GREETINGS FROM SEVILLA!
In this last message I would like to inform you about some of the Academic and Non-Academic highlights of the program.
- CRL offered two more workshops, “Past” and the “The Subjunctive”. Again, theses workshops were taught by tutors who are taking the “Curso de Formación para Profesores de Español como L2” and they also were supervised by a language professor. Some students take advantage of these activities which are highly recommended by language professors.
- “Grammar and Composition” class had a 90 minutes "sevillanas" class. Feria has been one of the conversation topics, so this was a great opportunity to "live" culture outside the class. They learned the basic knowledge about this dance.
- Language Skills and Conversation class organized two more “Proyecto Tándem” activities with Spanish students from “Instituto de Idiomas”. The third activity dealt with TV in both cultures. The group did a comparison of Spanish TV vs. US TV. The last Tandem activity was an out of the classroom activity. They visited Aracena and the National Park around the area, and this trip gave them the opportunity to practice the foreign language outside of the classroom in a more informal setting. The activity had two parts: First, in Aracena, they walked up the 12th century castle, and had some time to enjoy the downtown (City Hall, and different churches). During the second part, they went up to the mountains of Aroche National Park, and had lunch at one of its magnificent view points. Students enjoyed their free time here, and explored nature.
In the same class, the group has been working on two projects, outside of the classroom:
- Each student did a presentation on their "intercambio" and the best times they had shared with them. It was mandatory to meet at least 3 times through the semester, but most of them have met regularly. They all agreed that it was a great experience, and shared great pictures.
- Students worked in groups on a short video project, where they had to finish the story from a short movie we had previously seen in class (Diez minutos). They shot in different places (CIEE Study Center, University, the streets), and the results were amazing: they showed originality, and excellent acting skills, while having fun using the language.
Also, the content course organized some activities such as:
- In the “Gastronomy of Spain” class, students watched the film “Como agua para Chocolate”. This activity linked with the class “Products and new world cuisine”. The group also had a practical lesson, “Wine Tasting” which was linked with the lesson “Mediterranean cuisine: bread and wine”.
- “Culture and Civilization” class visited the “Hospital de la Caridad” as a part of the “Golden Age”: The Baroque epoch” class.
Also Students Service continued to offer several weekly activities in which Language and Society students participated. These activities were tips to Aracena, Ronda and Sierra Norte of Seville, cooking classes, XXI century´s Seville: grafitis tour, “wine tasting with your intercambio”. Students Services also recommended some interesting and recommended activities which were offered in the city such as cinema, theater or dancing performance, market of Belenes in Christmas.
During the last week, students took both CIEE and Cursos para Extranjeros final exams. Also, students completed 100% of courses/professors and program evaluations. I feel their feedback will be positive and they help us to improve some aspects offered in the program.
Last Thursday, Language and Society had a farewell get together in the bar “Sur” where we had the opportunity to share the last day of the program.
I hope that it has been an unforgettable experience for all of them.
Please do not hesitate to get in contact with me if you need anything or have any doubts.