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F12 International Study Break

ES S12 Off-campus Concert Paco de Lucia

ES S12 INT Education

Language and Section: SPA 11.2

Date: 04/17/2012

Class theme/topics discussed: The Uruguayan educational system

Goal of the class: To discuss the Uruguayan educational system and its complexity and weaknesses.

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

– We created two imaginary students, gave them backgrounds and traced their passage through the educational system, with each team choosing what the student would do at critical points (tech ed VS standard ed, which branch of highschool to choose, tec.)
– After the students finished, we discussed the pros and cons of the system, as well as going into the reasoning behind some of its most baffling aspects.

What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.)

– Whiteboard

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

– Both the task and the discussion worked very well, and the students became very engaged.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

– A comparison between the Uruguayan system and the American system could work very well as a group activity

ES S12 ADV Love

Language and Section: SPA 13.2

Date: 02/14/2011

Class theme/topics discussed: Love and Love terminology

Goal of the class: To engage in a discussion on Love and to introduce vocabulary about relationships.

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

See Lesson Plan

What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.)

Youtube, song lyrics.

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

The topic was very engaging for the students, being an universal one. Everyone participated and shared their opinion.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

– It’s important that the group has a high level of comfort before doing this activity. Icebreakers are recommended beforehand.
Lesson Plan – Love

ES S12 INT Cinema

Language and Section: SPA 11.2

Date: 04/24/2012

Class theme/topics discussed: Cinema vocabulary / Pitching

Goal of the class: To introduce vocabulary related to cinema and to have an interactive activity about it.

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

– I introduced vocabulary about cinema, related to length, format, genre.
– We discussed 3D and Imax formats (this was unplanned, but the students wrere rather vocal about it)
– The students were paired up and they had to come up with a pitch for a movie to present to a studio executive using the vocabulary the had learned

What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.)

– Whiteboard

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

– The class worked very well; both the prepared part and the impromptu discussion on formats were fruitful and very fluid.

How could this class be improved/ modified?

– A follow-up could be planned to introduce vocabulary related to other aspects of film making

ES S12 ADV Religion

Language and Section: SPA 13.2

Date: 02/21/2011

Class theme/topics discussed: Religion

Goal of the class: To introduce new and emerging religious forms in Uruguay and discuss the topic of Religion in general

Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

We watched two videos about emerging religions in Uruguay: Pare de Sufrir and Umbanda. We discussed the context that lead to the rise of these new religious forms.

What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.)

Youtube, Tv

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

The students were very, very interested in the topic and even shocked at the examples of Pare de Sufrir’s TV programming; they were very talkative, asking a lot of questions and making very intelligent observations about the role of Religion in the public discourse.

How could this class be improved/ modified?
– Perhaps a link with other, American religions would be useful.

ES F11 Movie “Mal dia para pescar”

ES F11 Karaoke Study Break

ES F11 ADV Political Debate

Language and Section:  SPA 13.2

 Date:  09/15/2011

 Class theme/topics discussed: National Identity

 Goal of the class: To debate and promote reflection on different political systems, as well as introduce vocabulary relating to those systems.

 Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

 –        Each group got assigned a political system on which they had to make a presentation and an argument for its implementation in the new nation (even if they don’t personally agree with the system) They were: Absolute Monarchy, Liberal Democracy, State Socialism.

–        Each group made their case and then fielded questions put forth by the other groups.

–        The class as a whole votes on a system to implement in the new nation

What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.)

 Whiteboard

 What worked well in this class? What did not work?

The students were engaged and they presented very good points. The quizzing by their classmates forced them to think on their feet and express themselves quickly, which they did with very satisfactory level. They managed to articulate a very complex system to an astonishing level of detail, as the questions and debate became more focused on pragmatically matters. WARNING: this worked well because I knew the group was very politically-minded; other groups may not be as interested or even offended.

 How could this class be improved/ modified?

 If a group has truly differing opinions it could work less as a roleplaying exercise and more as an honest debate, though this can be a double-edged sword.

 

ES F11 INT Slang and Youth Culture

Language and Section:  SPA 11.2

 Date:  09/26/2011

 Class theme/topics discussed: Youth Culture

 Goal of the class: To introduce the topic of youth culture in Uruguay and slang vocabulary.

 Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

 –        Warm-up: Discussion on news regarding immigration

–        Students watched and commented on the final, edited project.

–        Students were given strips of paper with typical Uruguayan slang expressions and had to try to deduce their meaning:

  • Boludo
  • Estar pasado
  • Che
  • Bo’
  • Descansar a alguien
  • Irse al carajo
  • Pegar en el palo
  • Flaco
  • Mina
  • Estar podrido
  • Romper las Pelotas
  • Levantar un centro
  • Guita
  • Chupa un huevo
  • Estar salado
  • Turra / Trola
  • Yegua / yeguo
  • Un pedo azul / Estar en pedo
  • Una joda
  • Cagarse de risa

 – The entire class discussed the slang terms and the context in which they can be used

 What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.)

Whiteboard

 What worked well in this class? What did not work?

The students enjoyed watching the project as it also had what the Advanced class made. They were very engaged and interested in the slang expressions.

 How could this class be improved/ modified?

 The strips with slang should have been in a dialogue format so that the context would provide a better hint as to the meaning of the terms.

 

ES F11 ADV Love

Language and Section:  SPA 13.2

 Date:  10/25/2011

 Class theme/topics discussed: Love and love terminology

 Goal of the class: To introduce vocabulary related to relationships and love, to use the topic of love as a springboard for discussion.

 Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

–        Warm-up: Brief discussion on Karaoke Night (5-10 mins.)

–        Introduction of vocabulary: (20 mins) I will write and explain phrases and terms common when discussing love / relationships in Uruguay. The students will be paired up and will have a brief time to create a dialogue that uses the terms. Terms to be introduced:

–        Te Quiero / Te Amo

 

–        Estar con alguien

 

–        Estar enganchado con alguien

 

–        Tener un roce / tener derecho a roce

 

–        Hacer un levante

 

–        Hacer un trabajo fino

–        Discussion on Love (30 mins): We will listen to two songs by Argentinian singers showing different views on Love: one that shows love as the “essence of souls” and the most important part of existence; another that states “one cannot live off love”. We will discuss these ideas and the students will state with which they agree the most.  Songs: “Al Amor Después del Amor”, de Fito Páez; “No se Puede Vivir del Amor”, de Andrés Calamaro

 

What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.)

 

Whiteboard, computer, youtube videos of songs, TV.

 

What worked well in this class? What did not work?

 

The class worked very well; the students were engaged and participated a lot. The songs specially motivated discussion, since they showed very different views on love. The students loved talking about different relationships and some even spoke about their own romantic history.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

 

 

Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

No se puede vivir del Amor – Youtube

El Amor después del amor – Youtube

 

 

 

 

ES F11 INT/ADV: Religion

Language and Section:  SPA 13.2

 Date:  12/1/2011

 Class theme/topics discussed: Religion

 Goal of the class: To talk about religion in general and about new, growing religions in Uruguay.

 Structure of the class (unless you attach your lesson plan below):

–        I introduced language and concepts related to the two fastest growing religions in Uruguay (Umbanda and Pare de Sufrir); both has spiritist elements and began their rise during the economic crisis of 2002. Terms used:

– Pai/Mai

– Orisha

– “Trabajo”

 

– Pastor

– “Dios vivo”

– Espíritu maligno

 

–        We watched a short video on Pare de Sufrir on youtube; it features a “Pastor” trying to perform an exorcism via the TV.

–        We talked about religion in America and Uruguay

What technology, media or props did you use? (satellite tv, internet resources, playmobiles, etc.)

TV, laptop, whiteboard. Video used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6UlOZ5HVq0

 What worked well in this class? What did not work?

 The topic was very, very motivating for the students. We talked a lot about religion and they were very interested in its social and political role. They linked the new information with different religious movements in America. Everyone participated a lot. WARNING: since this is a very sensitive topic, I waited until very late in the semester, when I knew my students enough to feel comfortable approaching it.

 

How could this class be improved/ modified?

 I should have saved two classes for this, as I did it right before the end of the semester and could not follow up on it.

 Please attach your lesson plan and handouts for this class below – if you used any.

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