Spanish Language & Culture Program
We have great news to share with all students interested in improving their Spanish skills this year. We are happy to announce our new Spanish Language and Culture Hybrid Program, a great opportunity to practice your Spanish from home until you can come to visit here in Spain. We are also thrilled to announce that Infinite Spur is now a LanguageCert approved partner. LanguageCert USAL esPro is the only officially accredited organization approved for delivering Spanish virtual assessment tests.
Now that we have limited mobility and coming to Spain is becoming more difficult, we have decided to start a new line of Spanish Language and Culture courses. These courses follow the same format and structure than the rest of our courses and integrate all digital technologies and virtual projects as part of the class.
All courses follow our hybrid structure that allows students to take group synchronous classes online and then, when time and conditions allow, complete the program with an immersion experience in Spain. As part of the program, students will have the opportunity to practice their language skills through small groups virtual conversation sessions with our native Spanish teacher assistants following the C3 model. Stay tuned for the virtual Spanish Language and Culture Program presentation and learn more about courses, the certification, the hybrid structure and the language assistant support.
LanguageCert USAL esPro, the only online language certification approved by ACLES (Association of Language Centers in Higher Education) and CRUE (Conference of Chancellors of the Spanish Universities) in Spain.
LanguageCert USAL esPro is an evaluation developed by Cursos Internacionales de la Universidad de Salamanca and is administered through a new online platform provided by LanguageCert.
Infinite Spur´s new collaborations with Central Michigan University
I want to welcome a long-time friend and colleague Dr. Carlos López, Assistant Director of Study Abroad for Faculty-led Programs at Central Michigan University to our Infinite Spur community. Even in the hardest time of this pandemic, Dr. Lopez is looking at the future of global education and we are working together towards developing new programs following the international hybrid structure. It is a time for innovation in our field and new times require new structures. I am happy that we are working together in this direction.
New international projects with Clarion University
We continue our working collaboration with Clarion University. This summer we are very happy to offer our First Virtual Teaching Training Program, a joined initiative co-facilitated by Infinite Spur and Clarion University in Spain. Intentional online teaching: Tools (not tricks) to Teaching is a four-week program divided into four different modules that introduce teachers to the different methodologies of teaching online. In addition to this unique opportunity for Spanish teachers, we are also happy to announce that we are now working on an online ESL Teaching Program for young adults with learning disabilities. The program will be delivered online and will start next October with a group of college students from the Promentor Program in the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid, Spain. We´ll keep you posted with all details in September!
International Virtual Roundtable Discussion: “Trends, innovation and challenges in the teaching and learning of Fashion Management and Design”
Last Monday, June 29th we had the pleasure to participate in the round table discussions sponsored by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico. The virtual session included faculty from four universities including the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, Universidad La Salle Noroeste and Universidad La Salle Bajío, both in México and an audience of 100 participants from different countries.
The title “Trends, innovation and challenges in the teaching and learning of Fashion Management and Design” explores different topics including the challenge of turning to online teaching during the pandemic, innovation and creativity during confinement, future trends on the field, or the need to develop international virtual programs. More than 80 participants connected to the sessions in a lively discussion. I think that one of the highlights of this initiative is that it managed to bring together faculty, administrators, and students from different countries, including the US, Mexico, Perú, Ecuador, and Spain. Thank you, Mr. Joel E. Velez, Executive Director of the International Relations Department of the PUCPR, and thank you for your excellent team as well. From Spain, Infinite Spur wants to send a well-deserved recognition for all your work and for your leadership in this new style of building international collaborations, bringing us together in a virtual context.
We are now, ready for the next one!
Infinite on The Road moves to Ecuador!
We are very happy to announce that next fall we will resume our collaboration with the Universidad Técnica de Ambato and be offering a virtual Online English Teaching Training Program to the faculty of the School of Languages of the Universidad Técnica de Ambato. We will keep you posted for new programs and developments!
Back to El Prado: Reencuentro / Reunited
A beautiful title for the reopening Exhibit of the Museo del Prado this month. Last June 6th, the Prado Museum reopened its doors to the public with a unique exhibition that will run until 13 September. The show, which involved the relocation of more than 190 pieces of artwork, is reminiscent of the type of display that was first shown when the museum opened its doors in 1819.
Some of the museum's most important works are on display in and around the Central Gallery, an iconic space filled with natural light and large enough to easily comply with the government health& safety of the post pandemic reality. Fra Angelico, Velazquez, Rafael, Tintoretto, Bosco, El Greco, Goya, Rubens and festival of beauty all in one hall.
Maybe you will not get to see the exhibit in person this time, but you can take a look at the video and enjoy a virtual visit without waiting in line and wearing a facemask!
Madrid. June 23rd, 2020.
Infinite Spur (Spain) and Clarion University´s School of Education are happy to present the First Teaching Training Program in Spain. This program is a joined initiative co-facilitated and it is aimed to provide teachers with an effective methodological structure and the tools they need to adapt their work to the new demands and challenges posed in the current online teaching environment.
Madrid, 10 June, 2020.
Infinite Spur, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Universidad La Salle Noroeste and Universidad de La Salle Bajío, met yesterday to prepare the next international round table to be held next Thursday, June 17th under the title: "Trends, Innovation and Challenges in Education and Teaching of Fashion Management and Design."