Lisbon 2015 - The pics!
One more yearly Study Trip ended on May 8th and now it is time to share some of the pictures we took during that week. Portuguese wine tasting with a local wine maker, Portuguese food samplying afternoon, Mouraria walk with a Fado singer, Peddy Paper and classes at CIAL. It was a busy week that have certainly contributed to the learning experience of our fellow students!
The primary objective in organising the Study Trips is to offer students a different experience in Portuguese language, in a way that learners can be exposed to at least 8 hours each day to intense use of Portuguese language, be in spoken or written word.
During the morning, the group attended intensive classes at a Portuguese language school and after lunch they usually have some time to prepare homework or study. At the end of the afternoons, we get together to participate in different and stimulating activities that are designed to engage learners to the Portuguese language, its culture and traditions.
When organising the activities, we have to take into account the different levels and needs of each individual and because of that, the learners can expect a varied range of language interaction, guides who are going to speak Portuguese in different paces, others who are going to speak slower, teachers who have accents from the North, South and Lisboa areas, people who are involved in the activities that will address learners in "broken English", mixing Portuguese and English as they speak; all in all, the situations try to mimic the real life, after all, learners need to get used to the different accents, speed, style of spoken language.
Activities are proposed having in mind the linguistic and cultural outcome; as languages reflect people's history and culture, we strongly believe that learners must be in touch with the culture and try to interact with it, negociating meaning, comparing and contrasting relevant aspects of communication and everyday language.
In activities such as the Peddy Paper, when students had to follow direction of a route thruough the centre of Lisbon, the interaction between the learner and the city brings the language to life - Through directions in Portuguese, students had to follow the commands, exploring the lower city in Lisbon, investigating the statues and monuments and negociating meaning. The core objective was to unveal the historical aspects of Lisbon as students learned new words as they went along.
The wine tour was delivered by a professional "enóloga" - in English, an oenologist, or to put it simply, a "wine maker". We learned about the varietites of grapes and how they influence in the final product, we also got some tips on how to evaluate the wine with regards to its colour, aroma and acidity. On the evening, our guide took us to some fine wine bars in Cidade Alta.
The wine tour offered us a chance to different local wines recommended by the enóloga. Students could try, for instances, the famous wine Periquita, the first bottled red wine in Portugal and the most consumed wine in Brazil!
We also took part in a Fado tour through the maze of little, narrow streets of the bairro Mouraria where the Fado music was born. We saw the houses where Severa and Amália Rodrigues were lived and worked and we were accompanied by a professional fado singer who would sing memorable Fado songs every now and then.
The evening was unforgetable - nothing beats a live presentation of Fado in the streets of Mouraria!
As we paused our stroll to hear one more song, the local people would open there windows to admire his beautiful voice! We sure caused a stir in the community!
The Gastronomic tour took us to some of Lisbon quaint bars and eateries, where students could sample some of Lisbon's traditional dishes such as bacalhau com grãos, ameijoas, massa tenra etc.
During these special tours we were able to sample different local food and drinks and also get to know wonderful "hidden" places in Lisbon, such as the Casa do Alentejo (pictured below) where we tried a typical Migas à Alentejanas, an ancient dish from Portugal's alentejo region.
In 2016 we are going to spend a week in the north of Portugal, in the city of Porto and learn about their culture, their dishes, their music tradition and of, course, participate in a specialist Portuguese course!
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