SEMESTER IN SALAMANCA

James Madison University / College of Education

 
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In January 2019, James Madison University's College of Education began a semester-long study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain. This blog captures  students' experiences  during  their semester of study in their own words and from their own perspectives. We hope you enjoy learning more about learning in Salamanca - and we hope you'll join us in the future!

 

Food Literacy Tour

Walking Guide Directions: Start: In order to get to our first destination, you will need to get to the city center, the plaza mayor! It...

Andalucia

I can not believe I am saying this but I am currently in my last week here in Salamanca. Where has the time gone? Today I am reflecting...

Morocco

Our trip to Morocco was unlike anything I had personally experienced before in my life. I’ve never been to a non-western country or a...

Morocco

Last week, the JMU program took us on an excursion to Morocco! During our trip, we went to Tangier, Asilah, Rabat, and Chefchaouen. After...

Reflecting on Differences in Methods

Unfortunately, our last day of practicum at Maria Auxiliadora was today. Our semester here is coming to an end soon. I feel as though...

How Diverse is Salamanca?

Before actually getting to Salamanca, I had no idea what type of people I would be faced with. I knew this was a big university town, but...

Cantabria Excursion

This weekend we traveled to Cantabria with the program. Cantabria is one of the 17 autonomous communities (most similar to states in the...

Grades

Grades are consistently a controversial educational issue in the United States. How students are graded, and what grades students receive...

Homework

Throughout my time at Maria Auxiliadora I have had many experiences that have shaped my understanding of teaching and learning. For the...

On the Basis of Sex

This past week, the JMU Salamanca program went to the movie theaters to see the Movie, On the Basis of Sex. I have to say, since seeing...

Spanish Cinema

This semester, the JMU group had multiple experiences with Spanish film. We have seen two films at a movie theater in Salamanca and went...

Segovia

Yesterday, the JMU program went to Segovia, Spain, a city famous for its aqueduct and castle. Through visiting Segovia, I had the...

Pace of Life

How time is thought about differs here in Spain. Not only is the schedule drastically different from home, but the general speed of...

Teaching a Lesson

Last week we had our sixth week in the school here in Salamanca. Surprisingly enough, we only have three more weeks left in the...

Assessments

This week in our classes, specifically Educational Methods, we discussed assessments. In class we learned different ways of thinking...

Considering Diversity

When I look around at the students I face in the Spanish classroom, there does not seem to be much diversity. Simply based on physical...

Schools and technology

The world is becoming increasingly dependent on technology, from email to global positioning systems. These innovations make our lives...

Spain's Education System

Last week we were lucky to have class with Dr. Ana Garcia from the University of Salamanca's Faculty of Education. Dr. Garcia specializes...

Being in a Spanish Classroom!

As most of you guys know, I am in Salamanca as part of the College of Education's semester abroad program. I am taking all education...

Spanish School

Our practicum is at Colegio Salesiano María Auxiliadora. It is a private Catholic school in the city of Salamanca with approximately...

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CONTACT

JMU students:
If you're interested in studying in Salamanca, feel free to contact Prof. Shoffner. Just complete the information on the right and hit "send" for more information.

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