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FEDELE and SEA, the Argentinian Association of Language Schools, last week signed a framework agreement for the development of Language Tourism in both countries. SEA is a non-profit organisation founded in 1993 which has 120 schools across Argentina, mainly in Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Mendoza, Neuquén, Salta and Santa Fe.
Marcelo García, president of SEA, Mari Carmen Timor Catalá, president of FEDELE, and Sergio Palacios, president of the Asociación FEDELE Madrid and the event´s host, took part in the signing. The presidents of both organisations gave a brief resumen of the situation in their own country and suggested strategies for the future.
Spain and Argentina are the two main destinations for people wishing to learn Spanish and the ELE sector (Spanish as a Foreign Language) is centred on them. Around 350,000 students of Spanish visit Spain each year and more then 50,000 visit Argentina. They have an average stay of three weeks in Spain and spend an average of 1,800 euros. In Argentina the average stay is eight weeks and the average expenditure 4,100 US$. While they are taking part in their immersion programmes these students are consumers of culture and leisure.
The main objective of the collaboration agreement signed by FEDELE and SEA is to reinforce the main areas of development in Language Tourism in both countries: training of professionals, certification, accreditation and market studies. As far as teacher training is concerned, training sessions will be begun and teachers will be able to share their experiences of teaching in immersion programmes.
Both associations are planning a shared analysis of the existing systems of certification and accreditation so that a plan to improve these systems can later be developed and students’ expectations met. And lastly, one of the main difficulties of language industry so far is the absence of figures. Both organisations are committed to creating a means of sharing information, both internally and externally, on the evolution of the market in both countries.
FEDELE has recently reached an agreement with Meddeas, an organisation which finds and allocates paid positions as English conversation teaching assistants in private Spanish schools.
With this agreement FEDELE, and therefore member schools, will be able to offer native English speakers the possibility of working as an English language assistant in private schools in the coming academic year.
FEDELE schools will be able to use this agreement to give added value to their courses or to gain the loyalty of their students or simply to provide useful information to students who are thinking about teaching English in Spain.
There are 140 places available on the programme for the academic year 2015-2016 and these places will be given on a first come first served basis, provided the candidate meets all the requirements. The recommended deadline for the next academic year is the 1st April, although there may be vacancies at any time in the year and therefore places made available.
The process of evaluating candidates takes approximately one month, during which time there is an interview either in Spain or in the applicant´s home country. Given that there are private schools all over Spain looking for conversation assistants, positions will be allocated according to the candidate’s preferences, his or her profile and the schools available.
Member schools who are interested in presenting candidates should send the candidate´s CV and a letter of presentation to the FEDELE office. Once the application has been received, FEDELE will send it to MEDDEAS to be evaluated and a position allocated according to the criteria of the selection process.
More information at Meddeas.com