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 may 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.
For a weekly updated list of cultural events you can attend throughout the quarter CLICK HERE. 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 teacher know so s/he can add it to this list.
- 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.
VERY IMPORTANT: Your restaurant choice needs to be preapproved by your teacher.
- Attend a Spanish-language church service and write a 200-word reflection, in English.
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.
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.
Your teacher will give you instructions in class on how to submit your cultural portfolio.
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. The following rubric will be used:
The student did not submit his/her cultural activity before the deadline established in the calendar
The activity does not fulfill all the requirements established in the course website—e.g., it is not relevant enough (was not preapproved by the teacher), the instructions on the course website were not followed, the report is incomplete (less that 200 words and/or does not address the relevance of the activity), etc.
The activity is relevant, the report is complete, and the student has made an honest effort to use the Spanish language and/or engage with the Hispanic/Latino community in the area
VERY IMPORTANT: 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.