Summer in Spain

Iberian Language and Culture Summer Program 2017

Sevilla & Salamanca, Spain
May 12 - June 27, 2017

¡Bienvenidos a España! In this program, you can experience immersion in Spanish language and culture in two of the most vibrant cities of Spain: Seville (3 weeks) and Salamanca (3 weeks). Seville was once the largest city in all of Spain, a key city of Islamic Al-Andalus and of medieval Castile, and later the primary port which connected Spain with its American colonies. Even today the culture and the language spoken in the city recall those connections. Many aspects of the culture of Seville are among the most celebrated of Spain, such as Flamenco dance/music, bullfighting, and tapas. In contrast, Salamanca is the "Oxford" or "Cambridge" of the Hispanic world. The Universidad de Salamanca was founded in the year 1218 and retains a worldwide reputation in Spanish language teaching and Hispanic studies. Its 40,000 Spanish, European and Latin American students make Salamanca a very young city with a wide offering of cultural activities (theater, concerts, art exhibitions, local festivals). Salamanca is noted for its active social life, which remains centered on its famous Plaza Mayor.

Dates

  • Friday May 12: Program begins in Madrid.
  • Saturday May 13-Saturday June 3: Three-week stay in Seville.
  • Saturday June 3-Saturday June 24: Three-week stay in Salamanca.
  • Saturday June 24-Sunday June 25: Program ends in Madrid.

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Academic Focus/Levels

If you are interested in developing your proficiency in Spanish and understanding of Spanish/Hispanic culture, then this program is for you. We accept students at all levels in three different tracks:

  • Track 1: Beginning students (courses at the 100 level)
  • Track 2: Intermediate students (courses at the 200 level)
  • Track 3: Advanced students (courses at the 300 level or above)

Eligibility Requirements

  • This program is open to Emory and non-Emory students alike.
  • Normally, you should have a minimum 2.8 GPA. If your GPA is below 2.8 you can apply and request a waiver. You may also submit a letter of support from a faculty member.
  • If you have never taken Spanish at Emory, then you need to complete the online Spanish Placement Exam before applying. NOTE: Students enrolled in Tracks 1 and 2 will take placement exams in Seville and Salamanca in order to fine-tune placement levels.
  • All students must:
    • be at least 18 years old
    • be in good academic standing
    • have completed a full year of college
    • currently be enrolled at a college/university.

Academic Information

All students participating in this program take a total of 8 credit hours. The program offers courses for all levels of language proficiency and study. Course selection depends on the track in which the student is enrolled.

  • Track 1 (Beginning Students) is designed for students wishing to develop basic ability to use Spanish for communicative purposes. Most students in this track enroll in Spanish 101 and 102, and can complete Emory's Foreign language Requirement (two HAL courses) in just six weeks of intensive study. Courses are taken at CLIC-International House in Seville and Universidad de Salamanca.
  • Track 2 (Intermediate Students) is designed for students wishing to perfect general ability to use Spanish for communicative purposes. Students in this  track take language-and-culture courses at the 200 level, and can complete Emory's Foreign language Requirement (two HAL courses) in just six weeks of intensive study. Most courses are taken at CLIC-International House in Seville and the Universidad de Salamanca.
  • Track 3 (Advanced track) is oriented to students who are majoring / minoring in Spanish, majoring in the new Joint Major in Spanish & Linguistics, or wish to perfect their proficiency in Spanish and to engage in deeper exploration of particular facets of Spanish/Hispanic cultures and languages. Students in this track take courses at the 400 and/or 300 level, which can count towards the Spanish Major or Minor, the Joint Major in Spanish & Linguistics or the Major in Linguistics.

All courses taken in Spain are tagged as HAL (except Spanish 410, 219 and 319), and students can fulfill the Emory College Foreign Language Requirement in just six weeks. Span 212, 308, 310, 319 and 410 can count as credit towards the Spanish major or minor or towards the Joint Major in Spanish & Linguistics. Span 410 / Ling 485 also counts toward the major/minor in Linguistics.

Track 1: Beginning Students

Pre-requisite for this track: Official Spanish Placement for Span 101
All students in this track take the following two courses:
• SPAN 101: Beginning Spanish I. 4 credit hours, HAL. CLIC-IH & Universidad de Salamanca faculty.
• SPAN 102: Beginning Spanish II. 4 credit hours, HAL. CLIC-IH & Universidad de Salamanca faculty.

Credit is given for work completed in traditional classes as well as related activities (tertulia conversation groups, official excursions and visits).

