Course Directory


La Academia de España is a 100% immersion program. Students must have completed at least two years of Spanish in school. Students choose one MAJOR course and one MINOR course, both of which are taught entirely in Spanish. Major courses meet six mornings a week and, depending on the nature of the course, include fieldwork, labs, workshops, guest speakers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. Coursework includes homework assignments, as well as researching and preparing projects outside of class time. Minor courses meet three afternoons a week, with all work contained within the class session.

After class, students choose from a selection of workshops, regular grammar clinics, and cultural activities, all conducted in Spanish, that give them more opportunities to practice their language skills in a natural setting. Additionally, guest speakers and excursions into the region are arranged throughout the month to promote language fluency.

COURSE GUARANTEE DATES
There is no final application deadline. We accept applications on a rolling basis until a program is full, but we do have Course Guarantee Dates. Students who apply to La Academia de España on or before January 26, 2018 and are accepted to the program have their first choice of courses guaranteed, subject to enrollment minima. As we begin receiving applications in September, we recommend that students apply as soon as possible for courses that may fill early.

 

STUDENTS WITH TWO YEARS OF SPANISH STUDY

Students who have completed two years of Spanish should enroll in Spanish Language: Conversation and Composition. They are evaluated on the first day of class and placed in a group with students at a similar language level. Students choose from a selection of 3 Minors, all of which are centered on a particular theme and emphasize language acquisition as well as developing the skills learned in the Major.

Spanish Language: Conversation and Composition

Using innovative and interactive teaching methods, this course offers a review of tenses and structures, as well as vocabulary-building exercises with a strong focus on conversational proficiency. Language learning is approached through a variety of activities, such as story-telling and role playing, and short thematic units that take advantage of the city and bring students into contact with local native speakers. Students in Spanish Language: Conversation and Composition choose from one of the following three Minors:

Arte: Through a series of workshops, students acquaint themselves with different techniques and media to depict their picturesque surroundings. They present their portfolio at the end of the program. Materials fee $125 US.


Fotografía urbana: Students discover Salamanca and capture its extraordinary beauty while honing their skills. They present their portfolio at the end of the program. Materials fee $50 US. 

 

Gastronomía: Through cooking workshops and visits to local bakeries, markets, and stores, students learn the history and evolution of Spanish cuisine, and taste the culinary treasures of the region. Lab fee $125 US.


STUDENTS WITH THREE OR MORE YEARS OF SPANISH STUDY

Students who have been taking Spanish for three or more years or who are preparing for AP/IB exams should enroll in any two cursos temáticos (thematic courses) from the drop-down list below: one as a Major and one as a Minor. These courses approach the study of the Spanish language through the exploration of a specific theme, allowing students to gain in-depth knowledge in a particular topic while at the same time perfecting their Spanish. The focus of the course is on advanced writing techniques, as well as discussion and debate using more complex grammar skills.

Courses Taught in Spanish

  • Through a series of workshops, students acquaint themselves with different techniques and media to depict their picturesque surroundings. They present their portfolio at the end of the program. Materials fee $125 US.

  • De la mano de un artista, los estudiantes se inician en distintas técnicas como la acuarela, el óleo, el carboncillo, el modelaje con arcilla, o el grabado, con las que plasman su relación artística con la ciudad. La práctica del arte se complementa con visitas a talleres de artistas y artesanos de la ciudad, como ceramistas o escultores. Por su trabajo final, los estudiantes recopilan un portafolio que presentan al final del programa. La cuota de laboratorio es de $225 US para la clase Principal, y de $125 US por la clase Complementaria.

    Fine Arts. This course invites students to use the fine arts as a medium of expression in their discovery of the city of Salamanca. After an introduction to different techniques including watercolors, oil painting, charcoal, and photography, students explore the city and capture their impressions on paper. They sketch passersby in the Plaza Mayor, traverse the streets of the historic center and make collages of their artworks and photos. For their final project, students compile a portfolio which they present at the end of the program. Materials fee of $225 US for Majors; $125 US for Minors.

  • Los alumnos se familiarizan con los elementos clave de las diversas culturas hispánicas, sus diferencias y sus puntos en común. El estudio se aborda a través de la historia, el arte, la literatura y la lengua. Mediante visitas a lugares históricos de la ciudad los estudiantes descubren la importancia de Salamanca en el gran encuentro de culturas que supuso el descubrimiento de América. Los estudiantes mejoran su español al mismo tiempo que aprenden a identificar los principales dialectos del español gracias a textos y documentos audiovisuales.

    Hispanic Cultures. Students become familiar with the key elements of the various Hispanic cultures, their differences and their commonalities. This is done through studying the history, art, literature and the language of Spain. Through visits to historical sites of the city, students discover the importance of Salamanca in the great meeting of cultures that marked the discovery of America. Students improve their Spanish while learning to identify the main dialects of Spanish through texts and audiovisual documents.

  • De la mano de chefs, críticos gastronómicos e historiadores, esta asignatura es un placer para los sentidos. En ella se explora la evolución de la cocina, especialmente española, desde la Edad Media, con la incorporación de la cocina árabe y judía y el cultivo de especias; pasando por la Edad Moderna, con la introducción de ingredientes del Nuevo Mundo y las influencias de la cocina europea; y hasta la actualidad, en la que cocineros españoles como Ferrán Adrià, los hermanos Roca o José Andrés son reconocidos mundialmente. Los estudiantes ganan confianza con el español mientras se mezclan con locales visitando mercados, panaderías, pastelerías y carnicerías, y aprenden a cocinar los platos más conocidos de la rica gastronomía de España. La cuota de laboratorio es de $275 US por la clase Principal, y de $125 US por la clase Complementaria.

