Monday, 16 October 2017

Welcome Ameen!


This year we have a new assistant at our School, his name is Ameen and we feel very lucky to have him in our classes. This is his message to the EP Javeriana:


"Hi everyone! My name is Ameen and I am an English teacher from Miami, Florida. This is my second year living in Madrid and I absolutely love it here. I like cooking, reading, and watching old movies. When I teach, I like to give students the chance to speak as much as possible. I hope the activities that I bring to your class are interesting and relatable, and I am very open to your feedback. I want students to feel comfortable talking to me about anything (in English of course), because I think personal, informal conversations are the best way to practice. These conversations also help me get to know you, so I can tailor my teaching to your interests and needs."

Monday, 25 September 2017

Certify your English level: take a Cambridge exam

Nowadays, certifying your English level is very important to find a job. The EP Javeriana offers the possibility to take the Cambridge Exams through the BEDA Programme. Are you interested?

The first step would be checking your English level

If you are one of our students, once you check your English level, fill in this form with your result. You need to have your javerianaselearning account open.

Take an exam of your level and see the result you get. You can find some exams on the Cambridge ESOL Website selecting your test on the "exams and tests section". Are you ready to take it or do you need to work on it a little bit more? Ask your teacher for some advice!!!

Good luck! And let us know if you are ready…


BEDA team

Thursday, 21 September 2017

We are bilingual!!!


This is a really exciting year for our School: our International Trade Degree is bilingual now and we are also offering two new degrees: Marketing and Publicity and Transport and Logistics.



Welcome to the EP Javeriana!!!

Welcome to this new school year we are ready to smile, create, start new projects, learn and improve together. Would you like to join us?

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Enjoy English this summer!

Summer is a perfect time to enjoy English. Are you travelling abroad? That's great!!! Are you staying in Spain? You can still enjoy English! How? Just think of your favourite things to do and plan to do them in English.

In the EP Javeriana we give you some ideas:

1. Do you like reading? Read in English!!! Here is a website recommended by @MAsuncinEsteso where you can download books according to your English level and you can even download the audiobook.

 English ebooks

2. Do you like watching films/TV series? Why don't you try watching them in English? You can start watching 10 minutes and then increase the time the following days. If it's too difficult for you, try with English subtitles. Which one is your favourite show? How I met your mother? Sherlock?
Game of Thrones?...



3. Do you prefer sports? Here are some apps you can use to learn English though sports 





4. Do you enjoy the news? The BBC has different applications for learning English based on the news. Download their free apps and select the subjects you are interested in. If you do not have too much time we recommend the 6 minute English. Take a look at it!!


Monday, 3 July 2017

Business is fun: Shopping in Madrid

In the EP Javeriana, Business is fun: 5 teams visited different Shopping areas in Madrid and took pictures of the signs they could find in English. The tweeted the information and then analysed the language used. They presented their results to the class. This is Group’s 3 presentation. They visited Serrano and this is what Mario Marín writes about his experience working on the project:


“With the work "Shopping in Madrid" we've learnt that it's very important to have commercials and announcements in English so they can attract and seek the attention of the clients, visitors, tourists, or people who come from abroad. For example the announcement of new season clothes, or a new 50% off on sales... it was a very good experience working on this and surely I'd repeat it!!!”


Business is fun: Online Shop

In the EP Javeriana, Business is fun and we work on different projects during the School year. Online Shop is one of the favourite ones. The different teams launch a new business by developing an online shop. To sell globally, the website needs to be in English, of course!

The group with David Crespo, Nayelly Lara, Leila Maujo and Miguel del Villar launched Wine&Box. This is what David Crespo writes about their project:

"We think that wine is one of the most famous drinks of our country, and we think on that about how we can sell this product in an original package, so in our website you can choose a popular wine, a different type of box, and you can personalize the box and the stickers as you like. I mean, if it's Saint Valentine's Day, you can create your own box personalised or choose a special creation, you can give as a present.

We offer you three different types of wine: red wine, pink wine and white wine. In these three types of wine, you can choose your perfect election with three different prices. High Price, Medium Price and cheap. We adapt to our customers.

In this project, we needed to be a group more than ever in the course, because we wanted a very great work: we needed a great website, but we also needed a great pitch for sell our product on the presentation for the class, and personally, I really enjoy it.

What did we learn?

In this project, we learnt a lot about how difficult is to have a novel idea and put it into operation. First we were thinking about the idea, after that we split for some to make the design of the web in an attractive way, we had to look for various types of wines and boxes, perform a return policy and even a list of frequently asked questions. Finally, we created a slogan to present the brand and look for an attractive way to present our website.

You can visit our website by clicking on the picture:" We hope you like it! 

 Wine&Box





Monday, 26 June 2017

Thank you Cooper!!

Cooper Wilson, from Michigan (USA), was our language assistant this School Year. It has been a pleasure working with him and now, after this intense year, we share lots of memories: our Magic Show at Halloween, the Saint Francis Xavier show, the delicious Christmas cookies he cooked for us, our Solidarity Breakfasts, all the critical thinking activities in the classes, our Business is fun projects, the 3 minute presentations, our Second Year student Graduation…

If you want to find out about what we do in the EP Javeriana, in this video, Cooper tells us about his experience here in really fluent Spanish.

