Exchange Conversation for Accommodation in Spain’s “Pueblo Inglés”
Vaughan Systems, a language school with offices in Madrid, Barcelona and Granada specialises in helping professionals whose first language is Spanish to improve their conversational English by isolating them for seven days with a group of English speakers.
Madrid, Spain (PRWEB) October 21, 2005
For the last four years, over 4,000 people have participated in the unique English language immersion program known as Pueblo Ingles, or "Englishtown." Three venues, a 16th century abandoned village, a plush country-style hotel and a modern four-star rural complex, play host to a non-stop seven-day intensive conversation project.
English native speakers from all over the world come to learn about Spain and Spanish culture. In return for their time and input, their full boarding and lodging is covered by the programme. The Spaniards, meanwhile, get to improve their fluency in the quickest, most intensive manner possible on earth. Both groups prosper, exchanging culture, conversation, knowledge and friendship during a very special week.
Vaughan Systems, a language school with offices in Madrid, Barcelona and Granada specialises in helping professionals whose first language is Spanish to improve their conversational English by isolating them for seven days with a group of English speakers. The Spanish speakers pay, the English speakers stay free – they just have to live up to their name and speak English to the Spanish speakers, morning, noon, and night, through meals, excursions and dedicated “talking time.”
Throw in a mix of activities such as conversations, scenic walks, games, meals plus Spanish music and dancing, and somewhere along the way the Spaniards find themselves blabbing away in English without having to stop, think and translate.
The idea was so innovative that it won the “Best Awards 2003” prize in Spain. It has earned rave reviews in the media, with travel guides plus major publications and TV stations such as CNN, the Irish Times and the Chicago Tribune all enthusing about the program. A site in Italy has been identified and soon, the same innovative program will be available in Tuscany. These villages have been the subject on dozens of travel message boards, each buzzing about a deal that seems almost “too good to be true.” Yet there is no hidden catch.
The lure is easy – English-speakers chat, play, walk and wine and dine with Spaniards against the beautiful backdrop of the local countryside, while Vaughan Systems picks up the tab for their stay.
Multinational clients such as Microsoft, Vodafone, Deloitte and Accenture send scores of Spanish executives to these villages as they find it to be the ideal solution to their needs. In short, it’s a rapid, intense way to get their top directors speaking English.
Over the years, Pueblo Ingles has attracted ‘Anglo’ volunteers from all walks of life: concert pianists, writers, CEO’s, social workers, backpackers, geologists, wandering musicians and students. They come from a wide range of ages, from 18 to 80 and, invariably, look back on it as having been one of the best, most enriching experiences of their lives.
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