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Mi experiencia en SparkSpanish

Hola, me llamo Gabriel Spaude y soy de Alemania. Desde el 23. de Marzo hasta el 12. de Abril 2019, hice un práctica en SparkSpanish en el Puerto de Santa Maria para estudiar español y para cambiar mis habítos de trabajo en General. En la mañana, yo trabajé en un álbum de Fotos para presentar los programas de grupos escolares que organice Spark. Por la tarde tenia un clase de español.

En la primera semana, el enfoque estaba en mejorar la carpeta de fotos de grupos escolares que tiene Spark en linea. Los carpetas eran un poco anticuado y era mi tarea para optimizar los carpetas en un estándar nuevo. En mi clase de español, era el estudiante unico, pero fue una oportunidad muy bien para mejorar mi espanol y para resolver mis problemas personales.

En la Segunda semana, yo estaba hecho con optimizar los carpetas y comenzé para crear el álbum de fotos. pero crear un álbum de fotos así no es fácil y hay que prestar atención a muchas sutilezas. Con la ayuda de Dougla y sus sugerencias de mejora, se convirtió en un álbum de fotos interesante, que se pueden ver bien. Además, ya no estaba solo en clase porque Wencke, un estudiante alemán, también participó en la clase.

En la ultima semana, hice algunos arreglos finales para el álbum de Fotos. También conocí a mucha gente nueva, por supuesto español, inglés pero también alemanes.


En general, he aprendido mucho más que español. Llegué a conocer mis fortalezas y debilidades aprendí lo que significa establecer metas que puedes cumplir.
Fue un hermoso viaje que me ayudará mucho en mi vida.

Gabriel Spaude

1.The world speaks Spanish!
There are so many people in the world speaking Spanish. With About 500 Million of native speakers worldwide it is one of the most spoken languages in the world. You can find native Spanish speakers in many different countries and continents all over the world such as Latin America, South East Asia, Europe and even Africa.

2.Spain is fantastic!
Besides its wonderful sunny weather, Spain has many beautiful beaches and cities to offer. Furthermore, the Spanish culture and lifestyle are totally contageous and fascinating. There are so much more aspects why you should come and visit Spain such as the food and the calm Spanish inhabitants.

3.Spanish is important when it comes to business!
As there are so many Spanish speaking people in the world, of course it is also an important language when it comes to business communication. On the other hand, many of the Latin American countries are rapidly-developing so that speaking Spanish is likely to become even more helpful in the future.

4.The Spanish literature
The number of literary masterpieces written in Spanish is huge!
If you learn Spanish, you can read books like “Don Quijote de de la Macha” and “Cien años de soledad” in their original language. Just imagine that!

5.Spanish is similar to many other languages!
Many Spanish words are derived from Latin and it is the same with many other languages such as French, German or Italian. This is the reason why it will become way easier for you to learn more languages when you start to study Spanish.

As you can see, there are many different reasons to study Spanish. So come and join our language courses at Spark where you can get to know the Spanish culture and the many beautiful places Andalusia has to offer while learning Spanish!

During my four-week study and work internship at Spark I want to develop personally and professionally. In order to do so, I am going to see the work experience in Spain as an opportunity to improve my skills and face my weaknesses in order to erase them.

First, I will improve my Spanish skills by talking Spanish with my colleagues as often as possible.
Furthermore, I will think positively about my given tasks as they all are opportunities to learn something new.
I will do my very best to master those tasks in a responsible and reliable way and finish them on time.
I will try out all of the things I am asked to do even if they challenge me to develope and become a better person and to gain as much experience as possible through the internship.
Although I will try to master the tasks independently, I will not be afraid to ask my co-workers for help if I need to and on the other hand I will help them as well whenever I can.
I will generally be a positive and gentle person and try to keep calm in every situation.
Finally, I will be accountable for everything I do and execute my tasks accordingly.

