Qué Viva España! with Chris Pollard

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Course: Qué Viva España! with Chris Pollard
Tutor: Chris Pollard
Start Date: 13th August 2018
Start Time: 9.30am
End Date: 17th August 2018
End Time: 4.00pm
Res Fee (from): £826.00
Non Res Fee: £270.00 What's included?

This course is designed for those with a good command of Spanish who wish to practise and improve their language skills whilst at the same time being immersed in a week of Spanish culture. There will be guided conversation practice as we grapple with the burning issues of the day and a certain amount of old-fashioned advanced language teaching with the emphasis on broadening your knowledge of vocabulary and idiom. We will talk about and listen to some wonderful Spanish film music as well as watch and discuss a recent feature film (with Spanish sub-titles to aid language absorption and comprehension). We will read and discuss the poetry of Nobel-prize winning poet Octavio Paz and Dulce Chacón's marvellous novel La Voz Dormida about the bravery of women in the Civil War, before watching Benito Zambrano's prize winning adaptation for the cinema. In addition we shall look at the life and work of the brilliant sculptor Pablo Gargallo - a friend and contemporary of Picasso. 

This course is part of Week Two of the Dillington Summer School. Residents arrive for Tea on Sunday 12 August and depart after breakfast on Saturday 18 August. 

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Chris Pollard

Chris Pollard

Chris Pollard is a West Country man. He was educated in Devon and Durham, taught English in Spain and Spanish in Somerset. He has translated and directed for the stage and was a professional actor for three months. He lectures primarily on Hispanic matters and leads historical and cultural tours of Spain as well as leading language classes. In 1990 he set up Pollard Tours which has operated successfully for over 20 years and received plaudits from every quarter.  

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In its commitment to the arts and to broader and even peripheral aspects of culture, Dillington House is a beacon of enlightenment in a world of increasing sameness, mediocrity and uncritical acceptance. And there is much to be said for the home cooking too. I unhesitatingly commend it to all who are still intellectually alert. Brian Sewell