Total Spanish immersion for Birkdale students in Salamanca
- Published: Monday, 20 April 2015 10:28
A group of Y10 and Y11 pupils from Birkdale School had the fantastic opportunity to spend nine days in Salamanca, staying with families close to the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thus experiencing one of the most beautiful university cities in Old Castile in central Spain.
Accompanied by their teachers, they were participating in a custom-made programme organised by the Colegio Delibes with five full mornings of lessons followed by visits and activities in the afternoons and some evenings. These included engaging with local people as much as possible (see photo taken in the main square of Salamanca) as well as a cookery lesson, tapas tasting, discovering the main monuments and museums of the city.
Furthermore as the visit coincided with Semana Santa or Holy Week, pupils were able to see some of the typically Spanish Easter street processions and celebrations of the cofradia or religious guilds of Salamanca.
At the weekend, there was a full-day excursion to Avila, with its imposing medieval walls and Segovia which will be remembered by pupils not only for its impressive Roman aqueduct with more than 170 arches but also for the chance to try the local speciality of cochinillo or roast piglet.
Indeed, both the town and region proved to be a great place to stay and learn both from a linguistic and cultural point of view with the Spanish spoken being reputedly the purest in the Hispanic world.
Head of Modern Languages, Mrs. Kathryn Higham, said: 'I was delighted that pupils were able to experience Spanish family life, to boost their understanding and use of Spanish, to visit so many historical and cultural sights as well as discovering first-hand the traditions and customs of Spanish people.'