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J-Term Diaries: Spain
Intermediate Spanish & Conversations & The Two Spains (three separate courses)
Students interested in the language and culture of Spain will spend three weeks abroad enrolled in one of three J-term courses offered in this foreign country. The program, offered at the University of Alicante, one of Spain's newest and most modern universities, combines classroom instruction, a homestay with Spanish families, and opportunities to visit many points of cultural and historical interest. Easton Davis and Diana Ray are enrolled in “Intermediate Spanish,” and they will review the essentials of Spanish and will be exposed to new structures, vocabulary and cultural topics. Nicole Benitez is taking “Conversation,” a course that aims to reinforce the structures and vocabulary needed to participate in class discussions, and also introduce students to a variety of dialects and degrees of speech formality. Also, Kaitlin Long is enrolled in “The Two Spains,” which familiarizes students with the history of the conflict in Spain between the traditional or conservative forces and the progressive forces who wish to introduce new ideas and modernization to the country.