14th Annual Spanish Language FDIB in Spain (2014)

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  1. Program Description
  2. Program Fee
  3. International Travel Information
  4. Tentative Program Schedule
  5. Hotel Accommodations
  6. Visa Information
  7. Travel Insurance
  8. Testimonials
  9. Pictures From Previous Years
  10. How to Register
  11. About Maida Watson
  12. Miscellaneous Expenses
  13. Program Contact Information
Program Description

Spanish Language Faculty Development Program - Teaching Spanish for Business: A Global Approach is designed for Spanish college and university faculty, Spanish high school teachers and advanced graduate students.

Immerse yourself in a week long seminar in Avila and Madrid, Spain where you will be introduced to business terminology and methodology of teaching Spanish for Business. During the seminar, participants will meet with European experts and have the opportunity to attend company visits.

Participants will be staying in a single occupancy, 16th century boutique hotel with air-conditioning, private bath, breakfast, and ground transportation.

Program Fee

Program fee is $1,700 USD per participant. The program fee includes single occupancy lodging in an air-conditioned hotel room for four nights in Avila and two nights in Madrid with private bath, breakfast, ground transportation during the program and some meals. International airfare is not included in the program fee. Please see the International Travel Information section below.

Discounted program fee is available for participants wishing to bring their spouse or a guest (over the age of 21). Spouse/guest will share hotel room with the participant and be involved in all cultural activities, but not the business visits/workshops. Please contact us for more information.

International Travel Information

Participants will be required to arrange their own international airfare to Avila, Spain, and departing back to their home country from Madrid, Spain. Participants should make their travel arrangements so that they arrive in Avila, Spain by noon on Sunday June 8th, 2014, and should plan to depart from Madrid, Spain on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Depending on the size the group and the flight schedules of each participant, group transportation from the airport to the hotel may be available.

Tentative Program Schedule

This tentative program schedule is subject to change. Participants will receive a final program schedule one week prior to departure. Program materials will be mailed to the participants prior to departure from the U.S.

Day 1 Sunday, June 8 — Avila, Spain
12:00 PM Arrive in Avila and check in at Hotel:

Hosteria Las Cancelas
Calle De La Cruz Vieja N, 6
Avila, Spain
Tel: (34) 920-212-249

6:30 PM Meet in hotel lobby
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Welcome Reception in Hotel
Day 2 Monday, June 9 (Avila, Spain)
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast at the hotel
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Short walk to Escuela de Turismo
Participants may take a taxi at an additional cost
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Workshop on Spanish for Business #1 María José Hellín-García, PhD, Assistant Professor of Spanish “A Task-Based Approach in the Teaching of the Spanish Financial System"

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Lunch with group (lunch not included with program fee)
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM

María José Hellín-García, PhD, Assistant Professor of Spanish, The Citadel - The Military College of SC

7:00 PM Dinner on your own
Day 3 Tuesday, June 10 (Avila, Spain)
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast at the hotel
8:30 AM

Guided tour of historical section of Avila with Dr. Sonsoles Sanchez-Reyes.

10:00 AM Workshop on Spanish for Business #1 - Spanish for Advertising
By Dr. Duran
12:15 PM Workshop on Spanish for Business #2
By Dr. Duran
1:30 PM Lunch (lunch not included with program fee)
2:30 PM Tour of the Convent of Santa Teresa with Dr. Sonsoles Reyes
3:45 PM

Workshop on Spanish for Business: "El mercado inmobiliario en España y la crisis" by Alberto Martin Casado

Day 4 Wednesday, June 11 (Avila, Spain)
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast at the hotel
8:30 AM Meet in lobby
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Transportation to Fabrica de Jamon in Guijuelo
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM Visit to the Museum of the Pig and Fabrica de Jamon
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Lunch in nearby town (lunch not included with program fee)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Travel to Salamanca
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Tour of Salamanca on your own, dinner on your own.Bus will meet the group at the Salamanca Bus station at 9:l5 pm for the trip back to Avila

Day 5 thursday, June 12 (Avila, Spain)
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast at the hotel
8:30 AM Travel to the village of Cebreros where Vinos Perlado and the Museo de la Transicion are located
10:00 AM - 12:15 PM Visit to Museo de la Transicion and to Vinos Perlado (they are right next to each other)
12:15 PM -2:00 PM Travel back to Avila (we recommend that you bring a picnic lunch to eat on the bus going back to Avila, you can buy bread and cheese in Salamanca the day before or you can buy ham in Guijuelo in Jamones Embutidos Quintin Sanchez)
2:45 PM - 5:00 PM Conference by Dr. Sonsoles Sanchez Reyes “Nuevas perspectivas en la enseñanza del español para los negocios"
2:45 PM - 5:45 PM Workshop on SPanish for Business
8:00 PM Farewell Dinner (location to be announced)
Day 6 friday, June 13 (madrid, Spain)
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast at the hotel (note the early time)
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Travel to Ciudad Banco Santander
10:00 AM - 12:00PM Tour of Ciudad Banco Santander & Presentation

