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. An important component of the course involves engaging with the Spanish speaking community in your area through participation in social and cultural activities that will take place outside the class.
During the quarter, you are expected to participate in three of these activities and to include them in your cultural portfolio, which counts as 5% of your final grade. The following are examples of the kinds of activities you can include in your portfolio:
- Attend a cultural event related to the Spanish-speaking world and write a 200-word reflection paper in English. You may also include images. Examples of events you can attend are speaker talks, concerts, art exhibitions, film festivals, documentary exhibitions, etc.
- Have a 10-minute conversation, entirely in Spanish, with a Spanish native speaker about any topic related to the Spanish-speaking world. You will audio record this oral conversation and include the audio recording in your portfolio.
- Video record yourself speaking in Spanish about a cultural topic related to the Spanish-speaking world. Include the video recording, a minimum of 5 minutes, in your portfolio.
- Volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours in a NGO or local institution serving the Hispanic community in Seattle and write a 200-word reflection, in English, about the experience. You will need to submit proof of your volunteering activity.
- Eat at a locally-owned Latin American or Spanish restaurant and write a 200-word review, in English, about the food and the restaurant. As a proof of the activity, include a picture of yourself in the restaurant.
- Attend a Spanish-language church service and write a 200-word reflection, in English.
- Attend a minimum of three of the Tertulias organized by the Center for Spanish Studies.
VERY IMPORTANT: All activities need to be pre-approved by your instructor. S/he will give you information about cultural events and activities you can attend during the quarter, including those sponsored by the Spanish and Portuguese department. If you know about a cultural event or activity in the Seattle area that may be of interest for the rest of the class, please let your instructor know.
You will be evaluated based on the relevance of the activities you choose (when a written 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 its culture.
You will submit your first activity before the end of week 4, the second before the end of week 7, and the third before the end of week 10.
For your portfolio, you will create a Google Drive folder with your UW NetID that you will share with your instructor. The cultural portfolio is an ongoing activity that will extend throughout all your first year and part of your second-year Spanish language classes. You need to give access to your teacher to your entire portfolio, including the activities you completed in previous courses.
The name of the Google Drive folder should have the following format: Course number_Quarter_Your last name and first name_Cultural portfolio
Example: SPAN 103_AUTUMN17_SMITH, JOHN_Cultural Portfolio
Within the main folder, you will created three subfolders, one for each activity. The name for each of these subfolders will have the following format: Course number_Quarter_Your last name and first name_Cultural activity_Number of the activity (1, 2 or 3)
Example: SPAN 103_AUTUMN17_SMITH, JOHN_Cultural Activity 1