A few days ago one of FEDELE’s main events of the year took place – ECELE (International Conference for Spanish Language Schools). This is the eighth year of celebrating the event.
This year ECELE was held in Malaga as part of Malaga Education Week, a new event of professional workshops intended to focus the attention of people involved in language tourism and immersion courses abroad on Malaga.
Judging by the results and the reactions of the participants, ECELE has been a resounding success and has provided an opportunity for sharing and getting to know the experiences of other international professionals involved in the Spanish language sector.
The event began on Tuesday 9th January with a welcoming cocktail at Malaga Town Hall. This gave the schools and the visiting teachers their first chance to meet each other. The next day, Wednesday 10th January, was the official welcome when local officials and representatives of the various institutions expressed their gratitude for Malaga having been chosen as the place to hold the conference.
The next activity was a presentation by each of the participating schools in a “Destination Fair” where every city had a school to represent them.
In the afternoon, a training workshop was held on the role that games play in the classroom and a visit was organised to Malaga schools. In the evening FEDELE proposed visiting bars serving local tapas in smaller groups.
On Thursday 11th January, individual meetings between the teachers and the member schools took place in two sessions, with a break for coffee in between. In the afternoon there was another session of visits to local schools and to Malaga museums. The conference ended with a closing ceremony and a flamenco performance.
Without a doubt, ECELE has become an essential date for the Spanish Language Teaching sector, with every year showing an increase in objectives and results.