Wencke Röttger

During my work experience at Spark, learning good working habits and improving my Spanish. I want to become better at working efficiently and also overcome the habits that are holding me back from working at my max. Learning Spanish will even be a way for me to practice breaking bad working habits. Here are the 11 things I will do my utmost to achieve during my work experience:

  • I will put the needs of work ahead of my own and take learning seriously.
  • I will break old working habits and actively practice a growth mindset.
  • I will improve at speaking Spanish and become better at understanding it.
  • I will make sure to stay on schedule and be aware of my tasks.
  • I will set my goals clear on a micro-scale (the ones i can do today) and reflect on them continually.
  • I will see every task that I get in a positive way, even if I don’t like it, as I know how important it is to learn to turn negative feelings into positive ones.
  • I will distance myself from things that would hold me back on improving.
  • I will take on every task that I get with passion and motivation.
  • I will be as helpful and useful member of “staff” as I can be.
  • I will learn from my mistakes.
  • And most of all I will be as nice and cheerful as possible to everyone at Spark and also to my host family.
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Gabriel Spaude

When children learn their native language, they do not see it as a subject nor a chore, it is communication. It is the means to interact with their peers and parents and their mechanism to let the world know: who they are, how they feel and what they want. It is an integral part of their identity. However when most British children learn a second language, their relationship with that new language is often similar to that which most children have to mathematics. It is a subject to study and often a chore to learn. The new language is frequently only experienced as a collection of phrases to memorise and rarely are children able to see the new language as what in the long run it should be which is the way of interacting with people from a different country.

Language should be natural

This is where language trips abroad come in to bridge the gap between viewing the new language as a subject and experiencing it as real communication. It is essential to make this connection at a young age in order that children link the hard work done learning the language in class to real practical usage with native speakers. This is exactly the connection that excellent English speaking countries make to English. At a young age Dutch children experience English not merely as a subject enforced upon them at school, but as a language: to watch television in, to listen to music in and they frequenly witness Dutch adults using it to communicate with non Dutch speaking people. In short Dutch children experience English as another language to use, rather than just a subject to be learned. If the British are to catch up with the rest of the world, this is exactly how we need to view second language acquisition and naturally language trips abroad have a huge role to play in providing this real contact to the second language at a young age.

Currently less British adults know a second language than in any other European country.

At a moment Britain argueable looks inwards, due to Brexit, it is more essential than ever that our primary and preparatory schools be at the forefront of getting our future movers and shakers looking outwards from a young age. A language trip abroad not only provides that vital link to using a new language as real communication but it also exposes young students to new experiences and alternative ways of doing and seeing things, providing that all important cultural awareness. Add to this the unique bond that can form between teachers and students as they experience together a trip abroad and primary schools have so many positive reasons to run, what will may ikely be, the first trip abroad for many students. Organizing a school trip abroad also looks great in school prospectuses, as it proves to parents the importance the school places on language learning and building greater cultural awareness.

Preparatory school children during an excursion.

Of course saying all of this, the challenges of taking primary school children abroad should never be underestimated. A school trip abroad can throw up many headaches: the challenge of moving children through an airport, worry about whether safety standards are the same as at home and concerns about whether the accommodation is suitable for children to name but a few. However all of these can be planned out to be prevented from causing issues. First and foremost it is vital to look for a quality local supplier who can do the bulk of the organization and take care of risk analysis and assessment. Not to mention providing vital on the spot local knowledge and support which is also why you should look for companies that provide local chaperones to accompany your students throughout the trip. Choosing a supplier who can provide residential accommodation on exclusivity basis is also a must for primary schools as this provides a safe and controlled environment for young students. Next it is vital to do an inspection visit of the residence and area and experience the activities and excursions first hand. Not only does this allow you to check safety standards but also meeting the local supplier in person builds up vital trust and allows for tweaking of your school’s bespoke programme. Via doing all these things a school trip abroad need not be a strain to organize and certainly the gains linguistically and culturally more than provide payback for any time put in.

Douglas Haines and Inge Hol are a British/Dutch couple who run Spark Spanish a school trip provider based in Spain which offers bespoke residential primary school tours for both independent and state schools.

Douglas and Inge own and run Spark Spanish with a family feel.

