Spanish II & III: Spanish Language, Literature & Culture

Spanish II & III: Spanish Language, Literature & Culture

Spanish II builds upon the basic communication skills mastered in Spanish I. The curriculum emphasizes general aspects of the Spanish language and linguistics, as well as history, culture, literature, and commerce in Spain, to help students develop an appreciation for the cultural and linguistic diversity of Spanish society.

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor, Salamanca, Spain

The course has a required international component abroad, during Fall Break 2016 (Friday, November 18, 2016 thru Saturday, November 26, 2016) in Salamanca, Spain. Salamanca is located in the midwest of Spain, in the autonomous community of Castile-Leon (a two to three hours drive from Madrid and one hour from the Portuguese border).

Objectives

Students will study the Spanish language first-hand through communication, including speaking (oral comprehension), listening, reading, and writing.

In addition, they will acquire a general knowledge of Spanish society and behavior via the study of

  • literary works that collect different characters of Spanish society;
  • historical events that have influenced Spain;
  • Spanish culture, via an overview of the civilization—from its origins to present—as well as art forms that appear throughout the history of Spain;
  • commercial contexts, including the sociocultural environment present in modern Spain and international relations.

 

Itinerary

Day 1

7:00 p.m. - Depart from Philadelphia for Madrid

 

Day 2

Arrive at Barajas Airport in Madrid

Transfer by private bus from Madrid to Salamanca

Orientation and T&E reception

Lunch at Las Carmelitas residence hall

Practical tour of city - ATMs, food, etc.

Registration and placement exam at University of Salamanca

Welcome dinner at Don Mauro restaurant

 

Day 3

Breakfast at Las Carmelitas residence hall

Sightseeing in Salmanca

Lunch and dinner at Las Carmelitas residence hall

Welcome party

 

Day 4

Breakfast at Las Carmelitas residence hall

Spanish immersion classes at University of Salamanca

Culture/literature international component with Profesora Mejias

Lunch at Las Carmelitas residence hall

Tour of city monuments (meet at main entrance)

Lecture on history

Dinner at Las Carmelitas residence hall

FREE TIME

 

Day 5

Breakfast at Las Carmelitas residence hall

Spanish immersion classes at University of Salamanca

Culture/literature international component with Profesora Mejias

Lunch at Las Carmelitas residence hall

Salsa dance lesson

Visit to old University of Salamanca building

Dinner at Las Carmelitas residence hall

Lecture on art

FREE TIME

 

Day 6

Breakfast at Las Carmelitas residence hall

Spanish immersion classes at University of Salamanca

Culture/literature international component with Profesora Mejias

Lunch at Las Carmelitas residence hall

Visit to Museum of Salamanca

Lecture on literature of Spanish authors

Dinner at Residence Hall – Las Carmelitas

FREE TIME

 

Day 7

Breakfast at Las Carmelitas residence hall

Spanish immersion classes at University of Salamanca

Culture/literature international component with Profesora Mejias

Lunch at Las Carmelitas residence hall

Visit to Towers of the Clerecia

Visit to the Art Deco Museum and hot chocolate

Dinner at the Rutas de Tapas

 

Day 8

Breakfast at Las Carmelitas residence hall

Spanish immersion classes at University of Salamanca

Culture/literature international component with Profesora Mejias

Lunch at Las Carmelitas residence hall

Depart Salamanca for Madrid

Tour of Madrid

FREE TIME

 

Day 9

Depart to Barajas Airport in Madrid for return to Philadelphia