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OregonAbroad* ESOL Queretaro, Mexico
Queretaro, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
ESOL Program in the Americas
Designed for education majors, graduate students in education, and teachers seeking course work applicable to their classroom environments, this shared program between AHA International and the Oregon University System International Programs (OUS) offers a unique opportunity for participants to improve their Spanish language skills while also completing one of the requirements for the ESOL endorsement. The curriculum integrates cultural, academic, and historical content. Participants revisit their own cultures, learn about their future students’ cultures, interview English language learners, and design projects that interweave language and culture. They also participate in excursions to classroom environments as well as visit sites of cultural, historical, and architectural interest. Students live with local families, allowing for rapid language acquisition as well as cultural immersion.
In alternate years the program is offered at the AHA International site in Rosario, Argentina. Students are encouraged to consider studying at both sites to further improve their Spanish, to gain exposure to more than one Spanish dialect, and to enhance their intercultural competence.
Students enroll in eight (8) credits of Spanish language plus the following ESOL course:
ED ED 488/588: Culture and Community in ESOL/Bilingual Classroom
This course explores the concept of culture and its manifestation in society, the community and the classroom. It examines the literature in the cultural field, and it provides a theoretical foundation for understanding how cultural groups and students’ identities affect the educational process and the classroom climate. Strategies to maximize learning using cultural and community resources, as well as to build partnerships with families, are addressed.