Application Deadline: April 18, 2016
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The Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The Ohio State University announce this year’s intensive Summer Seminars Abroad, a 17-day workshop in Spanish linguistics in Barranquilla, Colombia. The purpose of the program is to provide participants with an opportunity to analyze and practice the Spanish language in a natural linguistic and cultural context, and to receive graduate university credit for that experience.
The program, scheduled for July 11-28, 2016, is intended primarily for Spanish teachers. Application is open, however, to graduate students from Spanish and other disciplines who have a demonstrated ability in the use of the Spanish language and a need for this type of course. Both native and non-native speakers of Spanish are invited to apply.
The Summer Seminars Abroad for Spanish Teachers (SSAST) have been offered annually since 1991, moving to a different site every two years as a way of presenting as many faces as possible of the Spanish-speaking world to educators and students of Spanish. The move to Colombia in 2015 further enhanced the already diverse ethnolinguistic and dialectological profile of program venues. Previous locations have included Cuernavaca, Mexico (1991 and 1992); Quito, Ecuador (1993 and 1994); San José, Costa Rica (1995 and 1996); Valencia, Spain (1997 and 1998); Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic (1999 and 2000); Santiago, Chile (2001 and 2002); Asunción, Paraguay (2003 and 2004); Antigua, Guatemala (2005 and 2006); Cochabamba, Bolivia (2007 and 2008); Granada, Nicaragua (2009 and 2010); Córdoba, Argentina (2011 and 2012); and Lima, Peru (2013 and 2014).
Indigenous language instruction was added as an option in 2003 and has included courses in Guaraní, Kaqchikel, Quechua, and Miskito. No indigenous language will be offered in 2016.
Since 2013, a service-learning experience has been available to all participants, who may elect to spend up to 5 hours volunteering with a social service provider. Our local hosts will provide further details prior to our arrival in Barranquilla.
The instructors of the Spanish linguistics courses in 2016 will be Terrell A. Morgan, Ph.D. and Scott A. Schwenter, Ph.D., both Professors of Hispanic Linguistics at The Ohio State University. Joining them will be Juliana De la Mora, Ph.D. and Assela Reig Alamillo, Ph.D., both specialists in pragmatics and morphosyntactic variation with university appointments in Mexico.
The location of this year’s program is Barranquilla, Colombia. Situated along the Magdalena River and known as the “Golden Gate to Colombia,” Barranquilla (population approx. 2 million) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan Caribbean port city in northern Colombia. The city hosts the Carnaval de Barranquilla, one of the biggest carnivals in the world. As the birthplace of some famous Colombians–both Shakira and Sofia Vergara were born in Barranquilla–this fun-loving and friendly city is filled with a unique rhythm and pulse year round.
Classes in Barranquilla will be held at the Universidad del Norte, one of the highest-ranked institutions of higher education in Colombia. SSAST students have access to all the resources of the Universidad del Norte, including study halls and computer labs, WiFi access, athletic facilities, student cafeterias, and more.
Barranquilla is located a short, two-hour drive from Cartagena de Indias, where program participants will spend a three-day weekend. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cartagena is one of the most well-preserved colonial cities in the Americas. Colorful churches and balconies overflowing with flowers make up the landscape within this walled city. Feel as if you’ve been transported back in time as you explore the cobblestone alleyways, unique architecture, ancient fortresses and museums throughout the city. For a break, enjoy the colorful sites in a plaza, dance to the beat of salsa music or sit outdoors and snack on local treats such as arepas and buñuelos.