|04.04.2013||Maymester & Summer Programs|
A 2012 UGA Costa Rica student Says:
Language & Culture Service-LearningUndergraduate, Graduate / Summer / College of Education
The Language and Culture Service-Learning study abroad program is in its 8th year, and introduces undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline to basic linguistic concepts and theories while exploring through applied activities such questions as: How does language work? How do we learn it? How is language tied to our identities? How do we construct gender through language? What happens (to language and to people) when people who speak different languages come into contact with one another? How does this impact students and teachers in schools? How is globalization impacting the way we talk?
The month-long course runs during second summer session. During that month, the students explore through reflections, discussions and theoretical readings, the nexus between language and culture and how this impacts the teaching of ESL/EFL. As part of the service-learning component, the participating students apply what they are learning in a week-long “English Camp” for local elementary school children. The students develop interactive lessons that integrate the Costa Rican national science curriculum and apply strategies for teaching English to non-native speakers of English. We also talk with a women’s cooperative and a group of local farmers who are developing sustainable agricultural practices to explore how English is impacting their lives and communities. Most of the course is held at the rural UGA Costa Rica campus and the surrounding communities tucked into the mountains around the Monteverde Cloud Forest; however, we also travel to Turrialba in the Atlantic zone to see a “real” Costa Rican city, and finish out the trip at Playa Hermosa, one of Costa Rica’s coastal jewels in the Guanacaste region.
Although participating students may be enrolled in different classes, study abroad is different from "regular"class in that we attempt to make the course a seamless whole, integrating all the program activities into the overall learning experience exploring the role of language in shaping culture and vice- versa. With that in mind, all participating students must enroll in the LLED 4620/6620 - ESOL Service-Learning, which will encompass the work we will be doing in the community and reflections on that work regarding language and culture. In addition, students may choose 1 or 2 of the four content area courses offered: LING 2100 – Introduction to Language; LING(CMLT) 4870/6870 - Language, Gender, & Culture; LLED 5040/7040 - Language & Culture in the Classroom; and, LLED 5730/7730 - First and Second Language Acquisition (these last two are among the 3 ESOL endorsement courses required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission). A student may take a minimum of 6 credit hours and a maximum of 9.
UGA COSTA RICA CAMPUS
Courses are taught in state-of-the art classrooms and via "living classroom" excursions. All in all, the 155-acre campus is comprised of 36,000 square feet of built space, which includes computer labs, spacious bungalows, a student union, and recreational facilities. Additionally, there are nearly 3 miles of hiking trails throughout the property, along with a working organic farm and reforestation nursery.
March 20 2013
July 5 - August 1, 2013
Enrollment is limited to 14 qualified students. Students will earn 6 credit hours.
To apply, students must submit a complete UGA Costa Rica program application and UGA transient application (if applicable). A $300 deposit will be required 10 days after your official acceptance and is payable via the UGA Student Accounts System. The deposit will be refunded if the applicant withdraws by the program's withdrawal deadline (see below). If you are a transient student, please click here for complete application instructions.
For more information, contact Paula Mellom or Adam Rhinehart. You can also reach the UGACR Office at (706) 542-6203.
- LING2100 - The Study of Language
- LING(CMLT) 4870/6870 - Language, Gender, & Culture
- LLED 4620/6620 - ESOL Service-Learning
- LLED 5040/7040 - Language & Culture in the Classroom
- LLED 5730/7730 - 1st & 2nd Language Acquisition & Development
Costs & Payments
Program fees are approximately $3,025*, which covers all lodging (both on- and off-campus), three meals per day, travel insurance, and all sponsored in-country transportation and entry fees. Additional costs include UGA in-state tuition† and fees, personal items, and international airfare. For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the UGA Bursar's website.
* The final program fee is subject to student enrollment.
† Note: Out-of-state students pay in-state tuition. Additionally, the HOPE scholarship applies to those who are eligible.
Once you are admitted, all program fees will be charged to your Student Account. You may pay online with a credit card or mail a check to the Bursar's Office. Access your Student Account here. If you receive a scholarship from either OIE or UGA Costa Rica, or plan to utilize financial aid, please notify the UGA Costa Rica Office should any payment need to be submitted after the deadlines. We are generally willing to work with students who have special circumstances.
An additional application and $60 processing fee is required for non-UGA students to enroll. Click here for instructions and to download the Transient Student application. Contact the UGA Costa Rica Office to confirm once you have started the application process. And per University of Georgia policy, all non-UGA students will be charged a $250 fee in addition to their tuition (unless a student of a USG or SEC institution), which is assessed by the UGA Bursar's office.
Other dates / Deadlines
Application Deadline: March 20, 2013
Withdrawal deadline: April 4, 2013
After this date, students who withdraw from the program will be responsible to forfeit their initial deposit as well as any program costs that have been spent on their behalf (e.g., hotel reservations, transportation, and payments to local vendors). To withdraw a student must submit the official withdrawal form.
Final Payment Deadline: June 1, 2013
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