Language, Culture, and Society

Courses and activities in this track are designed for students wishing to develop or perfect their ability to use Spanish for communicative purposes. Students on this program take language, literature and culture courses at the 200 level (Spanish 212) and at the 300 level (Spanish 309). In addition, students are enrolled in a cutting-edge course designed to expose participants to on-site cultural activities taking place across the city (Spanish 319). These three courses expose students to multiple registers of the Spanish language that help them hone their spoken, written, and aural skills in significant ways.

Students interact with instructors who are native English speakers specialized in Argentine culture and trained to teach Spanish as a second language. Students also interact with the Director of the program, a Buenos Aires native who holds extensive experience teaching Spanish American literature and history to American students. Instructors lead on-site cultural activities that furnishes students with first-hand access to the many cultural manifestations currently going on in the city of Buenos Aires. .

Sharing their daily experiences with Argentine host families allows students to partake in customs that shape daily life in Buenos Aires, such as drinking “mate”, cooking an “asado” successfully, sharing long “sobremesas” after a meal, and joining in a vibrant night life with their multiple cultural offerings for people of all ages and backgrounds. A preeminent multicultural metropolis, Buenos Aires has been an immigration destination for European, Latin American, and Asian people over the past 200 years.

By joining this track, students can complete Emory’s GER Language Requirement in just six weeks of intensive summer study.