Beach Volley, kayak routes, hiking, themed parties and cultural day-trips to the main cities in Andalusia, among the extra-curricular activities that have been programmed by Escuela de Idiomas Nerja for summer of 2013. The Andalusian centre has planned a complete and rich out-of-school event programme, which is the most suitable complement to the most academic Spanish learning process. The aim of these socio-cultural activities is strengthening and improving the use of the Spanish language inside a relaxed and recreational atmosphere, away from the four walls of a traditional classroom.
From may, soft weather and high temperatures allow the arrangement of weekly Beach-volley matches between teachers and students inBurrianaBeach. The School has at its disposal a couple of courts in front of the sea where students can do exercise and, at the same time, they practice Spanish and meet other students in a relaxed and informal context. Besides, may is also the month when kayak routes start. The students, paddling in individual kayaks, go across the Nerja coastline, seeing with their own eyes, and very close, the typical Mediterranean whole plant and animal life richness.
On the other hand, the hiking route to the Nerja’s Cahorros started in the summer of 2012. Its extraordinary success has encouraged the teachers to include it in the extra-curricular activity programme for 2013. It is a walking route, medium-difficulty, of about three hours long, with an imposing end: the natural fresh water Cahorros cascade, a place that all students choose to have a bath and take a photo that shows their climb’s success.
The themed parties (hippies, pirates Indians and cowboys…) with prices to the best costumes (every fifteen days in Nerja’s hot spot) and weekly day-trips to Málaga, Sevilla,Granadaand Córdoba are some of the activities that are planned by the School’s Management Team. His director, Francisco Dueñas, stands out that “learning a language must go further than the classroom itself” and that with the help of extra-curricular events it is possible to know more typical aspects of the Spanish culture, not only its language. Dueñas points out that the atmosphere inside activities is more relaxed than in a formal classroom and, therefore, communicative interaction can take place in a much funnier, less formal way.