Adventures and Explorations in the Spanish Speaking World

Course Number:  EDU 5515 C25 (Graduate)
Instructor: Ana María Alfaro-Alexander
Location: Community College of Vermont (CCV), 60 West Street, Rutland, VT
Dates and Times: Monday through Friday, July 16-20, 2018, 9 am to 3 pm
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition: $900

Note: Course payment or purchase order of $900, payable to RRWIB, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form. Credit card payments can also be made online. Please mail check to the Castleton Center for Schools, PO Box 6049, Rutland, VT 05701.

Course Description

This practicum will offer participants a Spanish language immersion experience to improve spoken fluency and written skills. Students will have opportunities for professional development as they converse intensively with native speakers and teaching colleagues. The course will be of special interest to educators because in addition to language practice, the factual topics supply engaging cultural and historical content to use in their own classes.

Students will keep a journal that will provide material for daily compositions and grammar review lessons. The discussion of art objects, film, photographs, legends, and other subjects of particular interest to the students will facilitate and stimulate conversation. Attention will focus on the historical contexts of art in Spain and Latin America, as well as the connections between Spain and the New World and the unique forms of expression that developed.


All students are expected to fully participate in conversation in Spanish.

Study Habits:

Please allow at least two hours of preparation time for each class hour, as it is essential to successful completion of the course. Keep in mind that language learning is cumulative, and cramming the night before a test will not work. Most students have misconceptions about language learning. Learning a language is like learning to play tennis or to play the piano: it involves developing a specific skill (rather than a body of knowledge), and takes considerable time and effort. Like sports, language ability comes with practice, practice, practice!
You must practice speaking Spanish, hearing it spoken, writing it, and reading it, and eventually you will be able to communicate in it. For this reason, class time focuses primarily on oral practice in the target language, Spanish. We will also review grammar, but it is your responsibility to learn grammar rules as part of preparation for class assignments. As we practice speaking Spanish in class, I will be able to tell whether or not you are preparing grammatical structures. If you have consistent problems in understanding this component of the course, please make arrangements to see me outside of class. Time is of the essence.


Lunes Guernica y El Laberinto del Fauno
Vamos a estudiar y descubrir juntos toda la complejidad del cuadro Guernica de Picasso. Descubriremos el horror en sí mismo o el de la guerra y la brutal agresión del fascismo a España, a la República y a la humanidad misma. Veremos “El laberinto del fauno” para descubrir cómo el universo imaginario de Ofelia se convertirá en el reflejo de las zonas más perversas de su entorno inmediato.

Martes Culturas Pre-Colombinas 

  • Tradición y culturas Maya e Inca. De batab a canoas y de chasquis a chacu.
  • La proeza artística de la lengua Maya.
  • La verdadera obra maestra Inca: los cimientos de Machu Picchu


Miércoles Culturas Pre-Colombinas y la fundación del Norte

  • De Bernal Diaz del Castillo a las chinampas, Tenochtitlan y el mes de las escobas.
  • El Norte, fundado a chicotazos.

Jueves El arte y la cultura Latina en los Estados Unidos.

La representación artística de los latinos en los Estados Unidos está ahora al alcance de nuestras manos. Vamos a usar el app de Google Arte y Cultura para explorar el valor histórico y etnográfico de los Latinos. Además exploraremos la representación artística de Latinoamérica y España por medio de la misma aplicación de google.


  • Viernes De la boca al cuerpo La gastronomía latinoamericana y española. Similitudes y diferencias.
  • ¡A cocinar! La gastronomía latinoamericana y española como fuente de orgullo y unión nacional. La clase se dividirá en parejas o en pequeños grupos para cocinar un almuerzo espectacular

For additional course information

Ana María Alfaro-Alexander
(802) 468-1248

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

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