In March, A Level Spanish Students from Coulsdon and Reigate Colleges spent a week in Salamanca, a historic city in north-western Spain. The group stayed with host families and experienced a full programme of activities designed to help improve their language skills and cultural awareness. As well as intensive Spanish lessons at the Colegio Delibes, students got a real flavour of Spanish life and culture with a cookery class on making tortilla, salsa lessons and an introduction to Padel, a racquet sport which is very popular in the region. The group also visited the Old City of Salamanca, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and saw the attractions of the capital Madrid.
Silvia Ballesteros Head of Languages at Coulsdon College who accompanied the students said “It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to improve their language skills and gain an insight into Spanish culture which will help them with their studies.”
Amba who attended Oasis Academy Coulsdon before joining Coulsdon is in the Lower Sixth taking A Levels in Spanish, Economics and BTEC Law, “It was a great experience. The family I stayed with were so friendly; I think the trip has really helped build my confidence in speaking and developed my vocabulary”.