The group included 16 Coastal Bend College students from the South Texas area, predominantly from Beeville, Alice and Kingsville. Students traveled to Puerto Rico for two weeks in July and took Spanish and/or Sociology college courses during their stay. The CBC group attended classes daily at the Institute for Second Language Acquisition (ISLA) and participated in cultural excursions during the afternoons. Each stayed with local Puerto Rican host families, arranged by ISLA, where they enjoyed home-cooked meals and opportunities to practice and improve Spanish language skills.
Coastal Bend College’s summer intensive Spanish course offers students the opportunity to spend two weeks and two days, July 10-23, 2011, in the beautiful Puerto Rican city of San Juan, study Spanish at the Institute for Second Language Acquisition, live with friendly Puerto Rican families, make excursions to interesting sites across Puerto Rico, experience life in a foreign environment, and enjoy 85 degree weather. For more information or to sign up, contact Dr. Emmanuel Alvarado at (361) 592-1615 Ext. 4071 or email@example.com.
Emmanuel Alvarado, Coastal Bend College Spanish instructor, was recently elected to represent the Nuevo León, Mexico Chapter of Partners of the Americas, an international organization that brings people together to build connections. Colleges, universities and other non-profit groups across the country join with each other and institutions in South America to exchange resources and develop programs that are problem-solving solutions for underserved populations or geographic regions. Alvarado is a member of Texas Partners of the Americas, the state chapter of the international organization.