STUDYING SPANISH & INTERNSHIPS IN MALLORCA
This is our newsletter about Summer Session I 2013 in Palma de Mallorca. During this session, our students can study the following topics:
Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Spanish (Language)
Spanish for Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca (Business, in Spanish)
Contemporary Writers Travel Spain (Literature, in Spanish)
Mediterranean Marine Environment (Biology, in English)
Internship in a business company or in a hotel department (Business Internship, in Spanish)
Our students learnt about the history of the beautiful city of Palma, its culture, gastronomy, architecture, and of course the basics of how to move around the city. Students met their homestays, and gave them two kisses the Spanish style!
During orientation, the CIEE summer group spent a lot of time with Spanish students (Guardian Angels) who helped them buying cellphones, getting around the city, going out for tapas, finding out about the amazing nightlife by the harbour of Palma, discovering the closest beach used by Palma locals, a well kept secret. Ali, Andrea and David are always there during the summer to help out students with anything, guide them through young life in Palma, and of course help them with their Spanish.
All our summer classes have a hands-on component and put students in contact with relevant local examples related to the content of each particular subject.
SPANISH FOR BUSINESS AND TOURISM: AN INTRODUCTION TO TOURISM IN MALLORCA
This class did a thorough field visit to three very different hotels owned by the famous Spanish hotel chain Sol Melià: Antillas Barbados (family and children oriented), Beach House (a design driven beachfront hotel, connected with Nikki Beach, a restaurant and a bar with the finest international gourmet cuisine), and Sol Wave House (flowboarding and innnovative experience hotel).
In each hotel, a manager introduced us to the special characteristics of each hotel, the type of audience, sales techniques, relevant marketing strategies, services offered, differentiation and innovation goals, etc.
We were impressed by the two innovative artificial wave machines for flowboarding, the infinity pool, the landscape view from the beautifully designed rooms, but specially with this new concept of hotels which offer a lifestyle experience on top of comfortable and original rooms and services.
COOKING IN SPAIN
This is a popular activity organized by the language classes. Students learn to cook Spanish meals, from paella to coca de verduras, gazpacho, tortilla de papatas, etc. See picture bellow of students with our stellar cook Cati Aguiló.
Language classes are small and students learn by doing in and outside of the classroom. Students use the language in class by exploring different tasks and having to use the language to express what they are discovering.
Classes combine culture and history with language learning, like this field study trip to Medieval Bellver Castle (as well, Museum of the History of Palma), where students learn about the history of Palma, and apply their recently learnt vocabulary while doing a scavenger hunt activity.
This summer session I group travelled one day to the old mountain village of Soller. They did it with the oldest wooden train in Europe.
Today we had our farewell party at Can Joan de S'Aigo (XVII century chocolate coffee shop) for those students who have to leave and can not stay with us during session II.
Becca, Camile, David, Taylor! We will miss you!!!
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