03 July 2009
There can be few places as magical as Salamanca. One of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe, a masterpiece in golden sandstone, it boasts two mediaeval universities, two magnificent cathedrals and pre-Roman origins. Hannibal laid siege to it in the 3rd Century BC. Wellington defeated Napoleon here in 1812. It has been one of the world\'s most prestigious seats of learning since the 13th Century. Imposing, peaceful, welcoming and beautiful, what better place could there be to fire the imagination and broaden the mind of a pupil starting out in Spanish?
Twenty-nine KES Fourth Formers spent a week here last Easter, sharing the life of local families and studying for several hours a day at one of the best language schools in Spain. Mornings of total immersion were supplemented by a diverse cultural programme which included a lesson in bullfighting, a walking tour of the walled city of Avila and a taste of the glories of Madrid. There was time to relax, too, drinking in the atmosphere on the imposing Plaza Mayor or just kicking a ball about in the Parque de los Jesuitas. Language learning comes alive on trips like this. Which is why we will go back!
Photo: Our Spanish linguists in the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca.