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Monday, April 09, 2007

Grant to fund summer Spanish program in Paraguay

A federal grant will make it possible for a group of Kansas Spanish and area studies teachers and senior university-level Spanish education candidates to study Spanish language and culture for a month this summer in Paraguay. Dr. Alice Sagehorn, a member of the faculty in Pittsburg State University’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction and director of the Pittsburg State University in Paraguay Program, announced this week that applications are now being taken for the Culture and Language Learning in Paraguay Program (CLLIP).

CLLIP, Sagehorn explained, is a Fulbright Hays Group Study Abroad Project funded by the U. S. Department of Education and sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education and PSU. The program, which is limited to 18, will run from July 6 through Aug. 4. Sagehorn said the grant will pay for round-trip air travel from Kansas City to Asuncion, Paraguay; the cost of lodging with a host family; two meals a day; some laundry service; tuition and materials; and transportation to and from the language institute.

Sagehorn said program participants will attend 80 hours of Spanish language and culture classes taught by native language instructors. They will observe at K-12 schools to learn teaching methods strategies and will work together to create language and culture lesson plans and that will be placed on the Kansas State Department of Education Web site. The participants will also attend lectures on history, culture, and/or political and economic issues. Field trips to museums and historic sites are planned to enhance cultural experiences and knowledge. On weekends, the participants will have an opportunity to travel at their own expense to historic and cultural sites outside of Asunción, including Foz de Iguazu, Brazil; and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Sagehorn said the deadline for applications for CLLIP is May 1. Interested persons may learn more and request an application form by contacting Sagehorn at 620-235-4499 or by e-mail at asagehor@pittstate.edu.

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