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March 2006 issue

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Spanish and culture

Spanish language programmes that offer a dedicated cultural element are reported to be performing well, especially those combining Spanish language with dance tuition. We profile a range of such programmes in Spain.

Many students are attracted to a Spanish course that offers something extra – either a diverse cultural programme as well as language tuition or targeted instruction in both Spanish and one or more specific areas of cultural interest. As Eva Diez Domenech of Eugenia International School in Lloret de Mar says, "Getting to know cultural aspects [of a country] is an ideal way of enlarging your understanding of the people who speak that particular language." One of the courses that is in high demand, according to schools active in this sector, is Spanish and flamenco or salsa dancing. At Escuela Montalban in Granada, Margaret Fortmann reports, "The demand for flamenco dance courses has increased by 80 per cent, especially among German female students." In Cadiz, Israel Barro at Centro Internacional de Español Melkart also testifies to rising interest.

"Last year, due to demand for [cultural options], we decided to create a package," says Barro. "These combined courses are intended for those interested in doing a Spanish course plus a leisure activity that they are already enthusiastic about or which they intend to learn from scratch." Options include various forms of dance, Spanish guitar and surfing. Barro relates that, in general, female students in their early 20s are most likely to enrol on these courses, "although I remem- ber an old couple who learned to dance sevillanas!"

At Liceo Internacional Agarimo in Betanzos, La Coruña, Carmen Villasol says that "students who have an intermediate level of Spanish and are looking for a different concept of cultural courses" are most likely to enrol on their programmes, which suggests a slightly older average age of student. Their cultural courses, which can be tailored to suit specific student requests, are broader and encompass a travel element too, with students staying in rural Galician houses while undertaking

anything from a music workshop to authentic Galician cooking lessons.

Another institution that offers a range of options is Escuela CF Idiomas in Aranda de Duero Burgos. "We offer many types of cultural instruction such as typical pottery, wine tasting and [trips to] the special wine route through Ribera del Duero," says Crystal Marie Farnsworth at the school. "Escuela CF Idiomas has been offering cultural programmes since 1979 and has always changed with the needs of the market."

Other institutions have added cultural options to their repertoire more recently. At Babel Idiomas in Malaga, Boelo van der Pool explains, "We started [these courses] last summer because we realised that more and more students were asking for special programmes. We now offer Spanish literature classes and a Spanish and Pablo Picasso programme. The students get something more out of it than just the language knowledge."

At Hispano Continental in Salamanca, the cultural course includes a diverse range of activities aimed to give students an overall taste of Spanish culture, as Auxiliadora Vicente at the school explains. "Students are very interested in our language and culture and lifestyle," she says. Their programme encompasses a tapas night, cooking class, art, theatre and cinema lectures and excursions to relevant cultural sites of interest.

In contrast, the options at the Don Quijote schools are more targeted. Erin Corcoran at Don Quijote says, "Most of our Spanish and culture courses have been offered since 2002, and with each new year, there's been a significant increase in popularity. This is most notable in our flamenco dancing course in Seville where demand for lessons has tripled since its introduction in 2002." The school chain also offers options in wine tasting, cookery and Arabic culture.

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The following language schools, associations and accommodation providers advertised in the latest edition of Language Travel Magazine. If you would like more information on any of these advertisers, tick the relevant boxes, fill out your details and send.

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ASSOCIATIONS/
GROUPS
Australian Council
      for Private Education
      & Training
Capls/ACELP
English Australia
English UK
FLE.FR
OLE - Español en
      Andalucia
Quality English

EXPOS/WORKSHOPS
Alphe Agent
      Workshops

SERVICES
GSM International

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism
      Authority

AUSTRALIA
Australian Council
      for Private Education
      & Training
English Australia
Sydney West
      International College
TAFE NSW English
      Language Centres

BELGIUM
CERAN Lingua
      International
      (Belgium, England,
      France, Ireland,
      Japan, Netherlands,
      Spain)

CANADA
Académie des
      langues de Trois -
      Pistoles
Access International
      School
Bodwell College
Capls/ACELP
Conestoga College
CSLI
East Coast School of
      Languages (ECSL)
ELS Language
      Centres
Geos Language
      Academies
IH Toronto
ILAC - International
      Language Academy
      of Canada
Inlingua Vancouver
International
      Language Schools
      of Canada
Intrax English
      Institute
Language Repair
      Shop, The
Language Studies
      Canada
Modus Language
      Institute
Pacific-Global
      Language Centre
Stewart College of
      Languages
University Canada
      West
Vancouver English
      Centre
      (Canada, Mexico)
Vancouver Premier
      College of
      English Language
Vanwest College
West Vancouver
      School District #45

