We have been spending the last two days adjusting to our schedules, home stays and new (temporary) life in Chile! Every morning, we spend four hours at ECELA, our Spanish immersion school in two different two hour classes: Conversación y Gramática. Our teachers talk to us in 98% Spanish (they only use English if none of us understand). I love the challenge of using what I know to keep the flow of the conversation going. We are divided up in our classes based on our current level of Spanish, and there are only three or four other students with me in each session, allowing for more individual instruction when needed. Both of my teachers, Francisca and Veronica, are so wonderful – engaging, fun, kind and, most importantly, patient with all of us. I am looking forward to our next few weeks at ECELA, as I hopefully will slowly become more fluent again. We had our Welcome BBQ (con MUCHA comida) last night with everyone who is currently studying at ECELA. It was great to talk with others, including two people who are here from Switzerland.
We have our first field placement in a school tomorrow, and I’ll be going with Katie to Colegio Maestra Elsa Santibanez to observe and hopefully teach one of our pre-prepared lessons, which will contribute to our research. My only worry is not knowing the students’ level of Spanish ahead of time and whether or not they will be able to understand our interactive read aloud lesson. We will have to modify as we go, but that’s part of the learning experience!
Chau for now!