Spanish Exchange Students from IES Manuel Gutierrez Aragón in Torrelavega (Cantabria, Spain) spent a week in Oldham from 27th to 3rd January. During their week-long stay in Oldham, the students visited local sights and Liverpool, had a welcome by the OSFC Principal, Jayne Clarke, received talks about the educational system in the UK and took part in lessons at OSFC.
Furthermore, Spanish students enjoyed a two day work experience placement at St Thomas CofE Primary School in Werneth. In this placement, the students assisted the class teachers by offering a range of Spanish tasters and songs. The Mayor of Oldham also gave them a warm welcome to the Parlour and the silverware area. It was an excellent way of celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Exchange.
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OSFC student quotes
An AS Spanish student Eloise Mellor said, ‘It’s been really nice having the Spanish students over here, and being able to show my partner a bit of English culture and reciprocate what she did for me in Spain. Overall, I think it’s been a really good experience for the both of us to further develop the languages we’ve been learning.’
‘The exchange was a fantastic experience! I would recommend it to anyone hoping to improve their language skills. You get to experience real Spain, whilst making new friends and challenging yourself’ – Isabella Schiavo.
‘The exchange was a great opportunity to improve both language skills and cultural understanding. I noticed an improvement in my Spanish, and also an improvement in the English of my partner, and I feel like I have had an insight into a different culture. I would definitely recommend the exchange to anyone’ – Tobias Green.
IES Manuel Gutierrez Aragón quotes
English teacher, Amparo Álvarez, from our partner school IES Manuel Gutierrez Aragón said, ‘what my students appreciated most was the love shown by the families, treating them as if they were their own child. They have learned a lot from them, not only from a linguistic point of view, but also their habits and way of life. At the moment they are making future plans. This is the idea of the exchange, to continue a friendship for longer. I hope the students will remember this experience for life and encourage others to participate in the exchange the following years.’
‘For me the exchange was a beautiful and amazing experience. It was good for my language skills and to know more about the English culture’ – Angela González.
‘I enjoyed a lot the exchange. We visited amazing places and the family was very nice. I recommend this exchange because it is an opportunity to learn more about English culture’ – Soraya Cayón.
‘The exchange was a really fantastic experience. I understand better now and I can form sentences much quicker. The family was really nice. They gave me all I needed. I could see the different culture between both countries’ – Marina Gómez.