    Culture and Cuisine. Students learn about the history of Spanish cuisine by focusing on the role of food in Spanish culture and by exploring regional specialties such as Valencian paella, Andalusian gazpacho, and Basque pintxos. Students gain confidence in their Spanish skills while visiting local markets, bakeries, butcher shops, and learning how to make the most beloved and delicious traditional Spanish delicacies. Lab fee of $275 US for Majors; $125 US for Minors.

  • Este curso está diseñado para que los estudiantes desarrollen sus habilidades lingüísticas y creativas en un entorno extraordinario como es la ciudad de Salamanca. Descubriendo las iglesias, palacios, monumentos, barrios y cafés que han formado parte del decorado de relatos, leyendas, novelas y poemas, los alumnos dan rienda suelta a la imaginación y crean su propia relación literaria en un escenario nuevo y extraño, dejando huella de tales impresiones en un diario de viaje que sin duda les acompañará toda la vida. 

    Creative Writing. Students develop their linguistic and creative skills in the extraordinary environment of Salamanca. While exploring the churches, palaces, monuments, neighborhoods, and cafés that have long been the setting for stories, legends, novels and poems, students unleash their imagination and create their own literary relationship with a new and foreign scenery. Students leave Salamanca with a travel diary filled with the impressions that will undoubtedly accompany them throughout their life.  

  • Through cooking workshops and visits to local bakeries, markets, and stores, students learn the history and evolution of Spanish cuisine, and taste the culinary treasures of the region. Lab fee $125 US.  

  • A partir de las numerosas y variadas manifestaciones artísticas que ofrece la ciudad, los estudiantes se adentran en la evolución del arte a través del tiempo y aprenden a contextualizar las obras en el marco histórico, social y estilístico; y a relacionarlas con otras manifestaciones culturales como la literatura y la música. El curso pretende enseñar las nociones básicas de la historia del arte, desarrollar la sensibilidad artística y profundizar en la capacidad analítica, oral y escrita, en español.

    Art History. Taking advantage of the numeros and varied works of art in the city of Salamanca, from painting to architecture, students learn to examine and describe masterpieces in their historical, social, and stylistic context, and to relate them to other culturally significant works in literature and music. This course aims to teach the basics of art history, develop artistic sensibility and deepen the analytical and descriptive – both written and oral – abilities of students in Spanish. Students use the city as their classroom, visiting sites of Roman engineering, via the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque ruins that are found in Salamanca. In addition, students visit the museum of modern and contemporary art in the city.  The course culminates with a tour of Spanish art in the Prado Museum in Madrid.

  • En este curso los estudiantes aprenden a reunir la historia clínica del paciente; prueban algunas prácticas médicas como la disección y la extracción de ADN; y estudian la complejidad de la organización de sistemas como el digestivo o el cardiovascular, valorando la función individual y las relaciones entre ellos para comprender la estrecha relación que tienen las patologías. Al mismo tiempo debaten y toman perspectiva de cómo la ciencia se relaciona con temas éticos, morales, religiosos, económicos y legales, como pueden ser el aborto, la eutanasia o el negocio de las industrias farmacéuticas.

    Medicine. In this course, students learn to take a patient history and carry out a clinical exam; they debate ethical questions such as euthanasia and cloning; and they try out medical practices like dissection and the extraction of DNA. Through discussions and experiments, they are introduced to both research and practice in the field of medicine, and they explore the pathologies of certain diseases.

  • Este curso de expresión oral y escrita se dirige a los estudiantes que quieren enriquecer su vocabulario y afianzar el conocimiento de la gramática española, como el empleo del condicional y del subjuntivo, la conjugación de los tiempos verbales, o la elección de los pronombres personales y relativos. Los estudiantes leen la prensa regional y nacional, visionan extractos de películas contemporáneas, discuten sobre temas de actualidad y se inician en el arte del debate.

    Perfecting the Language. This advanced course focusing on oral and written expression is designed for students who wish to enrich their vocabulary and improve their understanding of Spanish grammar and its complexities, such as the use of the subjunctive and the conditional tenses, verb tense agreement and the choice of personal and relative pronouns. Students read the national press and examine excerpts from contemporary films, they discuss current events and social issues and are introduced to the art of debate. They work on different types of writing and create a portfolio that they present at the end of the program.

  • Dentro de la óptica de delimitar la complejidad de las relaciones que existen en regiones como el Oriente Medio, África y Sudamérica, los estudiantes se familiarizan con los principales modelos teóricos que influyen en las relaciones internacionales y examinan una serie de estudios de casos, guiados por expertos en la materia. Al final del curso los estudiantes organizan su propia cumbre acerca de un problema importante de actualidad.

    International Relations. With a goal toward grasping the complexity of the relationships at play in regions as disparate as the Middle East, Africa, and South America, students become familiar with the principal theoretical models that govern international relations, and examine a series of case studies, led by experts in the field. At the end of the course, students organize a mock summit focusing on a critical current issue.

  • Using innovative and interactive teaching methods, this course offers a review of tenses and structures, as well as vocabulary-building exercises with a strong focus on conversational proficiency. Language learning is approached through a variety of activities, such as storytelling and role playing, and short thematic units that take advantage of the city and bring students into contact with local native speakers.Students are evaluated on the first day and placed in a group with others of a similar level.

All students applying for La Academia de España are asked to provide a writing sample in Spanish as well as a completed Language Recommendation Form from their Spanish teacher.