This year, for the first time in the Alameda de Osuna, we have a group of students preparing for the Cambridge: Proficiency exam, the highest level offered by Cambridge English. At this level, students are expected to use English in very sophisticated ways, and many of the exercises we do in class are designed to be challenging, both linguistically and intellectually.

In the exam, the students will have to address diverse subjects in English, and this is reflected in class. So far this year we have worked on topics such as Anthropology, the Environment, Arts and Culture, Psychology and Sociology, as well as increasing their understanding of how the language itself works. My favourite activity to date has been the presentation which each student did about a work of art, describing the context within which it was produced and speaking about some of the techniques used in its creation.

The students are very supportive of each other and face the challenges in the class as a close-knit team, which is helping them to achieve very pleasing results.