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Why learning Spanish in Sevilla?

There are many reasons for choosing Sevilla as the place to learn Spanish and touch bases with the Spanish culture: The weather, the historic background of the city, its local festivities, museums and monuments, the strategic situation for travelling to other places in Spain and Europe (and even Afrika), the friendly character of its inhabitants, its important gastronomic output with a wide range of season products, the city size, and a long etcetera.
Besides, a very important element in your learning process is that not many people is able to speak English or any other foreign language here, so that is an upgrade for your practice and oral interaction with locals. Not many people is concerned about this when deciding a place to study or practice a second language. At first it may look as a barrier but later on you’ll see it as a good thing for the significant amount of opportunities you will have to put your knowledge into the scene in the most authentic way.
For the experience of other students I had, I can say that all of them coincide in seeing this as something very positive that made them improve faster than they thought. There are many things to do here as the city is a lively factory of cultural options and a quite important variety of activities.
This is the best way of acquiring a second language and, with the right guidance, it may end up in the proper acquisition of its grammar and culture thanks to the significant emotional baggage that entails such an experience. So, I encourage you to take advantage of your next holiday, pack and come over to enjoy the Spanish experience.
Remember: “When in Rome… ;-)

Por |septiembre 21st, 2013|Sin categoría|0 comentarios

Language and culture, Why?

The core of people learning a second language put more weight on triying to learn the grammar through arcaic drilling excercises and memory techniques forgeting about the importance of the culture or simply putting it into the deep background of their activitiy. This should be more balanced during our learning process. Let’s say that the grammar of a language is made by pieces like the ones of a puzzle and that we have a picture to guide us to put them together. So the picture represents the culture of that grammar. We nned this picture to have an image with which putting the pieces together is a much more easy task.
There’s no language without culture and no culture without language. A language is just the verbal output of a culture and every language is fed by its culture. There’s no language without idioms, refrains, nicknames, riddles, etc. And all this belong to that link between language and culture. In that moment in which we think we have an advanced knowledge of a language and we decide going to a country where it is spoken finding out that we don’t get a word of local’s speech is a very widely spread phenomenon. Well, this is due to the lack of contact with the target culture.
But it is not only related with expressions or idioms. It is also related with costumes, lifestyle, social behaviour, education patterns, everyday life, historical background and even forms of artisitic expressions like art, literature or music. Consequently, there must be a balanced approach to both disciplines if we want to success in our learning.
The easiest way of getting in touch with the culture of a country if we don’t have the […]

Por |septiembre 21st, 2013|Sin categoría|0 comentarios

Welcome to my new website/blog!

My name is Ivan Sanchís and I am an English/Spanish language and literature teacher. I work at the university of Seville teaching and researching on Second Language Learning.
This is going to be the first of some posts I’ll be publishing here with the intention of giving advice to those who want to learn a new language and haven’t been succesful yet. Each learner has his/her way. With this Global Language Training methodology, any one can reach his/her objectives in the target language. It is not a fixed way of learning or teaching. It is simply adapting your learning paths and processes to the contents you are interested in. Interaction, contents of your interest and personalisation of programs and courses are our assets to make you get the best results during your learning.
So, feel free to write any comment or enquiry that may arise in your mind and I’ll be more than happy to help and advise.
Have a nice day and be aware for the next entry!
Ivan Sanchís

Por |septiembre 14th, 2013|Sin categoría|0 comentarios