This program is designed for Spanish teachers for the purposes of professional development in Spanish language and Spanish history and art. Registrants in the Program may participate for a minimum of three weeks, or a maximum of four weeks. The program highlights language immersion, a truly intensive Spanish language experience, achieved in a variety of ways via a multifacted approach to language learning. Class size is set at a maximim of 4 students per class. The program also includes many out-of-class activities which reinforce the natural immersion experience.
What follows is an outline of the Program’s principle components:
One Spanish Conversation class with a maximum of 4 students. Students are placed based on their level of proficiency. This class meets for two hours every day over the course of three weeks (M-F) or four weeks. Although this is a Spanish Conversation class, grammar and syntactical elements will be targeted in exercises and conversation. Class length: 2 hours
Spanish History and Art class. Class length: 90 minutes
Each program participant will also have two one-hour one-on-one sessions per week with a program instructor. Thus, in a three week program, each program participant will have 6 additional hours of individualized instruction. If they are here for four weeks, then they receive 8 additional hours of individualized instruction.
The group will meet two evenings per week with program faculty for a tapas tour. The idea is to socialize over “tapas,” and drinks, in Spanish naturally, as Spaniards do. So, in a three-week program, that means 6 group tapas tours. For 4 weeks, 8 tours.
One night/Two days in Madrid (Walking tour of Old Madrid, Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofía, Group meal.)
Two one-day excursions (El Escorial/Valle de los Caídos; Palacio Real de la Granja de San Ildefonso/Real Fábrica de Cristales.)
One optional, albeit free, hike in the Guadarrama Mountain Range.
Roman Aqueduct, Alcázar (Palace/Castole), Cathedral, Romanesque tour, Medieval Jewish Quarter, Alameda y Muralla, Casa de la Moneda.)
The group will have its farewell dinner at the famous Segovian restaurant, Cándido, with host señora and program faculty.
To earn academic credits (2 classes for 6 total credits), there is an additional cost of $300.00 for the issuance of a transcript. The transcript request must be paid in advance of the start of the program.
Students who are not earning credits, will be issued a CEHS Program Certificate certifying the successful completion of the program, and the classes taken.
For Program Dates, Deadlines and Prices, please go to “How do I Apply?/Applications/Program Prices.” The price does not include airfare, which is to be arranged by the student. All students, when signing the program application, expressly indicate that they possess health insurance that will cover them while abroad.