For many students, orientation is synonymous with long lectures and information packs, but here at the Barcelona study center, we take full advantage of the city at our finger tips. Anthony (Williams College), Oshan (Elon Univeristy), Connor (Colby College), Tina (University of California), Charisse (Eckerd College) and Ana (Tufts University) all enjoyed a sunny day after Spanish class on the private bus tour around the city.
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Anirudha (Georgetown University) led his team to win the scavenger hunt of the Mercat de Concepció, built in 1888 in the center of Barcelona in the Eixample district. It takes up an entire block area and students in the Intermediate Spanish class had one hour to complete their scavenger hunt. The field trips in every Spanish course offer insights into different aspects of Spanish and Catalonian culture. Fieldtrips attempt to cover three dimensions of culture: (i) the organization of the city (streets, buildings, neighborhoods, monuments, etc.), (ii) everyday life (bars, restaurants, local markets, etc.) and (iii) official culture (history, arts, politics, etc.) After their visit students must complete a written assignment with information gathered during the field-trip plus readings previously distributed in class.
Before our CIEE classes begun last week, we held a teacher workshop for all of our new professors as well as our more experienced professors in order to have the chance to not only remind everyone of CIEE’s mission and vision, but also to address particular issues or concerns that may arise in the classrooms. Hot topics were technology in the classroom and grading in the US compared to Spain. Resident Directors from all programs were present, and professors took advantage of the workshop to discuss ideas and get advice from their colleagues.