ERIC Number: ED292349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Spanish: Communication and Culture. Culturally Oriented Thematic Units in the Secondary Schools.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.
A guide for curriculum development in New York City's Spanish second language programs to be piloted in junior and senior high schools contains six cultural theme units for level 1 and the grammatical structures in Spanish for levels 1-3. The cultural theme units are designed to be used as a core for the acquisition of language patterns, vocabulary, usage, and structures. The theme unit approach is based on the premise that real situations are a strong stimulus for learning to communicate in a foreign language. The situations are of the type encountered while traveling or living in a foreign country. Within each unit is cultural content characteristic of the situation. The units are designed to be developed through a variety of activities with supportive materials taken from textbooks or created by the teacher, allowing adaptation to special needs, enrichment, and use of student creativity. Each unit contains information on its rationale, basic objectives, suggested methods and materials, time sequence, relevant cultural information, vocabulary and useful expressions, developmental questions, grammatical structures, suggested classroom procedures, enrichment activities, readings, and testing ideas. Unit topics include getting acquainted, eating, getting to know the geographic area, shopping, recreation, and earning a living. Lists of grammatical structures are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Classroom Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Course Content, Cultural Education, Curriculum Development, Daily Living Skills, Grammar, Intercultural Communication, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Spanish, Student Evaluation, Teaching Guides, Thematic Approach, Units of Study, Vocabulary Development
New York City Board of Education, Curriculum Editorial and Production Unit, Office of Curriculum Development and Support, Room 613, 131 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.