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During my work and study internship at Spark Languages, I will become confident and competent in learning and using Spanish by making the most of the culture and people that I am surrounded by.

I will also develop a can do attitude towards any tasks that I am expected to carry out, in order to improve my independence skills and my value as an employee and colleague.

I will approach my work with a positive outlook in order to do the best I can especially with any challenges I face.

I will push myself to improve my communication skills in order to help the rest of the Spark team in whatever way I can.

I will make myself aware of my mistakes and use them in a constructive way so that I can learn and progress.   

Aoife McHugh

Hola, soy Steph y tengo dieciséis años y soy de Austria.

Voy a escribir sobre mi experencia en Spark!

Fue a clase de español desde 9:30 hasta la 13:30. Después trabajaba para la academia por las tardes.

A veces era dificil entender el idioma pero poco a poco fue mejorada y ahora yo sé que puedo comunicarme con españoles!

Trabajabo tres horas cada día; Escribía mi Blog y tambien decore la academia.

¡Mira!

Steph y Sevillana

Tambien salíamos de excursion; Fuemos a Sanlúca y me gustó mucho. Visitamos el “Castillo de Santiago” que es el más grande de la provincia de Cádiz.

Otro día fuemos de Tapas y comí ensaladilla de gambas – ¡Estaba muy buena!

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He aprendido mucho en estas semanas, no solo español, tambien a ser más independiente.

He crecido personalmente y me gustaría dar gracias al equipo Spark por haber hecho posible que esto sea así.

¡Nos vemos pronto!

Un abrazo,

Stephanie Stojadinovic.

 

Hola, today I will talk about the meals in Spain!

Before I start talking about Spanish cuisine, I want to mention that Spark gives you with the cultural activities the opportunity of cooking Spanish food! Such a great thing to combine with learning Spanish.

I did it, and we had so much fun!

“What are Tapas?”

Tapas are well known in Spain – these are appetizer of basically every dish in the Spanish cuisine.

“Which dishes are famous in El Puerto de Santa Maria?”

1.)Paella

We made seafood paella with as part of the cultural activities programme and it was delicious!

Paella is made of rice and fish/meat or other kinds of Seafood.

2.) Tortilla de Patatas

This was my first meal when I arrived at my host family’s house and I would definitely recommend it to every vegetarian!

It is an omelette made with eggs and potatoes.

3.) Potajes

El Potaje es un plato a base de verduras y legumbre cocidas en abundante agua.

In English please

Potaje is a Dish which is made of vegetables and legumes cooked in much water.

4.) Menudo

Menudo is made of beef stomach in broth with a red chili pepper base. Hominy, lime, onions, and oregano are used to season the broth.

…last but not least..

5.) Pavía

Pavía is basically fried fish and it tastes delicious – I tried it.

¡Me encanta pescado de españa!

I hope you enjoyed reading!

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Jillian and Steph

Hola, today, as your personal travel guide, I will tell you a few things about Cadiz and what you need to see!

Before I start – I want to mention that as part of the cultural activities Spark offers a visit to Cadiz – and the more who join in, the better.Cádiz 1

“What makes Cadiz so beautiful?”

For me, it’s the old parts of Cadiz that make it so beautiful! Just walking through the City is…wonderful

The old houses.. streets.. Cadiz is basically the definition of antiquity!

“What can I do in Cadiz ?”

1.) I would definitely recommend going for a Meal at a Spanish restaurant –

Try the fish in Spain – you will taste the difference!

2.) Go for a Walk through the Barrios like Barrio the Santa Maria –

it will blow your mind!

3.) Who doesn’t like shopping? In Cadiz are many small clothing stores –

with clothes which you wouldn’t easily find in your country!

Cheap prices and good quality – sounds more than perfect, doesn’t it?

4.) Hot day? Why not going to the beach and get a tan?

…last but not least…

5.) Cadiz Cathedral, Torre Tavira, Castle of Santa Catalina.. so many sights which need to be seen!

You will fall in love with Cadiz!

– ¡Ven a Cadiz!

