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Last 2017-2018 group of Transition Year (TY) students return to Ireland

Our 2017-2018 transition year programme to study Spanish in El Drac Secondary School was a great success. Last Sunday, Georgia and Lucille from Coláiste Éinde in Galway returned to Ireland. Georgia and Lucille fitted in very well with their host families, classmates and teachers. They were very happy with their level of improvement in Spanish, and even gave a fantastic presentation to their classmates about Galway. Their teachers were full of compliments about them. Georgia and Lucille were with us for six weeks in total, and told us that they wished their parents had booked them on the course for longer! Well done girls - and good luck in the Leaving Certificate next year. We're sure the time spent here will help both of you do very well indeed!

Georgia and Lucille in El Drac

French v Spanish: State exams in Ireland

At CSS Valencia, we spend a lot of time talking to Spanish teachers in Irish secondary schools, language fairs, transition year exhibitions and conferences. A common topic of conversation is the increasing demand for Spanish at both Junior Cert and Leaving Cert level. Anecdotal evidence suggests that secondary school are struggling to find suitably qualified Spanish teachers, and are also finding it difficult to cater for the demand for Spanish. Many people have started to suggest that the increase for Spanish is coming at a cost to French. So, that leaves us with a question - is Spanish replacing French as the language of choice for Irish secondary school students?

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CSS exhibit at 2018 TYTPN conference

We met transition year teachers at their annual TYTPN conference in Athlone last Saturday, February 24th. There was interest in both our summer course and our TY programme, with TY co-ordinators of various schools expressing a particular interest in their students coming to Valencia as part of their transition year studies.

TYTPN conference 2018

CSS Valencia at the Transition Year Teacher Professional Network conference

We will be attending the Transition Year Teacher Professional Network conference in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone, Ireland on Saturday 24th February. The Transition Year Teacher Professional Network serves as a platform to enable teachers to support, advise and assist each other in the delivery of innovative TY Programmes, encouraging teachers to share their experiences and expertise.

We'll be there to give information about our Transition Year options for secondary school students.

Transition Year Teacher Professional Network

First group of 2018 TY students arrive

Our first group of TY students for 2018 arrived in Valencia on Sunday, February 18th. Leon, Rebecca and Ross were met at the airport by their host families and by Liam and Alba from the Centre of Spanish Studies Valencia.

The students will be in Valencia until March 25th and have settled well in their new school in Torrent, a suburb of Valencia. The school is a small, mixed-sex secondary school with excellent sporting facilities and a very welcoming character.

TY students arrive

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CSS Valencia at the TY Expo

Come say hi to us at the TY Expo in Punchestown, Co. Kildare. Alba ana Liam will be there to give information on both TY programmes in Spanish secondary schools during the academic year and also our summer programme.

Back to Ireland

We said our goodbyes yesterday at Valencia airport as our students returned on the direct flight to Dublin. Our blog detailing the 3 week adventure, written by one of the course participants, is now fully complete. Have a read through it to see what you, your children or students could be up to in Valencia next year while learning Spanish!

2017 Summer Course underway

Our course participants arrived late last night to Valencia airport and this year's programme is well and truly underway. Check out our blog which is updated regularly to see what the students have been up to.

Summer 2017 Course about to start!

Our CSS representatives Alba and Vero are looking forward to welcoming our course participants in less than a week!

 

Alba and Vero

Easter in Valencia

The residents of Cabañal, Valencia's seaside neighbourhood, are practising for the big parades which take place in that barrio during Semana Santa (Easter week).

Easter in Valencia

Las Fallas is building to its climax

The rest of Spain is looking to Valencia this weekend as Las Fallas leads up to its culmination on the 19th March. The festival was recently declared by UNESCO as culturally significant for humanity. Spain's national tourist website has a big feature of the celebrations today on its Facebook page.

Las Fallas in Valencia

Las Fallas Fiesta

Valencia's biggest fiesta of the year, Fallas, starts today, 1 March 2017 and builds until the final day, San José, on the 19th March when Valencia becomes the pyrotechnic capital of the world!

Las Fallas in Valencia

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Snow in Valencia!!

Snow in Denia, just south of Valencia yesterday !! - ¡nieve en Denia ayer, al sur de Valencia! Don't worry though, the sun will be back in time for our summer programme in July !!

Snow in Denia

Happy New Year

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Happy New Year to everyone from CSS Valencia!
We're in 2017 now and we are just 6 months away from the start of our summer programme in Valencia ?- you can pay your deposit to reserve your place on the course on or before the 1st April 2017.

Happy New Year