Expanish: New Trends in the Intercultural Exchange
By Alejandra Livschitz
EXPANISH: The New Way to Learn a Language
Gone are the days of classrooms, grammar exercises and text books, these days the newest way to learn a language is to experience it – literally. Imagine learning indoor rock climbing from your language teacher, dancing or juggling in another language.
Buenos Aires-based Expanish is at the forefront of this new wave. Their Spanish language programs in Argentina include activities such as scuba diving, rock climbing, photography, tango lessons, theatre workshops, and even the flying trapeze. They also include extensive language lessons, hand picked accommodation, gym and yoga passes and your own mobile phone (among other things).
Managing Director, Agustin Vignale says: "We have decided to nurture our Spanish Programs with the philosophy of 'Learning by Doing'. Our service is designed around the belief that getting your hands dirty through activities beyond the classroom is the best path to learning, fluency and enjoyment."
And Argentina seems like the best place to do it right now according to the latest news.
Yesterday the Tourism Secretariat of Argentina announced that there has been a 20% increase in international tourists so far this year.
The sub secretariat, Daniel Aguilera, explained "This increase in tourists shows that tourism continues to be one of the most dynamic sectors of the Argentine economy. There are few places in the world that can offer the same variety of cultural and tourist attractions as Argentina."
The Association of Language Travel Organisations (ALTO) has also released figures which show that 61% of the tourists who come to Buenos Aires to study Spanish are between the ages of 19 and 30. This has created a need for new and dynamic language courses. Which is why the Expanish courses have been created by, and are managed by young people who have experienced the challenge of learning a language in a foreign country.
Vignale explains, "Everything we do is deeply rooted in personal experience. Nearly everyone in our team has gone through the experience of either studying abroad or immersing themselves in other cultures and so, our Spanish programs, workshops and services are based on how we ourselves would like to study and experience a language".
What this boils down to is the personal touch which Expanish brings to each student's experience. A welcome pack with maps, phone cards, subway tickets and personal recommendations about which pub, club, supermarket is best, is given on arrival in country. The bi-lingual staff are always available to give advice and help. And they will be happy to have a beer with you, take you to parties and just be there if you need them to.
The way to book, via their website (www.expanish.com), is clear, easy and most importantly in English. It takes less than ten minutes to book and confirm your trip. All the options that are on offer are explained as well as extra options such as volunteering at local charities – a service which, unlike most companies, they don't charge an extra fee.
Expanish also has an extensive network of schools throughout South America. You can study in Argentina, Chile or Ecuador in locations as diverse as cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, stunning Bariloche or cultural Quito. And if you can't decide which country to choose Expanish will create a package including two or even three countries for you to visit.
Expanish is new, completely different and becoming one of the best ways to enjoy learning Spanish…and juggling…and rock climbing!
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact the Expanish bi-lingual press department on 0054 11 4821 3055 or 0054 9 5847 7424. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Author
My name is Alejandra Livschitz, currently in charge of the development of our Intercultural Activities. I am the head of the Long Distance Learning and Cultural departments of Expanish, an organisation dedicated to teaching the Spanish Language to non-native speakers that choose to travel to South America to gain knowledge of the Spanish tongue, a project based on the idea that there is a need to promote an understanding of other cultures, languages and customs in a globalized world. This is why we have created Language and Culture courses tailor made for students that want to get a head-start on studying foreign languages and cultures that are outside the normal high school curriculum.
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