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Spanish 102 - Cultural Portfolio

This course aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, including U.S. Hispanics, as well as your ability to use the Spanish language outside the classroom. During the quarter you will complete three* activities in which you will demonstrate your communicative competence and cultural knowledge. You will include these three activities in your cultural portfolio, on the due dates posted on the course calendar.

The cultural portfolio is a long term project completed across Spanish 102, 103, and 201. You will need to share with your teacher your entire cultural portfolio, including activities you may have completed in previous courses or quarters. Your teacher will give you instructions in class on how to submit your cultural portfolio. 

The cultural portfolio counts as 10% of your final grade.

Submissions to the cultural portfolio will not be accepted after the due date without a justified reason. During COVID-19, justified reasons include: illness, internet outage, and taking care of dependents (sick family members, school-age children at home...). If there is a reason why you cannot submit your activities on time, you need to let your teacher know as soon as possible.

The following are examples of the kinds of activities you may include in your portfolio. Video recordings and audio podcasts must be a minimum of 5 minutes long, unless otherwise indicated, and written reports a minimum of 200 words. For some activities, the report may be completed in English (check with your teacher). If you have an idea for an alternative activity for your cultural portfolio, let your teacher know.

  • Have a spontaneous conversation, entirely in Spanish, with a Spanish native speaker about any topic related to the Spanish-speaking world. Choose an interesting topic and think ahead of time about the questions you want to ask your interlocutor. You will audio record this oral conversation and include the audio recording in your portfolio. (Spanish 102: minimum 5 min.; Spanish 103: minimum 10 min.; Spanish 201: minimum 15 min.)
  • Have a spontaneous conversation entirely in Spanish with a classmate about any of the topics covered in class (e.g., Spanish 102: talk about a trip you have done or would like to do to a Spanish speaking country; Spanish 103: compare your experiences learning languages, what languages have you studied, when and for how long, which strategies work best for you, etc.; Spanish 201: choose a global problem and discuss it, give your opinions justifying them with arguments).  You will audio record this oral conversation and include the audio recording in your portfolio. (Spanish 102: minimum 5 min.; Spanish 103: minimum 10 min.; Spanish 201: minimum 15 min.)
  • Video record yourself speaking in Spanish about a cultural topic related to the Spanish-speaking world. Include the video recording in your portfolio and the sources you used in your research about the topic. Alternatively, you can create a digital story, using pictures and voice instead of video.
  • Listen to a full musical album in Spanish and chose your favorite song. Write a review of the album and the song you choose. Alternatively, record a podcast discussing the album and your favorite song.
  • Video record yourself playing or singing a Spanish song. Briefly discuss your experience learning the song, what it means to you, what you have learned about the original author or performer, etc.
  • Find the recipe for a typical Spanish dish online and record yourself hosting a “cooking show”. Explain step by step what you are doing and the ingredients you are using.
  • Video record yourself reading a Spanish poem out loud. Then, make a commentary about the meaning of the poem and summarize any background information you can find about the poet. You can choose a poem with an English translation and compare the original and the translation.
  • Choose a short story (un microcuento) in Spanish to read and reflect upon. Ask your teacher for suggestions for short stories appropriate for your level.
  • Many museums and galleries are opening digital access to their collections and exhibits during Covid-19. Find one that focuses specifically on Hispanic art or history (or ask your teacher for suggestions),  “visit” it, and write a reflection or record a podcast about some of the pieces you encounter.
  • Etc.

VERY IMPORTANT: All activities need to be pre-approved by your teacher.

VERY IMPORTANT: You need to submit a different activity type for each of your three portfolio entries.

VERY IMPORTANT: Some of the cultural activities may be completed in pairs or small groups, but only with the approval of your teacher.

 * In the summer, students will complete two activities instead of three.

EVALUATION

You will be evaluated based on the relevance of the activities you choose (when a written or oral report is required you should explicitly address this in your report), the overall content of your written report or audio/video recording, and your effort to use the Spanish language and engage with the Hispanic/Latino community and/or its culture. The following rubric will be used:

4 points

The activity is relevant; the report is complete; the student has made an honest effort to use the Spanish language and/or engage with the Hispanic/Latino community in the area

3 points

The activity is relevant; the report is mostly complete; the student has made some effort to use the Spanish language and/or engage with the Hispanic/Latino community in the area

2 points

The activity is only somewhat relevant (does not exactly match what the teacher pre-approved); the report is somehow complete (less than 200 words or 5 minutes); the student made little effort to use the Spanish language and/or engage with the Hispanic/Latino community in the area

1 point

The activity is not relevant enough (was not pre-approved by the teacher); the report is mostly incomplete; there is no evidence of an effort to use the Spanish language and/or engage with the Hispanic/Latino community in the area

 

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