In Dialog: Life & Tradition Professors


This week, we’re highlighting the wonderful work of our Life and Tradition school members from throughout the globe. Nicole D’Adamo Moody, Covadonga Hortal, and Angela Oberer are all necessary members of our employees on the subject of Personalized School Led Programming.

Nicole D’Adamo educating her course, British Life and Tradition

Identify: Nicole D’Adamo Moody, BA Hons, MA, HEA

Location: London, England

Fast Bio:

Nicole D’Adamo Moody initially labored within the examine overseas sector, organizing pupil packages round western and central Europe, significantly in Italy, the place she spent a lot of her childhood and the place she accomplished an Erasmus program at Bologna College (Cultural Research) as a part of her BA Honors diploma in Politics from Leeds College. She has taken explicit curiosity and pleasure from working with American college students and, in 2003, accomplished an MA in United States Research from the Institute of the Americas in London. Nicole was additionally awarded a Distinction in her Skilled Certificates for Instructing and Studying at Increased Schooling from the Institute of Schooling in London and is a Fellow of the Increased Schooling Academy. She began educating British Life and Cultures (BLC) to American College college students in 2008, lecturing on an array of subjects together with The US/UK “Particular Relationship”, Comparative Schooling Programs within the US and the UK and British Politics. Together with BLC, she teaches The Historical past of London and London International Metropolis programs and helps tutorial evaluation of AIFS’s Internship program. Nicole enjoys main pupil teams on discipline journeys and exploring a few of the hidden tales inside London’s wealthy and numerous tradition.  

What led you to educating tradition courses to college students from the U.S.? 

I’ve at all times been drawn to 2 fields: schooling and journey. I started working for AIFS organizing examine overseas packages, which, amongst different issues, gave me the chance to work and go to an exquisite array of places from Florence to Rome, Prague to Athens. Nevertheless, I additionally knew that finally I wished to show, so I pursued my post-grad research whereas working. And I additionally knew I wished to show American college students! I’d already skilled a wealthy cultural discourse in my interplay with college students and professors from the US and located these cross-cultural concepts partaking and provoking. Having lived in Rome in Italy for a part of my childhood it felt pure to need to discover variations between cultures and I used to be significantly fascinated by the historic, cultural and political hyperlinks between the US and the UK. 

Did you might have a examine overseas expertise? (Have you ever been to the U.S.?) 

I used to be a participant of the Erasmus examine overseas program and fortunate sufficient to spend a 12 months at Bologna College in Italy. It was the most effective years of my life and I used to be in a position to expertise a totally totally different model of educating within the discipline of Cultural Anthropology and Asian Philosophy, culminating in an exquisite month backpacking round India. I might unreservedly suggest examine overseas – it felt prefer it helped me to develop up about ten years and discovered lots about myself!  I’ve additionally been fortunate sufficient to go to the US extensively and go to numerous campuses and Universities. The richness of various academic settings from neighborhood faculties, to massive public universities to smaller personal faculty, is at all times attention-grabbing.   

Is there a favourite subject to show, or a subject that pulls the most important response? 

Each pupil group is totally different and it’s at all times attention-grabbing to see what subjects draw the best response from totally different teams. Just lately I believe the historical past of the British Empire and its legacy on our social cloth immediately has been a vital subject. Evaluating the totally different schooling techniques whereas college students are studying in London is at all times related and the examine of our well being care system (the NHS) with comparability to the US system tends to attracts a giant response and loads of dialogue. I additionally assume the BLC discipline journeys (whether or not it’s to a various neighborhood in London, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre or the Homes of Parliament) are invaluable when it comes to studying and make an important impression on college students. 

Do you be taught out of your college students too?  Does something particular come to thoughts? 

I be taught a lot from my college students on a regular basis! It’s really the best pleasure in educating to listen to totally different and new views on a subject. And interesting with the scholars as a lot as potential at all times jogs my memory that though we would converse the identical language (kind of!) we expertise very totally different cultural techniques underpinned by totally different worth techniques. I do assume the position of an teacher is to reply, to query, and to assist unpack the experiences that college students carry to the classroom and that, in my view, supplies an important backdrop for studying to happen – mine in addition to the scholars! 

Covadonga Hortal

Identify: Covadonga Hortal

Location: Seville, Spain

Fast Bio:

Covadonga is captivated with journey and schooling and, after graduating from College with a Diploma in Tourism, she determined to concentrate on each fields. She led her first journey program in 1999 and continues to get pleasure from main teams, having labored as a cultural information round Europe. Covadonga has an ample competency in Spanish tradition, having lately obtained my European Joint Qualification as an Professional in Cultural Tourism, and have given many lectures to US School college students and Street Scholar members. She is an authorized English and Spanish trainer, speaks some French, Chinese language, Russian and Catalan, and loves touring for leisure in her free time.   

