• Short-term Language Program at the University of Alcalá, Spain


Short-term Language Program at the University of Alcalá, Spain

    From February 2nd to 16th, six students participated in the short-term language program at the University of Alcalá, Spain, organized by the International Affairs Office of Soka University.

    During the program, the students participated in a program at the Center for Spanish Language Education for International Students of the University of Alcalá (commonly known as "Alcaláingua") and attended classes where local students were actually studying. The students learned workshops that included activities to improve their Spanish language skills and grammar explanations for review. They also deepened their learning by using tools for learning Spanish, such as a dictionary with illustrations to help them acquire vocabulary according to their level. As an extracurricular activity, the students also visited the birthplace of Cervantes', the Daisaku Ikeda Joint Institute for Education and Development (abbreviated name = IEDDAI, Daisaku Ikeda Education Institute).

    Comments from participating students.
    • During this program, I not only learned Spanish but also experienced Spanish culture through daily life. It was a fulfilling two weeks, with students from the University of Alcalá guiding me around museums and holding discussions with me. Due to my own lack of study, it was difficult to communicate in Spanish, and I felt frustrated that I could not have a conversation with them. I will make use of what I learned during the program to improve my language skills.
    • In Spain, the city's surroundings are different from Japan, with many historical buildings, and they were very beautiful. In addition, students were allowed to enter museums for free, and I was able to visit several times on holidays and after school to see world-famous works of art with my own eyes. I also went to sightseeing spots in Madrid and Toledo, where I was able to experience Spanish culture and history, which was a great experience. I was able to learn many things that I would not have been able to learn if I had just stayed in Japan, and at the same time, it was an opportunity to broaden my own horizons. I will make the most of this experience in my future university life, and while working hard to learn the language so that I can talk with people from all over the world, I will also deepen my knowledge of Spain's history, culture, and people.