Adventures in Mexico
In July 2014, Communication faculty Kelly Sindel will spend three weeks immersed in the culture of Mexico, practicing the language, and visiting cultural, archaeological, religious, and historical sites.
Sindel is one of four residential GCC faculty participating in the Global Engagement Faculty Curriculum Development Program this summer, a grant program offered to residential faculty through the Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction (MCLI). Joining her are Lovinder Gill (Video Production Technology), Catherine (Cap) Tiwald (Nursing) and Grace Paul (Nursing).
The program challenges faculty to find creative ways to use their experience in Mexico to internationalize curriculum and enhance global learning opportunities for students and faculty. Sindel, who teaches various communication courses, plans to create a unique learning module for her students. Using on-the-ground materials like coins, maps and ticket stubs, along with video clips, students will simulate a typical urban activity in Mexico–catching a bus, finding a restaurant or making a phone call.
During her three-week trip, Sindel and her colleagues will visit three locations in the country. They begin in the historic Zócalo area of Mexico City, touring the Pyramids at Teotihuacan, the Museum of Anthropology, the National Museum of Art, the National Palace, Templo Mayor Museum, the Museum of National History and the Basílica de la Virgen de Guadalupe. Then they travel 240 miles north to Guanajuato to spend two weeks living with host families and attending Spanish language classes, academic lectures and presentations by University of Guanajuato (UG) professors. Their trip ends with two days in San Miguel de Allende, a colonial city and World Heritage Site filled with buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Follow Kelly as she blogs about her adventure in Mexico.