Greetings from Seville
Language and Society Spring´14 semester started last week.
During the orientation, students participated in information sessions, such as Academic environment, Housing, Extra academic activities, Health issues and insurance or Personal safety. Orientation guides helped students take part in different activities (eat tapas at typical Sevillian bars or attending a flamenco show) and they also showed students public transport, gyms, post office... by means of a tour around the city. In addition to these activities, CIEE has organized several optional orientations meetings such as “The Non-Catholic Student Experience”, “The GLBTQ Student Experience”, ” Volunteer”, “Racial Diverstiy”, “Intercambios meeting” or “Seminar Living and Learning in Seville.
During the tour around the city
After five days of orientation, the group began the Intensive session on Monday 20. Students were divided into two levels for the intensive classes. Through this course students will improve their ability to understand written and oral Spanish. This will allow them to be able to face the regular semester courses with more confidence.
Students eating “tapas” in a bar
During the Intensive Session class, students have four out of class activities. Last week, they visited the outdoor market (calle Feria, Jueves...) and had the activity “Getting to know Seville”. This week students are visiting the University and the Casino de la Exposición (Contemporary Art).
Next week the students will start the Regular Session. During this Session, the program will provide an understanding of Spanish culture, through the language. There are several opportunities which the program offers such as “tandem project” (with Spanish students), tutorials, workshops, visits, Seminar on Learning on Living in Seville…The content classes will be held at the Facultad de Filología (University of Seville), very close to the CIEE Study Center. Also, students will take content course through Cursos para Extranjeros and they will be able to meet Spanish students and other foreign students in the University.
At the same time, there are many activities that Students Service department offers: trips, visit to typical places and monuments in Seville, volunteer, “intercambios” meetings… I will explain and list these activities in my next report.