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News from our school
06/06/2024 by MARGARETE FORTMANN

FEDERICO GARCÍA LORCA

Federico García Lorca was a famous Spanish poet and theater director. He published numerous volumes of poetry during his lifetime. His lyrical work often incorporates elements of Spanish folklore, Andalusian flamenco and Gypsy culture, and cante jondo, while exploring themes of romantic love and tragedy.

Federico García Lorca was born near Granada in Fuente Vaqueros. He studied law at Granada University before relocating to Madrid in 1919. In Madrid, he was part of a group of avant-garde artists known as the Generación del 27, that included artist such as Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Rafael Alberti, Jorge Guillén, and Pedro Salinas. Around this time, García Lorca was introduced to surrealism, a movement that would greatly influence his writing.

With the publication of his Romancero Gitano, García Lorca received significant critical and popular attention. The following year, he travelled to New York City, where he found a connection between Spanish cante jondo and African American spirituals.

When he returned to Spain in 1930, García Lorca cofounded La Barraca, a travelling theater company that performed both Spanish classics and his plays in small town squares. Despite the threat of a growing fascist movement in Spain, García Lorca refused to hide his leftist political views. García Lorca’s homosexuality and political affiliations likely rendered him a target for nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil War.

In August 1936, at the onset of the Spanish Civil War, García Lorca was arrested in Granada by Francisco Franco’s soldiers. He was executed by a firing squad a few days later, and his body was never found. 

As part of our programme for non-native Spanish teachers we offer a 1 or 2 wks monographic course related to Federico García Lorca. The programme combines an Intensive 20 Spanish course (Level C1/C2) with cultural activities related to Lorca's life in Granada. For further information have a look at the course progamme.

News from our school
30/04/2024 by MARGARETE FORTMANN

SCHOOL CONTEST IN POLAND

On 19 April 2024 the tenth edition of the Spanish song contest has taken place at the II Liceum Ogólnokształcące in Racibórz, Poland. As in the past, our school has participated in the event and has offered a free 1 week Spanish course for one of the winners. We were present in the promotional materials and during the gala concert.

The song contest was magnificent. Participants came from all over the country. The level of performances was fantastic.

The prize of Escuela Montalbán was won by one of the following participants: Zuzanna Hezner, Patrycja Baran, Weronika Kramarczyk, Zuzanna Szpilarewicz, Zofia Pawlik, Mateusz Przebindowski, Natalia Smagacz, Szymon Tucki, Milena Szuster.

News from our school
03/04/2024 by Margarete Fortmann

SPANISH NATIONALITY EXAM - DELE A2

Spanish nationality exam - DELE A2

The next DELE A2 exam of 2024 will take place at our school on the 12 of April.

This Spanish language exam serves to certify that you have a sufficient level of Spanish in order to understand and communicate clearly. The exam was reformed in 2020 and presents important differences in relation to what we have seen until now.

Below we detail its current structure, which came into force in February 2020.

The exam is divided into 4 different parts:

1. Reading comprehension test (60 minutes)
This part has 4 tasks. These tasks are related to your daily life and the environment in which you live. There are 25 questions of which you must get at least 60% of the answers. The first task consists of reading an e-mail, about 250 words long, and answering 5 questions. Task number 2 consists of 8 announcements/job offers, and you will have to answer one question from each one. In task 3 you will find 6 questions. You will have to read 3 texts and relate each of them to 6 different statements. Finally, the last task in this section consists of a slightly longer text, about 350-400 words, that creates 6 questions to be answered.

2. Listening comprehension test (40 minutes)
The listening test is also divided into 25 questions divided into 4 different tasks. Again, you should get a 60% right (minimum). Each audio is played twice. And you will always listen to an example first so that you can understand the mechanics. Task 1 consists of 6 short, informal conversations and 3 pictures. You will have to relate each conversation to the 3 pictures. Task 2 consists of 6 short announcements, with 3 possible answers. In task 3, you will listen to a conversation. You have 6 statements, and you need to answer questions about the interlocutors of that conversation. Finally, in task number 4 you will hear 7 messages, and you must relate them to 10 statements, out of which 3 won't be selected (you must discard them).

3. Written expression (45 minutes)
This writing test, which used to have 3 tasks, is now reduced to just 2. The first text to be written is a letter, between 60 and 70 words. You will have to read what someone writes to you, and answer him or her trough your letter, including everything that is asked in the statement. In the second part you can choose between two different options. Option A is an everyday text, in which you have to write about yourself. Option B is a narrative text, in which you have to talk about events or an anecdote. Here the text should be 70 or 80 words long.

4. Oral expression
It consists of 3 tasks that you will prepare in a preparation room for 12 minutes. Afterwards, you will carry out each of them with the examiner. Task 1 consists of a 2 or 3-minute monologue on a topic, from two options to choose from.
In Task 2 you will choose from 2 pictures. You will prepare a description of the photo you have chosen. Finally, task 3 is related to the previous one. It is an informal conversation between you and the examiner in which you will discuss the chosen photo.

