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2 posts from April 2016

04/06/2016

ADVANCED LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2016, ISSUE II

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At mid-semester this spring, the students are incorporating in the Spanish university life. The students, little by little, have been able to adapt to the new system, the process was a challenge, but they are doing well.

CLASS ACTIVITY

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We were the first! Last March, 17th a group of ALA students visited El Palacio de las Dueñas.It was the first time that this palace was opened to visitors. The group of students enrolled in language course SPAN4101 had one out-of-class activity to this monument. The Palace of the Dukes of Alba currently belongs to the House of Alba. It was built in the late 15th century in the Renaissance style with Gothic and Moorish influences. The poet Antonio Machado (Seville, 1875-Colliure, 1939) was born here. Machado is one of the most important Spanish poets, his verses about his childhood remember this palace: the light, the sound, the fountain, and the lemon tree.

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Mi infancia son recuerdos de un patio de Sevilla

Y un huerto claro donde madura el limonero.

Antonio Machado. Campos de Castilla, 1912

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Esta luz de Sevilla…Es el palacio

Donde nací, con su rumor de fuente.

Antonio Machado. Poesía Completas, 1925

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ACADEMICS

Last week we finished our individual student meetings, where we discussed their academic improvement, their progress towards achieving their initial goals, their living situation, etc. It was a great opportunity to share over coffee concerns and issues that may arise while they are in Seville. Along the same line we had our Pizza & Info session (which is considered our second orientation meeting) where important points for students taking courses at both of our universities were addressed. We discussed exam policies and advice for taking exams at Spanish University, virtual services at US and UPO (web, blackboard, intelligent cards, email accounts...), libraries...etc. Once again, it was a nice chance to talk with ALA students while having pizza.

CULTURAL REIMBURSMENT

The students are travelling in Spain and doing cultural activities with the Cultural Reimbursement program. This program requires students to post some comments and pictures about their experience on ALA FACEBOOK.  Some of our students have already obtained their Cultural Reimbursement. They enjoyed different activities and cities: Barcelona, Ronda, football, theater, etc.

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CIEE FLAMENCO SHOWROOM

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The Student Services Team organized a very imaginative proposal: our CIEE community (some staff members, our host families, house mothers, friends, etc) brought their Flamenco outfits (shoes, dresses, accessories, etc) for this second hand market before our Feria de Abril.

We are sure, one more Feria, our students will be very elegant!

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04/04/2016

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND CULTURE, NEWSLETTER, SPRING 2016, ISSUE II

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GREETINGS FROM SEVILLE!

We have recently passed the halfway point in the Seville IBC program…Semana Santa celebrations are now a thing of the past and the city is preparing itself for its next celebration: La feria de abril.  Students, in turn, have completed their midterm exams and are in the homestretch with regards to completion of their spring semester in Seville.

Getting involved

Students are more acclimated to their new living environment and have shared with me their comings and goings…their daily workout at the local gym, walks along the Guadalquivir River, ballet classes at a neighborhood studio, volunteering at a local primary school in the English classroom, etc.  Quite a few students are volunteering at the Portacelli Primary School, assisting teachers with students´ English lessons.

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Learning and Growing

Learning that takes place outside of the classroom is just as important as learning in the classroom!  For this reason, CIEE offers a wealth of activities to complement students´ course work from visits to the medieval castles in the surrounding area, visits to Seville´s Gothic Cathedral, exploration of the city of Cádiz (one of the oldest cities in Western Europe) and many more. 

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Practicing D.I.E. (Describing, Interpreting, Evaluating)

The overnight excursion to Northern Morocco continues to be not only the highlight of the semester, but also one of the most impactful and insightful learning experiences for students in the IBC Program.  While students are encouraged to put D.I.E. into practice during their interactions with the local host culture, they are specifically asked to do this while in Morocco.

While pictures speak a thousand words, a video speaks even more!  Pablo Gil, one of CIEE Seville´s Student Services staff created a video of one of the student groups experience during their trip to Northern Morocco.

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