Lunch at Banco Santander, courtesy of Banco Santander

5:00 PM

Check in a hotel

Hotel Agumar
Paseo de Reina Cristina, 7
Madrid, Spain
Tel: (91) 552-6900

5: 30 PM Group discussion on visit to Banco Santander.
  Free Evening
Day 7 saturday, june 14 (madrid, spain)
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast at hotel
10:00 AM Check out of hotel
10:30 AM End of Program
Hotel Accommodations

Hosteria Las Cancelas
Calle De La Cruz Vieja N, 6
Avila, Spain
Tel: (34) 920-212-249

Hotel Agumar
Paseo de Reina Cristina, 7
Madrid, Spain
Tel: (91) 552-6900

Visa Information

For travel to Spain, citizens of Canada, the U.S. and most Western European countries will not need visas; participants from Colombia and a few other Latin American countries will need visas.

Participants should contact the Spanish consulate nearest their home on information about applying for a visa to Spain.

Travel Insurance

Participants are encouraged to purchase international travel insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of remains. Participants may contact STA TRAVEL at 1-800-387-2427 or purchase online at www.statravel.com or any other International travel insurance company.

What Others Had to Say

"Everything was very useful, inspirational and has exceeded my expectations. Maida’s contacts are specialists with superb communication skills. The content and pedagogy were outstanding."

"This seminar is probably the most useful and well-organized program I have attended. Very little time was lost or wasted, and I found all the programmed activities to be worthwhile. I learned a great deal about how to organize a Spanish for business course and am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend this seminar before I teach a business Spanish course for the first time."

Pictures from Previous Years

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How to Register

Participants who wish to register for this program should complete the online application by clicking the "Register Now" button below. Once submitted, participants will receive a confirmation e-mail with additional information. Participants will receive an invoice for the program fee within 10 business days after registering.

Register Now

Participants are also required to submit clear copies of the following documents to our office:

  1. Copy of valid passport.
  2. Copy of driver's license.
  3. Copy of health insurance cards (front and back).
  4. Release and Assumption of Risk form
  5. A half page updated biography.
  6. International Travel Itinerary (Please submit at least one week prior to the start of the program)

Unfortunately we cannot accept fax copies of these documents due to clarity issues. Participants can e-mail color scanned copies to ciber@fiu.edu, mail to our mailing address below, or drop them off in our office.

Documents can be mailed to:

Florida International University
11200 S.W. 8th ST, RB 354b
Miami, FL 33199

About Maida Watson

The FIU CIBER Seminar in Spain will be directed in 2014 by Dr. Maida Watson who created this program and has directed it for over 12 years. Dr. Watson is a Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Florida International University and has published over 30 articles and 6 books, many in the field of languages for business. In addition to a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Florida, she holds an MS in Finance and has taught Spanish for Business for many years, both totally on line and in a face to face mode. She speaks native-level Spanish and has been Foreign Language Coordinator for the Center for International Business Education and Research at Florida International University since 1997.

Dr. Watson has written and directed many federal grants involving the development of programs and curricula in Foreign Languages for special purposes in the fields of Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese. She has also received grants from the Kaufman Foundation for Entrepreneurship, the Fulbright-Hays Office, the American Philosophical Society and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is presently working on an article comparing how business culture is taught in textbooks for Spanish for Business published in Spain with those published in the United States. She is active in organizations for Languages for Special Purposes both in the United States and in Europe

The 2014 Seminar will include lectures from Spanish faculty on topics related to teaching Spanish for Business as well as visits to small and medium Spanish companies. In addition, participants will share their experiences teaching Spanish for business through interactive discussions and workshops.

Miscellaneous Expenses

Participants will be responsible for any and all personal and/or additional expenses including (but not exclusive to) round-trip international airfare, visas, passports, currency exchange fees, internet, faxes, phone, lodging incidentals or extensions, meals not covered in the program, Value Added Taxes (V.A.T.), appropriate tips, vaccinations/inoculations, and any other voluntary tours or excursions not covered in the program fee.

Program Contact Information

Nathalie Sarmiento

Program Manager
Florida International University
Tel: (305) 348-1740
E-mail: Nathalie.Sarmiento1@fiu.edu

Maida Watson, Ph.d.
Professor of Spanish, Modern Languages
Florida International University
E-mail: Maida.Watson@fiu.edu