Culture and Language Learning in Real Time
Location: Santiago, Dominican Republic
Dates: January 3 - 23, 2014 (ADMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2014)
In this course students will gain a better understanding of themselves and others as we explore how values, norms, and ways of thinking and interpreting the world are shaped by cultural experiences. Because the course is offered overseas, students will experience first hand the language and culture of another country while negotiating intercultural perspectives. Students will take a Spanish placement test at host institution, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, and earn 1 undergraduate credit of Spanish from PUCMM.
- To achieve a deeper understanding of what culture is and the relationship between culture and language.
- To acquire the ability to observe behaviors in order to draw conclusions based on observation rather than preconceptions.
- To understand culture membership, enculturation, and the process of becoming socialized into one’s culture and subcultures.
- To become acquainted with relevant research on culture and cultural behaviors, expectations, values, and norms.
- To appreciate how culture serves as a filter that prompts the meanings that members of the culture assign to social roles, contexts, and communicative behaviors and how they perceive, interpret, react, or are affected by these.
There will be a post-program class scheduled, date to be determined.
No previous knowledge of Spanish is required in order to apply for this program. However, if you are admitted to the program, you will be required to take a one-credit undergraduate level Spanish class offered by the host university in the Dominican Republic in addition to the NYU course. The cost of this course is included in the housing/activity fee. The purpose of taking the Spanish class is two-fold: (1) to put you in the position of a language learner, so you build empathy for the struggles of second/foreign language learners in classrooms and other settings; (2) to deepen understanding of the link between language and culture.
This course is being offered through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Students choose one of the following two courses:
LANED-GE 2005 Section 095 (Class number 3146) - Intercultural Perspectives in Multilingual & Multicultural Education (3 Points) - 2014 Syllabus
Shondel Nero, Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning
Students stay with host families in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.
Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.
The university in the Dominican Republic which recruits the host families requires the following materials be submitted in advance from each student. More details will be provided at orientation. Required materials are:
- NYU Health Certificate
- Two 2 x 2 photos
2014 Graduate Tuition: $1,422 per point plus registration and services fees.
This course counts toward your Spring 2014 courseload and tuition.
2014 Housing Fee: $600
2014 Activity Fee: $200
The final payment for Housing and Activity Fees is due to the Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs on November 20, 2013. This fee also includes the cost of the Spanish class taken at the host institution for 1 undergraduate credit. Students will only register for E29.2005 on Albert. Tuition for the course is separate and will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2014. (click here for Bursar's Payment Deadline Dates)
Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Students should expect to arrive on Friday, January 3rd with a departure of no earlier than Thursday, January 23rd.
Passport: Valid passport required for US citizens. Please note that passport must have at least six months validation beyond the day of the intended entry into the country of travel.
Visa: Visitors who do not obtain a Dominican visa prior to entry mustpurchase a tourist card upon arrival to enter the country. Tourist cards cost ten U.S. dollars, which must be paid in U.S. currency. Tourist cards may be purchased at the Dominican Embassy in Washington or Dominican Consulates prior to arrival, as well as at Dominican airports at the time of entry. Tourist cards normally permit a legal stay of up to 60 days. Visitors who would like to extend their time inthe Dominican Republic should visit the Migration Department in Santo Domingo and request an extension. Failure to request an extension will subject the visitor to a surcharge at the airport upon departure. All other passport holders should check with theirrespective visa requirements.
Temperatures during January in the Dominican Republic range from an average low of 66ºF to an average high of 84ºF.
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For More Information
Academic Content: Shondel Nero, PhD, Associate Professor of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University; (212) 998-5757; email@example.com
Program Administration: Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs, The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, 82 Washington Square East, 5th Floor, New York, NY10003-6680; (212) 992-9380; firstname.lastname@example.org