Language exchange activities are a central part of Spanish language courses offered at the CIEE Barcelona study center and are one of the most popular out of class activities. As a requirement for their Spanish course, students must attend at least one language exchange activity. In addition, students can attend additional sessions or start a one-to-one exchange on their own.
Language exchange activities take part in a popular bar close to our study center, where a group of CIEE students and local students meet to spend two hours in a relaxed environment. CIEE students must complete a written assignment for their Spanish course with information gathered during the exchange session. This assignment is designed to help students discover Spanish and Catalan culture through interaction with local university students.
Our evaluation of this activity is highly positive. From a pedagogical point of view, language exchange helps students develop not only their linguistic skills (speaking, listening and writing), but also their intercultural competence. Besides, due to its festive atmosphere, language exchange becomes a fun way of learning the language.
-Pedro Gras, Director of Linguistic Services