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Spanish language students take part in the paella contest at the harbour of Valencia
Students of Spanish language schools in Valencia cook paellas at the harbour
Therefore, Spanish language schools in Valencia do not only offer language clases but also a lot of freetime activities every day, like a visit to the old town, to the movies or lectures. These activities give the students the opportunity to get familiar with Spanish culture and to practise Spanish at the same time.
Last week, the students could experience Valencian culture firsthand: they participated in a paella contest nearby the harbour, which by itself is one of the great attractions of Valencia. Shortly before Fallas, the famous spring festival of Valencia, one can find more and more of these concursos de paellas.
The paella is a rice dish typical for the Valencian community in the East of Spain and therefore forms an important part of Valencian culture. Traditionally, it is made over an open fire in a so-called paellera, a pan of steel or iron.
At the beginning of the contest, the participants prepared the fires and the ingredients for the paella. After the initiation of the competition, one could see all possible kinds of paellas over the log fires: the paella valenciana, made of chicken, rabbit and duck or paellas with different kinds of seafood. The judging panel tried every paella to choose the winner of the contest.
In the end it didn’t matter who had won the competition:
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Since 1995 the language school Costa de Valencia has focused on teaching Spanish to non-native speakers. This language school, which is situated in the heart of Valencia, is a Centro Acreditado of the Instituto Cervantes and a member of many associations.
The teaching material, which is used during the lessons, is worked out by a team of well-versed teachers. One of the most important aspects of teaching in this school is the individual involvement of every single student. This way every student has the possibility to speak very much during the language course. Furthermore, both managers place big value the quality of the language lessons and a broadly diversified leisure programme.