Dear West Sylvan travelers,
We are nearly two weeks away from your orientation meeting on Sunday, May 4th!
I am looking forward to seeing everyone then and going over more program and travel details, as well as answering your questions.
To prepare for our meeting, you have a homework assignment! We are asking you to put together a small photo album to share (eventually) with your host family in Madrid. We will be practicing presenting these at the orientation, so please make sure to have your album completed, to have practiced a bit before, and to know all the vocabulary you need to explain your pictures, etc.
Please find the details on this preparation assignment attached.
Let me know if you have any questions.
As a reminder, students should arrive at the orientation at 2pm on Sunday, May 4th at 1226 SW Salmon (First Unitarian Church, across I-405 from Lincoln).
Parents will join us for the last hour, from 5-6pm.
Instructions: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!
We suggest bringing a small photo album with photos of you (childhood photos too!), your family and friends, your home and school, your dog and iguana…whatever is an important part of your life here. Your new host family and friends may have heard a lot about California, but probably know very little about the Northwest. You should be able to explain some things about yourself…in Spanish, of course!
You will practice this at the student orientation. After dividing into small groups, each student in the group will share his/her photos, in Spanish, with the others. The others can join the fun by pretending to be family members and asking questions.
Bring your photo album to the orientation and be ready to talk about the photos and yourself. Practice before the orientation so you know the vocabulary and phrases you’ll need to explain the photos.
In addition to photos, you may want to include…
a map of Oregon and/or Portland
brochures about area attractions
information about Oregon, Portland, your school…