* Between tests 2 and 3 there is a break, so as you can see, it roughly takes about 3 hours.

For further information regarding additional exam dates and the registration process visit our website.

 

News from our school
19/02/2024 by MARGARETE FORTMANN

SPANISH COURSES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL GROUPS IN GRANADA

We already have started our Spanish language programmes for secondary school groups in Granada! 19 students from the Gymnasium Wandlitz in Germany have visited us from 12 to 16.of February 2024.

They combined Spanish lessons in the morning with afternoon activities, such as Flamenco classes, a guided visit to the Sacromonte Museum, a guided visit to The Alhambra and a hiking tour to Monachil Village with our guide Jaime from Sierra & Sol. All students were accommodated in host families near the school.

See you again in summer with the next goup :)

News from our school
24/01/2024 by MARGARETE FORTMANN

SEXUAL DIVERSITY - GENDER DIVERSITY

Escuela Montalbán has received the "Socially Responsible ELE School" accreditation from Fedele Federation of Schools. FEDELE offers its member schools a quality seal called "ELE Socially Responsible School" with the objective of having schools that take care of the environment, schools that promote values and human rights, and socially responsible schools. The conference titled SEXUAL DIVERSITY - GENDER DIVERSITY  is part of our activities in 2024 in order to meet the accreditation objectives. Thank you Fernando Fernández Llebrez for the magnificent conference.

News from our school
07/12/2023 by MARGARETE FORTMANN

CHRISTMAS VACATIONS

Our school ends its Spanish courses on Friday, 22.12.2023. We start again with our Spanish language programme on Monday, 08.01.2024. During the Christmas period, our office is open from Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 14.00 h (except on public feast days).

News from our school
10/11/2023 by Margarete Fortmann

SPANISH COURSES IN GRANADA 2024

Spanish courses in Granada 2023

Our Spanish course programme 2024 is ready!

We are pleased to present you our next year Spanish course programme.

We have actually maintained the prices of our main courses for 2024 with some news and exceptions.

Please find here our new dates and prices for next year!

News from our school
20/10/2023 by MARGARETE FORTMANN

DELE EXAM DATES 2024

DELE EXAMS 2023

The Instituto Cervantes has already published the D.E.L.E. examination dates for 2024!

Would you like to finish your Spanish course in Granada with an official certificate?
Our Spanish language school in Granada is as a member of FEDELE an examination centre for the D.E.L.E. exams. The internationally recognised D.E.L.E. certificates (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) are issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education. The D.E.L.E. exams are organised by FEDELE Spain (National Federation of Spanish Language Schools) through their regional Federations and the Instituto Cervantes.

D.E.L.E. counseling
Our D.E.L.E. exams are taking place on 5 different levels (A2/B1/B2/C1/C2) at our school. An evaluation of the own language level is often difficult. For this reason, we offer an approximately 1,5 hour personal counseling interview with a final level classification. Before you register for the exam, make an appointment with us!

Please check the exam dates 2024 on our website!

News from our school
14/09/2023 by MARGARETE FORTMANN

PRUEBA CCSE 2024

What is the CCSE test?

The test of constitutional and sociocultural knowledge of Spain (PRUEBA CCSE) is an examination test developed by the Cervantes Institute that evaluates, by means of different tasks, the knowledge of the Spanish Constitution and of the Spanish social and cultural reality.

It is one of the requirements established in the laws for the granting of Spanish nationality for residents in Spain,

Through the agreement signed with the Cervantes Institute, our school as a member of FEDELE is a collaborating institution for the examinations.

Candidates can enroll for the exams in 2024 after the 07 of September 2023.

For further information visit our website!


News from our school
17/06/2023 by MARGARETE FORTMANN

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE ELE SCHOOL CERTIFICATE

Due to the major sustainability challenges facing humanity,  the United Nations General Assembly approved the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, an opportunity for all societies to end poverty and embark on a path towards peace, prosperity and opportunities for all.

The 2030 agenda has seventeen goals, ranging from the elimination of poverty to combating climate change, education, women’s equality and environmental protection.

The educational sector has a central role to play in this roadmap, which is both a responsibility and an opportunity to align the goals of language schools with those of equity and sustainability.

At FEDELE (the Federation of Spanish Language Schools in Spain), all  memeber schools understand hat sustainability is an essential tool for leading to a change in the social model, giving priority to solidarity, diversity, equity, rational development, and personal and collective well-being. All schools constitute a key scenario in the environmental field, both because of the environmental impact derived from the activities they carry out and because they must be committed to transmitting and extending among students and employees an environmental culture based on responsibility.

FEDELE offers its member schools a seal of quality called Socially Responsible ELE School with the aim of having schools that care for the environment, schools that promote values and human rights and schools that are socially responsible.

Escuela Montalbañn has obtained the seal SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE ELE SCHOOL in 2023.


 

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