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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.
As is usual at this time of year, the Cervantes International School has sent out information about the Fifth National Forum which this year has the slogan “Gamification and Specific Purposes”. The forum will take place on the 30th and 31st of January in the local heritage museum of Malaga.
At this meeting the speakers and the participants intend to reply to questions related to games and the teaching of Spanish. How do we play with our students? What tools do we use? Is there relevant material already published? Is there an age for games? Is it necessary to create material for games for all ages or do they exist for each age group?
As far as Spanish for Specific Purposes is concerned, the questions to be asked are: Do publishers have relevant material for this type of student? How can we integrate the cultural component into these specific courses? And the lexical component? What is the best way to train Spanish teachers for Specific Purposes?
A detailed programme, parallel activities and the registration form can be found on the web page for the event.