Spain: UAlbany in Madrid

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The UAlbany in Madrid program offer courses focusing on general education requirements, some of UAlbany’s most popular courses, and Spanish language study. Courses include local excursions that give you the opportunity to learn firsthand the lessons and theories taught in the classroom.

Located in the trendy Las Salesas district, a block away from the Plaza de Colón and a stone’s throw away from the Paseo de Recoletos, the UAlbany in Madrid program operates out of the AIL Formación. With modern facilities, AIL Formación offers classroom, computer, and lounge space for students. Take a virtual tour of the facility by clicking here. Shops, cafés, and eateries are plentiful in the Las Salesas district.

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Julia
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Yes, I recommend this program

My weeks at el Colegio

Every Tuesday for over eight weeks during my study abroad, I went to work with kids in a local bi-lingual middle school. I would pull out as many as five to six and work with them more intimately on the subject for that hour. This was an amazing experience to add to my many memories of studying abroad. The exposure to knowledge and freer ways of thinking that the children have access to amazes me. I loved the opportunity to speak with them in English and correct their speaking mistakes. I also became very aware of how important it is for me as an educator to pronunciate effectively so they are able to hear the differences between our languages and the sounds of our letters. This made me realise the direction of my teaching career will focus more on ESL learning with people of all ages.

What would you improve about this program?
I would say the level of classes was a lot "easier" than I had been expecting. I would say one area to improve upon is the English speaking outlet provided by some teachers and enforcing less use of our native tongue. I found some of the classes not as challenging as I had hoped, partly because of the use of English.
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