May 22, 2011

Spanish study

Moises, Irene, and Anita

This semester our meeting place is the Anglican Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in the Miraflores district of Lima. In a city with so much noise, we are fortunate be in a quiet place for language classes, workshops, and lectures from local experts.

The students study Castellano (as Spanish is called here in Peru) most afternoons between 2 and 5. Our language instructors are Anita, Irene, and Moises, and we are grateful for their enthusiasm, warmth, and their many years of teaching experience. As one SSTer said during the first week of classes, “We don’t just learn Spanish, we learn Peruvian culture.” That translates into big gains when the students return to their host families at the end of the day.

Guest lecturers and workshop leaders join us on Monday and Tuesday mornings to introduce us to a wide variety of topics. So far we’ve heard about Peruvian politics, religion, traditional medicine, challenges facing indigenous communities. . . and many more topics still to come!

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