Spanish-Speaking Day - Year 8 & 9 pupils

This is an opportunity for pupils to prepare early for the new final-exam GCSE Speaking. Students will practise their spontaneous speaking skills using a range of fun and innovative activities. There will be experienced language teachers to help with pronunciation and fluency, and the low adult to student ratio ensures students speak as much Spanish as possible during the day..

Speaking successfully in another language requires improving confidence and lots of practice; these are the main focus for the day.

During the morning students receive help and language hints from the workshop leader. We choose a topic and create a presentation, often a video, which demands teamwork and a pooling of skills and knowledge. For example, we might choose 'Food'. Students discuss in the target language, plan, prepare, rehearse and produce a film clip of their work. This is an intellectual and linguistic challenge.

At the end of the day the students have learned much new vocabulary; they have gained confidence, and they have learnt to work in skill areas in which they were previously uncomfortable. .

Criteria for identifying participants:
Pupils should enjoy their Spanish lessons in school and wish to learn new words as well as wishing to improve their pronunciation

What you will achieve:
Extended knowledge of Spanish and new confidence in speaking spontaneously in the language

Additional information:
No mobile phones or valuables please
Please bring your own lunch - other refreshments provided
School uniform is not required

Please email us at [email protected] and we can send you application forms for your pupils.

Please note: all staff are DBS checked; the event is subjected to a risk assessment by Bath Spa University and there will be a first-aider present at all times.



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Presenter Profiles

Lorena Pino Montilla is a Spanish native speaker. She is an experienced Spanish specialist working for different Language Agencies in the UK giving personalised tuition to KS3-5 students and adults in further education. She holds two bachelor’s Degrees in Arts/Cinematography and in Journalism from prestigious universities in Venezuela. During a decade, she Lectured in Television and Cinema at university level. She has also published ‘The Venezuelan Female Drama, Centuries XIX-XX’ and ‘Distribution and Exhibition of Cinema in Caracas, 1950-1960’.

Since 2012, she has been teaching Spanish in the UK incorporating in her lessons her background in Journalism, Art, Marketing and Films. In 2015 she received the City & Guild Education and Training Level 3 Award at Wiltshire College where she was recently invited as a Spanish teacher for the further education courses. In addition, she is a Coordinator of Faith & Cultural Awareness workshops, Exams Invigilator, Film programmer at FilmBath Festival and developer of the community project ‘Getting Together Through Films’ at Town Hall Arts, Wiltshire.

Our trainers will be assisted by native speakers.

Feedback from pupils on this course

Thank you for helping us improve. This is somewhere I would recommend!

This was an enjoyable day which helped me to develop confidence in speaking.
The teachers/tutors were really helpful and the facilities were excellent
Brilliant! Learnt lots in a fun way!
It was fun and interactive! I enjoyed developing my skills and performing as a group.

It was good to share ideas and work with people we haven’t worked with before.

Cost: £32 per pupil