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    There were signs at the beginning of the year that 2015 was going to be a good year for FEDELE when a new channel of digital communication was opened up: this blog in English.  This allows the federation to reach people who are interested in hearing news about our sector but whose language skills are not yet sufficient to understand in Spanish.

    One of the first news items of the year was of the 2015 FEDELE Annual Meeting, the most important event on the Spanish language tourism calendar in Spain, which was to be held in Cadiz.

    Shortly afterwards it was confirmed that FEDELE would take part in a new event with aims as ambitious as they are relevant to our sector: FIE 2.0 in Madrid.

    Half-way through the year, FEDELE and the Asociación de Centros de Idiomas de Argentina (SEA) signed an agreement. Marcelo García, President of SEA, Mari Carmen Timor Catalá, President of FEDELE and Sergio Palacios, President of the Asociación FEDELE Madrid, where the signing took place, were present.

    A few months later FEDELE signed another agreement with the Universidad de Castilla La Mancha.  The aim of the agreement is for member schools to participate in the AUNA programme (Aula Universitaria Abierta).

    In the last few months we have seen that the FEDELE Annual Meeting in Cadiz and also the ECELE in Madrid were a great success, both in their organisation and the level of participation.

    We recommend that to end the year you take a look at the interview which Profedeele did with our president, Mari Carmen Timor.

    With this summary we end what has been a great year for FEDELE and for our schools, confident that 2016 will be even better.

    Image copyright: Pixabay.

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  • This week the President of FEDELE, Mari Carmen Timor, was interviewed by María Méndez for the blog ProfeDeEle.es.

    ProfeDeEle.es a blog for students and teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language where readers can find proposals and resources for the Spanish Language classroom.

    The blog is edited and co-ordinated by Daniel Hernández and has contributions from Ana Gómez, Fran Balsera, Lucía Martínez, Mar Galindo, María Méndez, Matías Hidalgo, Murta Blasco, y Tatiana Gunko.
    ProfeDeELE can also be found on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and YouTube.

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    As we´ve already announced on this blog, the next FEDELE Annual Meeting will take place in just a few weeks time in Cádiz.  This is the most long-standing Spanish as a  Foreign Language event in Spain.  It brings together agencies offering Study Abroad programmes and FEDELE member schools to look for new business partnerships and to review and comment on the current situation of Spanish as a Foreign Language.

    Prior to the FEDELE Annual Meeting, the FEDELE Annual Convention will take place, also in Cádiz.  Schools will discuss organisational matters concerning the Federation and other regional organisations and relationships with other institutions.

    At the convention, the annual work plan of FEDELE will also be drawn up.  This meeting will take place on Sunday, 27th September from 12 o´clock midday to 7pm.

    The same evening there will be a guided tour of the city and later a welcoming drinks party in the Casa de Iberoamérica where the schools’ representatives will be able to meet the agents.

    On Monday 28th September the appointments with the agencies and the member schools will begin in the form of a workshop.  In the evening there will be a boat-trip and dinner at the Castillo de San Marcos in El Puerto de Santa María.

    Appointments with the agents will continue during the morning of the 29th September.  In the afternoon there will be visits to the local schools that are taking part in the event.  Marketing activities will be held at the Hotel Parador Atlántico where the participants will also be staying.  This is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in the city.

    Image copyright: Gerry Balding.

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  • FEDELE Baleares
    We are pleased to announce that the Balearic Association of Schools of Spanish as a Foreign Language (ABELE in its Spanish initials), known as FEDELE Baleares, has been officially set up in Palma de Mallorca.

    The association is made up of International House Palma, Berlitz Palma and the Instituto de Idiomas de Ibiza with the aim of promoting, together with public bodies of the Balearic Islands, the language tourism sector, in particular initiatives which promote the teaching of Spanish to foreigners.

    All the schools of the association are accredited by the Cervantes Institute and are searching for educational excellence in an area which is relatively undeveloped within the Balearic Islands’ tourism sector.

    According to Frontur, in 2014 the Balearic Islands were visited by around twelve million foreign tourists making it the second most popular autonomous community in Spain for international tourists.  However, they only make up 1.5 % of Spain’s language tourism.

    FEDELE wishes ABELE great success in their new venture.

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