Sarah Melanson Sabbatical Brings New Opportunities for Internationalization


Sarah Melanson, professor of English for academic purposes, has returned from her sabbatical in Santander, Spain, and she has identified new opportunities for international experiences for Valencia faculty and students.

faculty-insight-news-idSarah describes the following two new opportunities.  Faculty interested in partnering with her on one of these projects can contact her at

The first opportunity came through contacts with a friend and colleague at the University of Cantabria, who is interested in participating in a faculty exchange. Professors, who have an interest in hosting a guest speaker or teaching partner from Spain – or who would like to travel to educational institutions in Spain as part of a faculty exchange, should contact Sarah to work on a proposal. To review Valencia’s guidelines for faculty exchanges please click here.

The second opportunity is for students interested in international internships. Spanish public schools at all levels, starting at the elementary level, are in need of conversation assistants (native speakers of English)  to work in classrooms designing and implementing lesson plans that will create opportunities for Spanish children to speak English. Professor Melanson has a connection with a specific elementary school (where she volunteered while on sabbatical) and this school would welcome Valencia students.  Sarah will need   a partner (for example, from the education department) to work on this idea with her.

During her sabbatical, Sarah researched and blogged about a variety of topics including strengthening relationships with international education institutions, life in Spain and intercultural communication. If you would like more information about her blog, please click here.  Sarah’s blog features a table of contents that will help you find articles on the topics you are interested in, or you can use the “labels” (on the right of the screen) to filter posts by topic (for example, international education).

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