Mercedes Case

Mercedes Case
'13
Major: 
Spanish and Communications
Minor: 
Hometown: 
Accord, NY
Activities: 
Anthropology Club, United Methodist Church and Bittersweet Farm Volunteer

My experience studying abroad in Spain:

My
study abroad experience in Spain would not have been complete without the
internship component. I was lucky enough to have worked for 4 intensive weeks,
6 hours a day, at a private, well renowned catholic school situated not far
from the Colegio Mayor where all St. Lawrence students attend class. Colegio
FEM has a warm, traditional one-room schoolhouse spirit where wooden desks,
cozy classrooms, and uniformed students present the norm. 

Throughout
this past year I have acted as a teacher´s assistant for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th
grade students of English. I regularly read aloud passages, graded papers,
helped prepare for the important Trinity Exam, and shared cultural knowledge of
my home in the states.

For
me, the deepest, most enriching part of working at Colegio FEM stemmed from the
unique opportunity I was given to work outside of the more carefully planned
classroom setting. Working one-on-one in a room outside of class allowed me to
experiment first-hand with new ways of introducing grammar, syntax and
pronunciation-based exercises in a way that was both fun and effective.  I
felt proud of my accomplishments with the students and even though my plan to
become an English teacher is still tentative, this internship has certainly
provided me with an important framework for understanding my strengths and
interest in the speech, language and communication fields.