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  • Feliz 2018 desde FEDELE

    We’re already in the last few days of 2017 and we don’t want to let the year finish without remembering with our readers the most important moments of the year for FEDELE.

    The first activity of 2017 was, as usual, the annual convention of FEDELE schools, which has become a regular event in the calendar for the heads of FEDELE schools. On this occasion the training programme was very well received. There were activities dealing with various professional matters such as business leadership, labour law and Instituto Cervantes accreditation.

    The 1st Conference on Language Tourism in the Madrid Autonomous Community took place in February. This event was organized by the Madrid Autonomous Community together with the Instituto Cervantes and the Plataforma del Español.

    In 2017, the collaboration agreement between FEDELE and SIELE was signed. This agreement, which was ratified by the FEDELE President, Maricarmen Timor, and by Sara Alegría, as the representative of SIELE, will make it possible for member schools to become SIELE examination centres.

    In April, FEDELE, the publishers Edelsa and the Berlin and Munich Institutos Cervantes organized training days for teachers of Spanish in Germany.

    And in Madrid in May, FEDELE organized the 1st Meeting for Heads of Study of FEDELE schools. This event allowed Heads of Study of member schools to access a training programme specifically designed for their job profile.

    Once again this summer FEDELE has taken part in the summer course of “Spanish throughout the World”, which was organized by the Instituto Cervantes together with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as part of the 30th Cursos de Verano Complutense at El Escorial.

    Without a doubt, the main focus for FEDELE activity this autumn has been ¡VAMOS! Español en España FEDELE Workshop 2017. This year the event included a programme of social networking in the cities of Ibiza and Palma from the 8th to the 11th October 2017. The workshop was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Agència de Turisme de les Illes Balears and the Consell Insular d´Eivissa and to the collaboration of Turespaña and the Instituto Cervantes.

    And in November for the first time a FEDELE open space conference #DesconFEDELE was held in Sevilla. The different format of this meeting for teachers of Spanish was a total success. In the future, open space conferences will be held in other FEDELE destinations like Barcelona, which has already been confirmed for next January.

    Many thanks to everyone who has made this year such a success and special thanks to all the people who follow us on this blog and on social media. Happy 2018!

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  • Con C de Cine


    We are pleased to present the project  C de Cine , a webpage for the learning and teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language using audiovisuals. Access is free and teachers and students of Spanish as a Foreign Language are able to contact each other through forums and social networks to exchange experiences of the didactic use of film and video in the classroom. One of the most visited sections of the page is the “List of Activities” where teaching guides are published based on short films and other audiovisual formats following the flipped classroom model.

    Spanish in a day, an audiovisual competition for students of Spanish throughout the world, has been launched on the page this April. It’s an adaptation for the Spanish as a Foreign Language classroom of other audiovisual projects like Ridley Scott’s Life in a day or Isabel Coixet’s Spain in a day which was produced by RTVE. The main aim of the competition is for students anywhere in the world to make a three to five minute video showing a normal day in their life.

    Participants must follow the guidelines and the communication contents of the curriculum of the Instituto Cervantes which correspond to their language level. The level will determine the main category they enter: A is for Action (A1-A2), B is for Bench (B1-B2) and C is for Cineclub (C1-C2). There is also a parallel section of the competition where special mentions will be given, I is for Intercultural for the student’s reflections on different cultures and P is for Production for teamwork.

    Prizes will be given by the sponsors of the competition who include the University of Salamanca and the University of Santiago de Compostela, IMSOL Granada and the publishers Difusión.  These range from teaching material for the fifteen finalists (three for each category) to eight grants for intensive Spanish courses in different Spanish cities this summer.

    The deadline for sending videos is the 15th May.  More information can be found on the competition webpage and on social networks with #Spanishinaday.

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    The sixteenth FEDELE Annual Meeting will take place shortly in Cadiz, from the 27th to the 30th September.  This event is organised by the Federation of Schools of Spanish (FEDELE) together with Cadiz council, Turismo Andaluz (Junta de Andalucía), Cadiz Tourist Board (Diputación de Cádiz) and the local Chamber of Commerce.

    The FEDELE Annual Meeting is the most long-standing international event for Spanish language schools and agencies offering study abroad and has become a reference point world-wide for the Spanish language sector.  As always occurs with these events, the appointments between schools and agencies are complemented by a varied programme of cultural visits so that participants can see at first-hand what Cadiz has to offer its visitors.

    On Sunday 27th September there will be a guided tour of the city and at 20.00h a welcome drink at the Casa de Iberamérica where the schools’ representatives will be able to meet the agents and will be received by the local dignataries and officials.

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

    On Tuesday 29th September the appointments will continue in the morning and in the afternoon there will be a visit to the schools of Spanish in Cadiz who have organised the event.  The appointments and accommodation will all be at the Hotel Parador Atlantico.

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