Feb 14, 2009, 11:54 AM
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Re: [esperanza] Spanish Teaching in Mérida
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Sorry about the URL. It does link to my google e mail but then I have the story there.
Here it is:
As part of our work at the Institute of Modern Spanish., we are constantly on the lookout for resources we can use - and those that may be helpful to you too. Take a look!
Maximizing Study Abroad
Getting Organized for Study Abroad An Iowa teacher sponsored groups of her students on study abroad trips to Merida in 2007 and 2008. She plans to come with other students in summer 2009. She prepared a short video for back home teachers, parents and other students to explain how the trip was planned, organized, funded, and eventually enjoyed. The video shows excursion sites and pictures of the home stay families. Click here to view.
Maximizing Study Abroad: Strategies for Language and Culture Learning and Use We recently found a book that we'd like to recommend. Maximizing Study Abroad is available at CARLA, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition. The book is aimed at students who want to make the most of their study abroad experience. The Guide gives three inventories designed to help students be more aware of how they currently learn language and culture. Click on the book to see sample segments of the guide.
Merida in March From time to time people send us videos (or links) about Merida and/or the Yucatan. One place we found a really fine short video called "Merida in March" which shows sites from the city, but also gives a good description of henequen haciendas as they existed some 100 years ago in the Yucatan. It is said that there were more millionaires in Merida during the heyday of the henequen production than in any other city in the world. Click here to view.
Get book here!
International students can motivate your students to learn . . . create opportunities
The Minnesota International Center - and similar organizations in many other states - provide rich and varied opportunities for individuals from local schools and around the world to serve as citizen diplomats and to gain a deeper understanding of their place in the world community.
Face-to-face exchanges remain the most powerful means to equip ourselves and our children with the knowledge, skills and experiences to:
**Connect and communicate across cultures on a personal level;
**Understand the impact of the world on our personal and professional lives;
**Comprehend the complexity of global issues;
**Nurture the next generation of international leaders, policy makers and workers
Watch a short video to orient yourself to the possibilities:
Rotary Interact Club comes to Merida
Recently we had the good fortune of hosting a group of students from California who were members of the Rotary Interact Club. They came to the Institute of Modern Spanish to study Spanish, experience the culture, stay with a local family and enjoy the life of the city. My wife from Iowa was once a Rotary International Exchange Student to Merida. Click here to view her website.
The Interact students were here for another reason. They were helping further a project known as "Toni's Backpacks," a mission associated with Rotary and our Institute. Apparently Toni, a seventeen year old young woman had a dream to supply backpacks filled with school supplies to less-fortunate children in Mexico. She was president-elect of the Etna High School Interact Club. But she was killed in a car accident before she could complete her dream. This group from Etna High School brought 32 backpacks and, as part of their learning and through an excursion to a village and a school, delivered the backpacks as planned. Although this is a never-ending story of unmet needs, this chapter surely has a happy ending. We encourage others to follow Toni's dream.
Read about Toni's Dre
Thanks for calling my attention to the incorrect URL
Hasta luego. jerezano
(This post was edited by jerezano on Feb 14, 2009, 11:58 AM)