Cultural knowledge gives useful support for teaching a language. For this reason, the Summer Encounter for Spanish Language Teaching has an extensive program for cultural immersion with diverse activities which facilitate a better understanding of Spanish culture and society.
Seville, capital of the region of Andalusia in the south of Spain, has a privileged geographical position, an incredible cultural heritage and a strong personality. It is the projection of over 2500 years of history, influenced by the many cultures that have reached the peninsula. Perhaps most important of all, its people are warm and friendly, always ready to welcome visitors.
Our cultural agenda is based on strolling through the city. The participants in the Encounter will explore Seville each week from different perspectives, discovering places of profound historical importance and enjoying many types of cultural activities: music, dance, painting, literature or cinema. They will attend important events in Seville during these weeks and will have the opportunity to visit other places in Andalusia.
Our first walk is through the monumental historical building of the Royal Tobacco Factory, home to the University of Seville, which is more than 500 years old and today is recognized as a Campus of International Excellence. We will hear stories and legends related to the building and learn about the services offered by the University to participants.
When the city cools down, in the late afternoon we will explore the maze of streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz, the medieval Jewish quarter. Afterwards we’ll have dinner accompanied by a concert of Flamenco music, and the Encounter for Spanish Language Teaching is launched.
On Wednesday, we will see the Alcázar (fortress/palace and beautiful gardens), where we can have lunch. The Alcázar is a World Heritage Site, and scene of important moments in Spanish history. In the evening we’ll attend a concert in the Royal Alcázar gardens.
During this week LCE will offer personalized sessions to provide orientation for any special interests of participants during their stay in Seville.
On Saturday we will travel to Cádiz, one of the oldest cities in the Western world, and enjoy its many lovely views of the sea. We will spend the afternoon at the emblematic Caleta beach in the historical city center.
The Guadalquivir River brings life to the city, and Triana it´s seville balcony to the river, one of the most pictoresque neighborhood, home to flamenco dancers and bullfighters. On Tuesday we will cross the river to Triana and, after a historical and literary stroll through the ruins of the old Inquisition Castle (scene of Beethoven’s opera Fidelio), we will enjoy some pescaíto.
In the afternoon on Wednesday and Thursday, we have the workshop on The Use of Spanish Cinema in Teaching. The participants will receive a special welcome on video from José Luis Gómez, actor in two of Pedro Almodóvar’s films and member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language. Besides storing up teaching tools, we’ll watch parts of some Spanish films and see what the Film in Language Teaching Association (FILTA) in Manchester offers language teachers around the world.
The evening of wednesday we’ll go out to watch a movie at an open-air cinema, a popular summer pastime in Seville. Closing the Workshop, the Thursday, we’ll continue strolling through Seville, finding the places in the city where movies such as Lawrence of Arabia or Star Wars have been filmed. After admiring one of these, the spectacular Plaza de España, in the María Luisa Park, we’ll have delicious tapas and enjoy the evening in the park.
On Friday in the afternoon we will take a cruise on the Guadalquivir River to see Seville from a panoramic perspective.
Participants who would like to spend the weekend away from Seville will receive the necessary help from the LCE staff. Some highly recommended places to visit are Ronda, Córdoba with its mosque or Granada with the Alhambra palace. Some might also like to visit the Biosphere Reserve of the Doñana National Park or one of the many beaches on the Andalusian coast.
On Tuesday we will visit the Cathedral of Seville, World Heritage Site, largest Gothic cathedral in the world. It contains important works of art and is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. Climbing to top of the Giralda Tower, the old Muslim minaret, we will have a spectacular view of the city.
On Wednesday, the artist José María González-Spínola will guide us through the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville (after The Prado, the most important art museum in Spain). We will also see the Metrosol Parasol, largest wooden structure in the world, built over a museum of Roman and Islamic archeological remains.
We will stroll through the Mudejar Seville on Thursday, and visit the Alameda de Hercules, oldest public garden area still existing in Europe and center of alternative movements in Seville. There we will go to a literary-cultural association where we can enjoy the company of poets and artists.
On Friday, a farewell dinner and concert will close the Encounter for Language Spanish Teaching.