Thursday, June 28, 2012

Extra-curricular activities 2nd-6th July

Monday 2nd, 17.00: Film: A brilliant opportunity to immerse yourself in Spanish cinema. Meeting place: Tía Tula.

Tuesday 3rd, 19.00: Ice cream + Huerto de Calixto y Melibea: We will buy an ice cream from Novelty in the Plaza Mayor and then we will go to the Huerto de Calixto y Melibea to find out about it´s romantic history. Meeting place: Tía Tula.
Price: your consumption (between 2-3 €) Approximate duration: 1h

Wednesday 4th, 19.30: Literary meeting: Antonio Orihuela (poeta) in the Café-Bar Vía Libre de Gran Vía. Organised by the association cultural Pentadrama
Meeting place: Tía Tula Approximate duration: 1h30

Thursday 5th, 19.00: Cooking class: Paella. You are going to learn how to cook paella then you can eat it. Price: 7 €: Meeting place-Tía Tula Approximate duration: 1h.

Friday 6th, 19.00: Tour of Salamanca. Somebody from the school will tell you the story of the main historical monuments in the centre. Meeting point: Tía Tula Approximate duration: 1h

Remember to sign up for the activity at reception beforehand (the minimum number of people needed for each activity is 3). If the cost is not stated then the activity is free. We recommend our students to participate in the activities so they can get to know other students in the school, so they can broaden their knowledge of Spanish culture and to practice and improve their Spanish in a fun way.


Climbing to the top of the towers


Last week the school´s extracurricular activity was to climb to the top of ´las torres de la clerecía´, the famous church located in the historic and monumental city (just twenty metres from the school). You can go and admire the city from up there and it´s definitely worth it.

The climb takes place within the exhibition "Scala Coeli", which opened a few months ago by Alfonso Fernandez Mañueco, the mayor of the city and the rector of the Pontifical University, Angel Galindo Garcia. The exhibition was open to the public for the first time on March 31st, 2012.

It was thanks to the collaboration between these two agencies that the restoration of this space was possible. It has been transformed into a museum open to the public and the climb to the top of the ´torres de la clerecía´, where you can appreciate the breathtaking views of the city.

The church is part of the ´Real Colegio del Espíritu Santo de la Compañía de Jesús´ and is situated directly in front of the Casa de las Conchas. Construction began in 1617 under the orders of Queen Margaret of Austria, wife of Philip III, and finished 150 years later, in 1755 (one year before the completion of the Plaza of the city, which is also close to the school). It was a collegial body of the cleric order of the Society of Jesus but before, this historic building was known by the name of Royal College of the Society of Jesus. The work consists of 3 different buildings today: the University and a residence for the Jesuits. Today, this monument is the headquarters of the Pontifical University. The facade of the church is distinguished by its baroque style and for its three doors framed by columns and a bell tower superimposed with two side towers designed by Andrés García de Quiñones (also responsible for the completion of the Plaza Mayor).

On the door of the main entrance is a statue of San Marcos, one of the drafters of the four Gospels and the founder of the first church of Alexandria in Egypt. Once inside, the video Lorem ipsum ad his scripta blandit allows visitors to view pictures of the building and its architects. Then you can access the galleries, from the balconies of which you can visit the Royal Clergy of San Marcos.
In the first room of the gallery, you can see representations of Margaret of Austria and Philip III and documents relating to the founding of the Royal College of the Society of Jesus. In the second room, there is information on the various stages of construction of the building and the influence of other historical events. You can also view documents on the architects, Juan Gómez de Mora and Andrés García de Quiñones. The third room is devoted to the "new birth".

Finally, the main part of this visit: going up the stairs that lead straight to the top of the towers. Going up these stairs, known as "the stairs of the bell-ringer," your attention is captured by the sound and light assemblies. Once in the towers, you can admire the bells and Salamanca. If you place yourself between the two towers, the city view from there is unique: you can see the entire city with the Cathedral in the background, the Plaza de Anaya and many other buildings of the University of Salamanca.

The visit of the Clergy is open every day from 10h00 to 20h00 (until December when the winter times come into effect: 10h00 to 18h00). The ticket prices are € 3.75 (price per individual) and 3.25 € (price per person in a group).

Françoise Amo, from France.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Extra-curricular activities 25th-29th June


Monday 25th, 18.00: Card games: Do you want to play Spanish card games? We will go and play ´Chinchon´ in the shade near to the river Tormes. Meeting place: Tía Tula. Approximate duration: 1h30

Tuesday 26th, 18.00: Film. A brilliant opportunity to immerse yourself in Spanish cinema. Meeting place: Tía Tula.

Wednesday 27th, 16.00: Horse riding in the Charro countryside with an equestrian centre: Minimum 4 students – students who are interested must sign up before Tues 26th June at 14.00. Price: 25 euros (including transport there and back + 1h30 horse back ride) Meeting place: Tía Tula - Approximate duration: +- 3h

Thursday 28th, 18.30: We will play football: let’s see who wins! Meeting place: Tía Tula – Approximate duration: 1h 30.

