Modern Foreign Languages School Trip To Cordoba
The rich cultural traditions and warm climate of Andalucia make it a delightful destination for language groups.
The fascinating medieval city of Cordoba
Seville, home of bullfighting and flamenco
A lesson in making paella
Homestay with a local family
*Please note, entrance fees where applicable are not included in typical price – contact us for more details
Staying with a local family is one of the best ways for pupils to advance their language skills. Students can also experience how local people live, eat and socialise – providing a better grounding for future language studies – and making new friends in the process!
The best place to learn Spanish is in Spain and we can arrange language lessons at a local language school with a native speaker. This gives students a chance to work on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation and to discuss cultural and social aspects of Spain with the teacher. Afterwards, students can use what they have learned in a real context.
Pupils can try flamenco dancing, and soak up some of the rhythms and traditions of Andalucia, while learning about the culture of the region. With roots in Indian, Arabic, Spanish cultures, flamenco is known for its sweeping arm movements and rhythmic feet stomping. Combined with cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), and palmas (handclaps), it makes up a folk art form that is popular across the world.
A lesson in how to make Spain’s famous rice-based dish provides a great new skill, plus some historical background. Paella originated in the fields of Valencia in eastern Spain. Today it is made in every region of Spain, using just about any ingredient that goes well with rice.
Cordoba has been the capital of both a Roman province and an Islamic caliphate. During the Middle Ages it was the intellectual centre of Europe, with universities, medical schools and vast libraries. Tour the site-rich old town, radiating out from the glorious Mezquita, the Western World’s greatest mosque and also visit the city’s modern, commercial centre.
A full day is needed to explore the city of Granada with its stunning Moorish architecture. The highlight is the famous Alhambra fortress, built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain. With fortified gateways, splendid palaces and beautiful gardens, it will not fail to impress your students.
Visit some of the main sites of Andalucia’s largest city, with its winding medieval streets and hidden plazas. See the impressive gothic cathedral and the Reales Alcázare, a royal palace that was originally a Moorish fort. The city is rich in art and architecture and is the home of bullfighting and flamenco.
- Get out of the classroom and engage Spanish speakers in any number of spontaneous, unscripted conversations
- Develop confidence and fluency by speaking Spanish in everyday situations
- Study the Spanish culture and get to know the people who speak the language
- Develop students’ interest and enthusiasm for the country and its language
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- Develop speaking and listening skills by talking to native speakers in real-life situations
- Gain confidence through daily learning and practise
- Encounter everyday life in a Spanish family
- Experience Spanish culture by meeting Spanish people