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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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  • FEDELE Madrid

    The 1st Conference on Language Tourism in the Madrid Autonomous Community will shortly be taking place. The slogan for the conference is “Madrid feels in Spanish”. The event will take place on the 2nd of February, beginning at 9 o’clock, at the Instituto Cervantes in calle Alcalá.

    The Madrid Autonomous Community is organising the event in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and the Plataforma de Español. The Instituto Cervantes will provide a space for operators, businesses, schools of Spanish and schools working in language tourism, representatives of destinations with greater potential for development in this area and public institutions to discuss and exchange experiences of this type of tourism and the range of possibilities it offers.

    The programme includes two main events:

    • An initial round table discussion in which the Instituto Cervantes, the Plataforma del Español and the Department of Culture and Tourism of the Autonomous Community of Madrid will take part and give information on Spanish within the Autonomous Community of Madrid.
    • A discussion of good practice and successful experiences in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, with representatives from the University of Alcalá and Madrid FEDELE, among others.

    Photo copyright: Rick Lighelm



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  • Once again we are announcing the 13th Forum for Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language at the University of Valencia which will take place on the 10th and 11th of March.

    The programme for this event, which has become a reference point for teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language, is as follows:

    Friday, 10th March 2017

    • 00 – 9.30 Enrolment and handing out of material
    • 30 – 9.45 Opening
    • 45 – 10.45 Opening talk: “The basics of pronunciation: doubts, certainties and the rest”, by Xose A. Padilla García (Universitat d’Alacant)
    • 45 – 11.00 Break
    • 00-12.30 Workshops A and D at the same time
    • 30-14.00 Workshops D and B at the same time
    • 00 – 17.30 Workshops B and C at the same time
    • 30 – 18.00 Presentation by the publishers Difusión
    • 00 – 18.30 Break. Coffee
    • 30 – 20.00 Workshops A and C at the same time
    • 00 Forum dinner (open to speakers and everyone attending the conference)

    Saturday, 11th March 2017

    • 30 – 11.30 Practical experiences
    • 30 – 12.00 Break
    • 00 – 14.00 Practical experiences
    • 00 – 18.00 Practical experiences
    • 00 – 18.30 Break. Coffee
    • 30 – 19.30 Closing talk: “Corpus linguistics and and inductive grammar: an approximation”, by Inmaculada Martínez Martínez (CIESE-Comillas, Centro Internacional de Estudios Superiores del Español)
    • 30 Prize draw and closure

    The workshops being offered during the forum are:

    • Mobile phones in the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom: flexibility of activities, by Joan-Tomàs Pujolà Font (Universitat de Barcelona).
    • The flipped classroom, everyone’s class, for everyone by Ana Martínez Lara (Editorial Difusión).
    • Comics as a means of communication and creativity in the Spanish classroom, by Francisco José Herrera Jiménez (CLIC International House Cádiz).
    • Interaction and collaboration in the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom using social networks, by Pilar Concheiro Coello (University of Iceland / Verzlunarskóli Íslands).

    The forum is directed by Antonio Briz Gómez, Virginia González García and Jorge Martí Contreras. For more information visit the forum webpage.


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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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  • redELE
    The portal redELE (a digital network for Spanish as a Foreign Language) is, without a doubt, one of the most long-standing publications dealing with Spanish as a Foreign Language. It is a service supplied by the Spanish Ministry of Education and is aimed at teachers all over the world.

    RedELE contains different sections of information and the following publications are amongst the most important:

    • The magazine, which has texts about teaching, teaching materials and ideas and information from conferences, all for teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language or a Second Language.
    • The library, which has PhD theses and MA dissertations and other research papers.

    The aim of the network, as explained on the webpage, is to offer “specific information on the teaching of Spanish and to contribute to teacher training”.

    Other sections of redELE provide access to research like “The world studies Spanish”; basic information on Spanish in Spain; publications of the Ministry of Education Overseas (listed by country) and catalogues that the Resource Centres have available for teachers.

    All the information on redELE can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

    More information on their webpage.

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    Once again at this time of year we would like to propose a review of 2016, using the blog to see what 2016 has meant for FEDELE and for the Spanish as a Foreign Language sector. This summary of twelve pieces of news allows us to see a more global picture of the current situation of ELE.

    • 2016 began with the announcement that the FEDELE Annual Meeting, the big annual event for schools and international agencies working with Spanish as a Foreign Language would take place in Alicante.
    • In February it was announced that FEDELE would take part in the Olimpiadas del Españalo in Poznan, Poland.
    • A month later we wrote about FEDELE’s sponsorship of the Torneo Internacional de Lenguas in Malmö, Suecia.
    • In April we started up a new campaign on Instagram to publicise the FEDELE member schools on this social network.
    • The following month we were pleased to present the new digital corporate image of FEDELE:new logo and webpage.
    • In June we announced the programme for the course Coping successfully with foreign language teaching: evaluating options and making decisions, organised by the Instituto Cervantes and at which our president, Mª Carmen Timor, presented the paper, “ How to convert a Spanish language programme into a life experience”.
    • In July, we announced the organisation of the 7th International Conference for Spanish Language Schools (ECELE) in Sevilla
    • And in August the participation of FEDELE in the Spanish Ambassador Competition 2016 in Hungary.
    • During these months we also carried out the “Student of the Week” campaign so that member schools could become known to readers through the experience of students.
    • And the blog has also provided a space for news which schools wanted to share with the ELE community – anniversaries, new premises and various events.
    • In November we wrote about the new portal for the Instituto Cervantes’ exams where all the information about DELE, CCSE and SIELE exams is now centralised.
    • And the year ended with news of the Prize for an outstanding academic career in the teaching of Spanish, this year awarded to Ernesto Martín Peris.

