Cultural Learning and Student Teaching Experiences in Santiago Chile

In an effort to prepare our candidates to teach in our diverse world we provide two options for international experiences at the International School Nido de Aguilas, Santiago College, and the University of the Andes in Santiago, Chile.

Option One - Cultural and Language Immersion in Chile

2 Credit Hours - additional costs include transportation to and from Chile, personal expenses including homestay, and cultural experiences
At Pacific University, students have the opportunity to participate in a cultural immersion program in Santiago, Chile.  At the University of the Andes students will be immersed in Spanish language acquisition in the community and at homestays, participate in service learning projects in Chilean schools, and engage in cultural experiences.

The cultural immersion experience in Chile will assist students in understanding and applying concepts and theories of first and second language acquisition, not only for themselves, but also for the children in the Chilean schools.  Students will also experience firsthand the role of culture and cultural identity in constructing community learning environments, an understanding readily applied to American classroom settings.

Content/Course Description

Pacific University's Cultural Immersion, Chilean program is a cultural experience for pre-service and practicing teachers, enrolled at Pacific University, who are seeking an experience in another culture.  The goal of the program is to help teachers understand the experiences South American children have in both their school and their community, and to provide an opportunity for our teachers to explore their own assumptions about the culturally diverse children they may teach in the future.

Objectives/Outcomes

  • To acquaint students with the community and culture of schools in Chile
  • To understand cultural and social influences on teacher instruction and student learning
  • Transform conceptions of sociocultural values
  • To develop and improve Spanish language competency through immersion within a family, community, and school
  • Students who participate in the Cultural and Language Immersion, Chile program for 3 semester credit hours can apply the credits to the ESOL endorsement program.

Option Two - Student Teaching at International Schools in Santiago, Chile

Variable Credit Hours - additional costs include transportation to and from Chile, personal expenses including homestay, and cultural experiences

At Pacific University, students have the opportunity to complete 3-, 9-, or 15- week student teaching practicum experience at The International School Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile or Santiago College through the University of the Andes. At the University of the Andes students will be immersed in Spanish language acquisition in the community and at homestays, participate in service learning projects with students who may have limited educational opportunities, and engage in cultural experiences. 
The student teaching practicum experience in Santiago will assist students in understanding and applying concepts and theories of first and second language acquisition, not only for themselves, but also for the children at The International School Nido de Aguilas or Santiago College.  Students will experience first hand the role of culture and cultural identity in constructing community learning environments, an understanding readily applied to American classroom settings.

"The International School Nido de Aguilas offers a unique educational experience for children from ages three to eighteen. The International School Nido de Aguilas offers a supportive and child-friendly environment where we help students identify and use their unique talents and interests to become independent thinkers and creative problem solvers.  Nido is a unique blend of host country Chilean culture and the multi-cultural diversity represented by Santiago’s international community."

"Santiago College, at the forefront of education, provides academic excellence in a bilingual setting, solidly grounded in Judeo-Christian values, that draws on cultural diversity, to prepare persons of integrity that contribute actively to the development of society in a globalized world that is subject to continuous change. Santiago College’s Vision is to be acknowledged as a school that forms principled people, with spirit of service, keen intellectuals, perseverant in seeking excellence and the capacity to develop in different cultural environments, facing challenges and fears with determination."

Content/Course Description

Pacific University's student teaching practicum in Santiago, Chile is a cultural experience for licensure candidates, enrolled at Pacific University, who are seeking a teaching experience in another culture. The goal of the program is to help teachers understand the experiences South American and international children have in an international school community, and to provide an opportunity for our teachers to explore the cultural diversity of children they may teach in the future. This course provides a classroom setting for general education preservice teachers to apply principles of education pedagogy and methodology. Pass/No Pass.

Objectives/Outcomes

  • To acquaint students with the international teaching community and culture in Santiago, Chile
  • To understand cultural and social influences on teacher instruction and student learning
  • Transform conceptions of sociocultural values
  • To develop and improve Spanish language competency through immersion within a family, community, and school
  • To provide a classroom setting for general education pre-service teachers to apply principles of education pedagogy and methodology
  • To acquaint students with the community and culture of schools in Chile
  • To understand cultural and social influences on teacher instruction and student learning
  • Transform conceptions of sociocultural values
  • To develop and improve Spanish language competency through immersion within a family, community, and school
  • Students who participate in the Cultural and Language Immersion, Chile program for 3 semester credit hours can apply the credits to the ESOL endorsement program.

For More Information

Eugene

Karren Timmermans | Assistant Professor of Education
541-485-6812 | kmtimm@pacificu.edu

Forest Grove

Ann Matschiner | Assistant Professor of Education
503-352-1461 | matschal@pacificu.edu