LIBERAL ARTS, FALL 2015, NEWSLETTER III
Fall semester has come to its end! Liberal Arts students have been very busy in the last month. Here there are some of their activities.
Bon Nadal! Catalan Christmas Market visit
Liberal Arts students visited the traditional Christmas Market: Mercat de Santa LLúcia, where they learned about the Catalan Christmas Traditions. One of the most important is the caga tió, which is a log with a happy face painted on it. These logs bring presents but there is a tradition to get them. First, you need to sing a song and hit the log with a stick. Then, the log will ‘excrete’ presents and candies! Students also learned about the famous caganer (literally a “pooper”) which is a figurine depicted in the act of defecation appearing for the Nativity scene. Many modern caganers represent celebrities and authority figures such as Obama, Messi or Salvador Dalí!
Yummy Chocolate Creations!
Students attended a chocolate workshop at the Chocolate Museum of Barcelona. We had a great time and students enjoyed making different products like chocolate bars, lollipops, or bonbons using various techniques. Students showed their creativity and made Christmas and funny shapes.
English Teaching Assistant Internship
Claire from Occidental College talked about her internship experience as English Teaching Assistant at a 3-K12 school, Escola Montseny. She said: “My experience at Montseny is amazing! The kids are all very sweet and lots of fun. I work with small groups of 7-11 graders talking to them in English so that they can practice their speaking. They're all super excited to practice their English and have a lot of questions about the US, so it's really fun! This experience has helped me get more immersed in the culture because I get to ask them questions about growing up in Barcelona and hear about the differences between here and the US. I've also gotten to learn about what young people here think and know about the US which is really interesting.