General Education Summer in Spain and Portugal and Education 370 Practicum in Spain
Fall semester 2014 Assignments:
November 18 Required Meeting HOMEWORK (Deberes):
a. Research and find a name in Spanish that you would like to be called during the program. We will not be speaking English for the most part while we are in Spain, so we want to be able to use Spanish when we talk to each other. Bring your name to the meeting and be ready to introduce yourself. (“Me llamo Lily; encantada de conocerte.”)
If you have not applied for your passport, do so in November or early December. This is very important.
How to apply,
including application form:
If you already have your passport, bring 2 copies of the info page to the meeting (if you have not already turned yours in). Gracias.
Spring semester 2015 Assignments:
January 27 HOMEWORK (Deberes):
a. Choose 2 places within the City of Valencia (not outside of Valencia) you want to visit, from among the sites listed in our itinerary, on our website, or others, and explain why they attract you, what is there about these sites that you want to learn more about or see and why, and give us some info you have found about them. How might these sites have significance for the Spanish, English or History class? En español. Una página. A máquina (typed).
Follow these tips for how to do a good job: Even though you might now be in a Span 101, 102 or 105 class, use your BEST español, and proof-read it several times for accuracy. Try not to look up more than about 8 words to write this, and use the grammar and vocab. that you already know. So keep it simple, and do NOT write it in English first and then translate. That’s very important; translating only adds to the tediousness of the task, and will lead you to use very poor Spanish, and you will not gain in writing facility by doing it that way. Do not write in English and then put into an electronic translator! This not only is plagiarism, but doesn't help you develop your abilities to actually write in Spanish, which is one of the objectives of this assignment. (Besides, really garbled version can result from electronic translators!) Start out completely in Spanish, simple Spanish, brainstorm words you will want to use, make lists of ideas in Spanish, then write. Do not skimp. These assignments COUNT in your grade. You will receive a rubric for how this assignment will be graded. Completing an assignment by doing the minimum required will earn a grade of C; going beyond the minimum requirement and doing a high-quality job will earn higher grades.
We will use these in class to discuss where you want to go, and maybe even change our itinerary to be able to visit places we may not have put on the itinerary. So there is a point behind all of this. Don’t come without this homework for 3 reasons: it counts in your class grade, and you won’t be able to participate in the group discussions we are going to have using the homework, and you won’t have any input into what we do in Spain.
b. Choose any movie in Spanish (see if you can find one from SPAIN) that interests you and watch it. The Library has LOTS. It can have subtitles if you like. Prepare a sheet with the following information (en español):
Title, year, actors.
A list of main events/actions
A list of main characters
A paragraph explaining why you liked or didn't like the ending, or how you would change it. A paragraph, not two lines.
This assignment counts in your Spanish, History and English 400 classes, as well as Practicum II.
c. Think about and plan strategies for the following scenarios that could happen to you in Valencia; the purpose is to prepare you for all possibilities so that you have a plan and can get the most out of all of your experiences. Write a paragraph in English explaining what you will do in these situations, and include several possible ideas for each one, not just one idea for each:
1. What if I get lost in Valencia while going home from the Institute? What if I get lost in the Valencia metro?
2. What if I can’t say what I want to say, because I don’t know a lot of vocabulary?
d. If you have not applied for your passport, do so now. This is very important. If you have your passport, bring 3 copies of the info page to the meeting (if you have not already turned yours in). Really, really, if you have not yet applied for your passport you MUST do so immediately.
e. Contribute some fun facts to our Facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/GenEdSummerAbroadInSpain Make sure to post by the date you will receive. Come prepared to tell us which TWO are the BEST "fun facts" you have seen posted. You will receive a schedule for you to post, but feel free to post MORE facts than this.
about travel/trip cancellation insurance
with your parents and decide if you are going to purchase it.
