For many years, ECU Hispanic Studies majors have been selected as Cultural Ambassadors to teach English in Spain. In 2014-15, Robert Colson and Mario Becerra are serving as language and cultural assistants in Spanish schools. These cultural exchanges are transformative experiences, often leading our majors to pursue graduate education in country.
Cassidy Ann Cloninger: Úbeda (Jaén)
Erika Nassar: very close to Granada, capital
Robert Colson: El Palmar de Troya (Sevilla)
Mario Becerra: Mallorca, applying for MA programs in Spain
Erika Nassar: very close to Granada, capital, accepted into an MA program in Spain
Students often pursue opportunities like this for a gap year between undergraduate and graduate school. They receive a work visa (apply from the Consulate in D.C), medical insurance, and a monthly stipend of ca. $1,000. The work commitment is approximately 12-16 hours per week.
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Dr. Katherine Ford, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, has been selected as an Honors Faculty Fellow for 2014-15. Honors Faculty Fellows teach honors seminars, leadership, service and research colloquia, and capstone courses for upper division honors students. They also perform advising for scholarship and fellowship recipients. Dr. Ford is author of a monograph on Politics and Violence in Cuban and Argentine Theater (Palgrave McMillan 2010), as well as numerous articles on Hispanic drama.
In response to the ever-changing environment surrounding the study of foreign language(s) at the university level, and in an effort to meet student demand for interdisciplinary courses, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies (SPS) at the University of Florida recently introduced a new Certificate in Spanish for the Professions. Early results are quite promising, and this could serve as a model for other institutions interested in boosting enrollments in a wide variety of languages. In this presentation, Dr. Gregory E. Moreland, University of Florida, Undergraduate Coordinator in Spanish and Director of their Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum (FLAC) program, will describe the climate in which this Certificate was developed, outline its place within the broader Spanish curriculum, and speculate on prospects for the future. Audience participation is strongly encouraged.