Friday 29th, 19.30: Cinema. We´re going to go to the cinema to see a film: Price: 5 € (with Tía Tula´s student card) Meeting point: Tía Tula – depending on the chosen film.

Remember to sign up for the activity at reception beforehand (the minimum number of people needed for each activity is 3). If the cost is not stated then the activity is free. We recommend our students to participate in the activities so they can get to know other students in the school, so they can broaden their knowledge of Spanish culture and to practice and improve their Spanish in a fun way.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Euro 2012: Full of surprises


As Euro 2012 reaches its knockout stage, dreams get shattered and new hopes arise. The tournament has been full of surprises so far, off and on the pitch. First of all Mr. Bendtner and his magnificent underwear. Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner has been fined €100,000 and banned for one match for exposing a sponsored pair of underwear after scoring against Portugal. The fine seems to be a bit high if you compare it to the UEFA fines for racism: £45,000 (Spain, 2004), £16,500 (Serbia, 2007) and £10,000 (Croatia, 2008). Next to this brilliant peace of guerilla marketing a lot of attention has been focused away from the playing field because of charges of racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and worries about violence in the host countries. In a press conference, Polish sports minister Joanna Mucha has confirmed that 314 people were treated by medical staff in 16 reported violent cases connected to the tournament. UEFA has announced that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Football Union of Russia (RFS) for the improper conduct of its supporters (setting-off and throwing fireworks, attacking stewards, racist chants direct at Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie and more).
 
Luckily, the football side of the tournament has been fun and very surprising. After the brilliant game against Czech Republic, Russia was labeled one of the best teams in the tournament. But then, the Greek surprised us all by defeating Russia 1-0 and sending the team home. The pre-tournament favorite Dutch squad certainly surprised us all by losing all games in the group of death. But that is what we love about sports. Not only the triumph of the underdog, but the fall of the champion. But will the real champion fall? At this moment Germany seems to be the only real challenge in Spain's route to winning the third consecutive cup. Hopefully the tournament will keep on surprising us all. I'm just afraid that Euro 2012 will end up like Gary Lineker's most famous quote: "Football is a simple game, 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win."


Soerin van Nieuwland
(student of Tía Tula and football fan)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Spanish language school of the year in Ireland


The annual reward ceremony for Spanish education was held at the Spanish embassy in Dublin this year. Every year the Ministry of Education in the UK and Ireland elect and reward the best Spanish language schools and students to promote the teaching of Spanish in Ireland. Tía Tula had a direct presence in the awards this year.

The best students in Ireland were selected with reference to the assessment scores on the Junior Certificate exams (high school) and the Leaving Certificate exams (pre-university). The best students of the Spanish language in Ireland this year were Daniel Coleman (St. Conleth’s College, Dublin) and Michael Angland (Ashton Comprehensive School, Cork).

The best Spanish school of the year is chosen based on different criteria such as the number of students enrolled in Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE) courses, the use of innovative methods in teaching, participation in international projects where Spanish is the mean language, the visibility of Spanish and the Hispanic culture and extracurricular activities dedicated to the promotion of the Spanish language.  This year’s best Spanish school in Ireland was the Beaumont National School for Girls (Beaumont, Co. Cork). The school received two completely paid Spanish summer courses in Spain at Tía Tula and the academy, Mester (also in Salamanca). Teacher Elizabeth Corcoran and director Margaret McCarthy will be the lucky ones that get to study Spanish in Salamanca during the summer.

The awards were presented by S.E.D. Javier Garrigues (ambassador of Spain in Dublin) and D. Gonzalo Ceballos (director of the Spanish Tourism Office in Dublin).  About 50 guests from the world of education in Ireland, national agencies and language associations of Spanish teachers attended the ceremony.

Tía Tula would like to congratulate all winners, especially Elizabeth Corcoran, who contacted us, of the Beaumont Nation School for Girls. A warm welcome is waiting for you at Tía Tula!

You can read more about this subject on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Extra-curricular activities 18th-22nd June


Monday 18th, 18.00pm: Film. A brilliant opportunity to immerse yourself in Spanish cinema. Meeting place: Tía Tula.

Tuesday 19th, 18.00: Fooseball: With the theme of the euro 2012, you´re going to play foosball in a games room. Let´s see which team wins! Price: your consumption + your participation in each match (between 1-2 euros) Meeting place: Tía Tula. Approximate duration: 1h30

Wednesday 20th, 18.30: Clerecia towers: Through the Scala Coeli exhibition, we’re going to go up the real Clerecia towers and see Salamanca from above. Price: between 5-6 euros (depending on the number of people interested) Meeting place: Tía Tula - Approximate duration: 1h

Thursday 21st, 19.00pm: Exposition: “The fingerprint of Unamuno”:  All the landscapes of this pictorial series are actual views, which in essence don’t really differ from differ little from what Unamuno contemplated. - Meeting place: Tía Tula – Approximate duration: 1h in the exposition room called Santo Domingo de la Cruz.

