Adult Enrichment

Summer 2018
100 Years of Politics in Spanish Film

We are pleased to announce that there will be a new Adult Enrichment seminar held at our school in Zaragoza, Spain. This five-day seminar, designed for adults who are comfortable learning in Spanish, will examine history and politics in Spain -- including current events -- through the lens of Spanish film (pun intended).

Whether you are a film buff or simply looking to learn more about Spain's turbulent history over the last decade, a hispanophile aching to practice your Spanish or a seasoned traveler dying to get back to Spain, or all of the above, this seminar will satisfy your needs.

The Adult Enrichment seminar in Zaragoza will be led by SYA history, film and theater teacher Oriol Bastardes. Oriol is not only a seasoned teacher and professional pianist, he is also a proud Catalan who will be able to share his perspective and shed some light on the current situation in Catalunya. Actively participating in the experience will be a dozen like-minded adults, eager to make the most of their week in Spain. The seminar is open to SYA alums, their parents and relatives, as well as high school Spanish teachers.

Zaragoza is a lively city with a strong personality and a host of people, places, tastes and treasures to explore. Class times are structured to allow students ample opportunity to discover what this city has to offer, either on their own or in optional group activities. These will include a welcome dinner, walking tours, cooking classes, a tapas crawl, and a farewell wine-tasting and gastronomy event.


• The cost is $1,475 (price does not include flight or hotel)

Discounted rate for Member School faculty and staff
• The seminar runs for five days from June 24 – June 29, 2018
Note: Opening dinner on June 23 and class will be held on the 29th
• Space is limited to 12 participants.

For more information,
contact Whitney Hermann ES'85 / 978-725-6828, ext. 134

Coming soon:

Course outline
Oriol Bastardes' biography
Registration form
Hotel information

Feedback from past participants

Summer S., Spanish Teacher, The Wheeler School, RI

"I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and studies in Zaragoza. I have participated in three others (summer teacher workshops) over the last 10 years (Cuernavaca and Oxford Barcelona) and this summer was, by far, my best experience. Zaragoza is a perfect city to explore but also small enough to walk most everywhere."

Tom S., ES'71

"I thought the week was very well organized and had the right balance of time off and discussion time. The approach of discussing topics, which crossed both books was an ideal way to approach such a massive subject. Ángeles is a superb teacher and I think we all learned a lot. Her enthusiasm and energy shone through."

Andrea H., ES'00

"In a nutshell, I thought the Quijote seminar was extraordinary. Of course, I count Ángeles among the best teachers I've ever had, and would follow her anywhere. As for the activities and structure, the guided tours were a bonus I did not anticipate (both of them great), and the wine tasting and goodbye dinner an extra special treat. It is wonderful that SYA is expanding its academic programs in this way. My world is so much larger, and so much richer, thanks to my experiences with the school."