Summer Spanish Institute
Graduate Course: University of Mary Washington in collaboration with the Universidad de Deusto-Bilbao
Dates: July 8– July 26, 2013
“Experience Spain: Language and Culture in Contemporary Spain”
Length: Three-week course (60 hours).
Tapas afternoon in the Old Quarter
The course is aimed at teachers of Spanish as a foreign language in the U.S.A. and Canada in general, teachers in bilingual, immersion and Spanish-for-native-speakers programs, grades K-12, and Community College teachers.
Course for teachers of Spanish seeking to increase their teaching resources through a dynamic immersion experience in the Spanish social and cultural context. Class activities, which will be practical and academic based content, will be implemented by other out-of-the-classroom activities (visits to landmarks, popular festivals, food tasting tours…) that will allow teachers to get to know the reality of Spanish culture and society at first hand.
Four hours per day Monday through Friday, in the morning. Some cultural and complementary activities will be held in the evening and on weekends.
Bilbao is a modern and metropolitan city, located in the Basque country, a northern province of Spain that borders the Cantabrian Sea to the north and the Pyranees mountains and France to the east/northeast. Although known in the past as the industrial and financial capital of the north, Bilbao is undergoing tremendous changes these days, including the opening of the Guggenheim museum. Today’s Bilbao is bustling, friendly and beautiful. It is big enough to offer all the diversity and advantages of a city, and yet still small enough to be “maneagable.” One can easily walk almost anywhere–from the “Casco Viejo” (Old Town) to the shopping and business district, to the Guggenheim and back across the river to the University. A new metro system connects downtown with the surrounding neighborhoods.
The Universidad de Deusto is a private Catholic university, established and run by the Jesuits. Founded in 1886, UD has become a thoroughly modern university, and prides itself on its participation in numerous international study programs. It is located on the banks of the Ibaizabal river across from the Guggenheim museum. Click here for a slide show about the University of Deusto.
Three-week course, July 8– July 26, 2013. Participants are expected to arrive in Bilbao on July 7, 2013.
Room and Board
Participants will enjoy a single room with a private bathroom in a University Residence Hall. The residence hall is located near the University and has a dining room, a computer room, laundry service, a TV room, and a music room. The price includes full room and board, that is, housing and three daily meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner (Spanish style). Check-in for the residence hall is July 7, 2013.
For information on other possibilities regarding housing and meals, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: “Course for Teachers”) before March 25, 2011. We will do our best to accommodate all petitions depending on availability.
The reception and official welcome, as well as the start of the classes will be on July 9. A representative of the University will meet participants at the residence hall and accompany them to the University venue home of the Spanish Summer Institute.
- To offer teachers the chance to get to know current Spanish culture at first hand, both in and outside the classroom.
- To provide teachers with useful teaching resources and materials for their classes.
- To contribute to the linguistic training of Spanish teachers, with a special emphasis on the natural use of Spanish in daily life.
Contents of the Course
Participants will take sections 1, 2 and 3.
1. Aspects of Spanish Language and its Teaching (30 hours): An in-depth approach to the knowledge and use of the Spanish language through different practical principles and exercises, and the analysis fo their teaching according to distinct methodologies.
2. Multicultural Spain (15 hours): An approach to the knowledge of the Spanish regional variety, characterized by its cross-cultural nature and also of its society by means of dynamic activities in and out of the classroom.
3. Practical Workshop in Spanish (15 hours): TWO options to choose ONE
-Option A: Teaching Resources for the Classroom. Aimed at teachers wishing to explore up-to-date teaching resouces in different formats in order to use them in their classrooms (press, audiovisuals, webb 2.0, etc.).
-Option B: Oral Spanish. Aimed at teachers wishing to improve their own oral competence for a more effective teaching.
- If the participant is not interested in transferring the credits obtained in the Course, the only requirement is their attendance and participation in the classes. The participant will receive an attendance certificate.
