Our new Spanish assistant arrived in January 2015. She'll be with us until the end of May. Her name is Elena Martin and she is a student in Universidad Autonoma in Madrid. She studies education and arts there. She is currently a fourth year student. While in our school she will teach Spanish to classes and assist with art lessons.
Our Italian Language Assistant Marina Brunetti!
During 2013-2014 we hosted our third Comenius language assistant. Marina Brunetti was our first Italian language assistant. Marina hailed from Rome in Italy. She was a graduate of the University of Rome with a degree in Russian and English. She taught Italian to all classes from second to sixth in the school.
Spanish in C.B.S.
Spanish Comenius Language Assistants
At Scoil Mhuire na mBráithre, CBS Primary, Tralee, we hosted our second Comenius Assistant last year 2012-2013.Miguel de Cabo Riveiro came to teach with us having just qualified as a teacher in his native Spain. Miguel hails from Galicia, which is an autonomous community in northwest Spain. He added greatly to the Spanish language activities in the school and built on the solid foundation Raquel had left us with. He left us with a greater understanding of the many regional variations in Spain. In particular he gave us a better understanding of his own region with its distinctive culture, language, food and festivals.
Raquel Santiago Orejas spent six months as a Comenius Assistant at our school during the academic year 2011-2012. During that time she introduced Spanish language and culture to the students. She brought a “real life” dimension to European culture throughout the school. Raquel was a qualified PE teacher and while she was here she improved her English language skills and her understanding of Irish culture. Almost immediately we could see and hear her influence around the school.
There were now many Spanish signs visible in the school and there’s a sense that we are learning about different cultures and languages. This initiative is great opportunity for our pupils to learn some conversational Spanish from a native speaker. Hopefully this opportunity will foster in the pupils a better understanding of our European neighbours and give them a positive experience of learning a new language.
Both of our assistants came to us through the Comenius assistantship programme. These Comenius assistantships are a part of an EU wide project to foster understanding of language and culture across Europe. This scheme gives everyone, both pupils and teachers, an opportunity to develop their understanding of European language and culture, and through their experiences they will come to value diversity and develop their European citizenship. This scheme has proved to a very successful and positive experience for everyone in our school. Next year we hope to continue our involvement with the scheme and further develop our links with Europe.