CSS attends Transition Year TPN Conference in Athlone
TYTPN conference 2020

March 6th, 2020

We are now back in Valencia after attending the Transition Year TPN Conference in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel. We had plenty of enquiries about the Transition Year programme, as well as our ever-popular Spanish summer course in July 2020. We still have a few spots left for both these options – contact us if you need any more information!

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Transition Year students arrive in Valencia
TY airport arrivals Feb 2020

February 28th, 2020

Our first arrivals for the TY Programme 2020 arrived in Valencia airport last night. Our Spanish Transition year course gives students a great opportunity to immerse themselves fully in a Spanish secondary school environment, living with a local family and getting involved with the community. We still have a few places left for this academic year.

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Information leaflets posted out to all schools in Ireland
Summer 2020 leaflets

January 28th, 2020

Our information leaflets go out in the post to all schools in the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland this week – your Spanish teacher will have this information detailing our Spanish Transition Year and Spanish summer course. If you didn’t get a leaflet, pick up the phone and give us a call – we are ready to answer any questions you may have about our fantastic courses in...

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CSS attend conferences in Limerick and Kilkenny
PADPA conference 2019

December 4th, 2019

We’ve been busy recently – attending conferences in Kilkenny and Limerick! We were at The Lyrath Hotel Kilkenny at the NAPD Conference, and we also attended the Principal and Deputy Principals’ Association 2019 Conference in Limerick. We had plenty of enquiries for the Transition Year and summer course options in Valencia for 2020.  

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Classroom posters prove a big hit at the ATS 2019 conference

October 15th, 2019

We had a great day at the Association of Teachers of Spanish in Ireland AGM on Saturday. Spanish teachers from all over Ireland came to Dublin for the biggest conference held so far. Our classroom vocabulary posters were very popular with all the teachers – we handed out more than 100 of each of the 3 designs, together with our course programme leaflets. (more…)

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CSS to attend 2019 Association of Teachers of Spanish in Ireland AGM
Alba and Marta at 2018 ATS Conference 2018

October 7th, 2019

The Association of Teachers of Spanish in Ireland is having their Annual Conference and AGM on Saturday October 12th, 2019. The event will take place at the Clayton Hotel in Liffey Valley in Dublin. The Centre of Spanish Studies in Valencia has attended this conference for the last three years, and we are delighted to say that we will be back again this year. We are looking forward to seeing old f...

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CSS Valencia open 2019-2020 TY Study in Spain programme
CSS promotional stand

September 19th, 2019

We have just opened our 2019-2020 TY Transition Year Study in Spain programme, and the enquiries and bookings are coming in already! We started our TY programme in 2017-2018, and over the past two years it has proved to be one of the most popular offerings we have. Students stay with host families in Torrent, a suburb of Valencia, and integrate completely with Spanish school and family life. The r...

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Vlog 2019
2019 summer students

August 23rd, 2019

Check out our Summer 2019 Vlog to get an idea to what we do every July in Valencia! Our 3 week action-packed Study Spanish in Valencia course in an action-packed course for teenagers studying Spanish who want to immerse themselves in Spanish life. We are now taking bookings for 2020!

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Last group of TY 18/19 students land in sunny Valencia
TY students arrive in Valencia

May 7th, 2019

Valencia Airport was busy last night with a welcoming committee of host families there to meet the last group of Irish TY students for this academic year. Our 18/19 Transition Year immersion programme has proven to be very popular, with students constantly telling us how surprised they are at how much their Spanish has improved. Most students come over for 6 weeks, but shorter and longer stays are...

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The first TY students of 2019 arrive

March 14th, 2019

Our first groups of TY students for 2019 have been arriving to Valencia during the last few weeks. On Saturday, February 23rd Asia was met at the airport by her host family and by Liam from the Centre of Spanish Studies Valencia. On the 4th of March, after a very very delayed flight, the next students arrived. Marcus, Emma and Eoghan escaped the snowy Dublin and joined Asia in enjoying the good we...

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CSS attends the Transition Year Teachers Professional Network Conference in Athlone
Transition Year Teachers Professional Network Conference

March 8th, 2019

We’re back in Valencia again after attending the Transition Year Teachers Professional Network Conference in Athlone last Saturday. We’ve been attending this event for a few years now, and it was great to see so many familiar faces! As always, there was great interest in our Transition Year Spanish in Valencia programme. Many TY co-ordinators told us how beneficial they felt it was to ...

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Spanish Classroom Decoration Packs

February 25th, 2019

We prepared and sent a few Classroom Decoration Packs – posters, maps and flags – for Spanish teachers all over Ireland to help them decorate their classrooms. All the teachers that received them, had asked for them after receiving our information packs, containing information on our Summer 2019 Spanish Course and our Transition Year Course. Those information packs were sent to the Spa...

