December 3, 2007

Art and Culture in Tuscany

For summer 2008 Art Education Abroad will be traveling to Florence Italy for three weeks. We will leave on June 19th and return on July 11. This is a 3 credit course. The cost of the trip is $3100 plus airfare. All tuition and program fees are included. Watch this site for more details in the days ahead.

February 25, 2007

February 25 thoughts

As I sit at my computer looking out at the snow blowing and drifting I have been exploring a few sites that give good information about Buenos Aires in particular and Argentina in general.

Look at this site to see the map of BsAs that shows the neighborhoods. We will be staying at Hotel Embajador. It is located in the Microcentro area close to subways and walking distance to the language instutute. You can see examples of rooms at We will be sharing double rooms so you may want to think about with whom you wish to room.

Here are some other interestning sites!

Some are planning to extend travel beyond the 30th. The official part of the course ends on the last scheduled day so from then on you are on your own if you choose to stay. Let's stay in touch with interesting ideas for extended travel.

January 30, 2007

Spanish Lessons Described

Customized Programs
Spanish classes’ proposal

IES Buenos Aires’ Customized Programs give students the chance of having a direct study experience in a Spanish-speaking environment related to their academic interests.

During the period of the visit, as part of the academic curricula, the student will count with an intensive Spanish practical course taught by teachers specialized in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (Spanish and literature teachers, translators with pedagogic orientation, etc.).
The Spanish course will be organized in 3 different areas:

• Survival Spanish: An introduction to the structures of Spanish, which will help students to communicate in a variety of daily life situations.
• Technical Spanish: The aim of this class is to introduce students to the words, structures and texts related to their academic field of specialization.
• Field Trips: Individual or group activities (with the guidance of a teacher) in which students have to practice Spanish with native speakers in real situations.

Classes organization
Day 1 Technical Spanish 60 minutes
Survival Spanish 60 minutes
Day 2 Survival Spanish 30 minutes
Field Trip 90 minutes

Spanish Classes are to be organized according to the students’ language level: two different levels (beginners and intermediate) may be offered if there is a disparity in the group’s knowledge of the second language.

The main aim of this intensive Spanish course is to provide the student with the possibility of “living? the language and learning it in real communicative situations: to foster the acquisition of Spanish in a Spanish-speaking environment.

Moreover, the program is designed according the main academic specialization of the study-group, which means that every class is tailored following the interests and needs of the students.
A tentative model of the Spanish Classes contents, which may vary depending on the characteristics of each group, is exposed below:

Week 1
Technical Spanish:
Basic terminology related to the specialization of the study-group.

Survival Spanish:
Beginners level
Interpersonal Relations.
Personal presentation. Colloquial language: How to ask for and give relevant information.
Oral and written presentation.
Role-playing: the first conversation. Introducing ourselves.
Telephone conversation: Cultural differences. The message in an answering-machine.

Advanced level
The means of transport in the city: subway, buses and taxis. The different lines and taxi companies. Moving in the city.
Asking for addresses. Following directives.

Field trip:
Visit to different shops (the supermarket, the grocery, the bookstore, etc.). Students are supposed to obtain a particular information making use of their knowledge of Spanish.
Getting to different places using the public transportation.

Week 2
Technical Spanish:
Basic grammatical structures and texts related to the specialization of the study-group.

Survival Spanish:
Beginners level
Making formal and informal requests. Asking information about a product or a service. The different types of requests: at the restaurant, at the airport, at the shop, etc. Finding out information about classes, flights, seminars, etc. Phone-call requests (pizza order, taxi service, ticket booking).

Advanced level
Making complaints. Complaining in person and on the phone. Formal and informal register: written complaints.
Role-playing: Make a complaint about some product or service.

Field trip: Going to a communication parlor: making phone-calls with a particular purpose (e.g.: buying tickets). Visit to the bank or change shop to make an errand. On the taxi: giving the correct information to the driver.


THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS MARCH 1, 2007. At a meeting on that evening a representative of Learning Abroad will recieve all the application materials and review policies for international travel.

Application forms are available on the Learning Abroad website. From our home page there are many resources available to you. You will want to spend some time reviewing the site and downloading the necessary forms.

This link is to forms for non-U of M students.

January 16, 2007


Information meetings for Buenos Aires have taken place. For information contact Faith Clover at to set up an appointment.

The next meeting will be the evening of March 1. That is the deadline for submitting your application materials. At that time a representative of Learning Abroad will provide and orientation.

December 15, 2006

Syllabus and Schedule of Activities

3 credits June 15-June 30, 2007

Dr. Faith Clover
Office: Peik Hall Room 30B
Phone: 612-625-6098

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This will be an intense experience examining the cultural and educational environment of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Buenos Aires has a very vibrant and entrepreneurial arts environment that is unlike most others in the contemporary world. Although oriented primarily to students of art education, participants from all fields are welcome as activities will be designed to see, experience, and learn from the city of Buenos Aires as well as interact with artists and arts educators while learning or improving one’s Spanish. Several class meetings will be held before and after actual travel.

This course is for art education students and others interested in art and art education in Argentina. Students will visit a variety of cultural and arts education sites in, experiencing the culture as well as interacting with arts professionals.

