May 12, 2008

InteRDom Launches 2008 Summer Academic Offerings

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The internship program, InteRDom, an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), launches its Summer Academic Offerings, which include the Contemporary Caribbean Culture and Spanish as a Second Language programs, as well as a Seminar on Haitian Immigration to the Dominican Republic.

InteRDom is comprised of 60% internship and 40% academic projects. Upon arriving to the Dominican Republic, students may combine their internships with specialized courses and seminars on culture, Spanish as a Second Language and topics of particular relevance to the Region.

Courses and seminars, taught by professors from local universities, offer credits which can be transferred to the students’ universities of origin.  Additionally, during January – May and September – December semesters, participating students will have the opportunity to take regular classes with Dominican students at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE).

Contemporary Caribbean Culture
In this seminar, students will participate in discussions about the history and culture of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Participants will explore themes of Colonialism and popular culture and discuss the real and fictitious elements that comprise modern ideas of what constitutes Caribbean culture. Class curriculum will include music, film, presentations and excursions.

Through participation in this course, students will have a greater understanding of Dominican culture, and the opportunity to experience it in person via InteRDom’s program of excursions, which complement the seminar. Classes will take place Tuesdays, July 10 – August 6, 2008, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE). Room EGRU-004. The program consists of 27 hours of instruction and is equivalent to 2 credits.

About the instructor:
Pedro Cabiya is a Professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), and a specialist in themes concerning the Caribbean, about which he has written many publications. He is the author of the graphic novel, Ánima Sola, published by Zemí Comics. In 1999 he received awards from the Instituto de Literatura Puertorriqueña and from the Pen Club of Puerto Rico. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and anthologies (Antología de cuento latinoamericano del siglo XXI; Manual de fin de siglo; El rostro y la mascara; and Los nuevos caníbales).

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Spanish as a Second Language Program
This program offers participants the tools necessary to develop competency in the Spanish language. Students will work on their vocabulary and participate in debates which will allow them to apply acquired knowledge of grammatical structures. Prior to beginning classes, students take exams to determine their levels of proficiency. Students are placed in either B1 or B2 levels, in accordance with their test results.

At the end of the course, individuals will be capable of comprehending spoken Spanish to a greater degree, carrying-out conversions regarding various themes, and constructing simple and complex orations in the present, past and future tenses. Furthermore, they will improve their level of intercultural understanding by developing greater awareness of the Region’s diversity, and the image of the Caribbean portrayed in the Caribbean, particularly in the Dominican Republic.

The class will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), Room EGRU-004, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, June 16 – August 8, 2008. The course will be instructed by Professor Zoila Anitza Gutierrez. The course will consist of 70 hours of instruction and is equivalent to 4 credits.

Seminar on Haitian Immigration to the Dominican Republic
The purpose of this seminar is to offer a modern take on diplomatic relations between these two countries which share the same territory. The class will highlight projects being developed by international non-governmental organizations, and how their efforts are influencing commercial trade for both countries.

The seminar will be offered in Spanish and will include the participation of both Dominican and Haitian students. Classes will be offered Mondays at FUNGLODE Headquarters, July 14-28, 2008, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Upon completing the program, students will receive certificates of participation.