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1 Everyday a Culture Day! [Part Deux] Bill Heller SUNY Geneseo Spanish Teacher - Perry High School (retired)

2 Every Day a Culture Day! The challenge: To identify and examine cultural products and cultural practices to present as a basis for creating opportunities for communication. Products: Authentic documents Art work Advertisements Handicrafts “Realia” Literature and sayings Games Video and film clips Practices: Celebrations Rituals Traditions Superstitions Gestures

3 Ch Every Day a Culture Day!

4 Follow-up Points How do I provide a cultural context in proficiency- based thematic units? How do I help students discover their own culture? What “cultural perspectives” can be explored with novices? How can content-based units provide rich cultural content at the intermediate level? Ch Every Day a Culture Day!

5 Providing a Cultural Context 1. Brainstorming cultural connections and comparisons. 2. Use authentic documents for interpretive activities and follow up with interpersonal and presentational – using the IPA model 3. Make culture count in assessments – content and context Every Day a Culture Day!

6 Personal Identification Every Day a Culture Day! surnames Spanish speaking countries (origin) self-portraits of artists visiting and calling cards metric height and weight saint’s days non-verbal communication, gestures describing portraits by TL artists greetings, farewells, politeness register (formal and familiar)

7 Education Every Day a Culture Day! compare/contrast schedules uniforms courses and textbooks student life - tunas advantages of learning languages classroom commands grading practices national and college entrance examinations

8 Shopping Every Day a Culture Day! compare/contrast store hours/business days bargaining handicrafts/ artesanía currency exchange flags (colors) metric sizes traditional clothing gifting practices

9 Family Every Day a Culture Day! artwork of families - Goya, Botero, Lomas Garza esquelas - outline family tree from death notices Royal Family of Spain importance of family holidays and celebrations greeting cards

10 Every Day a Culture Day! Examine Text Types

11 What is United States Culture? 3. Stereotypes of USA Americans from TL perspective 1. LeLoup’s Coffee Cup Activity 4. The “ugly American” stereotype 2. The Pledge. 5. Symbols – La lotería mexicana; la lotería estadounidense 6. Currency and cultural values Every Day a Culture Day!

12 Cultural Perspectives for Novices 3. Build a foundation of “cultural literacy” - symbols 1. Venn Diagrams: An easy place to start 4. Develop an appreciation for difference and diversity 2. Cultural Assimilators – Barbara Snyder - Whistling 5. Point out similarities as well! 6. Use images from target cultures regularly – Paula Heusinkveld -Clemson - Pathways to Culture (1997) Every Day a Culture Day!

13 Levels of Cultural Understanding (Anthony Papalia) Position A: Preconventional Level “We and They” Position B: Conventional Level “I with others in the World” Position C:Principled Level “I with others in a contextual relativism” Ch Every Day a Culture Day!

14 Ch Every Day a Culture Day! Cultural Literacy (Hirsch, 1987) - necessary to comprehend communication.

15 Content-based units 3. Games and Pastimes 1. Barrueta’s “El Tren de la Vida” 4. Wise sayings, jokes, riddles, puns and humor/comics 2. Fine Arts Unit 5. Communication – history of language, gestures, language academies Every Day a Culture Day!

16 The Thematic Year: El Tren de la Vida Unit 1: El tren de la vidaUnit 4: La juventud Unit 2: El parto y la niñezUnit 5: El amor y la amistad Unit 3: La familiaUnit 6: La vida es sueño Every Day a Culture Day!

17 Level IV – Culture Every Day a Culture Day! Activities 1.Brainstorm list of American icons and symbols. 2.Examine American dollar bill. 3.Examine currency from other countries. (symbols, words, colors, numbers, people) 4.Talk about stereotypes. Vision of “typical American” toward Spanish speaking world. 5.Article on Stereotypes of Americans. Comprehension chart. 6.Inventory of “typical” American characteristics. 7.La Lotería Mexicana – Reading on symbols and calling rhymes. Examine symbols. Play game. 8.Prepare and present “Lotería estadounidense” 9.Cultural misunderstanding skits. 10.Develop definition of culture.

18 Level IV – Games Every Day a Culture Day! Activities 1.Introduce vocabulary – game pieces, coins (cara o cruz), 2.The Spanish deck of cards – Los cuatro seises 3.Dominó 4.El Juego de la Oca 5.Serpientes y Escaleras 6.Pirinola 7.Invent a game with a cultural theme. 8.Explore the significance of play. Grammar 1.Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns

19 Level V – Niñez Every Day a Culture Day! Activities 1.Entrevista con mis padres 2.Preguntas personales 3.de Como agua para chocolate [El Nacimiento de Tita] 4.de Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú [El nahual] 5.«Meciendo» Gabriela Mistral 6.«Botoncito» Gabriela Mistral 7.de Infancia Enrique Cortázar 8.“Una partida de ajedrez” 9.Canción: Hijo de la luna – Mecano 10.Child Development Reading 11.La crianza de un niño – Conversar sin parar, Problema XIX 12.Skits – La Superniñera 13.Retahílas

20 Level V – Niñez Every Day a Culture Day! Activities 14.“Baby HP” Juan José Arreola 15.Mafalda – Tecla 22 de abril de Art – Carmen Lomas Garza – Cuadros en familia 17.Los derechos de los niños 18.Writing: Una anécdota de la niñez 19.Summary: Four views of Childhood Grammar 1.Review of Imperfect 2.Review of Preterite/Imperfect

21 Level V – El Amor y la amistad Every Day a Culture Day! Activities 1.Dinner with 10 famous people past and present 2.Exploring definitions of friendship and love; types of love. 3.“La amistad en Norteamérica” – essay by Julián Marías 4.“La naranja” Poem by Gary Soto. 5.Piropos 6.Rimas – poems by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer 7.“Los amantes” – Develop a dialog based on a Picasso painting. 8.¿Cuánto sabe del amor? – A test by Dr. Joyce 9.El Ixtaccíhuatl y el Popocatépetl – Legend from Mexico 10. El Abanico – You Tube “silent movie” – students narrate the story.


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