Dr. David C. Julseth, professor of Spanish and chair of Belmont University’s Department of Foreign Languages, was selected earlier this year to participate in a trade mission along with nine other representatives from across the U.S. to go to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The trade mission was sponsored by Eduargentina, “an organization that works to promote and consolidate the language and cultural studies of Argentina and Latin America in the field of international education.”
During this time, Julseth participated in informational interviews with educational institutions as well as onsite visits to identify partners for future Belmont study abroad programs. The trade mission resulted in the creation of a new study abroad program for Belmont students for next summer. Students will be accompanied by Co-Directors Julseth and Dr. Natalia Pelaz, from May 29 – July 1, 2010 to take six credit hours of Spanish language and Argentine culture at any level at the Centro Universitario de Idiomas in Buenos Aires. The program includes a home stay immersion, weekend trips to Uruguay and the waterfalls of Iguazu on the border of Brasil, cultural activities and a tango show.
Julseth also presented in a panel workshop sponsored by the City Government of Buenos Aires on the “Achievements, Challenges and Perspectives of Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language in Argentina.”