09 Sep Day in the Life: Welcome to Centro MundoLengua
Have you ever wanted to have breakfast with an exclusive view of some of Seville’s prettiest buildings? Our college students (who are here for a semester), on the study abroad program, were treated to such an opportunity on the terrace of Hotel Palacio Alcázar. The venue boasts a view of the beautiful tower of Seville’s cathedral, which truly added to the aesthetic and atmosphere of the occasion. This truly lifted our jet-lagged students spirits as they met the rest of their classmates for the first time.
After breakfasts the students were brought to the Centro MundoLengua headquarters where they were given a complementary welcome-pack (e.g. Spanish mobile phone and sim, pencil case, bag, book of emergency phone numbers etc) and introduced to our friendly team who will be looking after them for the next few months.
After a brief introduction to our facilities the group returned to Seville’s famous narrow and windy streets to start their first lesson of their program. Our local expert, Antonio, always prefers to keep his classes interactive, fun and insightful, which is why he chooses to tour the city and explain the history as he goes past various buildings. In such a way the student experiences the lessons being taught more directly rather than just being stuck in a classroom learning from a book.
Students being shown round el Alcázar
The students visited el Alcázar, which is the royal palace here in Seville. It incorporates and reflects a variety of different styles and cultural influences upon its architecture; most notably that of the moorish occupation of Al-Andalus. Its incredible Arab design is reminiscent of the Alhambra (one of the seven wonders of the world), which gives you an idea of the palace’s beauty. For those of you, like me, who love Game of Thrones, you’ll be even more taken aback by the gardens, where all the scenes from Dorne are filmed. Now that’s got your attention!
You could truly say that the students were all thrown in at the deep-end today; from the off they were forced to use their knowledge of Spanish to understand what was being said in the class. The lesson was exclusively in the target language. Although this may have seemed daunting at first everyone quickly adjusted to it, and had a great time whilst also being able to improve their language.
Orientation of the city
The students will continually be forced to improve this skill as they communicate with their host families, which everyone already agrees is a great form of immersion into the Spanish culture.
The students finished off the day with an afternoon walk and general orientation of the city, and now look forward to a flamenco and tapas night this evening.
All-in-all, a great start to their travels abroad.