LSPA 106 is a student-centered, activities-driven class that employs an immersion, task-based approach to help students use Spanish to express themselves and be understood in realistic contexts and for real purposes. By the end of the semester, students will demonstrate proficiency at the novice-mid/novice-high level in Spanish (according to ACTFL proficiency levels) and will be familiar with selected cultural topics (products, perspectives and practices) in the Spanish-speaking world. This is a fast-paced beginner’s course for students with zero to minimal proficiency in Spanish. It offers an introduction and basic review of essential skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing (interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes).
In this voyage around the world we will take the opportunity to explore music, food, and traditions from different continents. We will explore not only products (the what) but also their practices (the how) and their perspectives (the why), which will help us have a better understanding of other cultures and our own.
Class will be conducted in Spanish, but lessons will be structured in such a way as to help students participate comfortably on a daily basis.
Field WorkCountry: Ecuador
Date: December 3, 2019
Guayaquil is bustling port city with many sights, sounds, and smells and students will explore the city through an interactive scavenger hunt. They will have to ask for directions to find places and complete specific assignments. Students will also have a shopping assignment in a local market followed by a cooking demonstration of local cuisine (seafood, plantains, yuca, etc.).
The idea is that students have to ask locals for help and practice the Spanish learned to this point (particularly ask questions and understand answers). They will work in groups of 3. Students have to complete all assignments and prepare a written and a short oral report in Spanish featuring photos or drawings. All activities will be held in Spanish and the use of phones for maps and dictionaries will be restricted.
- Ask for directions in target language, understand answers
- Go grocery shopping at a local market in the target language
- Follow directions in a cooking class
- Immersion within the language and the culture
- Describe cooking directions and ingredients
- Explore a new place in a playful manner and only in the target language.