Friday 22nd, 19.30pm:  Tapas route: We will go to different bars in the centre to try tapas from Salamanca. Price: +- 6 € Meeting point: Tía Tula  - Approximate duration: 1h30

Remember to sign up for the activity at reception beforehand (the minimum number of people needed for each activity is 3). If the cost is not stated then the activity is free. We recommend our students to participate in the activities so they can get to know other students in the school, so they can broaden their knowledge of Spanish culture and to practice and improve their Spanish in a fun way.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Extra-curricular activities 11th-15th June


Monday 11th, 13.00pm: Borroco market- We will go and see the products on offer in the Barraco market situated in the plaza Anaya. Meeting place: Tía Tula Approximate duration: 1 hour

Tuesday 12th, Public holiday: San Juan de Sahagún day: patron de Salamanca Tía Tula suggests the Fireworks as a plan at 22h30 on the Roman bridge. Tía Tula won´t be there but you can go with friends.

Wednesday 13th, 17.45pm: Cooking class:  GAZPACHO + 2 TAPAS. You´re going to learn how to cook gazpacho with 2 tapas and then you can eat it. Price: 7 euros - Meeting place: Tía Tula - Approximate duration: 1h

Thursday 14th, 19.00pm: Exhibition: “Perspectivas feministas. Video of Spanish artists from the colection MUSAC”. Video-instalaciones organised by the Fácyl festival. Meeting place: Tía Tula. Approximate duration: 1 hour

Friday 15th, 16.45pm: Initiation to hip-hop workshop . the association ´Juvenil BreakDance Salamanca´ have a hiphop workshop for beginners in the Plaza Mayor. Meeting place: Tía Tula. Approximate duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Remember to sign up for the activity at reception beforehand (the minimum number of people needed for each activity is 3). If the cost is not stated then the activity is free. We recommend our students to participate in the activities so they can get to know other students in the school, so they can broaden their knowledge of Spanish culture and to practice and improve their Spanish in a fun way.

The arts festival 2012


From 13th to 17th June, the amazing festival called "el Festival de las Artes de Castilla y León" (FÀCYL) is going to be held in Salamanca. With support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the ´Junta de Castilla y Leon´, the 8th edition is expected to be more enthusiastic than ever before. 

So, which kind of festival is it? In short, it is a cultural event mixed with modern, traditional, international and national elements for example, theatre, dance, urban interventions, exhibitions, literature, films, public, artists, workshops, contemporary proposals, cultural exchange, concerts, performances etc. There are many famous artists and performers from both Spain and abroad making it a truly international event. In addition, FÀCYL 2012 focuses on the theme "FÀCYL alive", it emphasizes the importance of maintaining arts and culture alive in these times of change and economic austerity. "FÀCYL alive" invites everyone who lives in Salamanca and is interested in arts to experience with enthusiasm each of the artistic performances, to find the magic in all of them. 

It is going to be the great opportunity to discover the fantastic moments that this new edition of FÀCYL offers us, so don´t miss it!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Extra-curricular activities 4th - 8th June


Monday 4th, 18.30pm: Guided tour of Salamanca- Accompanied by someone from the school, Tía Tula students will go on a tour of the main monuments in Salamanca, where the stories of some of them will be revealed! It´s not one to be missed! Meeting place: Tía Tula Approximate duration: 1 hour

 

Tuesday 5th, 18.00pm: Museum of Automotion History: Come with us and discover the history of cars. Meeting place: Tía Tula Approximate duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Wednesday 6th, 17.45pm: Come and see the frog on the university even closer:  we will climb up scaffolding to see the façade of the Old University closer. Limited entries - registration before Monday 4th of June at 2.00 pm. Price: 6 euros - Meeting place: Tía Tula - Approximate duration: 45 minutes

Thursday 7th, 19.00pm: Cooking Course: Today you will learn how to prepare fideúa, a typical dish of Valencia and then we will eat it. Price: +- 7 euros - Meeting place: Tía Tula. Approximate duration: 1 hour

Friday 8th, 19.30pm: Tapas route. Accompanied by a member of staff from the school, we will try different tapas dishes in some bars in the centre of Salamanca.  Price: +- 6 euros Meeting place: Tía Tula. Approximate duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Remember to sign up for the activity at reception beforehand (the minimum number of people needed for each activity is 3). If the cost is not stated then the activity is free. We recommend our students to participate in the activities so they can get to know other students in the school, so they can broaden their knowledge of Spanish culture and to practice and improve their Spanish in a fun way.