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Educational Theory Behind the Design 

Target Audience: This project is designed for use in an urban magnet school, grades 9-10, in the first or second year of Spanish education.  However, the project is universal and can be used in any school setting.  Similarly, it can be used at any academic level, assuming the instructor adjusts the difficulty of the task to match the students' ability level.

 Learning Challenges:  American students tend to see other cultures as foreign and static, specifically saying that they are "weird".  They depend on stereotypes for cultural understanding, and group all Spanish-speakers under the same category (typically as Mexicans) and attribute the same cultural characteristics to all of them.  Finally, students are typically unable to relate culture to their own lives.  They view foreign culture as something that does not affect them and has no connection to what they practice in their daily lives.

Learning Goals: 
1)  Students will be able to discuss the ways Mexicans celebrate el Día de los Muertos.
2)  Students will be able to identify the differences between how various families celebrate the holiday.
3)  Students will be able to compare and contrast their own holiday celebrations with those of Mexican students.
4)  Students will improve their interpersonal communication skills in the context of authentic correspondence with native speakers. 

Standards Addressed (refer to ACTFL Standards for Foreign Language Education): 
1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
12: Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics
2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied
2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studies 
3.2: Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through the foreign language and its culture
4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own
4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the culture studied and their own