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Hello-

My son is a rising senior and has completed through Spanish IV. He is doing a one month full time language immersion internship in South America this summer and I am wondering what you would do with that on a transcript. I think the options are- advanced Spanish conversation, Spanish V, Spanish immersion, etc. Another option would be not to award credit at all and include it as an extracurricular choice?

What would you do? Thanks!

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My DD is doing something kind of like what you are describing but will have graduated already, so I am not including it anywhere. If she would have done it prior to senior year, I would have included it as an extra curricular activity.

If he continues with Spanish senior year (which I assume he will?), I would make sure his teacher/tutor adjusts for his higher proficiency level in the fall. I hope he has a great time!

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No he actually will not continue with Spanish his senior year but this could go on his senior year transcript, since he has already completed his junior year. 

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I would include it with the extracurricular activities.  It shows his interest in Spanish was enough to actually DO something with it, without it being a school requirement.  I've never heard of a language immersion internship.  What will he be doing?  

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He is working with 3 different organizations and living with local families. Hoping it is a great experience for him!!

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A full month immersion is an amazing experience! Will it include any language school? I would not hesitate to offer a semester or even a year worth of Spanish Conversation or Spanish immersion experience if he will be doing language school or primarily speaking the language while there. In college we had a Spanish course that met a handful of times during the semester but was primarily a week of language school in Costa Rica. A month is definitely worth a semester credit and maybe a year depending on how much he will speak in the target language. I would definitely add it to the senior year transcript. However, I can't imagine stopping language learning at that point! What a treasure to have 4 years and an immersion experience! Maybe he could at least continue some kind of conversation practice for senior year. If you add that you can definitely call it a full Spanish Conversation credit. I hope he has a marvelous time! 

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