LANGUAGE + CULTURE, SPRING 2016, NEWSLETTER III
Fall semester has come to its end. We wish our students have had an enriching cultural experience studying abroad in Barcelona. These are some of the last activities they have done.
Spanish Mosaics: from Seville to Barcelona
At the CIEE course Catalonia and Spain Through the Arts, students need to do three visual essays, as one of the most important aspects for the art knowledge is observation and visual relation skills. Natalia from University of Scranton chose mosaics. She compared the straight lined, predictive patterns of mosaics such as those found in Sevilla with the ceramic, broken, and seemingly random patterns of Gaudi found across Barcelona.
Joshua from Vanderbilt University did his visual essay about arches comparing their practicality with their aesthetics.
Cultural learning through volunteering
Sara from Vanderbilt University with her group of students at Escola Pía
Sara from St. Catherine University volunteering with middle schoolers
A total of five students from the Language and Culture Program volunteered at a local high school, Escola Pía, as English teacher assistants. They helped local students to improve their English with conversational sessions where they led debates related to the cultural differences between Spain and United States.
Sara from Vanderbilt University commented: “Students are all so engaged in our discussions with topics that range from Spanish politics, music festivals in Barcelona, the upcoming US election, fútbol, traveling the world, and so much more! It has been such a great experience overall, and I would recommend it to anyone!
Sarah from Catherine University said: “The thing that I have liked the best is being able to learn about the culture here in Barcelona through the perspective of students.”
Jasmine from University of Iowa also said: “The students were very welcoming and friendly and I was often surprised at how deep the conversation can go for individuals that I had not known an hour before. I would highly recommend to any incoming students.”
Weekend trip: going south
LC students enjoyed the weekend trip to Sevilla and Córdoba. In Sevilla we visited the cathedral with its famous mudejar tower, La Giralda, we toured the old Jewish center, Santa Cruz neighborhood, and the Reales Alcázares (Royal Palaces) scenario of some Game of Thrones episodes! In Córdoba, apart from visiting the Mosque-Cathedral and the old town, students got to enjoy the local traditional tapas: flamenquín, salmorejo and fried eggplants with honey.