Analysis of the Second LTT SPAIN

Swot Analyses

As we can see in the table -according to the participants (teachers and students) in the Mallorca meeting- the final achievement of the project's goals is generaly positive, 77,9% of the participants totally agree with the verified items, and 17,24% of them agree with them. Only 4,13% fully desagree (that means only one participant), and 0,68% desagree. We can consider that the requested activities were well organized and they fulfilled the initial objectives.

As for the LTT Activities most of the participants agree or fully agree with them, 50,34% and 46,20%, respectively. Only 3,44% disagree and anyone fully disagree. This shows a full integration into the host country, a more than adequate use of the language and contact with the culture.

As for the accommodation, at the rental houses and families (teachers and students, respectively) the most of the participants agree (64,82%). The communication is a more complicated issue, although most participants have no trouble communicating with their families and mates from the other countries.

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EMATE, Spain Language Week Meeting Report

The second LTT meeting for the E-Mate project took place in Son Servera, Mallorca, at IES Puig de Sa Font from the 8th to the 12th of March 2017. The meeting was organized by the Spanish coordinator from December '16 on, and all4 the LTT activities were successful. The coordinator of the Spanish team started making the phone calls and thinking of how everything could be organized and what activities could be done to practice the conversations with the help of the app, which is being created as a final product for the E-Mate project. A meeting to coordinate all the tasks took place on the 8th of February, during our twenty-minute break, as we have been given no time to coordinate our project. Only three of the five projects were presented, specifically those that would not be going on the trip. The tasks that had to be done were distributed amongst the partners who attended the meeting: preparing the Power Points and the activities that would take place during the visits to the different places in Mallorca. As all the members were not able to attend the meeting, the coordinator decided to start organizing the arrival of the different teams. The students' accommodation and stay was organized in March: we knew that there would not be enough E-Mate students to accommodate all the participants from the other visiting countries. For that reason, the students from the coordinator's assigned tutorial class –as well as the students that are participating in the other Erasmus (Action) that is organized by our secondary school– were asked for help. We had an amazing response and we ended up having more volunteer host students than visiting participants. The host students from the coordinator's class who originally did not want to travel had such a good experience that they decided that they would continue participating in the project. The teachers' accommodation was extremely easy to organize, as the coordinator has a friend who deals with vacacional renting, and so we rented out two houses near the village that happened to be vacant on the dates we needed. Therefore, as there were 12 of us teachers, we had to rent 2 houses, one for 6 teachers, one for 8. As the coordinator, she does not live in the same village where she works, and there were two empty spaces in the houses, it was decided that, for practical reasons, it would be better that she stayed with the Erasmus colleagues for the week. For mobility purposes, three cars were rented so, along with the coordinator's own car, we were free to move around. Everything went well during the visit. The previous week the coordinator had phoned all the restaurants and places that would be visited, to confirm the reservations that had already been made months before. The different teams got to Palma de Mallorca airport on Sunday, the 7th of May. The Majorcan students gave them a warm welcome. During the weekly meetings, the presents and welcome banner were prepared, as well as other activities (translating and recording the Spanish and Catalan expressions, preparing the visit to Frankenthal...). The welcome banner read: “Welcome to Mallorca”, sentence chosen by the students. The presents were: a rucksack with the Erasmus + E-Mate logo; the flier with the timetable of the different activities that would take place during the week: a notebook with the information explained in Catalan, Spanish and English of the different places we would be visiting, the different traditions of the island and the different typical Majorcan dishes; a bag with “confits, peladilles and bubotes,” typical Easter desserts; a badge with the Erasmus + E-Mate logo; a pencil that was given to us by the “Escola de Mallorquí” (School of Majorcan); a typical scarf that is worn during the Sant Antoni festivities and the biscuits kids usually have as a snack (“Quelitas”) with chocolate.

 The teachers were given a rose, a typical present that is given the day of Saint George (Sant Jordi). Both teachers and students were given a welcome card that had been made by our students with a lot of love.

We all got on the bus that took us to Son Servera. The meeting point to begin all the activities, during school hours or otherwise, was always our secondary school. All the families and the woman from the rent-a-car met us there. When all the students had left with the host families and the teachers had

