Imagine yourself snacking on antojitos or tapas in a cafe in Mexico or Spain.
Imagine yourself spending a semester living with a Mexican family--completely immersed in their language and culture. Imagine using your ability to speak Spanish to interact with the world's 430 million Spanish speakers. Adrian's communication-focused Spanish curriculum prepares you to participate in one of a number of study abroad programs in locations like Cuernavaca or Merida, Mexico or Granada or Salamanca, Spain.
If you study Spanish at Adrian College, you'll learn from the experiences of dynamic and culturally engaged professors like John Eipper and Aïda Valenzuela. Because of Dr. Eipper's research in Latin American culture and literature, students in his Hispanic Literatures and Cultures course benefit from his first-hand experiences in Mexico, Chile and Argentina. His background as a translator in the legal and technical fields provides real-life examples for students who are considering careers using their language skills. Dr. Valenzuela's research is based on Latin American literature and twenty-first century Chicana/o identity. In her literature courses, she encourages students to move beyond a simplistic understanding of Latin American and Latina/o culture and toward a deeper and more nuanced awareness of the diversity of Latinas/os in the U.S. Her pedagogical approaches incorporate digital- and media-based resources. This approach is partnered with small group work, in-class debates and other activities, all of which allow students to critically examing language and literature and challenge them to test their comfort zones.
You'll also have plenty of opportunities outside the classroom, such as the Spanish immersion lunch table. You'll also benefit from the City of Adrian's extensive Spanish-speaking community as a resource for research projects or service learning. You might even find yourself on a field trip to Detroit to enjoy El Dia de los Muertos cultural activities.