1. Here is a comparison website to help you: http://www.insuremytrip.com/
2. Here is what you need to know in order to decide if you want to purchase any trip cancellation insurance:
a) You will be covered by the MAPFRE medical insurance plan while in Spain, which is excellent medical, accident, illness and hospitalization coverage. You do not need additional medical coverage. This coverage is included in your program at no additional cost.
c) However, MAPFRE does not contain any trip cancellation coverage, so that is what we are asking you to look into. We strongly recommend that you purchase a basic trip cancellation policy, to cover such unexpected events as cancellation of flights, delays, lost luggage, serious illness that might prevent you from travelling, etc. All of the flights we have arranged are non-refundable, so in the event of some serious issue preventing you from travelling this kind of insurance is very helpful. The comparison website will give you information about policies from different companies so that you and your parents can make a decision about whether to buy it and which to buy.
3. At our Jan. meeting we will want to know if you are purchasing trip cancellation insurance, and we will want to know what company, please. If you decide not to purchase it, that is fine, and we will want to know that also, so that we have a list of who has the insurance and who does not.
4. Purchase the insurance before the March 24 meeting, and bring your
4. Purchase the insurance before the March 24 meeting, and bring your printed confirmation.
g. (Gen Ed program students only): At our meeting, sign up to watch the movie El Cid before the March 12 meeting. Sign up to watch Cities of Light before the April 2 meeting. We'll bring sign-up sheets to the meeting.
h. (Practicum students): Write a
journal entry in which you record your thoughts about the following:
1. What are your expectations regarding your upcoming experience in Spain? What do you think the school will be like, the students, the homestay, the beach?
2. How do you think this experience will be different/beneficial and how might it influence your future differently than a similar experience in the US?
Because of the snow days, these are now the assignments for the March 12 meeting:
(This WAS February 17 HOMEWORK) (Deberes):
a. Think about and plan strategies for the following scenarios that could happen to you in Valencia; the purpose is to prepare you for all possibilities so that you have a plan and can get the most out of all of your experiences. Write a paragraph in English explaining what you will do in these situations, proposing several possibilities for each one:
3. What if I can’t understand what someone is telling me, like my host-mom or the bus driver on the way to the Institute?
4. What if I get sick?
4. Practicum students: What if I miss the school bus in the morning?
b. Complete the "Juego de los amigos compatibles" sheet and bring to the meeting. You must have completed it to participate in the roommate activity at the meeting.
c. Attend the REQUIRED "Risk Management" meeting conducted by Dr. Melanie Marks: Tuesday, March 31, 4:00, Hiner 207. Attendance at this meeting is REQUIRED by the International Affairs Office. You must be on time or your attendance will not count; Dr. Marks will take attendance and if you do not attend, you will not be allowed to study abroad. Make sure to bring with you the following information:
· Your L number
· Parents’ emails
· Parents’ cell phone numbers
· Contact information for an alternate contact.
d. If you have not applied for your passport, do so immediately, or you run the risk of not being able to get on the plane. This is not a joking matter. If you have not yet done so, bring 3 copies of the info page to the meeting. Gracias.
e. If you are interested in a study abroad scholarship, follow the instructions to apply for the Study Abroad Adventure Scholarships before the deadline of February 15.
GEN ED STUDENTS:
e. All Gen Ed students: Start a notebook; make sections with dividers:
1. A section for each class:
i. Class info, handouts, notes, syllabus
Print the syllabi for each of your classes (posted on Canvas)
ii. Homework, etc.
iii. Quizzes, etc.
iv. Diario y preguntas del día
v. Actividades Culturales
2. Cultural info and handouts
3. Travel info and handouts
f. For Spanish or History classes: Write a one-page "Diario" essay in Spanish, following the instructions you will receive. Your task will be to report, react, and analyze. See the rubric that will be used to grade this assignment.
To complete this assignment, attend a campus event or special activity. Examples: Basketball game, guest lecture, a play, Spanish Club meeting, fund-raiser, etc. Choose an event that you would normally attend anyway. Follow the instructions you received during our January meeting carefully and use the grading rubric. This is a practice for your "Diario" assignments that you will have while in Spain, to prepare you for how to do a great job and how to get the highest grades. This assignment will COUNT in your grade.
g. Gen Ed students: Sign up to watch the movie El Cid before the March 12 meeting. Sign up to watch Cities of Light before the April 2 meeting. Sign up sheet is posted on Dr. Holliday's office door (Ruffner 239).
h. Make a similar notebook (SEE ABOVE) to keep your Practicum Journal, Specific Questions, Lesson Plans, as well as cultural info and handouts and travel info.
i. Click around on the Caxton College website and write a journal entry about the aspects of the school that you find most attractive, or exceptional, or different from US schools. What are you most looking forward to? What are you apprehensive about?
