June 17, 2008

Official Start of InteRDom’s Spanish as a Second Language Program

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InteRDom’s Spanish as a Second Language Course officially began June 11, 2008. The class forms part of the InteRDom 2008 Academic Summer Program.

The course will offer 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.

Course instruction is designed to increase competency in the areas of reading, writing, listening comprehension and oral expression. By the end of the course, individuals will be able to comprehend spoken Spanish to a greater degree, carry-out conversions regarding various themes, and construct simple and complex orations in the present, past and future tenses.

essons will emphasize real life situations and revolve around activities such as role playing, reading and writing assignments, individual and group work, and game-based teaching strategies. Through their participation in the program, students 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.

InteRDom, an initiative of Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), 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.

This summer’s academic program also includes a course on Contemporary Caribbean Culture and a seminar on Haitian Immigration to the Dominican Republic.

During January – May and September – December semesters, participating students also have the opportunity to take regular classes with Dominican students at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE).

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