Last Week’s Social English Immersion Activity

English Immersion Activity

After dinner social English immersion activity. We don’t just improve your English in class in our Immersion courses, in fact our social activities are a vital part of our courses. In a 6 day course, students spend about 44 hours in meals, excursions and social English activities. We design all of these activities to be fun and entertaining and help you to relax whilst at the same time improving your English skills.

Here in the photo from last week’s course we are playing one of our favourite communication games, where a “werewolf” visits the house! We are always looking for new activities to add to our repertoir, if you know any please let us know.

If you have been on one of our courses, please tell us about the activities that you liked most.

cheers,

Duncan

Talking about Spain: What makes your city great?

Here is another chance to improve your English by getting involved and discussing a topic.
The following article is about how a British man who was impressed with the facilities for disabled people, on a recent trip to one of Spain’s biggest cities:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mik-scarlet/barcelona-travel_b_4058233.html

Little things like wheelchair access, bicycle routes and a fun atmosphere can make a city feel so much more open to everyone, and with Spain being a major tourist destination, with over 13 million British people visiting last year, these little things or little touches can make all the difference to someone’s experience.

Every week, we meet students here who have come from all over Spain and enjoy listening to their stories. We think that Spain is a wonderful and diverse landscape and country and we are interested in hearing about your opinions. What makes your city or town special for you? Is it the culture? The architecture? Or is it a peaceful place to relax?

 

What makes your city great? practice your english in spain

When I’m not teaching here at Optima, I usually live in Bilbao.  What I like the most about living here is the food, whether it’s the pintxos on a Sunday morning or the seafood, which I love, because I am from the coast of Wales.

 

Please come and join in the discussion by writing your opinions in the comments below.when I eat out in a restaurant.

By Siôn
(An English Teacher at Optima)

Spain in the News: Is Spain in the wrong timezone?

The following article argues that Spain is in the wrong time zone, and that because the Spanish working day follows daylight hours, many workers are exhausted, or feel jet-lagged, because they wake-up earlier and go to bed later than they should.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/09/26/spaniards-are-less-productive-constantly-tired-because-spain-is-in-the-wrong-time-zone/

What do people think of this article?
Do you think that it should be changed? Would businesses want to adapt to the change?

In my personal opinion, in the past when I have worked in places following the traditional ‘businesses’ hours, I always preferred to have 45 minutes or an hour for lunch, so that I could get home early. But maybe, my opinion could be because I didn’t enjoy some jobs in the past, and now I have a job here at Optima Communication, that I enjoy a lot I don’t mind working longer hours.

Practica Inglés Noticias España

By Siôn
(An English Teacher at Optima)

Spain in the News: The Tomatina Festival

Last month one of Spain’s most famous local fiestas, took place. Not the one with bulls, the other one with tomatoes, La Tomatina. This year, for the first time, the organizers charged non-local residents to take part in the festival. Not a lot, just 10 Euros, which is the same as probably most discos and also it seems to be a lot more fun! Most of the buyers of the tickets where foreign such as from Australia, Japan, Britain and the USA.

This story was reported in the Telegraph

Obviously, Spain is going through some slightly difficult financial times, so it’s difficult to pay for these things, but do you think that this will be the first of many? Will people have to pay for other fiestas such as in Pamplona?

We’d love to hear peoples opinions

Wow, that’s a lot of tomatoes!

aprender ingles vacaciones y fiestas

By Siôn
(An English Teacher at Optima)

Spain in the news: Spanish families use mobiles for holiday photos, is the traditional camera dead? What’s your opinion?

In the following article it says that Spanish families are using their mobile phones more than the traditional camera to take holiday photos:

spain in the news discusion

http://www.euroweeklynews.com/news/spain/item/115271-smart-smiles-more-families-using-phones-for-holiday-snaps

Now, that the cameras on phones are getting better and better, is there any need to have a traditional camera? Do you think that the traditional camera is dying?

My digital camera is 5 years old and I’ve only used it about once in the last 3 years, because my phone’s camera is usually sufficient for my needs.

I’d love to hear whether other people use the phone more than a camera.

by Siôn, An Optima Communication Teacher