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  • ECELE Sevilla

    The 7th ECELE conference will take place this year in Seville from the 14th to the 16th November. Heads of schools where Spanish is taught abroad will be meeting with representatives of FEDELE member schools.

    The series of Conferences for Spanish Language Schools is a result of the commitment shown by FEDELETurespañaTurismo de SevillaDiputación Provincial de Sevilla and Turismo de Andalucía to the Spanish as a Foreign Language sector and the promotion and commercialisation of language stays abroad, with a different target group in mind: teachers in schools abroad where Spanish is taught.

    The increase in Spanish as a third language (bearing in mind that English is the most popular second language worldwide) and its incorporation into state education in a great many countries means that Spanish teachers are well positioned to offer advice and guidelines to our schools.  Private Spanish schools are able to provide a very valuable addition to the standard language courses available abroad by offering complementary full-immersion programmes.

    The conference includes a diverse programme of professional and cultural events:

    Monday, 14th November
    Arrival in Sevilla. Accommodation at the Hotel NH Plaza de Armas
    18.30h: Legends of Sevilla, a walking tour of the city.
    20.30h: Night visit to the Reales Alcázares with a cocktail in the salón de los Tapices.

    Tuesday, 15th November
    8.30 – 9.00h: Accreditation of schools.
    9.00 – 9.30h: A welcome to the conference given by the collaborating institutions.
    9.30 – 10.10h: Presentation Spanish in Spain.
    9.30 – 9.45h: General presentation of Spanish courses in Spain – FEDELE.
    9.45 – 10.10h: Accreditation System for Spanish as a Foreign Language Schools – Instituto Cervantes.
    10.30-11.30h: Presentation of all participants.
    11.30 -14.30h: Presentation of FEDELE schools.
    15.30 -17.30h: Teacher training workshop.
    19.30h: Transport to Carmona. Dinner at the Alcázar de Carmona.

    Wednesday, 16th November
    9.00 – 12.30h: Getting to know the FEDELE schools. Personal appointments with the Heads of Schools and academic staff.
    12.30 -13.00h: Break for visiting the stands: raffle of grants and teaching material.
    13.00 – 14.00h:  Getting to know the FEDELE schools
    15.30 – 19.00h: A tour of Sevilla and visits to the schools.
    20.30 – 22.30h: Walk and dinner at the Taberna de Alabardero with a flamenco workshop.

    If you wish to receive more information please write to info@fedele.org.

    Photo copyright: Francisco Colinet.

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    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.
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