Track 2: Intermediate Students

Pre-requisite for this track: Spanish 102 or Official Spanish Placement for Span 111, 201, 202 or 212.
All students in this track take Spanish 219 and two additional courses.


Mandatory course:
• SPAN 219: Practical conversation abroad (2 credit hours). Prof. Elva González (Emory University) and local instructors. This course focuses on developing listening and speaking skills, along with intercultural understanding, through small-group “tertulia” (conversation) sessions with native speakers and cultural visits conducted in level-appropriate Spanish. 

Other courses (students must select TWO of the following, depending on their level):
• SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I. 3 credit hours, HAL. CLIC-IH & Universidad de Salamanca faculty.
• SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II. 3 credit hours, HAL. CLIC-IH & Universidad de Salamanca faculty.

•SPAN 212: Intro to Hispanic Texts & Contexts. 3 credit hours, HAL. Prof. Robyn Clarke (Emory University)

• SPAN 215: Reading and Writing Strategies. 3 credit hours, HAL. . CLIC-IH & Universidad de Salamanca faculty.

Track 3: Advanced Students

Pre-requisite for this track: Span 212, official placement at the foundational 300-level courses or permission of directors.
All advanced students enroll in Spanish 310, Span 319 and one other course: either Span 308 or Span 410/Ling 485 (total of 8 credits).


Mandatory courses:
• SPAN 310: Living in Spanish: Advanced Communication Strategies. 3 credit hours, HAL. CLIC-IH & Universidad de Salamanca faculty. Students learn to improve the form, style, organization and content of their spoken and written communication in Spanish. Particular attention is given to developing the skills of describing, narrating (telling stories) and explaining, along with strategies for improving participation in informal conversations and formal communications, including presentations, discussion, letters and email. Topics vary but will focus on local cultures and issues relevant to students and Spaniards in Seville, Salamanca and other parts of Spain. Some required program activities complement and form part of this course, including official site visits and program excursions.
Prerequisite: Spanish 212, official placement at the foundational 300-level courses or permission from directors.
NOTE: This is a foundational course for the Spanish major/minor or can be used as an elective. This course can also be used as an elective for the Joint Major in Spanish & Linguistics.

• SPAN 319: Advanced Practical Conversation.  2 credit hours. Prof. Elva González (Emory University) and local instructors.  This course complements formal classroom instruction. Course activities take place outside of classrooms and focus on use of spoken language and development of intercultural understanding. These include official program excursions and “tertulia” conversation groups guided by native speakers. Topics include local history and culture, contemporary life, and students’ personal experiences while abroad.

Other courses (students must select ONE of these):
• SPAN 308: Contemporary Spanish Culture through Film and Media.  3 credit hours, HAL. Prof. José Luis Boigues (Emory University). This course explores Spain’s 20th and 21st century culture by focusing in the main historical moments of this period and examining how they are depicted in film and other media. Among the topics included are: the Second Republic, the Civil War, Franco’s dictatorship, the return to democracy, the movida, and the immigration from Latin America. The cities where the summer program is based, Seville and Salamanca, serve as a live background for the exploration of these topics. In this regard, students will complete several activities outside the classroom in historical sites and buildings, such as Plaza de España in Seville, and Plaza Mayor in Salamanca.
Prerequisite: Spanish 212, official placement at the foundational 300-level courses or permission from directors.
NOTE: This is a foundational course for the Spanish major/minor or can be used as an elective. This course can also be used as an elective for the Joint Major in Spanish & Linguistics.

• SPAN 410/LING 485: Dueling Tongues: Language & Identity in Spain.  3 credit hours. Prof. Donald Tuten (Emory University). In this course we will explore how and why language varies in Spain and how this variation is related to competing social identities. The first half of the course examines how and why Spanish-speakers alter their speech in relation to situation (e.g., formal vs informal style, specialized registers) and such aspects of social identity as regional origin and social class (e.g., Andalusian/Caribbean Spanish), , gender (masculine vs feminine speech), age (youth language), and race/ethnicity (e.g., the Caló of Gypsies). We will also consider the attitudes that speakers display about such language variation and how their attitudes and behavior are influenced by the development of Standard Spanish and standard ideology. The second half of the course will focus on the issue of multilingualism in Spain and use of such languages as Catalan, Basque and Galician, considering how this complex reality relates to the notions of “nation”, “national language” and the construction of national identity in the age of globalization. Student assignments include interactions outside the classroom, particularly use of surveys and interviews. 

Prerequisite: One foundational 300-level course or permission of instructor/director. No background in Linguistics is needed.

