The Sights and Sounds of Avenida del Marqués de Corbera

At The Language Corner we feel very lucky to have our English school so close to such a vibrant and fascinating road as Avenida del Marqués de Corbera. It plays a very important role in the life of the La Elipa community and our native English teachers always comment on how much activity there is up and down the length of the road.La Elipa Metro

As well as being the main road through La Elipa the Avenida del Marqués de Corbera hosts some of the most popular social events. If you are from the Ciudad Lineal area you surely must have attended at least one of the Fiesta de Septiembre, Mercadillo Popular de la Artesanía, Carrera Popular, Fiesta de la Bicicleta and Cabalgatas de los Reyes!

Avenida del Marqués de Corbera was recently featured prominently on the RTVE program. It starred amongst other people the famous local band Burning, who themselves reference La Elipa and Avenida del Marqués de Corbera in many of their tunes. Also featured were the Asociación de Vecinos La Nueva Elipa, who we support in their important work in the local area.Dragon La Elipa

Other highlights of Avenida del Marqués de Corbera include the incredibly well-known Dragón of La Elipa and the fantastically friendly bar La Fornia, where you can often find The Language Corner teachers enjoying the great food and ambience. The road is a short distance from other important local sites such as the Cementerio de La Almudena, Fuente del Berro park, the TV tower El Pirulí and the adjoining padel courts.

So as you can see Avenida del Marqués de Corbera is much more than just a road, it’s an authentic piece of Madrid history!

LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS!!

Are you a businessman or businesswoman living in Madrid?
Do you work or would you like to work for an international company?
Would you like to study business, human resources or another professional degree?
Do you hope to get a job in the business field?
Have you always dreamed of working overseas?

The Business English Certificate (BEC) is what you need. The BEC is a Cambridge exam that can qualify your level of proficiency in business English. You will learn things such as how to write formal letters, how to take notes, how to give presentations, how to communicate ideas and you will develop business vocabulary.

This September, why not invest in your future by studying for the Business English Certificate (BEC) at our Language Academy located in Madrid. The Language Corner has a BEC English Class this September. Conveniently located near many business districts in Madrid in postcode 28017. The Language Corner is located at C/ Gandhi, 19.

The Native teachers at our English Academy are happy to help you prepare for the BEC exam, or any other English objectives that you might have.

TLC

Laughter and English Learning

The Language Corner is an English Academy located in Cuidad Lineal, Madrid. Our two language schools are staffed with native English teachers. The teachers have experience in the field of education, but they also have other skills such as: business, theatre, art, dance, maths, science, and more.

Today’s article is about Laughter and Language Learning. Jessica, who is on staff at The Language corner, is a certified Laughter Yoga Instructor and a Laughter Therapist. She has been teaching English in Madrid for the last five years and has found it very common that Spanish students learning English talk about “vergüenza”. Jessica gives Laugher English workshops where she says, “Students are given the opportunity to practice English in a more relaxed and natural manner”.

There are many benefits to learning English with laughter as a tool. Some of these benefits are:

You will find yourself more attentive, more motivated, and more excited to go to class.
The level of interaction between students is higher.
The level of interaction with the teacher is higher.
Laugher is infectious and will have everyone participating.
Your levels of stress and anxiety are much lower while you are laughing.
Classes that include laughter are a lot of fun!

TLC

Cambridge Exams!!

Take your Cambridge Exam with The Language Corner!

There are many advantages to achieving the First Certificate or Advanced Exams, such as improving your English, gaining an internationally recognised qualification and boosting your CV.

The FCE exam is changing in 2022, with the Use of English and Reading sections now together on the same exam, meaning that there will be 4 parts to the exam instead of the current 5 parts. There will be a different focus on the Speaking and Writing sections to bring them up-to-date. Overall the exam will be 30 minutes shorter than the 2021 version.

There are many test centres around Madrid and we can help you find a test centre and a date that are convenient to you. Tests run throughout 2022 so you are not too late to start working towards achieving your qualification this year!

We have classes at both the La Elipa and La Almudena schools, with various classes in the morning and the evening. All classes are with native English teachers.

Ask us about FCE or CAE classes and opportunities to take the exams with The Language Corner.

TLC

POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY

Today is “POEM IN YOUR POCKET” Day!

Poetry is an excellent way to improve your English. Poetry is diverse and allows you to choose from many different topics of interest. There are also endless styles and formats of poetry. Poetry vocabulary varies from simple to complex.
Many poems us repetition, rhyming, and rhythm to help increase your English pronunciation.

Go ahead, choose your favorite poem, in English, and get to reciting!!

The British Council has a great poetry and stories section to practice English, check it out here: Stories and Poems.

If you would like to use poetry in the English learning classroom, our native teachers can help you with that!

Visit or call us
The Language Corner
C/Gandhi, 19 <M> La Almudena <M> Garcia Noblejas
C/Ricardo Ortiz 60 Posterior <M> La Elipa
673 340 106.

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Stereotypes

        

Is this really how Spaniards see Europe ? And do British really believe believe these things?

At the Language Corner we are happy to teach many languages to people of all different nationalities (we have teachers from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, America and students from Spain, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova…) but it is interesting to see what kind of stereotypes exist.

