Over thirty Year 9 and 10 language students travelled to the popular destination of Murcia in southern eastern Spain to immerse themselves in the language and culture to help with their foreign language studies.
Returning to the popular Arbolar Centre in Cartagena, an activity residence programme run in Spanish and managed by native instructors, students enjoyed the language and culture of the region, taking part in various activities throughout their stay.
A daily tailored Spanish lesson was followed by activities utilising the learnt vocabulary. Students enjoyed cookery lessons, making and trying local speciality dishes, Latin dancing sessions, trips to the local town of Murcia and market visits, as well as games on the beach and time to relax with friends.
Year 10 student, Jazmine Montier, thoroughly enjoyed her stay: “This was the best College trip ever. Because we were only spoken to in Spanish for the whole trip, it really helped is with our understanding of the language. I felt like my Spanish speaking and listening skills were improved which will really help me in my GCSE examinations next year. I had the best time!”
Team Leader of Modern Foreign Languages, Hannah Brown, said of the visit: “The trip was a huge success. The immersive nature of the visit has accelerated students’ learning; that has already been shown in the classroom since their return. All of our students were fantastic ambassadors for the College; their behaviour was impeccable and staff at the Arbolar Centre commented on how incredible they all were. It was a privilege to spend time with such a brilliant group of young adults.”