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Overwhelming success for our "Mío Cid" Language Commitment Program


Given that Language in Context students often tell me that they wish we would MAKE THEM speak Spanish more, I found myself contemplating how we could realistically do that. Obviously, neither the language professors nor myself can hold a gun to their heads to MAKE THEM speak Spanish more (or rather prohibit them from speaking English), so after some thought, I decided to create a program to offer them an incentive to speak more Spanish and give them an opportunity to improve their language skills, voluntarily. I'm pleased to introduce the brand-new "Mío Cid" Language Commitment Program for Language in Context students.

Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, El Cid, is one of the most important heroes in Spanish history. A Castillian knight, he fought next to the Spanish king, Sancho de Castilla, during the Reconquest in the 11th Century. The people admired him because he was strong, loyal, just, cultured and courageous. He married Lady Jimena in 1074 and they had three children. When Sancho died, the new King Alfonso VI, who was jealous of him, banished him from the region of Castilla. A short time after that, El Cid conquered the kingdom of Valencia. He created a new justice system and restored the Christian religion, all the while respecting the Arabs that lived in the city. Legend has it that El Cid even won a battle after his death...

Students that wish to be a “Rodrigo” or a “Jimena” pledge to speak only Spanish in their language classes, attend one CIEE sponsored activity a month, meet with an intercambio on a weekly basis, and write about their experiences in the Language in context Language Class Blog. Although the program is voluntary, I am proud to announce that all 23 students have chosen to participate. You can read all about their experiences at the following link:



New year, new program, new adventures...Welcome Spring 2011 participants!

Hello again, I'm Jennifer Holleyman, the Resident Director of the Language in Context program at the CIEE Alicante Study Center. Well, we've made it through the Orientation and all of our Spring participants are settled in either with their homestay families or in the dorms, and have completed the first half of their intensive Spanish course. I meant to post this blog yesterday, but because I didn't find the time, one of our new bloggers for the spring program, Randy, beat me to the punch! Oh, well, I will instead take advantage of this opportunity to thank him for starting the blog for this semester! In my opinion, his observations and advice so far are very perceptive (funny story included). I'm looking forward to reading more about his and the other two students who will be participating in this blog's experiences this semester, and I hope you all will enjoy them too! Happy reading...


Fall 2010 LIC Farewell Message

Almost three weeks have gone by since we said our final tear-filled farewells on December 22nd, and I realize now as I am writing this final blog for our Fall 2010 LIC program blog (and tears are beginning to fill my eyes again) that this semester will be just as unforgettable for me as it probably will be for all of you (the Context Crew), for various reasons. First of all, as you all know, we all experienced this program together for the first time (you all as participants and me as Director) and as I told you in the Closure Ceremony, I could not have dreamed of having a more interested, unified, motivated, hard-working, funny and FUN group of students. I want you all to know how much I appreciate your dedication and hard work this semester, as well as your spontaneity and sense of humor.


The last ten years of my life have been filled with heart-wrenching goodbyes and because of this, I have developed an aversion for long goodbyes, so I will try to keep these final words succinct. Thank you for the bouquet of flowers and the framed group photo. It was so thoughtful of you all. My house smelled like roses for two weeks, and every time I am feeling challenged or down, I can look up from my desk (onto the top of the cabinet across from my desk) and see all of your smiling faces to motivate me! Thank you for honoring me by breaking into the final “Con-text, Con-text, Con-text” farewell chant during our final Closure Activity group lunch, I was so touched! Thank you for opening yourselves up to this experience as completely as you have done; I think we have all learned so much this semester because of it! Y por último, y creo que es más apropiado que os lo diga en español, esto no es un “adiós”, sino un “hasta luego”…


What will your story be?


As the Resident Director, I would like to welcome you to the Fall 2010 Language in Context Program student blog at the Alicante Study Center. Several of our current students will be sharing their real-life experiences, perceptions, hopes, successes, and maybe even disappointments with you on this site. I hope that if you are considering participating on this program, these blogs will give you some insight into what this experience is all about. I'm sure this site will be filled with many one-of-a-kind adventures, so please enjoy!