Spanish Language Trip 2017
Thirty pupils from 5th and 6th Form, accompanied by Mr Burnet, Sra Feria and Sra Campbell, went on this year's Spanish trip to the beautiful university town of Salamanca, 2 hours west of Madrid, during the first week of half-term.
The format of the week followed that of previous years - pupils stay with host families (F5 in pairs, F6 by themselves), have 3 hours of Spanish lessons each morning at a local language school followed by 1 hour of 'language activities' out and about in Salamanca (for example at the food market, in Zara clothes shop, or in the Plaza Mayor). They then return to their families for a 2pm lunch, enjoy some free time (usually shopping or siesta!) in the afternoon, before meeting up again at about 5-6pmfor an evening activity (guided tour of Salamanca's historic university quarter, dance class, cathedral visit, chocolate con churros...) followed by tapas, sometimes altogether or sometimes in small groups.
The weekend day trips were this year to the nearby towns of Ávila (for its beautifully preserved city walls) and Segovia (for its stunning aqueduct) on Saturday, and Madrid on Sunday, where highlights were a visit to the Reina Sofia art gallery (home of Picasso's Guernica), the Plaza Mayor and nearby food market, and the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, home of FC Real Madrid.
Pupils experience so many different aspects of Spain on this trip, from its language, its food and particular style of eating, its history and geography, to its architecture, its music and its customs. Staying with a host family undoubtedly takes pupils out of their comfort zone, but this gives them first-hand experience of how the Spanish live, as well as obviously providing further practice in using their Spanish.
Fabulous weather this year, and a great group of enthusiastic, willing pupils, whose excellent attitude in class was commented upon by all the teachers at the language school, made this a memorable trip for all involved. Where will we go in 2018? Watch this space...