La Casa de Español - Residential Spanish Language Community
La Casa de Español is Regent University’s first residential language community. As such, it provides a unique opportunity to a select number of students to immerse themselves in the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Students living in La Casa de Español share a common residential experience and are required to participate in a learning-focused program and activities that will enhance their knowledge and understanding of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.
The program of La Casa de Español is characterized by a holistic environment that blends knowledge, skills, and character development to foster a greater understanding of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. The following goals and outcomes will guide La Casa de Español:
Goal 1: Enhance Language Competence for Students
Outcome 1: Students will improve their proficiency in the Spanish language by at least one level of the ACTFL Language Proficiency Testing scale.
Non-fluent students will take two three (3) credit hour Spanish language classes per academic year (SPAN 210, 211 or 310, 311)
Students will take two (2) credit hour language and culture classes per academic year
Outcome 2: Students will apply their Spanish language skills through intentional reading, viewing and listening opportunities within the community.
Spanish reading material in the residence and/or University Library
Planned interaction with local Hispanic communities, churches, and organizations.
Outcome 3: Students will apply their Spanish language skills through Spanish-only conversation within the residence.
All Spanish Hours from, Monday - Sunday.
"Family" meals - at least twice per week.
Goal 2: Enhance Students’ Global Competence
Outcome 4: Students will experience and reflect on Hispanic culture through intentional cross-cultural activities.
Mini-courses on cooking, fine arts, traditions, literature, etc.
Local cultural activities associated with Spanish language (concerts, exhibits at museums, festivals, etc.)
Outcome 5: Students will experience life and culture in a Spanish-speaking country through one substantial travel experience during the year.
Trip to Spain, Central America or South America (trip costs not included in program).
Outcome 6: Students will examine political and cultural events and conditions in the Spanish-speaking world.
Organized weekly discussion about world events from Spanish-speaking countries or regions of the world.
Goal 3: Strengthen Students’ Christian worldview
Outcome 7: Students will apply their Christian leadership skills in service opportunities at local Hispanic churches and community associations.
Volunteer service projects assisting the local Hispanic population.
Outcome 8: Students will reflect on the influence of Spanish cultural and language experiences on the shaping of their character.
Four substantive blog posts during each semester in the program.
Outcome 9: Students will apply their Christian worldviews through living and learning experiences within a Christian community.
Spanish devotionals in La Casa de Español as well as worship and service in local Hispanic churches.