ESADE-Executive Language Center is located in a nice residential area of Barcelona and belongs to the ESADE Foundation, a well-known international academic institution (with Business and Law Faculties) with over fifty years of history. ESADE offers Spanish courses with a wide variety of cultural lectures and activities.
We spoke to school ESADE-ELC Spanish Public Courses Manager Delia Castro to find out more about ESADE and how it feels to be part of IALC.
Q: Hello Delia, when did you join IALC and why?
We started out on 2007 knowing IALC is an association of top quality private schools. Juan Manuel Sampere informed us about the IALC activities. It’s a pleasure for us to join IALC.
Q: How does it feel to be part of this exclusive global community of quality language schools?
It is a pleasure for us at ESADE to be able to count on the support of an association such as IALC: dynamic , with academic rigour and professional. We have been able to appreciate the warmth and spirit of collaboration between the institutions that are members.
Q: How is 2012 going for you and how does it compare with last year?
2012 has been a difficult year for language schools in Spain because of the serious effects caused by the crisis. 2013 is likely to be a challenge, and as such we must face it in the best way possible. We must center all our efforts on transforming the numerous difficulties into opportunities by offering quality and effectiveness with creativity.
Q: ESADE-Executive Language Center was established in 1965 and the Spanish Department was set up in 1978. How have things changed at the school since then?
Originally created as a small section within the Language School, the Spanish Department grew over time – both in the range of programmes we offer as well as faculty – to become a benchmark for teaching Spanish in Barcelona. We are an associate Center of the Instituto Cervantes and our Department offers the DELE exam and the CEMS (Community European Management Schools) courses and exams.
Q: What are your main aims for ESADE-ELC?
To make every effort to ensure our students achieve their goals, in an effective and enjoyable way.
Q: Where do the majority of your students come from?
The top nationalities changes but last year we received students from a number of nationalities: German, Norwegian, American, Russian, Britain, Italian, Japanese, French, among others.
Q: What are your most popular student activities?
There are many of them they love: exchange activities with groups learning other languages, wine tasting, wineries visits, concerts, dance and theatrical improvisation workshops…
Q: Moving on to you, which is your own favourite travel destination?
I love travelling but it is difficult for me to single out one destination. In each place I visit, I try to keep open eyes, ears, and mind! for learning other ways of life and other forms of perceive the world.
Q: Your favourite pastime?
Enjoy a nice meal with the family or friends, talking about interesting subjects and listening to good music. And another one: dancing, I think it brings me joy and helps me in managing stress.
Q: Your favourite meal?
I have many, because Spain is like the paradise of food! It is very difficult to choose only one meal, because each region has delicious dishes. My argentine taste has a choice: the empanadas, an argentine typical meal. They are like small pies filled with ground beef, onions, olives and hard-boiled egg. I love to cook them too, following my grandmother’s receipt, pastry included.
Q: Your dream dinner guest(s)?
The first guest would be José Antonio Marina, a Spanish philosopher. I love his ideas and the way he communicates them in books and conferences. He enlightens our minds! The second one would be Javier Marías, a Spanish writer who I admire. I can deeply feel the sensations and thoughts of their characters through the precision and sensitivity he bless the language with. He was professor at the Oxford University and is also a member of the Royal Spanish Academie. The third guest would be Juan Diego Flórez, a Peruvian tenor, a great present for our ears.
If it were a dinner joined also with characters of the past, then: Lou Rawls and Mercedes Sosa, two lovely voices to hear for hours.
Q: Finally, what would you say are the main benefits of learning Spanish at ESADE?
Our students reach their goals with the effective help of highly qualified teachers in enjoyable classes. They enriched their backgrounds and develop their professional and social net within an international and privileged environment.
ESADE-ELC offers courses in General Spanish and Spanish for professionals with an exciting socio-cultural programme. The Executive Language Center belongs to the ESADE Business School, one of the top ten international management schools.