Spanish Camp with Emily D tuvo éxito
Our first year of Spanish immersion Camp on February 25th was a success!
We had four cabin groups of beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Every single camper was brave and open to putting themselves out there to try their best, have fun and meet new people in their second language.
Some feedback we received from campers that attended:
"Inventive and supportive to language usage"
"Impressive, fun, comfortable, interesting, beneficial, great way to practice, authentic, multi experiential"
"organized, educational, variety of activities.. unique opportunity to challenge yourself"
"fun fun fun! inspiring, encouraging, supportive"
"a good experience to meet new people who are studying Spanish and learn in a new fun way"
"welcoming, engaging, fun, creative, delicious"
"It's a great chance to get out of your comfort zone in a safe and fun environment, without having to get on an airplane...and have fun while doing it."
"I'm very impressed at how holistic the camp was for the first one. It was very well thought out, creative, fun and all the instructors were inclusive and genuine with the experience. All levels were able to expand their skills."
Each small cabin group had 2 guías
Artes y Manualidades con Zoraida y Emily Cate
It was a full day. In the morning we had a presentation from Rafael about Cuba in an interview style, we learned from the entertaining Pedro's Top 10 Most Common Grammar Mistakes, Colombian arepas for lunch, 6 different merit badges, hilarious skits in Spanish, Bingo, cerveza and delicious Paella from a Valencian chef, amazing performances at open mic and so much more.
Yoga en Español con Ana
We hope to see you at Spanish Camp with Emily D next year!
Nashville Host Families Needed for Basque Students in July 2017 for students ages 14-19
Interested in hosting a Basque student giving your child the opportunity to travel to the Basque Country (Northen Spain) next summer?
One of our Spanish teachers, Amaia Agirre is the local coordinator for LARRABETZU CULTURAL EXCHANGES student program, a private enterprises exchange, looking to find host families for Basque students from July 2nd
to July 30th
, 2017. They are so glad to share with you “Larrabetzu Cultural Exchange 2017”
their upcoming language and cultural immersion program between Nashville, TN and Larrabetzu (Basque Country-Spain).
They are hoping that you and/or someone you know may be interested in providing a home for the students
. The host families will need to submit an application and commit to provide a private and full furnished bedroom, board and transportation. They will receive $350.00
to host a student for a month to help with expenses. The student will be responsible for all personal expenses and health insurance coverage. It would be preferable that the host families have at least one teenager at home.
The objective of this program is to share the experience of living abroad while learning a new language. To facilitate this, we are willing to collaborate with families in Nashville, TN and the province of Biscay (Basque Country- Spain) asking the families to encourage their children to travel and also to host Basque and North American students in their homes. This program is set up as a cooperative between the two communities, where families will reciprocate hosting students. Outdoor trips, field trips to cultural celebrations, sporting events etc. will be organized for the students.
We will be happy to provide more information and the student´s profile to anyone who may be interested . We are up against a tight deadline to find an appropriate home, so any help or leads you can provide will be appreciated.
Thank you so much. Muchas gracias.
Amaia´s contact information:
Melanie Crotty, Nivel 4
"A lot of people starting a new language late in life just barely brush the surface and learn enough to get by and then give up. But, Melanie has an inner drive that pushes her to excellence. She is a challenge to challenge. I really have to think about what I can do to challenge her during our lessons because she is always so well prepared and such a fast learner. Sometimes we have even skipped ahead in the curriculum because she just gets it so well. Her memory recall is also incredible. She can hear a word once and then uses it the next class! I have really enjoyed watching her skills and confidence develop. Already, only after a year she can talk to anyone about almost anything in Spanish. I'm so incredibly proud of her!"
-- Melanie Gordon (Spanish Teacher)
1) ¿Cómo te llamas? Me llamo Melanie Crotty.
2) ¿Dónde vives? Vivo en Nashville, Tennessee cerca de Lipscomb University.
3) ¿Dónde trabajas? Soy jubilada. Antes de la jubilación, era una bibliotecaria de servicios para niños y adultos en una biblioteca pública en Nueva Jersey.
4) How long have you been studying Spanish with SLWED and who is your teacher? I have studied with Melanie Gordon since January 2016.
5) Where would you like to use your Spanish? I would like to volunteer as a tutor in ESL classes in a faith based or other non-profit organization.
6) What advice or words of encouragement would you give to someone who is just starting to learn Spanish?
Learning a language is a progressive, brain muscle memory sort of learning. Plan to give at least 40 minutes a day to learning the language. Trying to cram in 4 hours of study the night before class is less effective than hitting the books/flashcards every day. Also, be kind to yourself and celebrate the seemingly smaller victories…they add up over time!
7) What countries have you traveled to or would you like to visit?
I have visited Austria, Italy, Israel and England, but the most inspiring journey was to Peru where our group not only toured the sights but also were privileged to live for a week in a school in Lima as well as spend a day with students living in an orphanage in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the outskirts of the city.
8) How have you used your Spanish? Any interesting stories how it came in handy?
I visited an English class at Grandview church of Christ last spring and was paired with a young woman struggling to learn English. Although it was a bit challenging to communicate having little experience with each other’s first language, it ended up being a lot of fun, and I think it was very encouraging for both of us.
9) What is your favorite thing about learning Spanish with SLWED? I love the flexibility of SLWED! Last year, I decided to travel around the United States in a motorhome. For my first trip, I planned to “fly” south for 4 months with the other retired “snowbirds,” who flock to the shores of Alabama and Florida each winter. The wonderful thing is that I have not missed a single class as I have been able to tuck myself into my “casa rodante” during class time with a cup of fresh coffee and my computer each week to practice speaking and learning Spanish with Melanie. Getting to travel AND keep up with my classes online with SLWED has been a bit like having my cake and eating it too.