Summer Institute for Spanish Teachers (SIST)
July 7 - July 23, 2019

The Institute of Spanish Studies, is pleased to offer its Summer Institute for Spanish Teachers from July 7 to July 23, 2019 in Valencia, Spain.

Participants will spend two weeks living with Spanish families and attending classes (45 contact hours), as well as visiting sites of cultural and historical significance, all the while enjoying interactions with native speakers. At the end of the session we will take a short tour to Madrid, Segovia and Toledo.

Participants may earn three (3) graduate credits. Credits may be obtained from Marywood University

Teachers should check with their Board of Education to make certain that credits will be accepted.

In collaboration with: Marywood

Class Schedule and Course Descriptions:

Classes will be held from 9:00 to 1:30. Three courses will be offered and you may choose between Intermediate Spanish or Upper Intermediate/Advanced Spanish depending on your Spanish level.

Requirements for all classes include attendance and participation in the classes, participation in the cultural activities and visits, some readings and short essays and an exam.

Intermediate level

SIST 203 - Intermediate Spanish

SIST 404 - Spanish Phonetics and Conversation

SIST 444- Spanish Teaching Materials & Methodology

Advanced level

SIST 313 - Upper Intermediate/Advanced Spanish

SIST 404 - Spanish Phonetics and Conversation

SIST 444- Spanish Teaching Materials & Methodology

Teachers should check with their Board of Education to make certain that credits will be accepted.

In collaboration with: Marywood

Housing:

Participants will live with Spanish families in Valencia (one participant per family), where they will have three meals per day, laundry and cleaning once a week and enjoy interaction with native speakers. Our participants have cited the homestay as one of the best aspects of the program. Many of them keep in touch with their host family long after the program.

Participants who will not stay with host families arranged by the program must make arrangements to stay with native Spanish speakers. If the participant is a native Spanish speaker, then this requirement is not necessary. In all cases, the lodging arrangements must be such that there is opportunity to interact with Spaniards on a daily basis.

In collaboration with: Marywood

Costs:

The program cost for 2019: $2400

Marywood University administrative fee for 3 credits: $600.

The program costs include:

  • 3 Courses, 3 graduate credits
  • Room & full board, laundry and cleaning with a Spanish family
  • 3 day tour to Andalucia (Granada and Cordoba)
  • Field trips, cultural activities and excursions
  • Medical insurance through MAPFRE
  • Books

Not included:

  • Air transportation
  • Excess Baggage charges
  • Local Transportation
  • Personal Expenses
  • Optional trips

Teachers should check with their Board of Education to make certain that credits will be accepted.

In collaboration with: Marywood
SUNDAY
JULY 7

Arrival in Valencia
Home stay begins

MONDAY
JULY 8

9:30 Orientation meeting
10:30 - 1:30 Classes (Altered schedule)
Lunch with your host family
5:00 Panoramic bus tour of Valencia
Dinner with your host family

TUESDAY
JULY 9

Classes as scheduled
9:00 - 10:30 - Spanish by level
10:30 - 12:00 - Spanish phonetics and Conversation
12:00 - 1:30 - Spanish Teaching Materials & Methodology
Lunch with your host family
Free afternoon and dinner with your host family

WEDNESDAY
JULY 10

Classes as scheduled
9:00 - 10:30 - Spanish by level
10:30 - 12:00 - Spanish phonetics and Conversation
12:00 - 1:30 - Spanish Teaching Materials & Methodology
Lunch with your host family
5:00 Walking tour of historic Valencia
Dinner with your host family

THURSDAY
JULY 11

Classes as scheduled
9:00 - 10:30 - Spanish by level
10:30 - 12:00 - Spanish phonetics and Conversation
12:00 - 1:30 - Spanish Teaching Materials & Methodology
Lunch with your host family
Free afternoon and dinner with your host family

FRIDAY
JULY 12

Classes as scheduled
9:00 - 10:30 - Spanish by level
10:30 - 12:00 - Spanish phonetics and Conversation
12:00 - 1:30 - Spanish Teaching Materials & Methodology
Lunch with your host family
Free afternoon
9:00 Typical “tapas” dinner

