Overview, Unidad 4: Las diversiones culturales

In this unit, students can:
  • Discuss movies, museums, and theater
    • You will be able to review movies you’ve seen, talk about museums that you’ve visited, and review plays and musicals that you’ve seen at the theater.  
  • Discuss cultural events
    • For the unit’s culminating project, you will work in groups to create “un espectáculo de arte”.  I will provide more details soon, but you will choose a Spanish-speaking country and review some of its most famous artwork, geographical locations, food, cinema, and theater.
  • Relate more past actions or events
    • In the last unit we completed, we learned about the preterit of AR verbs.  In this unit, you will learn about the preterit of ER and IR verbs.
  • Tell for whom something is done
    • In the last unit we completed, we learned about direct object pronouns.  In this unit, you will learn about indirect object pronouns.
  • Talk about cultural activities that are popular in the Spanish-speaking world
    • We’ll learn about such dances as the Argentine tango, the candombe in Uruguay, and the zarzuela in Perú.
Here are some examples of language tasks that students will do throughout their unit, based on the three modes of communication:

    • Interpretive mode: You will read a movie or a theatre schedule and answer some questions about it.

    • Interpersonal mode: You will talk about movies, plays, or art that you have seen.

    • Presentational mode: You will work in groups to create an “espectáculo de arte”.  Details to follow.


    You will learn the following vocabulary and structure:


    • Terms used when going to the cinema to see a movie
    • Terms used when visiting a museum
    • Terms used when seeing a play
    • The preterit of ER and IR verbs
    • Indirect object pronouns

    ACTFL Standards:
    Interpersonal Communication (Standard 1.1):
    • Engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

    • Engage in the oral exchange of ideas in formal and informal situations.

    • State and support opinions in oral interactions.

    Interpretive Communication (Standard 1.2):
    • Interpret content from authentic multimedia and digital/print resources.

    • Apply critical reading skills to authentic written and aural resources.

    Presentational Communication (Standard 1.3):
    • Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics, knowing how, when, and why to say what to whom.

    • Retell or summarize information in narrative form, demonstrating a consideration of audience.

    • Self-edit written work for content, organization, and grammar.

    Cultures: Practices and Products (Standards 2.1 and 2.2): 
    • Compare and reflect on products, practices, and/or perspectives of the target culture(s).

    Cultures: Practices and Perspectives (Standard 2.1):
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.

    • Use appropriate verbal and non-verbal behavior in interpersonal communication.

    Cultures: Products and Perspectives (Standard 2.2)

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures studied.

    • Compare and contrast artifacts, themes, ideas, and perspectives across cultures.

    Connections (Standard 3.2): 
    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of content across disciplines.

    Connections: Acquiring New Information (Standard 3.2)

    • Use age-appropriate authentic sources to prepare for discussions.

    Comparisons: Language (Standard 4.1)
    • Evaluate similarities and differences in language use and idiomatic expressions between the target language and one’s native language.

    • Demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and one’s own.

    • Demonstrate an awareness of formal and informal language expressions in other languages and one’s own.

    Comparisons: Cultures (Standard 4.2)

    • Evaluate similarities and differences in the perspectives of the target culture(s) and one’s own culture(s) as found in multimedia and digital/print resources.

    Comments