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Cultura: Why Study a World Language?

(Specifically Spanish)

Prof. H. Lecakes-Jones

on 22 January 2019

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Transcript of Cultura: Why Study a World Language?

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If you answered,
“Because I have to for college!”
You’ll have a tough time becoming motivated to do well.

Let’s look at why we should be here in Spanish class….
Alan C. Frantz about "Seventeen Values of Foreign Language Study" (ADFL Bulletin, vol. 28, Nr.1, Fall 1996),
2011 About.com's Gerald Erichsen
Expands one's view of the world
It's cool to speak another lang!
contributes to cultural awareness and literacy
builds practical skills
Improves your knowledge of
one's own language and even expands one's knowledge!
Exposes the learner to:
Ways of thinking/points of view
that are different.
teaches respect for
other peoples of the world
Enhances cultural diversity
-meaningful leisure activity.
Preserves (or fosters)
a country's image as a cultured nation.
creation of one's personality
What did you learn today
that was new and
Homework: Ask your parents... What are reasons to learn another language?
There are about 6,500 languages in the world!
Better understanding of English!
What is the root language of English?

Not all that many years ago, the Spanish-speaking population of the United States was confined to the Mexican border states, Florida and New York City. But no more.
There are Spanish-speaking people living on the same street.
Knowing Spanish has proven invaluable in speaking with other residents of my town who don't know English.
While most of us can't hope to learn the languages of more than one or two cultures other than that of our own, those that we can learn help us to learn how other people learn and think. When I read Latin American or Spanish newspapers, for example, I often find that I gain a sense of how other people think and feel, a way that is different than my own. Spanish also offers a wealth of literature, both modern and traditional.
It's easier to learn another language!

There are 196 countries in the world.
How many languages are there in the world?
List the 3 most spoken languages in the world!
Why are
we studying
photius.com 2014
1. Mandarin Chinese
2. English
3. Spanish
4. Arabic
5. Bengali (India)
6. Hindi (India)
7. Russian
8. Portuguese
9. Japanese
10. German
11. Wu Chinese
12. Javanese (Singapore, Japan)
13. Korean
14. French
What color is azure?
According to data collected by the College Board,
-there is a positive correlation between the study of foreign languages and SAT scores.

students who study a foreign language score higher than their counterparts who have not learned a second language,

their SAT scores improved with each year of study.
In other words,

those students who took four years of a foreign language scored higher than those who stopped after two

[source: College Board].
Interpreter= oral
Fun language factoids!
Let's see if we can add to our list of reasons :
Student Reading and infografic packet:
1. Pass packet out to groups of four
2. divide/jigsaw each of the four readings
3. Put worksheet in the middle of the table
4. Each person has own piece of paper to answer questions
5. Work together, but you have your own original ideas on paper
6 group grade AND individual grade
7. Ask guiding question
8. Brainstorm
9. Walk through readings teaching reviewing ACTIVE reading strategies
Look at the worksheet questions first
look at reading pictures
look at titles
read first sentence in each of the paragraphs
10. READ actively asking questions, marking text, highlighting text, making guesses as to new words.
11. Answer worksheet questions in groups
12. Debrief with Prezi ADDING information on answer sheet!

Learning objective:
What are the intrinsic values to learning another language?
Guiding question:
Why study a Foreign language?
Teacher directions:
miriam makeba
What's the difference between an interpreter and a translator?
Do you know of any famous people who are polyglots?
What is the root language of English?
History of the English Language. The history of the English language really started with the arrival of three Germanic tribes who invaded Britain during the 5th century AD. These tribes, the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes, crossed the North Sea from what today is Denmark and northern Germany.
If you could study any language that you desired, which would you choose? Why?
Why study a Foreign language?
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