Engaging Hispanic Culture: Spanish Immersion Abroad 2023
- Location: Mexico
- Dates: TBD
- Cost: To be announced
High school immersion students who have successfully completed SPAN 300 will be immersed in the life and culture of Mexico.
In this three-week intensive course, which is taught onsite by a Calvin professor at the collaborating host institution in Mérida, México, students enrolled in the program for high school immersion students who have successfully completed SPAN 300 will be immersed in the life and culture of Mexico. Students live with host families and attend lecture and discussion classes focusing on aspects of Mexican culture and history. Particular attention will be placed on how history and culture inform important social systems such as the economy, political structures, education and health. Students also participate in excursions to important historical and cultural sites and attend religious and cultural events. Student learning objectives are to 1) improve oral and written proficiency in the Spanish language, 2) increase understanding of various cultural and religious phenomena of Mexico and particularly the city of the host university, and 3) grow in personal maturity and awareness of cultural differences. Students keep a journal with personal observations on culture and on their own experiences. Evaluation is based on satisfactory achievement of course goals, including participation in course activities, and is assessed via a vocabulary journal, reflection papers, cultural reports based on interviews and observations, and a final oral presentation.
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