CYPRUS
Lingua Summer
      School

ENGLAND
Anglolang Academy
      of English
Aspect (Australia,
      Canada, England,
      France, Germany,
      Ireland, Malta,
      New Zealand,
      Scotland, South
      Africa, Spain, USA)
Beet Language
      Centre
Bell International
Cambridge
     Academy of English
Churchill
      House/English Home
      Tuition Scheme
Cicero Languages
      International
Eastbourne School
      of English
Eckersley Oxford
English Language
      Centre
English Studio
English UK
Excel English
      Language School
Frances King School
      of English
Hampstead School
      of English
International House
      Newcastle
International House
      World
King Street College
Lake School of
      English
LAL Language and
      Leisure (England,
      Malta, South Africa,
      USA)
Langbourne College
London School of
      English
Malvern House
Melton College
Millfield Enterprises
Oxford Intensive
      School of English
      (Australia, England,
      France, Germany,
      Spain, USA)
Quality English
Queen Ethelburga's
      College
Regency College
Sheffield Hallam
      University
St Giles Colleges
      (UK, USA)
Study Group
      (Australia, Canada,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, New Zealand,
      South Africa,
      Spain, USA)
Taunton
      International
      Study Centre
Wimbledon School
      of English

FRANCE
Accent Français
Alliance Française
      Toulouse
      Midi-Pyrénées
Alpha B - Institut
      Linguistique
Centre d'Etudes des
      Langues de
      Saint-Malo
Centre International
      Linguistique et
      Sportif (CILS)
Ecole Suisse
      Internationale
Education En
      France
IMEF
Inlingua Rouen -
      French in Normandy
Institut Catholique
      de Toulouse (IULCF)
International House
      Nice
Langue Onze
      Toulouse
Les Ateliers
      Linguistiques du
      Tarn
Les Cèdres
Odyssea - Institut
      Européen de
      Français
SILC - Séjours
      Linguistiques
      (England, France,
      Spain)
Université de Paris
      Sorbonne

GERMANY
Inlingua Munich
Prolog- International
      House Berlin

IRELAND
Cork English College
      / Language &
      Activity Holidays
Linguaviva Centre

ITALY
International House
      Palermo

MALTA
Burlington Academy
IH- Malta-Gozo
International English
      Language Centre
Lingua Time
Malta Tourism
      Authority

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland English
      Academy
Auckland Institute of
      Studies
Cathedral Lane
      Academy
Christchurch
      Polytechnic Institute
      of Technology
Hawkes Bay
      Polytechnic
Languages
      International
Rotorua English
      Language Academy
University of Otago
      Language Centre

POLAND
York School

PORTUGAL
International House
      Lisbon

RUSSIA
Language Link,
      Russia
Liden & Denz
      Language Centre

SPAIN
Colegio de Español
      La Janda
Escuela de Idiomas
      Nerja
Escuela
      Internacional
High Educational
      Studies
International House
      San Sebastian -
      Lacunza
International House
      Sevilla - CLIC
International House
      Valladolid
Kings College
      International
      (England, Spain)
Kingsbrook -
      Spanish for
      Foreigners
La Brisa
Malaca Instituto
OLE - Español en
      Andalucia
Taller Flamenco

SWITZERLAND
EF Language
      Colleges Ltd
      (Australia, Canada,
      China, Ecuador,
      England, France,
      Germany, Ireland,
      Italy, Malta, New
      Zealand, Russia,
      Scotland, Spain,
      USA)
Institut Richelieu

UKRAINE
International House
      Kiev

USA
American Language
      Communication
      Center
California School
      of English
California State
      University San
      Marcos
Columbia University
Diablo Valley
      College
ELS Language
      Centers
Intercultural
      Communications
      College
International House
      San Diego SCIEL
Kaplan Educational
      Centers (Canada,
      England, USA)
Monterey Institute of
      International Studies
University of
      California Riverside
University of
      California
      Santa Cruz
University of Illinois
      at Urbana-
      Champaign
Zoni Language
      Centers

WALES
CELTiC (Schools)
      Ltd


EDUCATION TRAVEL

AUSTRALIA
Australian Council
      for Private Education
      & Training

CANADA
Archer Education
      Group
Delta School District

ENGLAND
Oxford Brookes
      University

SCOTLAND
University of
      Glasgow

USA
Oak International