ERIC Number: ED267636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Advanced Language Classes: Revitalizing the Curriculum.
A curriculum designed for secondary school fourth-year language students focuses on the human life cycle in the Hispanic cultural context. Four lessons cover the following topics: (1) Hispanic values; (2) the roles of women and men in Hispanic society; (3) customs related to dating, love, marriage, and divorce; and (4) treatment of death. Each lesson contains oral proficiency activities centering on class discussions of readings and observations about life in the United States. Skeletal outlines of the readings are provided in advance. Role-playing in a realistic situation, especially involving culture shock, is a key classroom activity; native speakers are brought in whenever possible. Compositions are assigned after each lesson to emphasize writing proficiency. In the compositions students both summarize and compare Hispanic and American cultural characteristics and then attempt to create a new or better society. An advantage of the life cycle themes is that they help students to clarify their own values and understand the values of another culture. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Second Language Acquisition: Preparing for Tomorrow. Selected Papers from the Annual Meeting of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 3-5, 1986). For report of conference, see FL 015 577.