    To all our readers, many thanks for being with us for another year and a Happy New Year!

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  • Premio International House a la carrera académica del profesorado de español

    The prize for an outstanding academic career in the teaching of Spanish, awarded by the International House schools in Spain (Barcelona, Cadiz, Madrid, Seville, Palma, San Sebastian and Valencia) together with the publishers Difusión, was presented to Ernesto Martín Peris at a prize-giving ceremony on the 16th December.

    Ernesto Martín Peris, emeritus professor at the University of Pompeu Fabra and the first academic director of the Instituto Cervantes, is a very well-known figure in the academic sector of Spanish as a Foreign Language teaching. As well as his experience as a teacher of ELE, while he was working as a professor at the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Barcelona, he developed some celebrated teaching material which includes Gente and Bitácora.

    According to the committee organising the prize, “The criteria used for awarding the prize are: classroom experience, contributions to different aspects of the world of Spanish (teaching, publications, research, teacher training…) and the carrying out of professional work in different environments (public or private, in Spain or abroad, in statutory education or non-regulated schooling.”

    On this occasion the organising committee for the International House Prize for an outstanding academic career in Spanish teaching has been made up by a representative from each of the International House schools in Spain and the person responsible for Spanish at Difusión:

    • Antonio Orta (CLIC International House Sevilla)
    • Ignacio Grande (Lacunza International House San Sebastián)
    • Francisco Herrera (CLIC International House Cádiz)
    • Berta Sarralde (International House Madrid)
    • María Luisa Mateu (Españolé International House Valencia)
    • Begoña Montmany (International House Barcelona y Palma)
    • Agustín Garmendia (Editorial Difusión)

    The aim of the prize is to recognise the work of Spanish as a Foreign Language teachers and the continued effort to improve the quality of teaching. The ceremony was conducted by Francisco Herrera and the prize was presented by Jonathan Dykes, Director of International House Barcelona and Agustín Garmendia from Difusión. The ceremony was carried out as part of the programme of the Practical Course for Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language in Barcelona, in the presence of nearly six hundred teachers.

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    We are pleased to announce that on the 31st March and the 1st April the 6th CIEFE (International Congress for Spanish for Specific Purposes) will be held in Amsterdam. This event is being organised by the Department of Education for Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg together with the University of Amsterdam and the Instituto Cervantes of Utrecht.

    The organising committee is formed by the following people: Anna Escofet (University of Ámsterdam), Andreu van Hooft (Radboud University, Nimega), Kristi Jauregui (University of Utrecht and University of Applied Sciences, Fontys), Bob de Jonge (University of Groningen), Paula Lorente (University of Lovaina), Lieve Vangehuchten (University of Amberes) and Otto Zwartjes (University of Ámsterdam).

    Since its beginnings in 2000, the CIEFE has become an essential event for specialist teachers of Spanish for Specific Purposes and generally for all teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language. As the organisation itself makes clear, the CIEFE congresses “have provided a place for researchers into Spanish for Specific Purposes, teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language and specialist publishers to meet and exchange experiences.”

    The aims for the Congress, as laid out on their website, are as follows:

    • To establish an international framework for the publication of recent research
    • To exchange teaching experiences
    • To review the state of Spanish for Specific Purposes
    • To promote actions leading to the development of Spanish as a means for professional relationships

    For more information visit the webpage.

    Enrolment can be carried out with this form.


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    The 7th FONCEI (the National Forum for teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language organised by the Cervantes International School) will take place on the 27th and 28th of January 2017.

    The slogan for the meeting is to be “Returning to Never Never Land” and the main subject to be discussed will be the teaching of Spanish to children and adolescents.

    A series of questions has been proposed for discussion during the conference:

    • How can creativity be awakened?
    • What activities should I take to the classroom?
    • What methods can I work with?
    • How can critical thinking be encouraged?
    • What games work?
    • How can I improve participation?
    • What do children and adolescents feel and think?
    • How much can they retain?
    • Do social networks help learning in the classroom?
    • Is there an age for playing?
    • Do publishers have suitable manuals for meeting the needs of these pupils?

    Teachers working with children and adolescents are always thinking about what activities they can use and how to make their classes more attractive and keep their pupils attention.

    The FONCEI will once again be counting on the participation of speakers from the sector and of various publishers.

    The Malaga museum MUPAM will become a bridge to Never Never Land for the duration of the conference.

    Information on the speakers and their workshops together with the enrolment form can be found on the conference web page. Enrolment is now open.

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  • formación de profesorado ELE Bósforo

    The 3rd conference on Training of Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language will take place in a few weeks time in Istanbul. The conference is organised by the Directorate for Educational Programmes in Turkey, the Instituto Cervantes in Istanbul and the Spanish Department of the Bosphorus University. Teachers from different Turkish educational institutions and representatives of Spanish as a Foreign Language publishers will all be taking part. Following are some of the subjects to be addressed at the conference:

    • CLIL projects
    • Online materials
    • Play and learn
    • How to deal with mistakes
    • The teaching of peculiarities
    • Digital narratives

    The last date for enrolment is the 30th November. There are sixty-five places available. The conference will be held in the Kuzey Park building at the Bosphoru University.

    Enrolment forms can be accessed with this link. The complete programme can be seen on this document.

    Image copyright: Wikimedia Commons.


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