Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

David Shallenberger


As colleges begin to internationalize campuses and global competencies continue to become a demand in the workforce, secondary schools should also aim to internationalize the curriculum and offer international education opportunities to their students. In an effort to do this, I have created the Traditions And Proficiency Abroad - Spain (TAPAS) Program for Community High School District 128 in Illinois. The TAPAS program is a 20-day summer intensive cultural and language immersion program created to maximize learning potential in D128 students. While the program’s focus is on Spanish language and culture education, the orientation and instructional activities have been designed to incorporate ideas from research on student development and global citizenship. With the approval of administrators within D128, this program has the potential to be the most comprehensive international program offered at D128 and could serve as a model to be replicated at other local high schools. Students will not only receive formal instruction in Spanish language and culture, but they will also get the chance to experience a variety of Spanish cities and experience the various sub- cultures within Spain. Upon their return, students will have advanced their language skills and will have a more refined idea of their own identity as a student in today’s globalized society.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Developmental Psychology | International and Comparative Education | Other International and Area Studies | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Sociology of Culture | Spanish Linguistics


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