 

Cooper, thank you for your enthusiasm, involvement and work. We will always remember you!!

Monday, 8 May 2017

Compare and contrast: Education System in Estonia

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the Study trip to Tallinn organised by BEDA. It was just a great experience being able to meet Peeter Mehisto and Tuula Asikainen and learn and discuss about the Estonian Education System with the wonderful colleagues from BEDA schools.
But why Estonia? Estonia had the best result in the Pisa Report!!!

When visiting the Schools we could verify how high the communication competences students had in Estonian, Russian and English and it was a pleasure learning about their learning context and analysing the factors that helped them reach this point. I share a infographic I prepared.

Thank you so much BEDA and EP. Javeriana for this fabulous opportunity. It has been an experienced that made me grow professionally and personally.


Monday, 24 April 2017

Presentación Documentación Erasmus 2017-18


Queridos/as alumnos/as:

Después de la reunión informativa del pasado día 20 de abril, os recordamos la información sobre el plazo de inscripción para el próximo Programa Erasmus 2017-18.

Plazo de presentación: ANTES DEL MIÉRCOLES 10 DE MAYO

Lugar: SECRETARÍA

Documentos:
  • CV en Inglés
  • Carta de Motivación en Inglés
  • Garantía Financiera
Estamos a vuestra disposición.

Your Erasmus Team

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Erasmus Internships 2017


In this month of March a total of 4 students from our school have left on their Erasmus Programs to Estonia and Croatia.

Yaiza and Aron are now in Tallin (Estonia) and have already been through their first week of internship. Aron is working in a hostel and Yaiza in a company of International Commerce.
Their arrival was good and we are willing to receive some more news from them!


Alejandra and Noemi arrived to Pozega (Croatia) last week and are starting their internship in a University Laboratory. They were welcomed by their tutors and are sharing an appartment.



If you’d like to be the next Erasmus, come and join us in the Information Meeting that will be held on April 20th at 14.15h. We will let you know about posible destinations and requirements to apply for the Erasmus Grant!


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Are you hungry? Come to Our Restaurant!!

Would you like to run your own restaurant? Come to our Administration Assistant class and you will become an entrepreneur. Will it be formal or casual? Expensive or cheap? Fast-food or sit down style? YOU DECIDE!!! 




Friday, 10 March 2017

Always #likeagirl

Women's day is a very important celebration in the EP Javeriana. Our mediators’ team developed an activity to discuss in different classes. One of the videos they played was #likeagirl… What do you think doing things like a girl means?

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

I have a dream...

Peace day is a very important day at our School. This year Asunción Esteso from EP Xavier proposed to talk about Martin Luther King Jr. and we decided to do an activity in our English classes with Cooper, our native assistant. We watched part of his speech...


And closed our eyes to picture our dream....


If you want to learn more about Martin Luther King you can always watch Selma.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

EP Xavier launches Business is fun: Shopping in Valencia


Good news! When we presented in the teacher’s meet in Galapagar our experience implementing the BEDA Programme, the E.P. Xavier decided to launch some of our Business is fun projects in their classes.  

We were really excited with the idea and started exchanging materials. Asunción Esteso adapted the project with lots of enthusiasm and the Students of the Commercial Activities Degree really got involved in the activity.  The result: a wonderful Shopping in Valencia project.

The challenge: finding out if Valencia’s commercial area is oriented to tourism. The students visited the city centre area taking pictures of the signs they found in different languages and analysed the information afterwards.

Asunción Esteso, the teacher who ran the project, says: “We enjoyed the activity very much. Thanks for sharing it! It is a different approach to English that increases motivation and communication”. You can read a more extensive reflection on her experience on EP. Xavier's blog.

CONGRATULATIONS from E.P. Javeriana to the students that participated in the project and of course, to Asunción for the initiative and for sharing all the materials with us. You did a great job! 

We are just posting a sample of the student’s work but you can read the whole document by clicking on the image. Please do, it is very interesting!!


 "We made this work because we wanted to know if Valencia is a city oriented to tourism. The purpose of this work is to take photos of what we consider shops oriented to tourists. We assess the written signs in different languages. 


Valencia is a very multicultural city, in special it is oriented to northern Europe tourists. The majority of tourists are British, Dutch and Germans, but there are also Japaneses and Italians, so we can find that in most of the shops, English is widely used and we can see some signals written in Italian also. 

Here we have a cardboard where we can see a typical British menu oriented to that kind of tourists, It was located near Plaza la Virgen and it was surprisingly successful.

As you can see in that panel there are mixed words in both languages, Spanish and English so local people and everyone that speaks English can understand what kind of food they are offering.


  

It’s very important to local shops owners to find a way to communicate with those clients because they can mean an important income for their economy in a city oriented to tourism as Valencia. In the last photo as you can see it doesn’t take much effort to write the words “fast food” but it has a powerful impact in people that speak English.

(Alvaro Roca and Raul Fuset)