Culture Tag

Posted On August 27, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic

Walking the Souq

By Hannah, NSLI-Y Morocco, Summer 2015 One of the most memorable aspects of my trip to Morocco was not any single outing, sight or moment but instead the feeling I developed towards our neighborhood in the last leg of our journey. For the last week of the program, all of the NSLI-Y kids living in Rabat and Marrakech joined together in Essaouira, a small beach town. Our hotel was located in the heart of the Medina, or old quarter of the city, at the end of a ten-minute walk throughRead More

Posted On August 25, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Exploring Estonia’s Professional Landscape with Russian

Students on American Councils’ NSLI-Y Summer 2015 Russian Language program in Narva, Estonia, began the program with varying levels of previous Russian language experience. While everyone could read the Cyrillic alphabet and count in Russian, engaging the language outside of a classroom or with native Russian speakers was an experience new to most. Over the course of the six-week summer program, participants interacted with native speakers in a range of settings. In the classroom, the American Councils’ academic teaching team from the University of Tartu’s Narva College guided each studentRead More
A group of NSLIY girls forming a flower with traditional Korean fans.

Posted On August 13, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Korean

Korean Culture Through the Arts

This summer, NSLI-Y Korea students in Seoul took part in weekly cultural clubs, where they learned the arts of traditional Korean music, traditional Korean dance, traditional Korean cooking, and Taekwondo. After coming together every Friday throughout the program, all four cultural clubs gave a final presentation at the closing ceremony. Traditional Korean Dance Club In the Traditional Korean Dance Club, the students learned the fan dance, which includes the use of two fans. Since the choreography is based on the natural environment, students had to work together to create flower,Read More

Posted On August 5, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Persian (Tajiki)

Dance Lessons and Bargaining Skills in Tajikistan

As part of the NSLI-Y Persian (Tajiki) summer language program, implemented by American Councils in Tajikistan, students compliment their intensive language studies with interactive events that help them apply language learned in the classroom to unrehearsed, “out of the classroom” situations. The 2015 NSLI-Y Persian (Tajiki) summer group has put theory to practice through several such events in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. They participated in cooking classes, conducted solely in Tajiki, and prepared ‘sambusas’, a cuisine staple in the Central/South Asia region. This event provided a wealth of cooking/kitchen related vocabulary, somethingRead More

Posted On July 22, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Bringing Russian Fairy Tales to Life

On July 7, NSLI-Y Russia students on the AFS summer program jumped into their summer of language immersion through learning traditional fairy tales that speak to the cultural values of the country. Students visited a “Fairy Tale Park” and used their Russian language skills to learn popular fairy tales that resonate in Russia. Participants learned and recited fairy tales in their target language in order to naturally practice their newfound skills.    Read More