¡¡Noche de proyectos!!

Final Projects! Everyone gathered for a spectacular display of the hard work the students have put into their courses. The Spanish Language courses of all levels made short films about their time in Salamanca and even acted in original skits of their own. Culture and Cuisine as well as the Gastronomy course put together a presentation and delighted the crowd with a small feast of tapas and recipes. The Fine Arts class put together a modest gallery for everyone to browse through, and shared the background to some of their more thoughtful pieces. The International Relations course put together a debate as they discussed the recent events with the European Union and “Brexit”. The Medievil History course discussed important figures that helped shape Spain’s culture while the Art History course made a presentation on some of Spain´s most recognized art pieces, like Las meninas and Picaso’s Guernica. And the Hispanic Culture course put together a mural of Spain’s sculptures and statues combined with research information on why they were built and what they mean to Spain´s culture now.

It was a fantastic evening!

 

Juegos de Agua

On the day before the final projects are to be presented, the group wanted to relieve stress and the heat. So, the activities team cleared the patio for a fun take at water games! It was also an exercise in team work while speaking Spanish. They played a version of “bobbing for apples”, ran relay races while trying not to spill water, and passed a plate with water over their heads to their teammates behind them. It is more challenging than it sounds, but extremely fun on a hot day.

Also, as a special treat to some of the students that have really put in extra effort to make the month a true Spanish language immersion experience, our local staff members from Salamanca took some students out for a delicious dinner at a wonderful local restaurant.

The day after comes the final projects many have been working on since the beginning of the program, so taking the afternoon to relax was just what everyone needed.

 

EXCURSIÓN A SEGOVIA!!!

Ayer fue un día duro pero muy emocionante. Disfrutamos de las vistas de Segovia subiendo a lo más alto del Alcázar y su maravilloso acueducto. La visita a Segovia fue durante la mañana.

Por la tarde, estuvimos en La Granja (un pueblo muy cercano a Segovia), allí visitamos el palacio de La Granja de San Idelfonso y su enorme jardín que le rodea.

Tras un día tan intenso, regresamos a Salamanca sobre 20:00.

Yesterday was an exhausting but very exciting day. Segovia offered absolutely wonderful views while climbing up through the town and to the alcazar up high on the cliffs. In the afternoon, we were in the nearby town of La Granja where we visited the palace of the Granja de San Ildefonso, were treated to a guided tour, and got to relax in the humoungous garden that surrounds the royal palace. After such a busy day, we enjoyed a short picnic in the park in fron of the royal palace and made our way back to Salamanca.

Barcas En El Río

La última semana a llegado, y eso significa una gran cantidad de estudiantes estan trabajando en proyectos finales. Algunos están grabando teatro y cuentos, otros están preparando galerías, portafolios, presentaciones y debates Modelo de Naciones Unidas. Durante todo esto, seguimos con las excursiones, charlas y actividades para equilibrar el día.

The final week is here, and that means lots of students working on final projects. Some are filming skits and short stories, others are piecing together galleries, portfolios, presentations, and Model UN debates. During all of this, we continue having field trips, guest speakers, and activities to balance out the day.

Clases, Charla, y Cine

 

Hoy por la mañana los alumnos de Cultura y Cocina han cocinado dos platos típicos de Salamanca, perrunillas y mantecados. Por otro lado, los de Literatura Hispánica han visitado la casa-museo de Unamuno y analizado una de sus obras llamada Niebla. Los alumnos de Bellas artes han elaborado su propio cuaderno de artista para poder escribir, dibujar y expresar sus emociones. Al llegar la tarde, los alumnos más deportistas jugaron al fútbol y baloncesto. Después, disfrutamos de una fantástica charla llamada la cultura invisible: cómo son los españoles en la comunicación. Los estudiantes se lo pasaron en grande y realizaron role play de situaciones que normalmente realizan los españoles como darse dos besos en las mejillas para saludar. Por la noche, disfrutamos de cine al aire libre viendo la fantástica película el laberinto del Fauno que narra la historia en el contexto de la guerra civil española mezclando drama con fantasía.

ENGLISH:

This morning the students of Culture and cuisine prepared two typical dishes of Salamanca, “perrunillas” and “mantecados”.  The Spanish Literature group visited “La Casa-Museo de Unamuno” and analyzed one of Unamuno´s signature works called Niebla. Fine Arts students have made their own art sketchbooks to write, draw, and express emotions on paper. The afternoon provided a break for in the form of football and basketball. Then, we enjoyed a fantastic guest talk called the Invisible Culture: Spaniards and Communication. The students did a role play and acted out scenes normally carried out by Spanish, such as the greeting with two kisses on the cheeks. The evening was met with an outdoor movie as they watched the fantastic Pan’s Labyrinth, which tells a story in the context of the Spanish Civil War drama while mixing fantasy.

Domingo de Relax y Diversión

Las semanas van pasando y nuestros alumnos exprimen los días al máximo. Hoy hemos ido al Archivo de Salamanca para ver importantes y antiguos documentos. Después, algunos de ellos han disfrutado de un fantástico plato típico de España, la paella, además de probar otros diferentes arroces elaborados en una increíble arrocería. Por la tarde, la mayoría de ellos participaron en el divertido juego captura la bandera organizado por Ángel y Teresa, los directores de actividades. Otros de ellos, prefirieron descansar y relajarse paseando por la ciudad.

Weeks go by our students and squeeze the days to the fullest. Today we went to Salamanca to archive old documents Important and see. Then, some enjoyed a fantastic and well recognized classic dish of Spain, paella. In addition to active try different rice produced in Rices incredible . In the afternoon , most of them participated in the fun game Capture the Flag Organized by Angel and Teresa , the Directors of Activities . Others of them preferred to rest and relax around town.

Fiesta de Disfraces!

Los alumnos continúan con sus clases y empiezan a preparar sus proyectos finales. Los de Historia Medieval han visitado las catedrales de Salamanca y los de Relaciones Internacionales han ido al museo de Automoción para hablar de la importancia del transporte y la comunicación. Después de las clases, la mayoría de los alumnos fueron a la piscina para disfrutar del fantástico sol de España. Por la noche, llegó el momento más esperado del día, la fiesta de disfraces caseros, los estudiantes han utilizado su imaginación para fabricar sus propios disfraces y ha sido fantástico la originalidad de cada uno de ellos.

Classes now begin working on their final projects, planning out presentations and curating their galleries. Classes like Medieval History are still making visits, like to the Cathedrals of Salamanca, and the International Relations class visited the Automation Museum to discuss the importance of transportation and communication in economies and societies. But amongst all of the hard work during the summer, sometimes a trip to the pool and a costume themed party is a great way to break it up and enjoy their summer in Spain.