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Study Abroad

The ELL program provides faculty-led study abroad experiences to Mexico and Costa Rica in an effort to assist teachers to develop an intercultural orientation when teaching English learners.  The program was developed to create language-related experiences, and experiences that develop awareness and affirm libratory views of linguistic diversity, bilingualism, and the sociopolitical dimension of language use and education. Working with local universities, we teach an ELL course, perform field experiences in local bilingual schools and service work with schools and/or non-governmental organization dedicated to the education of local children.   Students also take a  “Spanish for Teachers” course taught by native speakers of Spanish to develop their oral Spanish skills, understanding of Spanish grammar, depending on their level of Spanish language proficiency.  On weekends we explore local historical and cultural sites around Mexico and Costa Rica and take extended excursions to locations of interest.

Mexico

Mexico

 

Costa Rica

Costa Rica