We started the day at El Instituto Cervantes which is a public Spanish institution in charge of promoting Spanish and Hispanic culture and language around the world. This institution is also in charge of organising cultural events, Spanish lessons and books on loan from its Library, Biblioteca Miguel de Cervantes.
Students had the opportunity to learn more about Spanish history, architecture, art, culture and gastronomy, as well as important Spanish cities, languages and festivals in Spain through a thoughtful presentation led by the librarian. In order to assess their listening skills and win a little price, they took part in a quiz after the presentation!
After that, a Spanish animated film was shown. This film was nominated for the ‘Spanish Oscars’ and it was a very good way to learn about the cities and Spanish culture. Students enjoyed it very much and understood a lot - I was very impressed!
And finally… we went to ‘El Cafelito’ (a Spanish coffee shop in the heart of the French concession) for a Tapas Workshop where students learned how to make three different tapas and then created their own. The students showed real culinary skill! Not only did the Tapas look beautifully, they tasted great! If you would like to taste a fantastic tapa, you can ask our Year 9 Spanish students to prepare it for you! I’m sure they will be more than happy to do it.
- Ms Sanz, Spanish Teacher
What did the students think of the day?
“I think this trip was a fantastic experience for me because I got to experience many new things and I learnt a lot about Spain’s culture. I really liked the tapas and I personally thought the Spanish animated production was exciting. Towards the end I never felt bored at all!” - Angela Jiang
“I really enjoyed the whole trip. My favourite part was the Tapas Workshop because it was so delicious and we had so much fun making them. It was very interesting studying about Spain and its culture and festivals. We also completed a quiz which required teamwork, it was truly great! I would definitely recommend this trip to others because of how much we learnt and how the books, movies and interactive resources in that library could help us if we continue to study Spanish. We studied and had fun at the same time! It was brilliant!” - Jade Chen
“I really enjoyed learning about Spanish culture. The presentation at El Instituto Cervantes was great and I learned a lot in this trip! We also made 3 delicious tapas: Tapa de jamón con tomate, Tapa de huevo rellena de atún y Tapa de aguacate con queso fresco y tomate. They tasted amazing. In short, it was an amazing experience and it’s very nice to have the booklet to help us remember” - Maja Fleck-Baustian, Angelaica Ngai and Mhari Jervis