From Friday 11th November, Spanish AS and A2 students took part in a week long Exchange trip to Torrelavega in Spain.
From a linguistic point of view the visit has offered an excellent opportunity to practice language skills and, on a personal level, the students have gained a valuable insight into everyday Spanish life by living with a Spanish family.
During the stay, the students have taken part in a range of activities, including a reception by the Mayor of Torrelavega and the newspaper from Cantabria, El Diario Montañés, reported the event. The students also sampled how High School life is in Spain, as they attended talks about the Spanish educational system and classes at our partner school IES Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, discussing topics such as Spanish Literature, History, English and French. The students also had work placements for two days at local Primary Schools.
The area of Cantabria is particularly attractive, within easy reach of the coast and the mountains. Our AS and A2 Spanish students got the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of this area as they joined our partner school on a day trip to the waterfalls of Cascadas de la Miña and saw the start of a river at La Fuentona de Ruente. Before taking off, the students also had the chance to see the Guggenheim in Bilbao and to taste the local ‘pintxos’.
The Spanish students will be coming to Oldham at the end of January 2017 for one week; we look forward to seeing them again!
El intercambio – Quotes from the students
‘The Exchange was an amazing experience. It was really interesting to see the differences between the two cultures, and I definitely feel my level of Spanish has improved. I would definitely recommend the trip to any language students’ – Tobias Green
‘The exchange was a really good experience for me and I think it has really helped me with my Spanish as now I can form sentences a lot easier and I can better comprehend the language. Plus, I had lots of fun with my partner and her family’ – Eloise Mellor
‘For me, the exchange has been an unforgettable experience. Being immersed into the Spanish way of life has been highly beneficial as it really allows you to live within their culture and society. As well as widening my vocabulary knowledge, it has allowed me to make new friends and find my confidence in the language. If I could, I would definitely do it all again’ – Charlotte Kershaw
‘It has been very good experience for the students, I could see how the confidence and fluency of my students in Spanish grew as the trip developed. It will definitely help them toward their preparation for their exams. They also really enjoyed bonding with Spanish students, who have the same age and similar interests. Those friendships are worth developing’ – Gemma Curto