ESL--Elementary, Middle, and High School--Mona Pop
Pike County Elementary School/Pike County Schools
In front of the Debod Temple
|Enhancing Spanish Language Communication Skills in Madrid, Spain --Project Summary:|
This summer I participated in a month-long intensive
Spanish language program at the Complutense University in
Madrid, Spain to enhance my Spanish language communication
skills and facilitate an inclusive and welcoming school
environment for language minority students in my school
district. Over the course of the month-long training, I
took applied linguistics, reading, and writing classes.
Learning a new language is all about interaction.
Consequently, I opted to live with a host family in Madrid
and communicate as much as possible with locals to fully
immerse myself in the Spanish culture and language. “La
calle” (the streetlife) in Madrid is one of the most
enjoyable aspects of the city. Each day after classes I
would take long walking tours to explore the historic
streets of Madrid with its renowned plazas (Plaza Mayor,
Plaza de España etc.), tapa and flamenco restaurants, open
markets, bookstores, art galleries and lively terrace
ambiance. I visited world-renowned art museums and palaces
such as The Royal Palace, The Prado Museum, and The Reina
Sofía Museum (where I saw Picasso's Guernica and the
surrealist collections of the Spanish masters - Miró and
Dalí). I admired Madrid’s monuments - Puerta de Alcalá
Arch, the Cibeles Fountain, the Cervantes Monument, the
Debod Temple, and many grand and refreshing parks such as
The Retiro Park and The West Park.
In addition to improving my Spanish language skills, I spent my weekends in Spain fueling my passion for travel by visiting the major adjacent cities around Madrid - Toledo and Segovia. Thank you Fund for Teachers!
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