Prepare your resume and introduction letter to send to the
principal at Caxton. Type. We
will make corrections and will send electronically to the principals.
We will make corrections and will send electronically to the principals.
Attend at least ONE of these (or another approved cultural activity) and write a "Diario" entry; Report, React, Analyze. This will count in your grade for Spanish, History or Education classes. Here are some great options:
Longwood Festival de Cine:
12 de marzo, 7:00 pm en Wygal: El
secreto de sus ojos Director: Juan
José Campanella (Argentina, 2009)
(Rated R for a rape scene, violent images, some graphic nudity and language)
The story, set in 1999, is told in flashback form. A retired
legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past
unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior -
both of which still haunt him decades later.
24 de marzo, 7:00 pm en Wygal:
Celda 211 Director: Daniel Monzón (España, 2009)
(Rated R for strong violence and language, a graphic scene of self-destructive violence, and for brief nudity)
Juan Oliver wants to make a good impression at his new job as
a prison officer and reports to work a day early, leaving his pregnant wife,
Elena, at home. His destiny is forever changed by this fateful decision, as
during his tour of the prison, an accident occurs that knocks him unconscious.
He is rushed to the empty but visibly haunted walls of cell 211. As this
diversion unfolds, inmates of the high security cell block strategically break
free and hijack the penitentiary. Aware of the violence that is to come, the
prison officers flee, leaving Juan stranded and unconscious in the heart of the
riot. When Juan awakens, he immediately takes stock of the situation; in order
to survive, he must pretend to be a prisoner. Juan develops a dialogue with the
violent leader of the riot, Malamadre, and the two begin a partnership,
Malamadre fully believing that Juan is a new inmate. Negotiations go smoothly
until the rioters take three ETA (the militant Basque separatist organization)
prisoners hostage. When this hits the news, it triggers a stream of prison riots
throughout the country as well as demonstrations in the Basque Country. Juan
quickly realizes that he is on his own as the situation becomes more politicized
and the government gets involved, afraid of potential ramifications in the
Basque community. As the drama heightens, unexpected shifts in character both
within and without the prison occur.
Concurso Iron Chef
2 de abril, 5:30 en la Sala Nance Entradas para estudiantes: $10 por adelantado
Longwood students of Spanish will compete agains French and German students. Each group will prepare dishes from countries of their languages, and will serve to 3 judges: Dr. Tim Pierson, Dr. Melanie Marks, Ms. Joanna Baker. The students will explain their dishes to the attendees in their languages and in English. The judges will make comments and will select one language group as the winner. The audience will also get to dine on all of the same dishes, prepared by the Dining Hall Catering Services. There will also be a silent auction for items donated by area businesses or individuals; you will have the opportunity to bid on and purchase these items. Proceeds from this event benefit Doctors Without Borders. This will be an exciting event!
These are now the assignments for the March 24 meeting:
(These WERE the assignments for March 12 (Deberes):
GEN ED STUDENTS:
a. Pregunta del Día: ¿Cuáles son las características más importantes/interesantes de Longwood? Follow the instructions you received for researching the "Question of the Day" and for writing up the information you find out. You will have a "Pregunta del Día" most days in Spain and the objective is to speak to native Spanish speakers to find out their opinions or their slant on issues, customs, characteristics of their city or current events. You will take notes as you interview people and then write up the information they gave you. For this question, you must try to find Spanish speakers to talk to (you can even use your Spanish professors if they are available) and you will find that everyone you talk to has different views or their own particular slant on the questions. Do not try to write what they say word for word. The idea is to have a conversation, take a few notes and add to your notes as soon as you finish talking to them. Then write up IN YOUR OWN WORDS the information you found, and include a brief description of the people with whom you spoke. Use the detailed instructions and rubric that you received in our Feb. meeting.
