Last week the French I and German II classes skyped with a college student about his experience learning a foreign language through Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA). He was no other than Caleb Carter, the former PTA student and friend of many. Carter was newly returned from Argentina where he had spent eight months learning Spanish at Universidad Adventista del Plata.
“I like how Caleb shared first-hand experiences,” stated Andi Medrano, French I student. Whether listening to how Carter adjusted to life in the dorm or to his travels through South America with ACA, our PTA students were riveted. “It gave me a better picture of what it would be like,” said Chris Velasquez, also a French I student. Carter rated his experience abroad through ACA as “unforgettable - a 10!”
Key to the picture of becoming bilingual was the fact that it often takes until Christmas “to break through to the other side” - that moment when communicating in the target language all of a sudden seems much easier. This was also true for Katie Pekar ’12, Ryan Pierce ’12 and Shannon Pierce ’11, other PTA alumni who have studied languages abroad through ACA.
“I do view myself as bilingual now,” stated Carter, “although my definition of “fluent” has changed. There will always be room to improve.” Carter will be returning to Walla Walla University as a junior next fall. Thanks, Caleb, for the armchair tour of Argentina! ¡Vaya con Dios!