Research Travel: During Summer 2017, this course will include funding to support (optional) independent research travel to Catalonia (Barcelona) or some other bilingual region of Spain. This travel will take place during the last full weekend of the program (June 16-18, 2016).

NOTE: This course counts as one of the required 400-level courses for the Spanish major/minor and as one of the required 410 courses for the Joint Major in Spainsh & Linguistics. It also counts toward the major in Linguistics.

Program Activities/Excursions

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You will also be participating in a variety of cultural activities and excursions, which complement the regular classes. Required activities form the curriculum of Spanish 101/219/319, but there are numerous optional activities as well.

  • You will have guided visits to museums, monuments and other cultural sites in Seville and Salamanca.
  • We will go together to see -- and later talk about -- a film or play in Spanish.
  • You'll be participating in a "tertulia". In Spanish tradition, tertulias are small conversation groups that discuss culture, art, film, television, music, business, politics, sports... or whatever your tertulia group wishes to talk about! Each tertulia will be hosted by a native speaker from Spain.
  • We will have several special excursions outside of Seville and Salamanca. During these, you will be able to visit the famed Mezquita (mosque) of Cordoba, the Roman theater of Mérida, the Alcázar (castle) and old synagogue of Segovia.

Living Arrangements: Homestays

students in homeAmong the most valuable linguistic and cultural experiences that you will have is the opportunity to live in a Spanish home. You will stay in an individual room in a private home and have the opportunity to interact with your Spanish hosts. Interacting with native Spaniards in their homes will allow you to practice your Spanish every day outside of class as well as learn about everyday culture (practices, beliefs, values) in Spain.

Costs

Academic Fee: $9,424
Room, board and insurance: $1,800
TOTAL COST: $11,224

Includes fees for eight credit hours, supplemental health and accident insurance (duration of program), accommodations (home stays and hotels), partial board (breakfast and main midday meal) in Seville and full board in Salamanca (breakfast, midday meal and dinner; no meals included while traveling or in Madrid), and all course-related activities.

Emory College Foreign Language Requirement (HAL)

Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202, 205, 212, 215, 308, and 310 are tagged as HAL. Students can fulfill the Emory College Foreign Language Requirement in just six weeks.

Credit for the Spanish Major/ Minor (and Linguistics Major/Minor)

Spanish 212, 215, 219, 308, 310, 319 and 410 can count towards Spanish major and minor. Spanish 212, 308, 310, 319, and 410 can count towards the Joint Major in Spanish & Linguistics. Spanish 410/Linguistics 485 also counts towards the major or minor in Linguistics.

Financial Aid

All Emory undergraduate students who qualify are considered by the Office of Financial Aid for a summer aid award after the student has been registered for classes. The amount of the award depends on the number of credits and current financial aid package. See Emory College Study Abroad for more information. 

Application Deadlines and Procedures

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  • You can complete your online application starting December 15, 2016. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis and you will normally be notified with results within two weeks after submitting your completed application. But remember: the final deadline is March 1, 2017!
  • Keep in mind that Study Abroad encourages students to submit applications as early as possible because some programs fill up by the end of January. Admittance to this program will be based on your application date, your academic record, your application essay and class availability.
  • You need to complete your applications through the Study Abroad website. Please see the Study Abroad webpage dedicated to this program for more specific information:

 

Faculty

Beginning/Intermediate (Tracks 1 & 2)

  • General supervision by Prof. Robyn Clarke (Emory University)
  • Span 212 taught by Prof. Robyn Clarke (Emory University)
  • Rest of courses taught by faculty of CLIC-International House in Seville and the Universidad de Salamanca.

Advanced (Track 3)

  • General supervision by Prof. José Luis Boigues (Emory University)
  • Span 308 taught by Prof. José Luis Boigues (Emory University)
  • Span 310 taught by faculty of CLIC-International House in Seville and the Universidad de Salamanca.
  • Span 319 taught by Prof. Elva González (Emory University) and local faculty
  • Span 410 / Ling 485 taught by Prof. Donald Tuten (Emory University)

Contacts

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General administrative questions (application process, fees, tuition, financial aid, enrollment, etc.)
Emory College Study Abroad
Candler Library, Suite 200
550 Asbury Circle,
Emory University
Phone: 404-727-2240
E-mail: studyabroad@emory.edu

Academic and scheduling questions (courses and academic activities)

  • Beginning and Intermediate Levels (tracks 1 and 2): Prof. Robyn Clarke, Co-Director: hrclark@emory.edu
  • Advanced level (track 3): Prof. José Luis Boigues, Co-Director: jboigue@emory.edu

Visit Emory College Study Abroad for more detailed information on the Emory Iberian Studies Program.