Festivals and Holidays. Three times a year, Spanish students and teachers have holidays!

Two weeks at Christmas, another at Easter and during summer, the months of July, August and part of September. There are no classes on the following days either: - 12th October Spanish National Festival. – 1st November, All Saints Day. – 6th December Spanish Constitution Day. – 8th December, Immaculate Conception Day. If there are more holidays your teachers and classmates will tell you.



Oddities. Not everything is done in the way that you are used to in your country. For example, in Spain when you are introduced to people the custom is to give a kiss on each cheek. Another thing that could surprise you is that teachers are usually called “profe” or “seño” or even their Christian name can be used.

Other interesting information. The following places might be of interest to you if you are looking for a place to study or if you want to connect to the internet, do courses or practise your favourite sport. Find out where they are and visit them. * Biblioteca/Library * Ayuntamiento/Town Hall * Casa de Cultura/ Cultural Centre * Casa de la Juventud/ Youth Centre * Polideportivo/ Sports Centre Illustrations by Maya Markulis.



Centre Name: Address: Telephone: Fax: E-mail:

School Life Life at school is based around classes and the playground, the same as in our country. Sometimes we have talks or excursions organised by the teachers to break up the routine.

Vocabulary and useful phrases.
SALUDOS/GREETINGS * Hola/Hello * Adiós/Goodbye * Hasta luego/See you later * Buenos días/Good morning * Hasta mañana/See you tomorrow * Gracias/Thank you

Hello my friend: My name is Sarah. I am 15 and I am English like you. I am from London – have you been there? I came to Spain in 2005 and I know how . difficult it is to leave your family, school and friends as well as arrive in a country where another language is spoken and you do not know anybody. So that you do not feel lonely and lost in the first few days I have had the idea of writing this information pamphlet. I hope it helps you.

The centre timetable is from Monday to Friday from _____ to ______


Important people and places in Secondary School

* ¿Cómo te llamas?/What is your name? * Me llamo/My name is * ¿De dónde eres?/Where are you from? * Soy de /I am from * ¿Cuántos años tienes?/How old are you? * Tengo/I am * ¿Me entiendes?/Do you understand me? * Si/Yes * No/No * Un poco/A little * Más despacio, por favor/More slowly, please * ¿Puedo ir al servicio, por favor?/Can I go to the toilet please?

* Director/Headmaster The Connection Classroom. * Jefe de Estudios/Head of Studies

* Aula/Class * Servicios (Aseos)/Toilets

COSAS DE CLASE/CLASSROOM OBJECTS * Libro/book * Cuaderno/notebook * Diccionario/dictionary * Agenda/agenda * Mochila /rucksack * Chándal/tracksuit

Your new class, the Connection Classroom, is a place where you, together with other boys and girls of different nationalities, can learn Spanish with the help of two teachers. When you start to understand the language you can also attend classes with your group. On the first day you get to know your tutor and classmates. Later you can go to classes like Physical Education or Technology and little by little you can incorporate into other subjects. If all goes well, after six months you can go to all the classes.

* Biblioteca/Library * Tutor/Tutor * Profesor/Teacher * Cafetería/Café * Conserje/Caretaker * Gimnasio/Gymnasium * Secretaría/Secretary * Laboratorio/Laboratory * Aula de Informática/Computer Room * Patio/Playground

ASIGNATURAS/SUBJECTS * Ciencias sociales/Social sciences * Ciencias Naturales/Natural science * Educación Física/Physical education * Tecnología/Tecnology * Música/Music * Matemáticas/Mathematics * Lengua/Language * Actividades de Estudio/Study activities * Religión/Religion * Plástica/Modelling * Física y Química/Physics and Chemistry * Francés/French * Inglés/English