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ERIC Number: ED401708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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Beyond Manana: Other Aspects of the Concept of Time in Hispanic Societies as Seen in Celebrations and Activities throughout the Year.
Curry, Page; Luque-Ekrich, Maria
An analysis of concepts of time in Latin American societies focuses on aspects that can be useful in teaching Spanish as a second language and Hispanic culture in anglophone North America, and includes specific suggestions for classroom activities and teaching techniques. Analysis looks at the following aspects and functions of time: polychronic vs. monotchronic values of time (attention given to several activities simultaneously in Hispanic society, thus removing pressure for being timely; value given to personal interaction over schedules); fiestas and holidays as common entertainment, often combining religious and secular activities and traditions; and calendar year differences and similarities, particularly as they pertain to school and home activities for students. A number of Latin American holidays and festivals are described, with accompanying traditions and conventions. Appended materials include related photographs, descriptions, and exercises. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Comparative Analysis, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context, Cultural Traits, Foreign Countries, Holidays, Latin American Culture, Leisure Time, Recreational Activities, School Schedules, Second Language Instruction, Social Values, Sociocultural Patterns, Spanish, Spanish Speaking, Time
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Conference on Foreign Language Teaching (1995). Photographs may not reproduce clearly.