b. See the movie El Cid (starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren) before this meeting; it's in English, so at least activate the Spanish subtitles so that you can start getting familiar with some of the voabulary we might use during the course. 4 copies of the DVD are on reserve in the Library; you can check it out for 1 day--so don't wait till the last minute because they might all be checked out. Write up a list (en español) of the main events that take place. Your list should have at least 8 events. Write another list of the main characters. Be ready to tell us what you think of the movie and the events.
c. Print the question sheet NOW, and Watch segments 3, 4 and 5 of the documentary Cities of Light: Moslem Spain before March 24--April 2--segments 3 ("Unity"), 4 ("Division"), and 5 ("Purification"). Print the question sheet and read over it before watching; then answer the questions and be ready to discuss them. Don't wait till the last minute because it might be checked out. Reserve your date on the sign-up sheet.
Journal assignment: Think about how your Valencia homestay experience will provide you with ideas you can use in teaching your future classes. How will this experience give you skills that will be useful as a teacher? How will the homestay experiences and your visits to places in Spain be of use in your teaching?
a. Think about and plan strategies for the following scenarios that could happen to you in Valencia. Write a paragraph in English explaining what you will do in these situations:
5. What if we meet a cute Spanish guy (or girl) in a bar and (s)he wants to take us to another place? There are 3 of us.
6. What if my roommate gets drunk and wants to leave the bar with the cute guy?
7. What if I get really drunk (or if my friend gets really drunk)?
de Amigos Compatibles:
finish the back
of the sheet, identifying people with whom
you get along, based upon your interests, habits and preferences.
At this meeting, plan to sit
with the people you identified. Prepare how you will ask them the
following questions in Spanish (Practicum students can do this in English):
Prepare how you will ask them the following questions in Spanish (Practicum students can do this in English):
1. What classes they will be taking in Spain
2. If they have travelled abroad before
3. Where they live at Longwood, and where their home is
4. What their major is
5. Their phone number and/or email
c. You will receive several info handouts by email before this meeting. Please READ them and be prepared to discuss or ask questions.
Accessing money in Spain; Preparing to Live in Spain; Communication to and from Spain; Conduct and Consequences; Predeparture Travel Info and Packing
d. Make sure that you do not have any “hold flags” so that you can be registered for the courses. ¡¡Muy importante!!
e. Plan to attend the REQUIRED "Risk Management" meeting conducted by Dr. Melanie Marks: Tuesday, March 31, 4:00, Hiner 207. Attendance at this meeting is REQUIRED by the International Affairs Office. You must be on time or your attendance will not count; Dr. Marks will take attendance and if you do not attend, you will not be allowed to study abroad. Make sure to bring with you the following information:
· Your L number
· Parents’ emails
· Parents’ cell phone numbers
· Contact information for an alternate contact.
These are now the assignments for the April 2 meeting:
(This WAS March 24 HOMEWORK (Deberes):
GEN ED STUDENTS:
Watch the documentary Cities of Light: Moslem Spain before this meeting--segments 3 ("Unity"), 4 ("Division"), and 5 ("Purification"). Print the question sheet and read over it before watching; then answer the questions and be ready to discuss them. Don't wait till the last minute because it might be checked out.
Search the internet to find info about Granada and Córdoba, especially the places in these cities we will visit (see the itinerary). Write a journal entry about which places interest you most, and how you might be able to use these sites or activities as a teacher in your future classes.
a. Think about and plan strategies for the following scenarios that could happen to you in Granada or Córdoba. Write paragraphs in English explaining what you will do in these situations, and/or what the consequences will be:
8. What if a group of us is shopping in the tourist district of Granada, and we forget how to get back to the hotel?
9. What if, after shopping and having dinner in the tourist area in Granada, a group of thugs knocks down some in our group and steals a purse and runs? (How can I avoid this in the first place?) (What do we do if it does happen?)
