Spanish Students Participate in Cultural Learning Experience

Students and their instructor posing for a group photo outside of Villa Verde Restaurant in Greenville.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College’s University Transfer & Foreign Language Department organized a visit to Greenville’s Villa Verde Restaurant last month to give students enrolled in Spanish classes an opportunity to expand their understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures.

According to PCC Spanish Instructor Fulani Jones, the April 25 trip “offered students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish cuisine, language, music and customs.” She said they were able to sample classic dishes (such as paella, mofongo and maduros), converse with Spanish-speaking restaurant staff in a real-world setting, and practice foreign language skills with one other over dinner.

“The trip supported course learning objectives related to Spanish language and culture by broadening students’ horizons and encouraging cultural exchange,” Jones said. “While the meal was delicious, the smiles on the faces of PCC students enjoying the experience was the most rewarding part of the evening.”

Villa Verde, which features authentic Dominican Republic cuisine, was started by Yordanys and Eridania Bastardo, who are a PCC Small Business Center success story.