What led you to educating tradition courses to college students from the U.S.? 

Tradition courses mix my two passions; journey and schooling. With the ability to introduce my nation to international college students is a privilege, and there’s nothing I get pleasure from greater than seeing their faces after I know I’m saying one thing surprising and totally different from what they had been anticipating. Telling them about Spanish artwork, music or traditions is a big accountability, and I attempt to tackle it as wholeheartedly and objectively as potential. 

Did you might have a examine overseas expertise? (Have you ever been to the U.S.?) 

I did! Earlier than faculty, I lived within the UK for a summer season (first) and a semester (subsequent), whereas attempting to be taught some English, which I didn’t converse again then. I met tons of individuals from all around the world, a few of whom are nonetheless shut mates of mine, and had an expertise everyone ought to undergo. Finding out overseas is ineluctable in the event you want to grow to be a complete, open and unprejudiced individual.   I’ve been to the States six instances, and utterly love the nation. I do know fairly properly New York State, in addition to a few of the primary cities on the East Coast. I’ve additionally been to the West Coast twice, however by no means made it additional than San Francisco to the north. As you’ll be able to think about, there are nonetheless so many issues I’d like to go to there!

Is there a favourite subject to show, or a subject that pulls the most important response? 

All subjects are particular, all of them have one thing alluring. Irrespective of if we’re speaking about structure or politics, festivals or literature, there’s at all times some curiosity in them, and I can undoubtedly inform from the questions I get afterwards. Nevertheless, if I had to decide on, I might go for the very first one, the ‘Intro to Spain’. Though that’s an intercultural introduction fairly than a subject in itself, it covers so many issues they’ll be coping with frequently that I really like explaining to them what to anticipate, ensuring they’ve all the data I can presumably present them with so that they’re prepared for his or her keep.  

In all probability the subject drawing the most important response is Bullfighting. There are not any neutrals there, college students normally go for or in opposition to it with all their may, which at instances results in some very nice discussions. The current historical past of Spain can generally draw some ‘heated’ reactions too.  

Do you be taught out of your college students too?  Does something particular come to thoughts? 

Oh, my goodness, sure! On a regular basis. Studying and educating are indivisible; the extra I clarify, the extra I be taught from the questions, reactions and explanations I’m given in return.  I keep in mind a lady who requested quite a lot of questions throughout a gastronomy lecture. She had some Mexican background, and it was extraordinarily attention-grabbing; I might find out about two totally different cultures —and two utterly alternative ways of cooking dishes— in a single go. Double win-win! 

Angela Oberer in Florence, Italy

Identify: Angela Oberer

Location: Florence, Italy

Fast Bio:

Angela Oberer was born and grew up in Germany. She studied artwork historical past and graduated on Venetian artwork. Her doctoral thesis was on a fresco cycle in Tuscany. She now teaches Italian Tradition and Artwork historical past for AIFS, at Georgetown College, Florence, at CEA, at CET which is related to Vanderbilt College, and at different packages that work with faculties and universities from all around the USA. 

What led you to educating tradition courses to college students from the U.S.? 

I got here to Florence 20 years in the past to do the analysis for my Ph.D.  That’s the place I heard in regards to the examine overseas packages on the town and determined to complete the thesis after which apply. The concept of getting grown up in Germany, residing in Italy and educating in Florence to American college students was a dream: 3 nations, 3 languages, 3 mentalities you should take care of on daily basis was and nonetheless may be very stimulating. It will possibly take quite a lot of vitality, however I’m satisfied of the need to learn to settle for, to maneuver round varied cultures and to be taught from them, that’s the world we reside in immediately.

Did you might have a examine overseas expertise? (Have you ever been to the U.S.?) 

I went to the U.S.  on the age of 16 for a 3-months  alternate program between excessive colleges, however I by no means studied at any faculty in the U.S. 

Is there a favourite subject to show, or a subject that pulls the most important response? 

My favourite course to show is a course on iconography. It’s not solely enjoyable to show, however much more a lot enjoyable to see how briskly college students are in a position to acknowledge topic issues, to learn artworks on their very own and the way enthusiastic they’re when touring by means of Europe visiting museums they lastly get one thing out of those visits. 

Do you be taught out of your college students too?  Does something particular come to thoughts? 

On a regular basis! Their questions and observations have taught me many instances to alter strategy, to look once more, to clarify differently. A pupil as soon as identified that the two palms of Michelangelo’s David are totally different, a reality I had by no means seen. And for the evaluation of the statue, for the working strategies of Michelangelo it’s a extremely vital element.

When you have questions on incorporating a Life and Tradition course into your Personalized School Led program, please attain out to your consultant!

Paula Messina (Pacific, Rocky Mountains, Southwest states) – pmessina@aifs.com

Susanna Shigo (New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Mid-West states)- sshigo@aifs.com



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