GREETINGS FROM SEVILLE!
It seems that it was yesterday when Jen, Carli, Anna, Gurkirat and Jennifer, the five TDP students arrived in Seville on a beautiful Monday and now the semester has come to an end. The spring semester has flown but the experiences of the students will remain in their minds for their whole life, hopefully.
The five TDP students have successfully finished their observational and practical time in the school in Seville they have been going to for the entire semester. There, they had the opportunity of doing great friendship with the school staff, and they learned a lot from them, like how the education system works in Spain, the methodology of how to teach in different levels of learning, the fact of how to control a class of young students, etc. TDP students also emphasize how they have learnt the Spanish culture from both the students from the school and the teachers there, which makes a very interesting way to get to know our culture more in-depth.
The core class of this program has been a truly reinforce for the students in their interest of becoming teachers in a non-distant future. The classes of Professor Luis have been a way to get different strategies that our TDP students will use when they become teachers by their own. The core class uses a great methodology and it fosters the teaching of different ways to get a same place: to educate people. The professor records the students while they are teaching in the class and after that he shows these videos at class. This is a very good tool that help the TDP students to see the ins and outs of how they are doing at class, what they are doing and what they need to improve. The five TDP students also reflected on how much they enjoyed the field trip to local schools in Seville, where they could experience first-hand how a bilingual public and private schools work in Seville and the importance that the government in Spain gives to the foreign-languages learning. Another aspect of the core class that was well-received by the TDP students was the visit of a lecturer, which explained about her experience in the field of the education in the last years. Our students found the visit very interesting and they could take some good advices for the future. But no-doubt the part that the TDP students have enjoyed the most was the practicum in the school, where they became professors during four hours a week. For most of our students, it was the very first time they were in front of a class of students trying to make students both to learn and educate. This has been a truly remarkable experience for our five students and now they are more prepared to have their own class in the US.
The students from the TDP program besides the core class (EDUC) have been enrolled in diverse courses that CIEE have in its offering. Many of these courses count with activities out of class where students can take what they are learning and doing in-class and apply to the field. For instance, Carli, Gurkirat, Jen and Jennifer had the opportunity of going to visit the Philology department of the University of Seville with their class of Methodology of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and there they had a session which was centered on the relations and comparisons between the distinct cultures of the participants. The objective was to create intercultural knowledge between future professors; Jennifer went visit the US-Spanish Naval Station placed one-hour far away from Seville as part of the experience to know more about the Spanish culture and what it means in terms of international relationships. Anna and Gurkirat had the opportunity of getting to know some specifics of the Spanish language in their class of Comparative and Contrastive Grammar and they could interact with Spaniards and ask them about many of the expressions we use here in southern Spain.
The spring semester is already finished but we are working in the next ones in order to give our future participants the experience they deserve.
We want to wish all of you a great summertime and hope you can have a good rest and gain energy for the exciting new academic year we all have ahead of us.
All the best,
TDP team: Olga, Sergio and Jorge