WQ#1: Interview with the Ambassadors


Description

The members of the Society of Latin American Ambassadors are excited to hear that you have been selected as the lead teacher for the Project Field Trip to Latin American Countries, and want to have a short interview with you inquiring about your teaching and your plan for the project. The interview will be conducted in a rather casual environment accompanied with dinner, and English will be used throughout the occasion. All the society members are aware that you will be leading the group of students as someone who is not a Spanish speaker but who is learning the language. So please feel comfortable with your knowledge about Spanish language, your attempts will be greatly appreciated.

Task

You are preparing a short speech of acceptance (of the grant), in which you will explain and give reasons why it is important to have the field trip experience for your students, and report some of your ideas to encourage them to learn about the culture and to practice language during the field trip. In your speech, you should consider including some expressions in Spanish. The members of the Society will be very impressed by your willingness to learn by overcoming this challenge: using the language for the first time in a real situation!

Resources

Weekly Spanish Lesson by Tyler Jones – this site will give you the basic vocabulary of pronouns and greetings, in addition to a short introduction to Spanish grammar and pronunciation.
http://www.june29.com/Spanish/lesson1.html


Subject Pronouns – In this site, you will learn some more about the subject pronouns of Spanish. Note the use of different words (pronouns) for “you” in Spanish.
http://www.elearnspanishlanguage.com/grammar/pronouns/subjectpronouns.html


Introductions – In this site, find the expressions to introduce yourself to the audience. For example, expressions to tell your name and to say “Nice to meet you!”
http://www.elearnspanishlanguage.com/vocabulary/intros.html

Greetings – Now with this site, you can practice your knowledge of greetings in Spanish interactively.
http://www.spanishprograms.com/img/greeting.swf

Process

1. First, please look around the sites (either in the order they are presented or on your own) and find the expressions that you want to use in your speech (1-2 minutes).

2. In your speech you may include some greetings at the beginning and at the end, tell the audience your name, and thank them for their attention.

3. Write your speech draft including the Spanish expressions and review with someone who speaks Spanish.

Tips!

Tu vs. usted
Did you know Spanish has different words for English pronoun ‘you’? Depending on the relationship between the person you talk to and yourself, and on the number of person(s) that you talk to, different pronoun can be used. However, decisions on which one to use depend also on the social context where the conversation is held: you will need to follow the local rules.

Find more information from these sites;
Ask the Experts: Alwena Lamping, editor of the BBC Talk series
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/main.jhtml?xml=/travel/2002/08/13/etlang3.xml

http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Birdland/5551/Grammar.html
(Web master is a student from Argentina)


Conclusion

Great speech! Now you can use those expressions in real situations! If possible, check the Spanish channels out on TV and see how the expressions are used in the scenes. (e.g. To whom the expression was used, when, with how many people, etc.)


National Standards (ACTFL)

Communication
Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

Comparisons
Standard 4.1: Students demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons of the cultures studied and their own.

Communities
Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.


Sunshine State Standards – Foreign Languages (9-12)

Communication (FL.A.1.4)
The student engages in conversation, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

Comparisons (FL.D.1.4)
The student recognizes that languages have different patterns of communication and applies this knowledge to his or her own culture.


Experiences (FL.E.1.4)
The student uses the language within and beyond the school setting.

Possible display: Standards (numbers and category) will be displayed and the contents can be displayed by mouse-over or clicking.

Evaluation

With help from a native Spanish speaker, check for the appropriate use of the Spanish expressions in your speech.


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