Estancias Profesionales - Ysgolion Sir Benfro yn estyn croseo cynnes i athro o Sbaen
The Spanish department at Ysgol Y Preseli welcomed a teacher from Alicante, Spain to their school for a fortnight in May. Señor Manuel Estévez came to Wales as part of the ‘Estancias Profesionales’ (Professional Visit) organised by the Secretary of State for Education in Spain. The aim of the programme is for teachers to experience different educational systems across Europe. He had to apply for this opportunity and amongst a great number of applicants he was one of 110 successful to earn a place. Other teachers have had the opportunity to visit countries such as Germany, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Ireland and Switzerland as part of the programme. Manuel is currently working as a teacher of Physical Education in Alicante, Spain.
In Ysgol Y Preseli Manuel was able to help the Year 12 and 13 pupils from Mrs Stephens’ classes to prepare for their oral exams, by holding sessions concentrating on their accent and intonation. He also joined the classes of pupils from years 9, 10 and 11 where he was able to share his experience of living and teaching in Spain. During his visit here he also had the opportunity to observe lessons in the English, Maths, Science and Physical Education departments where he was able to see a variety of different teaching and learning strategies. In addition to this, Manuel also spent two days in Saundersfoot CP School where he was able to experience teaching in a KS2 setting.
Mrs Stephens, Leader of Spanish at Ysgol Y Preseli – “This was an invaluable experience for my pupils here at Ysgol Y Preseli! It was fantastic timing for the AS and A Level speaking exams as all pupils took part in an intense 1 to 1 session where they had the chance to work on their accents and fluency. The visit also gave the younger pupils an insight into the Spanish language and culture. A fantastic experience – I would recommend it to every school!”
Steffan, a Year 12 pupil – “I found speaking Spanish with a native Spanish speaker an invaluable experience and felt more confident and able with my Spanish after conversing with Manuel!”
Nell, a Year 12 pupil – “Meeting Manuel was both an enlightening and delightful experience. Being taught Spanish by a real-life native speaker gives opportunities not available in text books and crucial for learners.”
Mrs Howells-Evans, Year 5 teacher at Saundersfoot CP School – “The pupils of Saundersfoot School were very lucky to have Manuel for two days during his visit to Wales. They absolutely loved having him and learnt lots of phrases and the numbers in Spanish. The children have been studying Spanish culture and religion and they benefited from a question and answer session with him. Spanish bingo was one of their highlights too! One of the children said it was a ‘phenomenal opportunity’ and asked when he was going to return! Muchas gracias Manuel.”