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CSS posts out course information to 492 schools all over Ireland
Marketing Campaign 2019

January 23rd, 2019

We’ve been busy at the Centre of Spanish Studies in Valencia over the past few days, getting our marketing material all organised! Information on our Summer 2019 Spanish Course and our Transition Year Course is in the post to the Spanish Departments of all 492 schools in Ireland that offer Spanish as a subject. We have included plenty of leaflets and flyers in our pack sent to Spanish teache...

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Transition Year students all set to study Spanish in Valencia

January 10th, 2019

Although at the Centre of Spanish Studies we run immersion courses to secondary schools in Valencia throughout the academic year, we generally find that around this time of year (January to April) is the most popular with Irish students looking to improve their Spanish as well as learn more about the culture and traditions of Spain. Most students come from four to six weeks, although we can organi...

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Irish secondary schools: Spanish continues to gain ground on French

December 15th, 2018

Following on from our 2017 comprehensive blog posting on the growing popularity of Spanish as a secondary school subject compared to other languages, we are going to have a look at the 2018 figures that the Department of Education has released. All our data has been taken from the State Examinations Commission website, under the “State Examinations Statistics” part of their website: ht...

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Niamh Galvin, Spanish teacher at Bandon Grammar School in Cork, visits us in Valencia
Niamh Galvin visits Valencia

November 13th, 2018

Niamh Galvin, Spanish teacher at Bandon Grammar School in Cork, won our Trip to Valencia Competition at the Association of Teachers of Spanish AGM. She’s here in Valencia for a holiday and came by to see the facilities where CSS Valencia programme participants will study in July 2019. Niamh will be back in Cork next week, and she is looking forward to telling her students all about our Trans...

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Association of Teachers of Spanish (ATS) Conference 2018
ATS Conference 2018

October 8th, 2018

CSS attended the 2018 Association of Teachers of Spanish (ATS) Conference at the Green Isle Hotel in Clondalkin, Dublin last weekend. Spanish teachers from all over Ireland were in attendance at the event, which included workshops, speeches and presentations. This was the biggest and best ATS conference held so far – an indication perhaps of the growing popularity of Spanish as a subject in ...

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Our team will be in Dublin in October – would you like to meet us?

September 12th, 2018

We are delighted to announce that we will be attending the 2018 ATS Ireland (Association of Teachers of Spanish) conference at the Green Isle Hotel in Clondalkin, Dublin, on Saturday October 6th 2018. ATS Ireland is a voluntary organisation run by Secondary School Spanish teachers for Spanish teachers in Ireland. It is expected that over 175 Spanish teachers from all over Ireland will be attending...

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

June 12th, 2018

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 classm...

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French v Spanish: State exams in Ireland

March 13th, 2018

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 ...

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CSS exhibit at 2018 TYTPN conference

February 27th, 2018

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.

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CSS Valencia at the Transition Year Teacher Professional Network conference

February 21st, 2018

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 ...

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First group of 2018 TY students arrive

February 19th, 2018

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 wi...

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CSS Valencia at the TY Expo

September 8th, 2017

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.

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Back to Ireland

July 24th, 2017

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!

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2017 Summer Course underway

July 3rd, 2017

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.

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Easter in Valencia

April 6th, 2017

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).

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Las Fallas is building to its climax

March 15th, 2017

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.

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Las Fallas Fiesta

March 1st, 2017

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!

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Snow in Valencia!!

January 19th, 2017

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 !!

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Happy New Year

January 9th, 2017

¡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.

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Early Bird Special

December 22nd, 2016

Don’t forget about our great early bird booking special for our three week summer programme – €1799 if deposit paid on or before January 1st, 2017 – deposit €300 (fully refundable until 15 June 2017) – normal price is €1900.

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The weather’s better in Valencia!

November 21st, 2016

It’s getting cold in Ireland and there’s talk of snow – reserve your place on next summer’s CSS programme in Valencia and start thinking of sunnier days!

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European Language Fair 2017

October 20th, 2016

All set up and ready for the European Language Fair information night at the Institute of Education in Dublin, organised by Stein Study.

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CSS at the European Language Fair

October 19th, 2016

Come and talk to us about studying Spanish in Valencia next summer at the European Language Fair in the Institute of Education, on Leeson Street in Dublin this Thursday.

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Trip to Valencia competition winner

October 18th, 2016

Congratulations to our lucky winner Ilaria Dore, Spanish teacher at Larkin Community College in Dublin, who has won a trip for 2 people to Valencia, including 3 nights accommodation, at this year’s ATS AGM.

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