Hoy es la ultima dia de clases en ECELA. Estoy triste. I have been learning so much Spanish and I do not want to stop going to class! I have always loved being a student, but there is something particularly intriguing to me about learning another language. I hope to continue to apply my skills next week while we are still in Santiago, as well as when I am back home.
Currently, I am at Starbucks doing a bit of work. I was able to successfully order a coffee, get a raspberry muffin (warmed up even), obtain the internet password, ask for a fork, and tell the man who kept wanting to clear away the last couple bites of my muffin and my coffee cup that I was not done yet… all in Spanish! I am sure it was plainly obvious to everyone that I don’t really speak Spanish (at least not well), but it also doesn’t help that I am sitting here with my nose stuck in the Spanish-English dictionary often as I study. But, for the most part, people are patient and kind.
I am very thankful for the opportunity I have had to study and learn Spanish. I have made quite a bit of progress and look forwarding to continuing my studies. I also look forward to a reflection session I will have with the students next week. It will be nice to have in in-depth conversation in order to process our experiences with language learning. I am interested in hearing about their feelings – both positive and negative, as well as ideas they have about effective and ineffective teaching strategies when working with language learners. It should be a very productive conversation.
Chao por ahora!
My name is Angela and I am an Assistant Professor in the Exceptional Education Department at SUNY Buffalo State. I am very excited to be returning to Santiago, Chile this May/June alongside eight outstanding Buffalo State students. Please follow our blogs, and our journey!