PROLINTER (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) prizes for 2017 for the best Spanish as a Foreign Language Teaching based on information and communication technology)
    • 18:15 – 18:30 Raffle of teaching material
    • 18:30 – 19:00 Presentation of certificates

    The programme and all information is available on the Difusión webpage.

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