School in Granada: Taking Classes Abroad
While in Granada, we attended the Universidad de Granada for our Spanish in intensive language courses. We took classes for 4 hours a day for a total of 10 school days in either the main building of the Center for Modern Languages or the Kenya building. Before starting school, we had to take a placement test, which tested our writing, grammar, and speaking skills [to determine our class level].
In class, the teachers discouraged us from speaking in English, so that even when we were not specifically learning, we were always practicing Spanish.
When comparing school in Granada to school in the US, there are more differences than similarities. First, we only go to school here for 4 hours and study one subject, Spanish. Back home, we attend school for about 8 hours and study a variety of subjects. Another large difference is the technology. Here in Spain, the computers that are used are connected to older stereo systems and pull down projectors. Back home, the amounts of technology in schools vary, but it is definitely more technologically advanced that here. For example, Chatham High School (my high school) has smart boards and laptop carts in every classroom that are frequently used for activities in class. One explanation for why this is the case may be due to electricity being so expensive in Spain. People don’t want to waste energy charging computers or other useful electronics if it isn’t completely necessary.
One similarity to school in the US is that we still got homework here and still had to take a final exam at the end of the year. Overall, I personally really enjoyed attending school in Spain because it was a different experience than school in America. I feel like I truly improved my Spanish, and this trip has inspired me to come study abroad again in Granada.
– The above blog post was contributed by Nicole Weaving, who studied abroad with ISA High School during the summer of 2015 in Granada, Spain. For more information on taking classes for college credit as a high school student, check out the website at: