Students in Spanish 3 are composing autobiographical essays in Spanish in November 2016, to explore the persons and events that have shaped their lives. They are reading autobiographies and exchanging correspondence with indigenous graduate students enrolled at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where Prof. Susan Kalt spent part of her sabbatical last semester. The Bolivian students are engaged in exploring how belonging to a group speaking an endangered language has shaped them personally and politically as bilingual professionals – and bilingualism is a common thread with students at RCC.
Experts on language preservation and revitalization visited the RCC language department this week; pictured are Drs. Marleen Haboud and Fernando Ortega of Quito, Ecuador with Susan Kalt then Autumn Haag, outside the RCC library.
RCC and MIT collaborate in Spanish Classes
Graduate fellows from Peru, Argentina and Mexico will visit four daytime Spanish classes at RCC In November 2016 to be interviewed entirely in Spanish by our students from Spanish 1, 2 and 3. Topics the fellows will discuss include issues of civic engagement, climate change and ethnic and personal identity. Susan Kalt has coordinated this exchange in conjunction with Nasreen Latif and the SPURS Humphrey program at MIT and Harvard.