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CostaRica (w x h, 0 KB)Cultural Exchange in Costa Rica

New Opportunity to Study Abroad

Adventure and education will be combined in the School of Education’s newest international education program during the summer session of 2007. Baylor students will have the opportunity to teach and travel in Costa Rica. This Central American country is noted for its long history of peace and democracy and, more recently, for its many eco-tourism opportunities. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in Costa Rican classrooms is an educational experience for students who plan to work with English language learners in public schools in the United States.

Hispanic students, many of whom are learning English as a second language, are the fastest growing group in American schools. To increase the number of qualified teachers for these children, the School of Education’s ESL certification program has grown substantially in the past five years. Currently, about 25 percent of teacher education students are pursuing supplemental certification as ESL teachers.

“What attracted me to this program was the opportunity to teach in a foreign country and take the ESL class while in Costa Rica,” said student Alison Macari. “This program is a great opportunity to become diverse and apply that to our future classrooms.”

While in Costa Rica for four weeks, students will practice methods of teaching ESL at Baylor’s partner school, Saint Anthony School, a K-12 bilingual school in the capital city of San Jose. School of Education faculty will conduct course seminars and provide observation and feedback.

During their stay, teacher candidates will live with local host families to experience the rich Costa Rican culture. The evenings will be filled with a variety of cultural opportunities including museums, theaters, music, and cuisine in and around San Jose. Guided weekend excursions will include educational trips to volcanoes, rain forests, cloud forests, beaches, and a coffee plantation. Snorkeling, rain forest zip-lines, hiking, horseback riding, surfing, and rafting/kayaking will provide optional activities.

The new program joins other School of Education international programs in Australia, England, and Brazil to fulfill Baylor’s Vision 2012 goal of increasing undergraduate participation in study abroad programs to 30 percent.

In This Issue

•  Welcome
•  In the F1rst Person: Jacquelyne Craft
•  Cultural Exchange in Costa Rica
•  Autism Spectrum Disorders
•  New Dean Selected

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