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This program is a unique opportunity for students interested in teaching Spanish or English as a second language in their future careers. This program combines an internship in a bilingual primary school in Buenos Aires with a course in teaching Spanish as a second language. This combination of theoretical instruction and practical experience will increase understanding of teaching methodology and how a second language is acquired.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Buenos Aires programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
A brief trip from Buenos Aires by ferry, Colonia has a unique history as the only Portuguese settlement along the Río de la Plata. Founded in 1680, it was originally seen as a threat to the Spanish settlers and the port had to operate in secret violation of Spanish laws. Today, the city is still a functioning port for a prosperous agricultural region of Uruguay. The city has a historic center with cobblestone streets and picturesque architecture. Its Barrio Historico was recognized by UNESCO and named as a heritage site in the mid-1990s.
A trip to Argentina would not be complete with only a visit to its capital city of Buenos Aires. Aside from the attractions of Buenos Aires, Argentina is known for its cattle, its wines, and its grains. Argentine legends and mythology often refer to the mysterious life of the Argentine cowboy, known as the gaucho. Located a few hours from the city, local estancias, or ranches, are a wonderful introduction to the Argentine countryside; their tranquility and open spaces contrast with the bustle of Buenos Aires and will give students a completely different vision of life in Argentina.
TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits
Students will observe and participate in classroom learning through the practical, internship component. This experience will not only enhance students’ CV but also give them an advantage when applying for a teaching job.
An upper intermediate level of Spanish proficiency is required. All students must take a written placement test online and complete an oral interview to determine if they are eligible for this program.
API students receive a transcript from the Universidad de Belgrano upon completion of their program.
Carmen Alvarez de Toledo will be your Resident Director and a resource for you on-site.
Jimena will be one of your Resident Directors in Buenos Aires and will be a resource for you on-site.
Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
At the Universidad de Belgrano, each contact hour is equivalent to 45 minutes, rather than the standard 50 minutes in the United States. API recommends the number of credit hours to be awarded per course by translating the total number of Argentine contact hours into U.S. contact hours.
This community-based course combines classroom learning with a teaching assistantship in a bilingual primary school. The professional experience will be academically directed, supervised by a UB faculty member, and participants will complete a research project. Teaching Assistants (TAs) will work closely with the local school: teaching classes and engaging in school life for 12 hours per week. Students will also meet with the UB faculty member once a week to discuss both the assignments and the research project. The practical work at the school has two purposes: to get meaningful insight into how a second language is acquired in childhood and to reflect critically on the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology used in bilingual schools in Buenos Aires.
Language of Instruction: English Spanish
Recommended US semester credits: 3
This course is designed for future teachers of Spanish as a Second Language (SSL). Trainee teachers will discuss mandatory theoretical readings, carry out class observations, write lesson plans and reports, and manage different learning activities during a SSL class. All this will be recorded in the final dossier. Trainees will have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty specialized in second language acquisition, compare different methodologies and teach.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Recommended US semester credits: 3
In Buenos Aires, students live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction into the Argentine culture and may be made up of a retirement-age couple, a single woman with or without children, or a traditional two-parent household. Students are provided with two meals per day (except on weekends), as well as laundry service once per week. Students live in the Palermo, Recoleta, and Belgrano neighborhoods, which are generally 15-45 minutes from their host university.