And don’t forget a great way to combine visiting Cadiz is to also study Spanish in Spark 🙂

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Hola, today I will tell you a few reasons why staying with a Spanish Host family is a good decision!

First of all, during your time in Spain, you’re a part of this family so you will definitely notice the different way of living and get to know the culture in a much more personal way!

“What are the benefits of living with a Host family?”

  1. You’re never alone! You always have somebody around you and maybe you get a Host sister or Host brother at your age who would love to do something with you!
  2. Your Host family will show you many places in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz or Sevilla just as mine did – and it was wonderful!
  3. You always have the opportunity of practising your spanish skills – and not only that – you will learn words and phrases which are only known in Spain
  4. Just as I said you will get to know the Spanish way of living for example eating habits! Spanish people eat a little bit late but the Spanish cuisine will make you always Hungry – Tapas, Paella.. ¿Tienes hambre?


….Last but not least..

5. You will have a really close relationship with your host family that will  hopefully            stay for years – and let’s be honest – it’s really nice to know someone or a family                  from an other Country!

I hope you have enjoyed reading my Blog entry and hopefully you will love your host family just as I do!

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¡Hola y bienvenidos! This means “hello and welcome” in Spanish –

This blog entry is about learning Spanish with Spark!

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First of all:

Whether you are young or old – everyone can learn Spanish in Spark – it´s never too late.

“How is learning spanish with spark? Do I need prior knowledge?”

Just as I said – everyone has the opportunity of learning Spanish whether or not you have prior knowledge.

Spark uses a level test before you come, to put you in the class that suits you best  and to optimise your learning.

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What makes Spark different?  

I already had one year of Spanish in my school before I came to Spark:

It’s definitely not comparable.

Why?

1.)  People have come to Spark from all over the world to learn Spanish; you will be learning amongst other highly motivated students just like you!

This can make group work more enjoyable and create a relaxed atmosphere in classes.

2.) Every teacher in Spark is dedicated to helping you practise your Spanish and to see the progress you’ve made by the end of your course.

If you live in our Sparkville Residence, you may still find yourself conversing in Spanish over dinner  or with a fellow student or staff member!

IMG_27223.) Learning spanish with spark isn’t boring – quite the contrary – the personal and conversational elements of the classes make them more fun.

4.) You will never be afraid of asking a question – teachers in Spark are approachable and glad to answer any questions you may have.

…and last but not least…

5.) Learning Spanish in Spain is the best way you can learn it!

You can improve your skills so easily by talking with other Spanish people at the cultural activities! For example ordering something to eat, or getting to know someone… Spanish people are so friendly with learners of their language, and feeling that they’ve understood you speaking their language is unbeatable!

So don’t delay! Start your Spanish learning journey!

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Steph in CádizHola my name is Stephanie and welcome to my blog!

My blog is about during my time at the work and study programme in Spark – let me be your personal guide!

Have you ever asked yourself “Can I really survive in an other country without my parents? Am I mature enough?”

Then you’re not alone with this thought, I felt the same before coming here.

But let me tell you the reasons why you should definitely try this type of programme!

1.) Being in an other country will make you a much more independent and mature person, even if it means stepping outside of your comfort zone.

2.) Every week Spark offers cultural activities like Flamenco classes, walking through El Puerto de Santa Maria/Cadiz – so you will never get bored in Spain!

3.) Learning a new language can be a challenge – but with Spark you will have fun learning it! The classes are really exciting and personal – and learning a language by immersion, in the country where its spoken, is much easier than learning it at home.

And let’s be honest: Who doesn’t want to be in Spain?

4.) We all know that a full curriculum vitae looks better and every boss will be impressed by experience abroad – so why not take the opportunity of working in a spanish school with spanish people?

Spark is FUN and Professional.

You will get some tasks based on your interests and also learn new professional skills which will help you in the future.

…Last but not least…

5.) Don’t let your fear of being alone take your opportunity – you won’t feel alone when there are always friendly staff and students around!

It will be a life changing experience, so be open minded and take the opportunity – ¡Ven a España!

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