Dr. David C. Julseth, Department of Foreign Languages, recently presented on the experience of the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage as a way to teach Spanish language and culture at the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) conference held in Miami. Co-presenter Dr. Mercedes Meier, Spanish professor at Miami Dade College, is the author of ¡Buen camino! – a Spanish reader that Julseth uses in some of his Spanish courses.
¡Buen camino! is a fictional story about a college student who travels to Spain to walk the pilgrimage, practice Spanish and have a cultural immersion experience. Julseth has developed class activities that complement the reader and the final project for his students was to create a video skit inspired by their reading that the students recorded on the Sculpture Trail at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. During the conference presentation, Julseth and Meier spoke about their own experiences walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and shared helpful advice for future pilgrims.