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    15 year old GCSE student

    Main objective:

    To build confidence in Spanish language via 'real-life' daily interactions and stimulating excursions

    Location & Accommodation:

    Full board at Tutor’s home in Valencia, Spain


    1 week over October Half Term

    Host Tutor Selected:

    Emma is a UK Qualified Teacher (Secondary French and Spanish) who graduated with a First Class Honours (MA Oxon) in Modern Languages from Magdalen College, Oxford University. With 12+ years of private tutoring experience, Emma regularly hosts students in her beautiful hometown of Valencia, Spain where she brings the language and culture to life, organising a bespoke programme of cultural visits to complement language content.


    DAY TO DAY INTERACTIONS: Emma’s goal is to get the pupil to handle as many daily interactions and transactions necessary in order to really reap the rewards of the immersive setting and instil confidence in 'being able to get things done' in the native language.

    INNOVATIVE RESOURCES: Whichever outings a pupil opts for, all excursions are fully supported by didactic materials appropriate to the level at which the students is studying, including interactive vocab lists, reading materials, follow-up worksheets and multimedia support.

    HOLISTIC LEARNING: Beyond building confidence, independence and natural fluency in Spanish, this study stay draws on the geographical, historical, artistic, natural and scientific aspects of the local environment.

    SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES: Real learning leads to real outcomes! Emma's most recent student lifted a predicted C to an A grade and went on to read Latin American Studies at a prestigious London university.

    BESPOKE EXCURSIONS: Emma’s programmes are entirely customised around the individual based on personal interests and objectives with some examples to follow. Giving a choice means a student is invested in the programme and feels more accountable for the learning process.


    Which would you pick?

    Hispanic history and culture: a guided walk around the historic centre of Valencia accompanied by a reading comprehension about the principle landmarks, supplemented with recent local news items.

    Vocab testing at Valencia’s world-class aquarium and zoo: even a student with very basic Spanish can enjoy studying the names of various animals and follow Emma's custom-built quiz on the different zones and their inhabitants.

    Science Museum: those with a more scientific bent will enjoy the very modern science museum in Valencia. Emma designs course materials around whichever exhibit the student chooses to visit.

    Film nights: e.g. Almódovar’s Volver, accompanied by a character analysis and writing about the main themes (A level students).

    An outing to the 'huerta': the lush, fertile land surrounding Valencia, including a boat trip on the Albufera lagoon to explore the importance of these wetlands, rice-growing and the Arabic legacy of the 'sequia' (water channels for irrigation).

    Cookery classes: how to master the art of preparing the famous Valencian paella! An active trip to the central market discussing weight/price of ingredients on the shopping list followed by lunch preparation.

    Horse sanctuary in the hills: desk-based study of question formation and vocabulary before visiting the sanctuary. Grooming/feeding horses whilst asking the questions prepared in discussion with the sanctuary owner.

    The history of Las Fallas, Valencia's biggest festival: a visit to the Fallas museum to see the traditional dress of the falleras and the incredibly artistic effigies created by Valencian artists only to be burnt, year on year.

    Valencia's importance with regard to the Silk Roads: a visit to the Silk Museum (where a loom can be seen in action - a spectacularly complex and detailed operation) and the ancient marketplace where silk was traded.

    The history of Flamenco: its' particular characteristics (illustrated with photos, video and music) and a trip to a flamenco performance in a historic local bar (identifying features of the music and lyrics studied)

    While this student’s main objective was to improve her Spanish language skills, our Tutor Homestay programme is entirely bespoke and can be tailored to suit a range of goals from Test Preparation to general Confidence & Resilience-building.

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