April Tarbox’s latest PowerPoint creation to help you learn is on the vocabulary for the family (capítulo 5 ~ vocabulario útil 1). I think the vocabulary for in-laws and step-parents is particularly challenging! This is a very strong tool to help you get it all straight.
What is it like to grow up in two cultures in the Berkshires? Immigrants from four families will share their insights with service providers, educators, and community members on Thursday, November 17 from noon to 2 at the First Baptist Church, 88 South Street in Pittsfield.Forum to Explore “Growing Up in Two Cultures”
November 17, 2011 from 12 – 2
Sponsored by the Cross Cultural Action Network (CCAN), the forum is open to the public with opportunities for networking among more than 40 agencies that provide services to multicultural populations throughout the county. Light refreshments will be provided.
Among the panelists is Youlin Shi who first came to the U.S. on a student visa with her husband. When she realized she was pregnant, she made the decision to stay in this country so her daughter could enjoy the freedoms that she did not have growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution. “I wanted to stay in this country so I opened my mind to what was the best way to raise a child in this country. I wanted my daughter to be a part of this culture. I wanted her to have the best of both cultures.”
While Youlin represents a parental view, two children of immigrant parents will share what it was like to grow up in two worlds. Pamela Melendez, who recently became an American citizen, was born in Ecuador and came to the United States when she was 16 years old with her family. She works as an Administrative Assistant in the BRIDGE program. Maya Bahl was born in the United States of immigrant parents from India. She is presently a student at Berkshire Community College.
For younger immigrants, growing up in two cultures can often have an impact at school. To help other educators and agencies understand the challenges in a school setting, Claudia Ooley, who immigrated from Northern Ireland 7 years ago, will share her experience as an ESL teacher and ELE Coordinator for the Southern Berkshire Regional School District.
All of us as parents and daughters and sons will learn from hearing these stories about the challenges facing parents and children in immigrant families. What is most amazing is the universality of many of the issues. We can identify with parents, who want the best for their children and with children who want to develop their own identity. Attendees will be encouraged to join in this interesting discussion .
Attendees are asked to enter the church through the side entrance near the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank. Allow time for traffic and parking as construction continues on South Street. Parking is available on South Street, at the Colonial Theater and south of Housatonic Street.
CCAN is an informal network of cross cultural individuals and organization that support immigrants and other minority groups in the Berkshires. The group is committed to making the Berkshires a welcoming community through events, advocacy and education. Sponsoring this month’s forum are the Adult Learning Center in Pittsfield, Berkshire Adult Literacy Committee, Berkshire Immigrant Center, Literacy Network of South Berkshire, and South Berkshire Educational Collaborative.
Emily Ruel, Foreign Languages Program Alum, January 2011, is currently finishing work toward her BA degree at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, in North Adams. She has granted us permission to post her final project for her SPA 202 class. Emily spent six weeks reading a news story of her choice in a Bolivian newspaper, online. She (as Palomita Sánchez de Reca) summarized the issues she learned about and then commented on the impact the story had on her own (invented) life. In her final project, she created this video, in which she presents the news as if she, herself, were broadcasting the story.
Watch Emily Ruel’s outstanding video, below.
Students in Spanish at BCC adopt an Hispanic alter ego and write most of their compositions and video projects in the “voice” of their adopted identity. This project is called Segunda vida. It has evolved since our students began doing these cultural projects, in the fall of 2007. Our students presented their work on their Segunda vida projects at the NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), in New York; at Middlebury College for the NEFDC (New England Faculty Development Conference) and on campus in the Spring of 2009. We have been invited back to NECTFL for their Spring 2012 conference to present on Segunda vida 2.0. Teachers at other schools have adapted Segunda vida for their French classes. BCC students and their instructor will present along with these teachers at NECTFL, this spring.
If you are interested in taking the one-credit Spanish Conversation class during this Winter Intersession, contact Profe at: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will advise you on how to proceed. We will begin on Monday, January 3, 2011!
You may already have heard that there will be an opportunity for students planning to move up to the next level of Spanish — current SPA 101 and SPA 201 students — to enroll in a one-credit distance learning course in Spanish during the January intersession.
At this moment, it is not clear whether the course will run as a regular course you can sign up for with an Add/Drop form through the Registrar’s Office or as an Independent Study course, for this January’s session. More information is forthcoming on that in the next two weeks.
For now, I am making available to you the draft syllabus for the course. If you are interested, download it to give you an idea of what will be involved.
In any case, if you ARE interested, do let me know by responding to this post, by emailing me, or by telephoning the office: 413.236.4615.
BCC hosts a Diversity Films Series on Wednesdays at 6:30pm, once a month during the academic year. This is a film you will truly enjoy… Attend this film and send me an email with your opinion on it (just a few sentences long), and I’ll give you homework bonus points: 5 points if you write in English; 10 points if you write in Spanish.
La Quinceañera will be shown Wednesday, December 8th , at 6:30pm, Koussevitzky 111. (In English.)
This sensitive coming-of-age drama, a 2006 Sundance Film Festival award winner, tells the story of Magdalena (Emily Rios), who, on the brink of her 15th birthday, finds her comfortable existence shattered by the discovery that she’s pregnant. Cast out by her parents, the once-privileged teen finds safe haven with a great-granduncle and a gay cousin (Jesse Garcia), who introduce her to a world far different from her gentrified middle-class life.
We are so very proud of the efforts of these students! Michael “Jota Jota” Van Deusen and Beatriz Pereira are Spanish Program students. We are delighted that two of “ours” are involved in this grant.
BCC Students Win Service Learning Grant!
Interested in doing a Service Learning project in Spanish, next semester? Talk to Jota and to Jonathan Dick, Bethany Fedell,Matthew Griffin, Ian Piazza or Tanya Record. They are doing a great job in area schools.
Kindly make every effort to attend the FORUM on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. If you attend and if you share what you learned at this performance with your class, you can earn up to five bonus points on your final grade for your Spanish class. See the flyer, below:
BCC FORUM ~ Tres Vidas ~ Tuesday, November 2, 2010
(Click on the flyer to see the full-sized image.)
Bring tons of friends, classmates, family members!
Please join us on Thursday, October 28th for the Day of the Dead Luncheon in the cafeteria from 11:30am – 1:00pm.
This holiday honoring the ancestors originated in Mexico, and has since spread to other Latin countries and other parts of the globe. Come and take part in creating a traditional altar and enjoy a Mexican feast buffet.
Bring a photo or a token of loved ones you have lost to place on the altar. It is a lovely way to celebrate the memory of the departed. (The altar will stay up in the cafeteria until November 1, 2010. You may have your objects back at that time…)
(Thank you, Mary Zanconato, for the text announcing this event!)
Emaila photo of yourself to Profe at: email@example.com to earn two bonus points!! We’ll post your photos on this page!
The buffet will consist of; Tacos and all the fixings, Vegetarian Chili, nachos with cheese sauce, dessert and beverage. Cost: $2.00