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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Francisco Giner, thinker, educator and promoter of the modernization of Spain (and one of the main founders of the Institución Libre de Enseñanza), this exquisite exhibition highlights the personal trajectory of Francisco Giner de los Ríos and of his main works, the ILE movement.
The exhibition “Giner: The master of modern Spain” runs until Sunday May 22nd. You’ll be able to find out more about Francisco Giner de lo Ríos and ILE. The work and initiatives of this eminent pedagogue are displayed through original documents, photographs, letters, books, objects, and paintings. The exhibition also shows the link to personalities related to the educational renewal and the ILE such as Sorolla, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Federico Garcia Lorca, Santiago Ramon y Cajal, Salvador Dali and Rafael Altamira, among others.
ILE movement was an inspiring cultural movement, in which personalities like Albert Einstein, Ortega y Gasset and Leo Tolstoy, gave lectures. It was a creative contact center for artistic and scientific elites among the European vanguards in the framework of the Student Residence. At present the Student Residence can be visited and has student accommodation (in dormitories) at excellent prices. It is one of the main sites of cultural history in the heart of Madrid, located at Calle del Pinar, 21-23, parallel to Castellana (Telephone: 915 63 64 11). In this Student Residence such as important personalities and figures as Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca met and fostered their friendships. It is a very interesting museum, shop and restaurant to visit and it is open on weekends. You can even have lunch in the old dining room—reservation is recommended (Telephone: 915 61 32 00).
The Free Institution of Education was the main and most significant educational movement in contemporary Spain. It promotes European educational trends and all the contributions from the New School. Within the field of education, The Free Institution of Education develops and promotes freedom in teaching, comprehensive training in all aspects of people’s lives (including co-education, social and moral values, family participation in schools, physical education, music, theater, contact with nature, etc.) and a participative, open, flexible and creative methodology in the classroom.
The kind of education that Francisco Giner de los Ríos prompted and promoted is one of the sources of inspiration for the methodology of American Language Academy, where very small groups of students interact with their teacher to develop and practice their communication skills.
“Classes should be a gathering for a few hours, pleasant, spontaneous, intimate, in which the theoretical and practical exercises, dialogue and explanation, discussion and mutual inquiry alternate freely with rational art” Francisco Giner de los Ríos.
American Language Academy celebrates the effort and work of Giner de los Ríos and we encourage an active, motivating, participative learning environment where learners develop practical communicative skills.
“Break the enormous masses of students, which, by necessity are limited to passively hearing a lecture, or interrogations of memory. In exchange, substitute these classic elements by getting teachers together with close circles of participative students, who think, who talk, who argue and move, and who are, in short, alive” Francisco Giner of Ríos.
In conclusion, we commemorate the important figure of Francisco Giner de los Ríos, by experiencing and celebrating free and creative education.