SUMMER PROGRAM IN SPAIN
(This report reflects a typical program experience.)
Twenty-five (twenty-three from SU, one from
Frostburg State University, and one from Towson University), under the
guidance of director Dr. Keith Brower and assistant director Dr.
Gerry St. Martin, participated in the SU Summer Program in Spain
from May 23 through June 28, 2004.
During the five-week program, each student experienced
Spanish culture first-hand by living and taking meals in a private
Spanish home in the city of Málaga, on the country's beautiful
Costa del Sol.
Students met each weekday for classes in Spanish
on the language, culture, history, and art of Spain at the
Universidad de Málaga's Cursos para Extranjeros center in
downtown Málaga. Local university faculty conducted
in-class instruction. Drs. Brower and St. Martin also met regularly with
students for "cultural brokering" sessions and
cross-cultural discussions. Participants also wrote several essays on Spanish culture, as well as intercultural
Students also met about two times a week in small
groups with Spanish "cultural tutors," from the Universidad
de Málaga, who took the groups on cultural immersion experiences
in and around the city.
The Program included trips to the
historic cities of Granada,
Córdoba, and Sevilla, where students toured Roman ruins,
Moorish castles, and Catholic cathedrals under the guidance of
Drs. Brower and St. Martin and professors Cristina Ortega (art
history) and Isabel López (archeology) of the Universidad de Málaga.
Participants received four SU credits through
Spanish 309: Summer Program in Spain. All work was conducted in Spanish.
Dr. Brower designed and organized the Program, which is
offered on an annual basis.