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  • DesconFEDELE

    As we have already announced to our readers, FEDELE has begun a series of educational events for our teachers. These meetings have been given an “un-conference” format with the aim of sharing practical experiences and all sorts of ideas for planning and managing Spanish classes.

    The “un-conference” format has many names both in Spanish (no-congresoconferencia de espacios abiertos) and in English (unconference,  open space conferencebarcamp). All these names refer to the same concept: a meeting of professionals from a particular sector who come together to share and experiment. It provides a quick and efficient way of practising collective intelligence and netlearning.

    We have adapted this concept at FEDELE to meet our own teaching needs, using teaching objectives and working procedures proposed by the participants. From the beginning it is the group who decides which problems they are going to try to solve and how. Problem-based learning (PBL) is a fundamental part of this approach.

    The #DesconFEDELEs have a coordinator/moderator who proposes strategies, guides discussions and ensures that the guidelines created by the group are kept to. Each session begins with a discussion about aims and procedures. Workgroups are then created (these are flexible) which raise questions and their possible solutions. All this flow of work is collected in an internal collaborative document (on Google Drive) and also shared on networks. Outside proposals can also be incorporated with the hashtag #DesconFEDELE, principally on Twitter.

    The first #DesconFEDELE which took place in Seville on 2nd November had Antonio Orta, Head of the Spanish Department at CLIC International House Sevilla, PhD in Modern Languages from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, as the coordinator. The participants were very enthusiastic about their objectives and learning and very pleased with both the process and the results of this #DesconFEDELE.

    To learn more about this first #DesconFEDELE, have a look at the results on Twitter.

     

     

     

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  • FEDELE FIE 2017

    We are pleased to let our readers know that the FORO INTERNACIONAL DEL ESPAÑOL 2.0./FIE  will take place in Madrid from the 4th to the 6th October. The event will be held within the framework of  LIBER 2017, FERIA INTERNACIONAL DEL LIBRO with the support of IFEMA and the PLATAFORMA DEL ESPAÑOL.

    Businesses and institutions involved in economic activity related to the Spanish language will come together to consider current issues, to share innovative projects and to create synergies with the following objectives:

    • To spread information on Language Technology which is being developed around the Spanish language.
    • To promote the internationalisation of Spanish culture and language, emphasising its richness.
    • To encourage the growth of Spanish throughout the world by increasing its teaching and strengthening the position of Spain as a destination for cultural and language tourism.

    Amongst the activities planned for the event there will be: presentations, round tables for reflection, workshops, interactive games, and also a business forum where participants will be able to meet with companies and professionals from the sector and create new opportunities for business.

    FEDELE will be taking part this year with two activities which will take place on the 4th October:

    • 00-13.00 Round table for reflection. “Spain as an Education Destination: A Regional Perspective”.The following people will be taking part: José María Casero, President of Español en Andalucía, Ricardo Ortiz, President of the Asociación de Escuelas de Español de Castilla y León, Eva Batalla, President of FEDELE Comunidad Valenciana and Stephen Jenkins, President of FEDELE Madrid.
    • 00 -16.30: Presentation. “Language holidays in Spain. Statistics for 2016”, by Mari Carmen Timor Catalá, President of FEDELE.

    Other important institutions and companies taking part in this second year of FIE 2.0 include: the Real Academia Española, the Instituto Cervantes, the University of Alcalá, the Dirección General de Turismo de la Comunidad de Madrid, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the Fundación Ortega y Gasset-Gregorio Marañón, the Fundación San Millán de la Cogolla and many other companies involved in the growth, innovation and expansion of the Spanish economy. For more information about participants and speakers please consult the programme of activities which can be found with this link: full programme.

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  • FEDELE

    On the 9th June, Carmen Timor and Ana Cózar, president and manager of FEDELE respectively, held a meeting with the Department for Educational Planning at the Ministry of Education. The Department was represented by José María Fernández Lacasa, Director General of Management and Educational Planning at the Ministry of Education and David Ferrán Priestley, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation and Overseas Educational Development.

    This meeting provided FEDELE with the first contact with the Ministry of Education and a chance to introduce the Spanish as a Foreign Language sector in Spain, the work of FEDELE and their main needs with regard to the Ministry. With this in mind, FEDELE brought up the following subjects:

    • A general presentation of FEDELE and its member schools, general information, relationships with other institutions (Instituto Cervantes, Turespaña and ICEX). Here we emphasised that FEDELE and the Ministry of Education share the common goal of promoting Spain as an educational destination.
    • The need to develop a common strategy for the teaching of Spanish in Spain using the Ministry’s network of Education Departments found throughout the world. We explained the relationships FEDELE already has with many of the Education Departments but explained that there was a need for a common plan that could be applied to the entire network.
    • Register of schools not regulated by the Ministry of Education – visas. Here we spoke of the need for our schools to be registered with the Ministry of Education in order to facilitate the application for visas. We asked about the possibility of accredited schools being registered in the Ministry’s non-regulated schools register which currently doesn’t include any private Spanish language schools.
    • The possibility of offering university credits for specific courses offered by our schools.

    The representatives of the Ministry emphasised the interest being shown by the Ministry of Education in joining forces to attract more students of Spanish to Spain and at the same time to increase international interest in studying Spanish in public education. They explained that the Spanish government is currently designing a strategic plan for the international promotion of Spanish.

    For FEDELE this was a great opportunity to present the educational offer of our member schools and also to establish a way of collaborating with the government which plays a fundamental role in the teaching of Spanish.

    Image copyright: FEDELE.

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  • Vamos Español en España
    This month sees the beginning of the campaign to launch  ¡VAMOS! Español en España FEDELE Workshop 2017. After much hard work updating the image of the event and redesigning the event itself, the organisation of the FEDELE workshop for agencies and schools can begin. This year it will take place in the cities of Ibiza and Palma from the 8th to the 11th October and will involve an innovative programme of social networking.

    The event is sponsored by the Agència de Turisme de les Illes Balears and the Consell Insular d´Eivissa with the collaboration of  Turespaña and Instituto Cervantes.

    A range of activities will be organised during the event to give agents information on the destinations available in Español en España and on the schools which belong to FEDELE and also to demonstrate the cultural, gastronomic and tourism diversity of the Balearic Islands.

    The programme includes activities in landmark locations like Ibiza beach, the Ibiza Town Hall cloister, the convent of Sant Francesc in Palma, Bellever castle and the yacht club in Palma.
    Afterwards, from the 11th to the 14th October, there will be excursions to Andalusia, Valencia and Madrid where agents will be able to get to know the cities and the various Spanish schools where their students are able to study.

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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 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 .

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  • Embajador de España en Hungría 2016

    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 (info@fedele.org).

    Picture copyright: Chris Shervey.

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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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  • FEDELE

    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.

    New FEDELE webpage.

     

     

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  • Convención FEDELE 2016

    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.

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