The Spanish department took a group of thirty-nine keen Spanish language pupils to Seville in the first week of the October Half Term. Pupils stayed with host families that were arranged via the language institute, International House, and throughout the week they enjoyed a mix of Spanish language lessons and cultural excursions.
On the first Saturday they had a guided tour of the Real Alcazar, Seville’s royal palaces and Barrio Santa Cruz, the beautiful old Jewish suburb, followed by the Isla Mágica theme park in the afternoon.
On the Sunday they headed down to the Costa de la luz where the pupils were given surfing lessons on El Palmar. The afternoon was capped by a visit to the hill top town of Vejer de la Frontera for some ice creams.
Pupils had Spanish lessons at the institute every weekday morning followed by cultural activities and visits in the afternoons. The lessons were fun and practical, with pupils taken out and about in Seville to practice their Spanish in real life scenarios and real life shops.
On the Tuesday evening they went for tapas after a visit to Seville Cathedral. On the final evening there was a formal sit-down meal before racing across town to a flamenco performance at el Museo del baile flamenco.
Pupils really enjoyed staying with families, and interacting in Spanish with people in an authentic context.