Fulbright assistants hosting events to strengthen Spanish, French skills
Photo: Abigail Verille ’18 and Christopher Nova ’17 teach Spanish and French to children at Pell Elementary School in Newport.
Laura Renfijes and Anthony Hudders, Salve Regina’s Fulbright foreign language teaching assistants for the 2015-2016 academic year, are hosting several events designed to help members of the University community practice their French and Spanish language skills.
Renfijes, who is from Argentina, and Hudders, who is from Belgium, are part of Salve Regina’s Language House living learning community. Through this immersion program, American and international students live together in Carnlough Cottage, practice their Spanish and French language skills and share culture with native speakers.
In addition to teaching elementary Spanish and French courses, Renfijes and Hudders are hosting the following events this semester:
Language tables: Open to all members of the University community regardless of their Spanish or French proficiency, language tables are an informal opportunity to have lunch with native speakers while improving language skills.
- Spanish: Mondays at noon in the Miley Hall executive dining room and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in Wakehurst.
- French: Mondays at 1 p.m. in the Miley Hall executive dining room and Wednesdays at noon in Wakehurst.
Movie nights: Open to all undergraduate students, movie nights are a great opportunity to make new friends and enjoy movies in the native language.
- Spanish: The second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Carnlough Cottage
- French: The first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Carnlough Cottage
Merienda Argentina: Open to all undergraduate students, Merienda Argentina allows participants to learn more about the Language House and its immersion program while sharing a traditional Argentinian afternoon tea. Merienda Argentina is held the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in Carnlough Cottage.
Dinners: Open to all undergraduate students, these monthly dinners are an opportunity to learn about Argentinian or Belgian cuisine and enjoy great food. Students are welcome to bring their own recipes. Dinners are held on the last Thursday or Friday of each month.
Volunteering at Pell: Members of the Language House visit Pell Elementary school each Monday to teach Spanish and French to children aged 7-11 in the after-school program. Those who are interested should meet in the Miley Hall parking lot at 3:15 p.m.