10. What if some of us gets drunk and is disruptive during the trip to Córdoba? What if the hotel manager has to wake up the professors to report disruptive behavior disturbing other guests?
b. Plan to attend the REQUIRED "Risk Management" meeting conducted by Dr. Melanie Marks: Tuesday, March 31, 4:00, Hiner 207. Attendance at this meeting is REQUIRED by the International Affairs Office. You must be on time or your attendance will not count; Dr. Marks will take attendance and if you do not attend, you will not be allowed to study abroad. Make sure to bring with you the following information:
· Your L number
· Parents’ emails
· Parents’ cell phone numbers
· Contact information for an alternate contact.
c. Talk at least 4 times to the people people you identified as roommates during the last meeting, so that you can be beginning to get to know each other now, before you go.
d. Make sure that you do not have any “hold flags” so that you can be registered for the courses. ¡¡Muy importante!! Please do not be the one who causes us to have to register you more than once because of hold flags.
e. Go to this website:
and complete your emergency contact info (parents' phones, emails, cellphones) before April 2. It only takes 5 minutes to finish. Type contact info carefully--if you give incorrect numbers or emails, your contacts will not receive any notifications. Double-check what you type! When it asks for the last name of your faculty leader, write GOETZHOLLIDAY (all one word) --It only has room for one. This info is required by Longwood and by Dr. Marks, and must be completed super-accurately and on time!
f. Bring to the meeting: your Travel Insurance info if you have not yet brought it.
*Make sure to remove all hold flags so the department chairs can register you for the classes (you don’t register yourself for these)
*Make huge efforts to do well in your prerequisite Spanish or other classes so that you are eligible to take the classes in Spain
These are now the assignments for the new April 14 meeting:
(These WERE assignments for April 2):
a. Compose a letter in Spanish to your host family. Introduce yourself, tell a little about your family, your studies, or whatever you think appropriate. Express your feelings about meeting them soon and being in Spain. It should be most of a page. It should be typed. If not typed, it must be extremely neat and pleasing to read. If possible, include a picture of you and your family or you and your friends. Or just you! During our class we will share the letters in groups and advise each other on any corrections necessary. Remember the tips for doing a good job! After working on the corrections, you will turn them in again, and we will mail them.
b. Think about and plan strategies for the following scenarios that could happen to you in Valencia, Granada, Córdoba or Segovia:
11. Write a paragraph in English explaining what you will do:
--What if I lose my passport while in Valencia? What if I lose it in Granada? What if I lose it the day before returning to the US (in Segovia)?
12. What do I say when I meet my host mom for the first time? Plan and write your "dialog" EN ESPAÑOL for that moment. Then practice saying it! Be prepared to act this out during the meeting.
13. Plan your strategy for buying a 10-ride bus ticket ("bonobús"). Write a "dialog" EN ESPAÑOL for you and the clerk, and practice saying it!
c. Be getting to know your new roomie(s)! Contact them/him/her at least several times before the April 17 meeting to do something together.
GEN ED STUDENTS:
Think about the following topic, take notes, and begin to formulate your opinion about it. By the April 16 meeting, you will discuss your position in a 400-word blog entry on the Gen Ed Summer Abroad 2015 Blog. For now, you are going to begin learning about the topic and start formulating your ideas. Take notes and be prepared to share your ideas in the meeting. We will want to see your notes (you get a grade for this part of your info-gathering). Here's your topic:
"English Only" movement: Research the "English Only" movement in the United States and formulate an opinion about it. Take notes from reliable sources and talk to others. During the April 3 meeting, we will ask you what you have learned about it, and you may discuss it in groups. We will also ask you where you got your info and will ask to see your notes. Be prepared to share your ideas. Then, see the assignment for the April 17 meeting so you will understand where you are going with this assignment and discussion.
Write a journal entry: What do you most especially want to get out of your experiences in Spain? Professionally? Personally?
