Danya Sherman (George Washington University) rearranges the seating, as Summer L&C students celebrate the start of Session I of their program at the Center for Cultural Initiatives of the University of Seville (CICUS).
Greetings from Seville,
Session I of CIEE Seville's Summer Language & Culture program ended last Friday, June 17th after four very intense weeks of academic work, intercultural learning, leisure and travel for the 61 students the joined us.
We're certain that all students enrolled in the courses Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Spanish Language have made significant progress regarding their language skills, as stated by the professors of these courses, Rocío Martínez, Marga Jiménez and Luis Recio, all of which have been very highly evaluated by their students.
Students enrolled in the course Culture and Cuisine in Spain, taught in Spanish by professor Ángel de Quinta, have not only participated in a number of tastings but have also visited places of historical significance, such as Seville's Antiquarium, under Plaza de la Encarnación, in order to understand culinary and nourishing habits of the past that tell us so much about the daily life of Sevillians from other times as well as about their changing historical contexts.
The course Flamenco in Andalusia: Culture, Language, Music, and Dance, our one academic offering in English taught by professor Jaime Trancoso, kept students busy both in class, with theretical and practical sessions as well as with visits to Flamenco performances and studios such as the dance school of Matilde Coral or the Peña Flamenca Torres Macarena, for a sample of soleá, seguiriya and alegrías dancing.
Marian Mikho (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), Meghan Paradise (Pennsylvania State University) and Brittany Smith (The University of Texas at Austin) of the Flamenco in Andalusia: Culture, Language, Music, and Dance enjoy churros on their way to visit some prominent flamenco studios.
Last, but certainly not least, students of the course The Camino de Santiago: Historical Roots and Contemporary Significance, a course also taught by professor Salvador Parra in Spanish, did succeed in visiting as scheduled the tomb of the apostle in Santiago de Compostela's cathedral, after almost a whole week of walking the northern cornice of Spain and learning along one of the world's oldest human routes. Before flying to the north of the country, they sampled the Way by walking a portion of the Ruta de la Plata, which starts at Seville's Cathedral and guides the pilgrims through signs on the floor. Juan Ramos, president of Via de la Plata Camino, guided the class during the tour and explained the historical, cultural and religious significance of the pilgrimage.
Together with a large variety of culture and leisure activities, offered on a daily basis by our Student Services' department, all students enjoyed a day trip to the city of Córdoba, famous for its Mezquita-Catedral, and an overnight trip to Granada to visit the palace of the Alhambra, the neighborhoods of Albaicín and Realejo and the tombs of Isabel and Ferdinand inside its cathedral.
Students cross the Roman bridge in Córdoba with the Mezquita-Catedral behind them.
Students also participated in a three day Intercultural Comparative Experience trip to the cities of Lisbon or Barcelona, which further expanded their knowledge of life on the Iberian peninsula.
We're glad that many of our Session I students are staying with us for Session II. Classes started today again with the incorporation of 37 new students, whom we hope will also make the most of their time abroad.
Best regards from the academic team of the Summer L&C program, Olga Merino, Helena Andrés and Óscar Ceballos.