organized all the paperwork needed for the cars, we went to the houses where we would spend our week. When we got there, dinner was ready: it had been cooked by a new colleague who had recently become part of the E-Mate team and by the coordinator. Both of them had also finished preparing the presents for the teachers: as well as the rucksack containing the same items as the students’ rucksacks, there was a folder with the Erasmus + E-Mate logo, a book about the history of the Balearic Islands in the form of a comic and a basket made of “llatra” (Mediterranean dwarf palm), typical in the North-East area of Mallorca. On Monday, everybody participated in the official tour of the school. the director and the head of studies did a great presentation, with a Power Point, and the different presents from the host and visiting countries were exchanged. Afterwards, the 48 participants took the bus and went to Palma, Capital of the island. There we had typical Majorcan pie (quarto) with ice-cream. Then we went for a walk around the historical city center and had lunch. During this time the students and teachers practiced the language, asking for different things in the shops while using the E-Mate app. At 4 p.m. We had booked a visit to the Seu de Mallorca, the Cathedral. Initially the visit was supposed to be guided, but the person who organized the reservations strongly suggested a non-guided tour, which would be much better due to the multilingual nature and age group of our team. That same evening, in the big house, the welcome dinner for the teachers took place. The director and head of studies also came as well as the coordinator, who was with the participants the whole time. The theme of the dinner was Majorcan cuisine: sobrassada, caragols, coques, pa amb oli, formatge... and pastís de pobre as a dessert. The Italian team also brought delicious desserts. On the 9th of May, we took the bus early from school and we went to the Colònia de Sant Jordi, departure point for the boats that sail to Cabrera (a small island) and also a protected natural park. The students practiced the conversations in Catalan and Spanish, with the help of the app, amongst themselves. On Wednesday the 10th of May, we went to the oldest market in Mallorca, Sineu, a village situated in the center of the island. There all the participants practiced the conversations with the app and some of the most daring ones, without it. 

The teachers dared to ask for a coffee at the bar in Catalan, we have proof! That same Wednesday evening we had arranged to go to the Costitx planetarium. There was a slight misunderstanding regarding this excursion: the planetarium management cancelled our reservation by mistake. Thankfully, the situation was sorted out, and we were able to start our visit with nearly an hour of delay. It was in English and even though it was very interesting, not everybody enjoyed it: mainly, because it was cloudy. For this reason, we weren’t able to see the stars.

 Thursday at 10 a.m. we had reserved the visit to the Caves of Drach, in Porto Cristo, Mallorca. Because of its formations of marès stone, it has many caves, some of them half submerged. These caves can be visited, and they are only a small part of the biggest cave in Europe. Everybody enjoyed it immensely: they were impressed. At 12 o’clock we were back at the school, and ready to play “frisbee.” The Compensatory Education Department and the Physical Education Department had prepared everything for us: first the elaboration of the frisbee and then different activities that tested our skills target practice, balance... While these activities were taking place, the Son Servera local TV interviewed us. We told them what the project consists of and what we had been doing during the week. The people interviewed were the coordinator and the Spanish teachers from the schools in Isèrnia and Saint-Etienne. The coordinator of the project was not able to speak because there was no time to translate from English to Catalan, as the interview was to be aired that same evening and Son Servera TV is a small TV with few resources. That evening we had the farewell dinner. All the host families, parents, older and younger siblings, etc. were invited. Everybody brought something to eat and the 'Erasmus+ E-Mate Mallorca got the drinks. The location was idyllic: the Esglèsia Nova (New Church) of Son Servera. It is a half-finished church, completely open, which is used for different events, from weddings to plays and concerts. Thanks to a colleague from our secondary school, who is also part of the local government in Son Servera (in charge of culture), we had the privilege of being able to use such an emblematic village location. The local “ball de bot” dance group (typical Majorcan dancing) were going to come, but it was not possible.

The last day, Friday the 12th of May at 9 a.m. we went to the Town Hall, were the mayor offered us an official reception in the assembly hall. She was extremely friendly to us, and there was also an exchange of presents. After this ceremony, most of the participants put on their cycling helmets and set off towards the castle at Punta de n’Amer. The ones who did not want to ride a bike went by car. We took advantage of the food and drink that had been left over from dinner the previous evening and had it after all the hard work. Some of the participants in the exchange left Friday afternoon, some on Saturday (morning or afternoon) and the last left on Sunday night; it all depended on the return flights that were available. All the outings have included conversation activities and practicing with the app, even though, as to be expected, the main language of communication was English. Catalan and Spanish have been present at all times and, those who were willing to learn some, did so. This, of course –as when learning any language– depends on each person’s disposition. The weather during the week was a help: not too cold and not too hot. Only Wednesday night was a disappointment, as we were not able to see the stars at the observatory, because there were clouds. For the host families and their children, it has been a great experience. They were able, for a couple of days, to have a new member in their family, who we hope will be part of their lives for a very long time, especially as new technologies allow great and easy communication nowadays. All the parents thanked the coordinator, for having been able to participate in the experience. In conclusion, we can say that the whole experience went extremely well. Even though the coordinator has not had the support she hoped for from her team (especially those who travelled to Turkey and Germany, expected to have helped the most) or from the school management, she started working with time to spare, so it all went well.