These are assignments for the April 16 meeting:
GEN ED STUDENTS:
a. "English Only" movement: Research the "English Only" movement in the United States and formulate an opinion about it. Write a brief article (400 words) in which you argue your position for or against this movement. Be convincing. Post your article on our Blog (instructions below). Your written article will be used to begin discussions in the classes abroad as well as in a research survey. In addition, during the April 16 meeting we will have a debate and your participation in this debate will count as a quiz grade in the Spanish, English and History classes, so be prepared to argue your position. You can write in English and we'll debate in English.
"English Only" Blog assignment: Sign up for the blog (see instructions below), and make a post in the "English Only" category. You'll write 400 words, perhaps 3 or 4 good paragraphs. Do a great job because this blog is a PUBLIC document and the entire world is watching! This assignment counts as a quiz in Spanish, English and History classes.
To sign up for the General Education in Spain Blog:
-Go to http://blogs.longwood.edu/ and sign in with your Lancernet id and password
-After signing in, type the url of your class blog: http://blogs.longwood.edu/spain2015/ and on the right hand side click on "Add Me" button
-To create a post, click on "Site Admin" link to go to the
Dashboard (admin site of the blog) and click on "Posts>Add New "
Here are some guidelines for using Blogs:
Longwood University: http://www.longwood.edu/assets/pr/SocialMediaGuidelines.pdf
Ball State University: http://cms.bsu.edu/About/AdministrativeOffices/UMC/WhatWeDo/Web/WebPolicies/SocialMedia/Guidance/PostingTips.aspx
b. Buy your books NOW for English 400, History 100 or 484 and/or Spanish 201, 202 or 302.
c. Choose TWO of these required meeting dates for Spanish 201, 202 or 302, put them on your calendar and make sure to attend. These are your FIRST TWO class meetings for your Spanish class, and you must attend. There are no "make-ups" other than the listed dates. At these class meetings, we will explain the course requirements, the course schedule of classes while in Spain, how and why we will have class together every day for half of the class time and then we will separate into classes by level for half of the class time, what we will be doing in each segment of the class and how to do well in the class. Also at these meetings, we will begin the GRAMMAR lessons and grammar review, so that you are prepared before we go, and you will have what you need to keep up with what grammar and speaking activities are being covered each day. Before this meeting, it is a good idea to have the textbook: For Spanish 201, Plazas will be required. You will not be using "Quia" or "iLrn" during this class, but you do need the textbook (you can share with someone else in the class if you like). If you already have access to Quia or iLrn, that's even better, but if you do not, that's fine. For Spanish 202, you will use Más. We have several copies of this book to lend students. For Spanish 302, you will not need a textbook. Here are the First and Second Class Meeting dates to choose from; CHOOSE TWO:
First class meeting; CHOOSE ONE: Friday, April 17 at 2:00 or 3:00 or 4:00 OR Friday, April 24 at 2:00 or 3:00 places TBA;
Second class meeting; CHOOSE ONE: Monday, April 27 at 2:00; -Tuesday, April 28 at 2:00 or- Wednesday, April 29 at 2:00 or 3:00. Places TBA.
Go through the Practicum Manual and set up a plan for all of your requirements. Be familiar with the questions you will be researching at the school.
a. Revise your letter to your host family (en español). It should be typed. If not typed, it must be extremely neat and pleasing to read. Address an envelope very neatly with your host family's address and your return address. We will provide postage and we will mail these after our meeting.
Example for how to write an address in Spain:
(or your host mom's name!)
b. Complete the annonymous survey we will send you regarding your participation in this program. It will only take you a few minutes to complete it.
c. Allergies, Medical issues: If you have listed any meds, allergies, medical conditions on your Health Form, we will contact some of you to come speak to one or the other of us about your meds, allergies, etc., just to make sure we have your correct info and that you know how to handle your situation. If we don't contact you and you want to speak to us about your conditions, please let us know. If you have medical conditions that you did not list on your Health Form that could impact how you are while abroad, please let us know right away. Your medical information is confidential and will only be shared with medical personnel as needed.
You should register
yourself even though we will register the group.
Go to this site and create your account and enter your info. Make
sure to GIVE PERMISSION for the US Embassy or Government to contact your parents
if needed. Do this BEFORE our April 17 meeting. Everyone must be
registered by then.
