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This week (Nov. 17-21), organizations from all around the world are celebrating International Education and all that it signifies.
At International Experience (iE-USA), our whole mission centers around the values of international education. We aim to provide opportunities for students to explore the world and share their stories, while learning how to interact with new cultures and customs. We believe that learning about other cultures, languages, and customs is the best way to dispel prejudices and embrace global citizenship.
So whether a student is abroad in Spain, the U.S., or South Africa, we know they will be a future contributor to a globalized economy where people from all around the world work together, collaborate, and help each other. What they learn while abroad will not only help them, but those around them.
So this week, we ask you, what does international education mean to you, and how has interaction with someone from another country helped you in your life? Leave us a comment!
Spanish teachers and counselors: RSVP for the Webinar happening Nov. 6th, at 2PM CDT to learn about the scholarship opportunity for students to attend the Spanish Summer Immersion Camp in Salamanca, Spain. If you can’t attend, you can still RSVP and be sent a recorded version and free lesson plan about Salamanca.
Find out more about the Spanish Summer Immersion Camp:
Get to know Spain through photos!
Are you ready for the iE-USA Spanish Summer Immersion Camp? Register now, and don’t forget the scholarship deadline of Nov. 20th!
This camp is open to American teens between the ages of 15-17 in their third year of Spanish or preparing for the AP Spanish and Language Exam. It is a chaperoned three week camp in Salamanca Spain and offers an all-inclusive price (airfare, excursions, meals, accommodations, insurance, supervision).
How to register: Fill out a registration form here before January 1st, mail to iE-USA and you will receive notice of enrollment by email. One partial scholarship available, information is on the website.
Learn about Salamanca, Spain by watching this video! Did you know it is a UNESCO World Heritage City? Follow our blog for upcoming information, pictures and videos of Spain!
Are you dying to travel and want somewhere fun, cultural, historical, and safe? Prefer to speak your own language, but learn a new accent? The iE-USA England Semester Abroad program might be for you! Students live with a British host family in the suburban residential areas of England, and take group excursions every month to the top british destinations such as the Beatles Museum and Manchester United Soccer Fields!
This program is affordable and payment plans can be set up through iE-USA. To find out more information about our program and prices, go to our website. Students should apply approximately 3-4 months in advance of the date they wish to depart. Teens who are between 16-18 are welcome to apply and will be accepted based on maturity level, transcript, willingness to adapt, and overall character.
Make your semester worth it, see the world!
Take the quiz below to see if you are ready to become an exchange student!
Want to add questions? Add them in the Comments section!
1. Do you have maps on your walls instead of pop singers?
2. Is your language class your favorite subject?
3. When others complain about change, do you welcome it?
4. Do you hate monotony or routine?
5. Have you ever thought about the concept “Culture”?
6. Do you hashtag #wanderlust constantly?
7. Are you friends with an exchange student?
8. When you take small trips or travel, do you wish you could learn more about daily life there?
9. Do you enjoy trying new foods?
10. Does it bore you to follow what everyone else is doing?
If you responded ‘Yes’ to two questions or more, then you are ready to become an exchange student!
If you answered ‘No’ to 8 or more, then consider befriending an exchange student, reaching outside your comfort zone, or trying something new this year to test yourself.
(Disclaimer: Obviously this is just a fun game and there are many other ways to decide if you are ready for exchange!)
Feel like you are not learning language fast enough at school, or they don’t offer the language you want? The best way to improve your language skills for real life application is interactive media. Videos, music, poems, and movies are all great ways to learn how language is used outside of a textbook. For example, did you know 99 Red Balloons was actually written by a German singer, in the German language? It was called 99 Luftballons, and the link to the lyrics is here. Here are some other ideas:
- Practice singing along with songs, it will help with quick pronunciation and translating the lyrics to English will help you learn new meanings of words.
- Read the news in a different language. Bonus, you will be able to discuss current events from other countries with foreigners or your host family. For example, Argentine news can be found here. You could also watch a Youtube news clip, such as the one here in French. Some news is even slowed down, such as this one.
- Watch your favorite American movie, but add either subtitles or dubbing. Many movies now have multiple language options to select from.
- Find an exchange student at your high school to speak with! They will appreciate your interest in their native language, and maybe you can teach them some fun american expressions in return.
- Buy a book (or eBook) on Amazon that has been translated to the language you want to learn. Did you know The DaVinci code has been translated into 44 different languages? Even the series Twilight has been translated to other languages, and copies are often available on Amazon. The dystopic hit this year, Divergent, is available in Spanish here! Make sure you pick a book that you will enjoy, so that you stick with it.
Some other fun videos from other countries that will get you moving:
Italy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpaQYSd75Ak (Nun sings a famous American song on the Voice Italy!)
France: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFVDv_Jhf2w (Elle me dit, Mika with subtitles)
Argentina/Latin America: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbKLa9wk4Fc (Whiteboard singalong with Bacilos)
Latin America: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJutxPOIeS4 (Shakira sings Fifa World Cup song)
Germany: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A06x-02MhlM (Cool German Words)
Know any other fun (and appropriate) videos or resources for free language learning? Let us know!