Hello from Alcalá de Henares!!!!! We have to tell you a lot of things since the last Newsletter. Tale a look below, please.
On Wednesday January 15th from 18:00 until 20:00, we had a “welcome coffee” with Spanish students and our CIEE Spring 2014 students in a nice coffee shop in Alcalá called Hemisferio. They met each other and exchanged e-mails and telephone numbers. Now, some of them are friends.
On Thursday January 16th we had a meeting with Dale Sindell (www.t-oigo.com), but unfortunately only two students attended. She was very nice with the students and gave them books and candies.
Spring 2014 students have a very close relationship, even when they did not meet each other before coming to Alcalá. Actually, they -except only one- travelled to Granada and Córdoba together on January Friday 24th.
One of the students –Megan Bartkowski-, her Spanish sisters and their boyfriends went together to a TV show called el Hormiguero. She was very happy and excited. Each night, their family and Megan watch el Hormiguero during dinner. She feels like a real daughter of her family.
We are involved in a linguistic research. Bret Linford from Indiana University came to Spain on January Friday 24th in order to interview our students from CIEE Madrid and Alcalá.
Six of our students are English tutors of Spanish boys and girls. Most of them are sons and daughters of UAH staff and friends of mine. The parents pay 10€ per conversation hour and our CIEE students are very happy. If before they pressed for cash, now their lives are a little different.
On January 30th six students travelled to Brussels. They enjoyed a lot their trip. They felt very proud of themselves because they could find everything they expected without problems. They ate a lot of chocolate.
On February 5th we had our first CIEE Spring 2014 meeting. We talked about “Culture Shock”. The students brought “picnics” to eat together during the meeting. It was fun to compare their “tupperwares” for all of us.
This group is very open minded. They try new meals and food every week.
On February 7th almost all the students went to Segovia - IBF one day field trip-. Some of them went because the field trip was mandatory for their course “Spanish Culture and Civilization”. But some other students went because they just wanted to know a nice city “free”. As usual, their families prepared nice picnics for lunch.
On February 8th some students went to visit Real Madrid stadium and they attended to a football match (Real Madrid vs. Villarreal). But they were a little disappointed because Cristiano Ronaldo did not play. So, they want to come back other day.
On February 14th four students went to Paris four days, and they did not attend to classes on Monday 17. But they know they are only permitted two unexcused absences. The third absence will be penalized by lowering the grade by 10 POINTS PER ABSENCE. Meaning, if they have a 90.5 and they have 1 absence (after the 2 unexcused), the grade is lowered to an 80.5. If they have two unexcused absences, their grade will be a 70.5, and so on.
And two students went to La Pinilla in the north of Comunidad de Madrid, because they wanted skiing.
The students who did not travel went to the universitary dorms, to one CIEE student apartment in order to cook a Valentine’s cake and have fun. And after that, the girls went to dance.
IBF field trips continue. The students who attend the course “Global dimension of European Soccer” went to Vicente Calderón Stadium and museum.
And next Friday February 21 we are going to Seville. It will be our first 3 days CIEE field trip. So, I will give you more information very soon!!!!!