As cultural diversity and global understanding assumes an ever more important place in the mission and curriculum of CEHD it is important that our students have an opportunity to learn more about the cultures of the world. While many of our students have engaged in international travel, most do not. While some of our students are from other countries, significant numbers of our students have no direct personal experience in a different culture. And while there are many opportunities for foreign travel at the University, few programs directly address education.

Students will:
• examine the role of Argentine historical, economic and political culture in the formation of its arts
• learn about current art education practices in Argentina
• gain an understanding and appreciation of historical and contemporary Argentine art through visits to museums and artist studios
• develop Spanish language skills with special attention to attaining art vocabulary
• synthesize their experiences in a visual and verbal journal that will serve them as a continuing resource in their future teaching, a daily journal of your experiences, including photographs, drawings, sketches, and graphic examples from their visit.
• develop curriculum that incorporates ideas generated by their experiences

• Argentine history and culture
• Characteristics of the Argentine art world
• Role of art and design in Argentine education
• Research on Argentine arts, design and education


1. Initial Argentine research. Investigation into the historical, economic and political culture of Argentina. 20 points possible. Due June 1.
2. Participation and involvement in the tour activities. 40 points possible. Due as assigned.
3. Visual and Verbal Journal You will keep a reflective log responding to the readings and experiences for this course. 20 points possible. Due August 10.
4. Application Paper You will develop a curriculum proposal that incorporates ideas generated by your experiences in BsAs. 20 points possible. Due August 10.

The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics, Gabriela Nouzeilles 2003 or
A History of Argentina in the Twentieth Century, Luis Alberto Romero or
Buenos Aires: A Cultural and Literary Companion, Jason Wilson

A -- achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements.
B -- achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet course requirements.
C -- achievement that meets the course requirements in every respect.
D -- achievement that is worthy of credit even though it fails to meet fully the course requirements.
F (or N) -- Represents failure (or no credit) and signifies that the work was either (1) completed but at a level of achievement that is not worthy of credit or (2) was not completed and there was no agreement between the instructor and the student that the student would be awarded an I (see also I)
Academic dishonesty: academic dishonesty in any portion of the academic work for a course shall be grounds for awarding a grade of F or N for the entire course.

I -- (Incomplete) Assigned at the discretion of the instructor when, due to extraordinary circumstances, e.g., hospitalization, a student is prevented from completing the work of the course on time. Requires a written agreement between instructor and student.

Strategies used in this course include, but are not limited to lecture, presentation, field trips, independent research and reflective journals.

Because all class sessions will be devoted to specific cultural and educational experiences, missing class will make it very difficult for you to gain the benefit of these activities. Your attendance is important not only for your benefit, but for the experiences and ideas you bring to share with the class.

Due dates should be considered firm. Should you have a personal or professional situation that prevents you from turning in your work on time, please contact us IN ADVANCE.

If you have any type of disability for which you need some accommodations (dyslexia, vision problems, etc.) please talk with me sometime during the first weeks of class.

All written work must be word-processed. Always keep a copy of work submitted in the unlikely event that an assignment is lost or misplaced. Please check your work for subject/verb agreement, complete sentences, and spelling/typo errors. Don’t rely on spell check to accurately correct your work. All written assignments should be prepared using the American Psychological Association (APA) style.

Class Schedule
Subject to change depending on class needs or unforeseen circumstances

Date Morning Afternoon
Thursday, March 1, 2007 Organizational meeting 5:00 pm
Thursday, June 7, 2007 Final preparation meeting 5:00
Friday, June 15, 2007 Departure from MSP
Saturday, June 16, 2007 Arrival Lunch Orientation City tour
Sunday, June 17, 2007 Free Visit to Feria de Matadoros (flea market)
Monday, June 18, 2007 Language placement test
at Lenguas Vivas Argentine Art History I
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Tuesday, June 19, 2007 Spanish at Lenguas Vivas Visit to art studio
Wednesday, June 20, 2007Spanish at Lenguas Vivas Argentine Art History II Museo Malba
Thursday, June 21, 2007 Spanish at Lenguas Vivas Art Critique (With students’ art work)
Friday, June 22, 2007 Spanish at Lenguas Vivas Tango class
Saturday, June 23, 2007 Trip to Colona, Uruaguay Drawing, painting, journaling
Sunday, June 24, 2007 Colona continued
Monday, June 25, 2007 Spanish at Lenguas Vivas Visit to contemporary art galleries
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 Spanish at Lenguas Vivas Museo Etnográfico
Wednesday, June 27, 2007Spanish at Lenguas Vivas Visit to art universities
Thursday, June 28, 2007 Spanish at Lenguas Vivas Tango class
Friday, June 29, 2007 Spanish at Lenguas Vivas Evening: Farewell dinner
Saturday, June 30, 2007 Free day Late return to the U.S. arriving in MSP on Sunday, July 1, 2007

Late July All assignments due-sharing meeting

December 12, 2006

Buenos Aires 2007

This new site is your information center for the trip planned for June 15-30, 2007. We will be traveling to Buenos Aires Argentina to study art and Spanish. Information sessions will be held on Thursday, January 18 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Peik 40 and repeated on Tuesday, January 23 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Join us then for information and preliminary registration.