SATURDAY
JULY 13

Full day excursion to Peñiscola
Ask your host family for a pack lunch to eat at the beach or if you want you can have lunch in a beach restaurant.
9:30 Depature for Peñíscola.
Visit to Castillo de Peñíscola. We'll see the interior of the 14th century castle built by the knights Templar, and which later belonged to the Spanish Pope “Papa Luna” and was used in the filming on the movie El Cid.
Afternoon at the beach until 6:00, arrival in Valencia 7:30
Dinner with your host family

SUNDAY
JULY 14
Free day
MONDAY
JULY 15
Classes as scheduled
9:00 - 10:30 - Spanish by level
10:30 - 12:00 - Spanish phonetics and Conversation
12:00 - 1:30 - Spanish Teaching Materials & Methodology
Lunch with your host family
Free afternoon and dinner with your host family
TUESDAY
JULY 16

Classes as scheduled
9:00 - 10:30 - Spanish by level
10:30 - 12:00 - Spanish phonetics and Conversation
12:00 - 1:30 - Spanish Teaching Materials & Methodology
Lunch with your host family
5:00 Excursion to Albufera Lake. A vaste lake and nature preserve. We'll enjoy a boat ride on the lake, see many different species of birds, fish, vegetation and hear about the environmental issues associated with this part of the Valencian region. We'll also visit an authentic Valencia Barraca farmhouse on the lake and see how farmers and their families who worked in fishing and rice cultivation used to live.
Dinner with your host family

WEDNESDAY
JULY 17

Classes as scheduled
9:00 - 10:30 - Spanish by level
10:30 - 12:00 - Spanish phonetics and Conversation
12:00 - 1:30 - Spanish Teaching Materials & Methodology
Lunch with your host family
Free afternoon and dinner with your host family

THURSDAY
JULY 18

Classes as scheduled
9:00 - 10:30 - Spanish by level
10:30 - 12:00 - Spanish phonetics and Conversation
12:00 - 1:30 - Spanish Teaching Materials & Methodology
Lunch with your host family
Free afternoon and dinner with your host family

FRIDAY
JULY 19

Classes, presentations and exams.
2:30 Farewell lunch ¡Paella valenciana! at Restaurante La Clemencia.
Free afternoon and dinner with your host family

SATURDAY
JULY 20

EXCURSION TO MADRID - SEGOVIA - TOLEDO
8:00 Departure by bus from Valencia.
12:00- Arrival in Madrid.
Free time for lunch in Madrid.
Afternoon panoramic tour of Madrid.
Hotel accommodation. Dinner on your own.

SUNDAY
JULY 21

EXCURSION TO MADRID - SEGOVIA - TOLEDO
9:00 Tour to Segovia and Toledo Visit Segovia. Acueducto y Alcázar.
Visit Toledo. Catedral, Alcázar y Judería.
18:00 Arrival in Madrid. Free time for shopping and exploring on your own.
Hotel accommodation. Dinner on your own.

MONDAY
JULY 22

EXCURSION TO MADRID - SEGOVIA - TOLEDO
9:00- Check out of the hotel
Free time to visit Madrid on your own.
16:00-Meet at the Hotel and departure for Valencia.
20:00- Arrival in Valencia
Dinner with your host family

TUESDAY
JULY 23

Returning home

Requirements for Admission:

Courses offered are graduate-level courses.

Participants requesting credits from Marywood University must hold a B.A. degree in Spanish and should be teaching or planning to teach Spanish.

Other participants no requesting Marywood credits can hold a B.A. degree in a discipline other than Spanish must have completed at least two upper-level undergraduate courses in Spanish to be eligible.

Nevertheless, participants at all levels of oral proficiency in Spanish will be eligible.

The goal of the Institute is to offer the opportunity to improve one's ability in all of the language teaching skill areas.

Three (3) credits will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.

Teachers should check with their Board of Education to make certain that credits will be accepted.

In collaboration with: Marywood


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