Research has demonstrated that study abroad can enhance every aspect of language ability. One of the most important general findings of this research is, however, that study abroad is most beneficial for the development of abilities related to social interaction. Students who go abroad can learn to do things with words, such as requesting, apologizing, or offering compliments, and they may also learn to interpret situations calling on such speech acts in ways that local people do…In short, and logically, study abroad has been shown to enhance the aspects of communicative competence that are most difficult to foster in classroom settings (IES Abroad MAP for Language and Intercultural Communication, p. 6).
While most courses in this program are taught in English, students are surrounded by Spanish, in their homestays and apartments, in their interactions with Spanish students, at IES Abroad activities, and at the IES Abroad Center in which, starting after a month of their arrival, they will be speaking Spanish, receiving emails in Spanish and signing a compromise of speaking Spanish as much as possible.
In addition to receiving Spanish language and culture instruction through this course (where they will be able to discuss and reflect on their language skills and development, comment and become aware of cultural differences and misunderstandings, and share these experiences with their classmates) the immersion in Spanish culture context of this program benefits a rapid and rewarding progress of the language abilities of students. After finishing this course, students would have reached an A1.2. level, according to the ‘Common European Framework of Reference for languages’.
This course is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of Spanish.
By the end of the course, the successful student will develop a basic foundation in the five skills: intercultural communication, reading, writing, listening, and speaking to accomplish a variety of basic everyday needs in the host culture as described in the learning outcomes below.