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Teaching Module for Second Year Spanish Students
  The Latin American Identity

These are a series of thematically related on-line activities. They are presented in a progressive order as an on-line cultural syllabus that may complement a second year hybrid Spanish course. They survey a variety of modified authentic (native-produced) and created (instructor-produced) Spanish texts and introduce students into online native forums for analysis and discussion. The theme explores the construct and categorization of the ethnic and national identities in Latin America through analyzing a variaty of videos in relation to native responses found on YouTube. The videos have a variety of purposes in mass communication such as news, advertising, and entertainment. But all relate to Latin American identity in some way. Forum postings below the YouTube videos are conceptually rich authentic responses made by natives. These are analyzed by students with discourse analysis strategies. The instructors role is not to provide the learner with a  explicit encyclopedic definitions. Rather, learners are encouraged to define the concepts for themselves though their own engagement and reflection of the texts, guided inquiries, and discussion with others through online blogging. Below are the objectives and links to the lesson plans. Some of these have been piloted in my  classes.  I am open to any instructor or student feedback for tuning up the syllabus. Modifications will be made as I continue learning pedagogy. 

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Using Wikipedia Critically

Introduce students to critical reflection and the limitation of Wikipedia for learning a target culture. This is done by recognizing a difference between the limited encyclopedic "Neutral Point of View" information expressed on Wikipedia and the diverse subjective perspectives expressed in YouTube forums by individuals of the target culture.


  1) Merengue Típico

Introduce learners to the ethnic diversity of Latin America through analyzing the development of the Dominican Republic music genera, Merengue Típico.
(Music, Race and Identity)


  2) Sensemaya

This is an Afro-Caribbean poem by Nicolas Guillen. Through analyzing and reciting the poem, learners will find how it celebrates the African identity through a peculiar language use. The connection of meaning and form is important.
(Language Arts and Identity)

   3) El Inca

This is a PowerPoint that tells the story of the conquest of the Incas as it reviews the two past tenses of Spanish, known as the preterit and imperfect in an implicit with textual enhancement. The activity ends with a Web-quest of the Native American political parties.
(History and Identity)

  4) Manasqetay


The purpose of this activity is to have students infer major differences there are between the general Mestizo and the Native American. The learners identify the stereotypes they have of these people and seek a redefinition.
(Clothing, customs and Identity)

  5) La hierba mate

Students learn the cultural significance of hierba mate in Argentina as well as the colloquial language.
(Food and Identity)

  6) Sur o no sur

The purpose of this lesson is to address multicultural identity through the use of a music video Sur o no Sur by Keven Johanson.
(Birth place and Identity)

  7) Activity 7

This is space for a future activity that would be relevant to the project.