Go to this site and create your account and enter your info. Make sure to GIVE PERMISSION for the US Embassy or Government to contact your parents if needed. Do this BEFORE our April 17 meeting. Everyone must be registered by then.
e. Find the Institute of Spanish Studies on a map of Valencia: Calle El Bachiller, 13; 46010 Valencia.
f. Find your homestay on a map of Valencia. Try to see how you would get to the Institute from your homestay.
g. Be getting to know your new roomie(s)! Contact them/him/her at least several times before the April 16 meeting to do something together.
May 13 Deberes:
(We will have a class meeting in the gate area as we wait for our flight at the Richmond Airport. We will go over this homework in small groups and each group will report back to one of the professors. Bring your homework in your carry-on.)
a. Explore these Spanish newspaper websites and choose at least THREE articles that you find interesting. You may not expect to understand everything you read, but skim it, look for cognates, get a general idea of what it is about. Do this during the last week before we go, so that you have fairly up-to-date news. Then write summaries in your own words, in English if you prefer (but in Spanish if you feel capable--those who will be in Spanish 202 and 302 should feel capable!), about a 1/2 page for each article. You will turn these in at the airport and will share your news items with the group, so that we all know something about what is going on in Spain. Here are the newspapers:
Periódicos nacionales: El País El Mundo ABC Periódicos de Valencia: Las Provincias Levante
b. Find your homestay on a map of Valencia. Try to see how you would get to the Institute from your homestay. (Gen Ed AND Practicum students)
c. Find the Plaza del Ayuntamiento on a map of Valencia and plan how to get from there to your homestay. That is where our Friday walking tour will end and you will need to go home from there. Plan the phrases you will need to ask your host mom/dad for the "Pregunta del Día" on Friday afternoon: "¿Cómo llego a casa desde la Plaza del Ayuntamiento?”
d. Find the Plaza de la Virgen (behind the Cathedral) on a map of Valencia and plan how to get there to meet the group on Monday for our Tapas dinner. Be ready to tell us how you plan to get there.
e. Be getting to know your new roomie(s)! Contact them/him/her at least several times leaving to do something together and to get to know each other.
f. Buy your books NOW for English 400, History 100 or 484 and/or Spanish 201, 202 or 302. Check CANVAS for History and English assignments to have ready by May 13 (readings, videos, etc.)! You will receive Spanish assignments during your 2 required Spanish classes in April.
g. Become familiar with the requirements for Diarios and Pregunta del Día, and with the rubrics for scoring your work: Pregunta del Día rubric Diario rubric. Practice your writing skills in Spanish so that you are prepared to write about your activities, reactions, and interpretations.
h. Plan how to get along really well with your host mom/dad/family. They like to hear about what you're doing each day, or about your family and activities or interests at home. So plan some discussion topics you can use at dinner time, and practice talking about "what we did today" or "what we plan to do tonight or tomorrow". Write a sample monologue in which you tell them about your fictional day, and practice SAYING it (1/2 page, en español). Bring your written version to the airport, and be ready to role play. Then it will be easier to put it into practice in Valencia.
j. Pack according to the instructions and baggage limits. You may check only ONE suitcase to Spain, in addition to your carryon items, and there are size and weight limits for checked luggage as well as for carryons, so WEIGH your suitcase AND carryon items before leaving for the airport.
Remember to bring your course materials, textbooks and notebook with handouts and information; practicum students, bring notebooks for taking notes during excursions, notebooks for notes during your work, although you will be typing your journal entries and answers to the specific questions in the handbook and emailing them to me.
Bring these last homework assignments in your carry-on to discuss as we wait in the gate area.
Here are the relevant and important info sheets for packing and other last-minute tasks:
Packing Info and List Flight info and baggage limits Last Checklist Before Departure
Bring: Several copies of your Practicum Contact info sheet with Emergency Info or Gen Ed Contact Info Sheet with Emergency Info
Several copies of your passport copy of the homestay list
copies of Gen Ed Itinerary or Practicum Itinerary
General Education Summer in Spain Program Website