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Learning Opportunities | B.A. in Spanish

Latin American Studies Program

The Latin American Studies Program is designed to deepen students' cross-cultural understanding and experience first-hand the multiethnic and multicultural world. It gives students the best possible scenario to integrate the study of both Latin American society and Spanish language. Students have the opportunity to live and learn in Latin America through LASP, based in San Jose, Costa Rica. The program seeks to introduce students to a wide range of Latin American experiences through the study of language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology and religion of the region. Living with a Costa Rican family, students experience and become part of the day-to-day lives of typical Latin American nations.

Community Spanish Class

In this summer class, students will have the opportunity to be immersed in the Spanish language by engaging in a community-based, experiential learning class. One dimension of the class is that students will engage in Spanish in a classroom setting focusing on the exploration of local varieties of Spanish and Latino culture. Students will also take learning outside of the classroom by living in a Christian host family and participating in excursions and service projects. This is a dynamic learning experience that will help students take their Spanish to a new level.

Language Exchange Program

To help build relational and cross-cultural bridges here at Biola, this unique program helps students and employees practice their conversational language skills. Students and employees meet weekly around campus to discuss topics proposed by the professor. Each week it alternates between Spanish and English, allowing students to practice their Spanish and employees the chance to review their English. It is a fun, relational way to learn the language, culture, and to engage in meaningful relationships.

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