Twenty six Year 10 and 11 Newton Abbot College students travelled to the south eastern, university town of Murcia to immerse themselves in Spanish life and culture, as part of their GCSE studies.
Flying into the popular destination from 13-17 February, students travelled to the Arbolar Centre, famous for delivering unique Spanish language immersion programmes. Coupling focused language activities with hands-on experiences and activities, students used newly learnt vocabulary to underpin the activities for the day and improve their spoken Spanish.
Each day, students attended a tailored Spanish lesson, focusing on the key vocabulary needed for that particular day. Activities were diverse and engaging; students attended cookery workshops, creating popular and traditional dishes such as tortillas de patatas and gazpacho, enjoyed water sports, including sailing and kayaking, and took part in musical games in Spanish. Outside of the centre, students were treated to a trip to the port city of Cartagena, visiting two museums and trying out their vocabulary and bartering skills at a traditional Spanish market. Students also had the opportunity to discover the town of Murcia, enjoying visits to the cathedral and drinking in the surrounding culture.
Year 10 student, Alice Patten, thoroughly enjoyed the visit: “My eyes were opened to a completely different culture and way of life. I enjoyed every minute of our stay, including getting to know students from a different year group and from other visiting schools. There were so many activities to get involved in and it all provided a great chance to practice our Spanish. I am really grateful to Newton Abbot College for organising such an incredible trip!”
Team Leader of Modern Languages and trip organiser, Hannah Brown, explains the value of such trips: “The students were completely immersed in Spanish language and culture. Giving them tailored vocabulary to prepare them for their daily activities allowed them to converse more confidently in Spanish. The very best way to learn a language is by living it, and this trip will have a positive impact on their GCSE studies and forthcoming exams.”
There were so many activities to get involved in and it all provided a great chance to practice our Spanish. I am really grateful to Newton Abbot College for organising such an incredible tripAlice Patten, Year 10 Student