But in an international city like Madrid, do people really believe these things??
Stereotypes or bigotry ?
Stereotype
ˈstɛrɪə(ʊ)tʌɪp,ˈstɪərɪə(ʊ)

A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.
“the stereotype of the woman as the carer”
synonyms: standard/conventional image, received idea, cliché, hackneyed idea, formula

Bigotry
ˈbɪɡətri/
In English the word “bigot” refers to a prejudiced, closed-minded person who is intolerant or hateful toward people of a different group, especially racial or religious.

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Keep Improving Your English This Summer… Don’t Sleep On It!

Keep Improving Your English This Summer… Don’t Sleep On It!
This summer in-between your travel plans you should make time to keep improving your English. Taking an English audio book to listen to while you’re on the beach or something to read on the plane are great ideas to continue learning.

Don’t Sleep On It Inglés Madrid Verano!

At The Language Corner we don’t close during summer so for Intensive English Summer Courses in Madrid look no further! In addition to some regular classes continuing throughout the summer, we have special one week courses of 2 or 3 hours every day. It’s the perfect way to boost your English!

We have adults’ and children’s classes, from Beginner to Advanced, and Cambridge exam preparation (PET, First Certificate, CAE.) Ask us to find out our timetable.
Come and join our native English teachers in La Elipa to make rapid improvements while the rest of Madrid sleeps!

TLC

Our Favourite Irish Bars In Madrid!

Whether you are looking for a quiet bar to relax or somewhere with a bit more life, you can find many excellent Irish bars in Madrid. Most offer interesting English, Irish and World beers. Most have live music, performances or quiz nights in English, and show the best English football. Often the bar staff are native English speakers so you can also use the opportunity to have a conversation with them and practise your speaking skills!

irish flag

Irish Corner – This is the perfect local bar for us in Pueblo Nuevo, as it is a short distance from both the La Elipa and La Almudena schools. The bar is at the corner of Calle Hermanos García Noblejas and Calle Alcalá right next to Ciudad Lineal metro station. They show all the English Premier League football as well as La Liga games and have regular live music in English.

James Joyce – Further along Calle Alcalá is the James Joyce bar, which is always packed for the big sporting events that are shown on the big screens. In particular we recommend going to watch 6 Nations rugby here which includes the English, French and Italian national rugby teams.

Jarritas Irish Pub – This is unlike the other bars we recommend, in that it is very small! This gives it a fantastic authentic Irish atmosphere, with an authentic English speaking landlord!

Triskel Tavern – A favourite of Brits and Americans this is a city centre bar where you are sure to hear English conversations from the customers. Another reason it is one of our favourite Irish bars in Madrid is their open mic music night on Thursdays, where you can often see The Language Corner teachers having a drink, and in particular one of our English teachers singing and playing guitar!

Dubliners – We recommend Dubliners because of their great selection of live music that they tuck into the corner of their city centre bar. The music is a mixture of Spanish and English from the 60s to the present day. It gets busy at the weekend which makes for a great atmosphere with various nationalities mixing together.

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Summer Activities in English around Ciudad Lineal!!

Now that Summer is with us, there’s no better time to enjoy lots of fun activities… in English!

As well as the Summer Intensive Courses in our Ciudad Lineal English academies there are also various activities a short journey away around Marqués de Corbera, Las Ventas and Calle de Alcalá. You can find cinema in English at Cine Renoir by Retiro Park: www.cinesrenoir.com/

There are also outdoor concerts by Rosalía, Dua Lipa and Muse in August.

There are various organised walking tours in English either by the River, in Casa de Campo or in Retiro Park. Closer to Ciudad Lineal there are the nearby Quinta de Los Molinos in Fuente del Berro on the border between Salamanca, Goya and Las Ventas, near to the M-30.

If you enjoy reading there are many organised Book Clubs in Madrid, including one with The Language Corner. This will be running from September so come along to talk with fellow book lovers!

 

Why Conversation Classes?

In our 2 academies in La Elipa and La Almudena the majority of our classes are conversation classes. This is because this is the one area where most of our students tell us they have a weakness.

By and large Spanish children learn English grammar very well at school, but have very little chance to use this in a conversation. By focusing on this area we allow students to gain confidence in spoken English and through this improve their fluency and pronunciation. All our teachers are native English speakers with experience of teaching English in the UK and Spain, and are fully qualified with TEFL Certificates.

We have a flexible timetable with classes from 10am to 10pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday mornings too. Our system means that if you are not able to attend your class then you are able to catch up that class later in the week.

Classes for Adults

We follow a magazine that provides articles on current events and recent topics, which gives the necessary vocabulary to be able to have a conversation on that subject. This is then used for a discussion, either directly with the teacher or between other students in the group. Typical homework is to write about the topic discussed or to practise a particular grammar topic.

There is a maximum of 8 students in the group.

Classes for Children

With the children we follow stimulating course books with a strong focus on the natural world. Children learn a range of useful and practical vocabulary and reinforce their knowledge of grammar with spoken English. The conversational English classes compliment their work at school, enabling them to progress with confidence.

There is a maximum of 6 students in the group.