Student Organizations and Spanish Language Groups
Spanish & Portuguese students are actively engaged in both the school community and the greater Chicago community. NU Heights is a Department of Spanish and Portugese-sponsored initiative entirely run and organized by Northwestern students. Around 60 Northwestern students make weekly trips to Pierce Elementary in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood to tutor grade-school kids.
Contact Irina Denise Baek if you want to get involved.
One of the goals we pursue in the Spanish and Portuguese Department is to help the students develop their skills and abilities in the target language outside of the classroom through different activities, such as:
Being part of a conversation group, a tertulia, is a wonderful way to practice your Spanish outside the classroom. Tertulias unite faculty, SAB's, peer tutors, graduate, and undergraduate students from the Spanish Language Program that are interested in hearing and conversing in Spanish in a informal setting. Although students from the 100 level courses are the main focus of the tertulias, students of all levels of proficiency in Spanish are welcome to attend. Co-organizers have included Latino student groups, Latina sororities, and other NU organizations, particularly for the Cinco de mayo event in spring quarter. A recent focus of the tertulias includes review sessions/study breaks before the midterm and final exams of 100 level Spanish language courses.
- Scheduled Tertulias: April 26th 6:30, May 22nd 6:30
Heritage Learners Coloquios
This extracurricular activity will bring together students of Spanish 127, 197 and 207 to celebrate, appreciate, and speak their heritage culture/language. Our objective is to create an environment where heritage language leaners can continue to strengthen their oral language and conversation skills in a semi-formal setting. This activity will be Co-organized by faculty and students.
- Scheduled Heritage Learners Coloquios: TBD
Círculo de Lectores
The main objective of this activity is to create a reading- friendly environment and to motivate students to continually develop and strengthen their reading and speaking skills. This extracurricular activity will bring together students of 121 and above levels in Spanish to read short selections in Spanish and discuss them.
- Scheduled Círculo de Lectores: TBD
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