Luther Ridge residents take Spanish from Shippensburg U. students

August 22, 2011
  • Luther Ridge Retirement Community residents pose with Shippensburg University faculty and staff at the conclusion of a six-week Spanish class offered to Luther Ridge residents.  Front row, from left, Sara Hennenberger and Jose Ricardo, chairman of the modern languages at Shippensburg University. Back row, from left, Charles Kampmeyer, Sally Boice, Jim Boice, Phyllis Akers, Evelyn Hildebrand, and Shippensburg students Katie Egolf and Alisha Norman.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Luther Ridge Retirement Community recently served as a site for a Spanish class.  

The class was facilitated by two Shippensburg University students enrolled in an advanced-conversation Spanish class.  

In a role reversal, the students taught residents phrases, terms, songs and culture, and shared travel experiences and photos from Latin-American countries.

Teaching the six-week class served as the final exam for Shippensburg students Katie Egolf and Alisha Norman, and culminated with a Latin meal provided by Luther Ridge residents.  

Jose Ricardo, chairman of modern languages at Shippensburg University, and students Egolf and Norman also offered mambo dance instruction to residents the last night of classes.

“The residents seemed to really enjoy the class. They appeared energized and challenged by the course, and the students appreciated the interactive nature of this unique project,” Ricardo said.

“We hope to provide another learning opportunity to the residents in August.”

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