CAHSS Faculty Presentations, Proceedings, Lectures, and Symposia


Incorporating Literature and Culture into the Spanish Language Classroom

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The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (A.A.T.S.P.) 2017 Annual Conference: Creating a Pipeline from Classroom to Career

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Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.


Department of Literature and Modern Languages

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In many foreign language courses, the focus continues to be on vocabulary and grammar, to the detriment of culture and literature. The presenters will showcase activities that can be used in Spanish language classes to introduce students to literature and culture, while simultaneously enhancing their critical thinking skills and helping them transition into specialized courses. The presenters will share their experiences incorporating authentic materials and provide sample lessons, as well as strategies that educators can use in secondary and higher education.