- If the participant wishes to transfer the credits obtained in the Course, they will need to submit a final paper. The participant will receive an academic certificate from the Universidad de Deusto and form the University of Mary Washingtonincluding the number of credits and the grade obtained according to the American system (letter grade). The final grade breakdown is the following:
- Participation: 30%
- Assignments: 35%
- Final Presentation: 35%
The University of Deusto will provide all participants who have attended at least a 90 % of the scheduled classes with an attendance certificate and an academic transcript (grades will follow the American grading system).
Total cost of the Course: 1.575 euros. This price includes 60 hours of instruction, the activities mentioned above under “Activities Included in the Price”, full room and board (for three weeks), and medical insurance. The cost of activities not included in the price or additional costs due to special housing and meal arrangements will be paid directly to the University of Deusto.
Cost with no Room and Board: 1000 euros.
- By credit card. Please request a payment form at email@example.com (subject: “Course for Teachers”).
- By check, to “Universidad de Deusto-CIDE”.
Note: The University of Deusto reserves the right to cancel the course if the number of applications does not meet the minimum required. Therefore, UD and UMW encourage participants not to make final travel plans until they receive official notification via email.
The costs of activities not included in the price or additional costs due to special accommodation and meal arrangements will be paid directly to the University of Deusto. A registration fee of $175 will be due to the University of Mary Washington along with all registration materials on April 30, 2011. See link below regarding the application form and mailing address.
Activites Included in the Price
- Welcome reception and orientation. Opening remarks about the University and Bilbao, with practical orientation. First contact with professors (academic advising and information about workshops).
- Guided visit to historical and avant-garde Bilbao: Old Quarter and Ensanche.
- Day visit (including lunch) to San Millán de la Cogolla (La Rioja), birthplace of the Spanish language, located in a region of world renown wines.
- Food tasting tour: pintxos.
- Visit to the Guggenheim Museum: Spain in the context of national and international contemporary art.
- Visit to the Fine Arts Museum of Bilbao.
- Tour along the Way of St. James in Bilbao: History, art and religion.
- Visit to a local school and participate at a roundtalblle on areas such as school academics, curriculum, bi-or-tri-lingual trilingual education, etc.
- Visit to the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona (Sanfermines), internationally renown and famous for Hemingway’s literature. After lunch, visit to the beautiful coastal city of San Sebastian to rest at its wonderful beaches or to visit its picturesque old quarter.
- Visit to Santillana del Mar (Cantabria), medieval town of great architectural interest, and to the museum of Altamira cave, which was declared World Heritage site by UNESCO.
* Not included in the price. Please inquire about special rates during Orientation.
Other Possible Activities (not included in the price)
The following visits and activities are suggested for participants to do on their own:
- Nearby beaches that can easily and quickly be reached by metro: Ereaga, Sopelana and Plentzia.
- Urdaibai, area including the iconic town of Gernika (which inspired Picasso’s monumental painting), Mundaka and Bermeo (typical coastal towns with a long-lasting fishing tradition.
- Castro Urdiales, charming coastal town near Bilbao.
- Santander, famous for the beach of El Sardinero.
- Vitoria, capital city of the Basque Country, whose old quarter is worth a visit.
- Jazz Festival of Vitoria and San Sebastian, for good music lovers wishing to enjoy the performances of first-line jazz players.
- Trips to the multiple festivals and traditional fairs available in nearby picturesque villages.
Participants are responsible for their travel arrangements from their home country to Bilbao. There are several daily flights from the US and Canada to Bilbao via London, Brussels, Madrid, Milan, Paris or Frankfurt.
The amount to be reimbursed will be the amount received by UD, regardless of the $ – € exchange rate at the moment.
100% refund until June 1, 2013.
50% refund from June 10 until the day before the 1st day of the Program.
No refund from the 1st day of the Program on.
To be negotiated individually with the participant.
Click here to download an application form. Registration deadline: April 30, 2013
For more information please contact:
Dr. Jose A. Sainz
University of Mary Washington
Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages
Phone : 540-654-1261, Fax : 540-654-1088
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Information about Bilbao
The following are a series of downloadable brochures about Bilbao and the other neighboring cities in the Basque region.
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