Student Spotlight: Kaitlin O’Rourke

 

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When studying abroad, students often have a language barrier to overcome when living in their host country or as part of their travels. Kaitlin O’Rourke, who is studying at the SU Center in Santiago, Chile, has taken language immersion one step further by teaching English to Spanish speaking students at a local high school.

In her blog, Kaitlin writes about how she is navigating not only speaking but teaching a foreign language and the trials and moments of hilarity that come with teaching a class of  seventeen year-old boys. She writes:

“I have never quite appreciated my Spanish teachers as much as I do now. Teaching a language is hard. Even though all I really have to do, in theory, is talk with the boys (did I mention that this is an all boys high school??) and correct their grammatical mistakes, my job is really far more difficult than that.”

Follow Kaitlin as she wraps up her abroad experience by reading her blog here.

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