Module 3: Integrating Exposure to Dialectal Variation in the Spanish Language Classroom

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Introduction: Learning Objectives and Goals

Module 3: Integrating Exposure to Dialectal Variation in the Spanish Language Classroom

Throughout the course of this module, you will learn how to integrate exposure to dialectal variation within the Spanish as a foreign language classroom. Upon the successful completion of the corresponding assignments for this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand how to introduce students to dialectal variation within the foreign language classroom.
  • Possess knowledge on how to integrate dialectal variation within your corresponding curriculum for the Spanish as a foreign language classroom.
  • Brainstorm ideas on how to create a lesson plan that integrates knowledge of dialectal variation within the Spanish as a foreign language classroom.

Implications of Dialectal Variation

Watch at least the first 40-50 minutes of this talk conducted by Glenn Martinez at the Observatorio Cervantes at Harvard University.

Reflection Questions

  1. Reflect on the biases that surround certain dialects of Spanish. How can this affect Spanish language instruction within the Spanish as a foreign language classroom?
  2. What is the importance of including various dialects of Spanish in your instruction and curriculum?
  3. How can you help to dismantle certain biases surrounding particular dialects of Spanish?

[Watch] Observatorio Cervantes - Harvard. Language Variation and the Heritage Learner G. Martínez

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Integrating Dialectal Variation within Spanish Language Instruction

Read the following articles related to the integration of dialectal variation in the Spanish as a foreign language classroom.

As you read each article, create a list comprised of three new facts you learned, five facts of information you can utilize to integrate dialectal variation into your language instruction, and two things within the articles that were unclear to you that you would like to learn more about. When you are finished look for two scholarly articles on these topics that were unclear, and write down what you discovered as potential answers.

  1. Gallego, M., & Conley, R. (2014). Raising dialectal awareness in Spanish as a Foreign Language courses. Cauce, 36-37, 135-158.

[Read] https://idus.us.es/bitstream/handle/11441/47995/cauce_36-37_008.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

2. Beaudrie, S. M. (2015). Approaches to language variation: Goals and objectives of the Spanish heritage language syllabus. Heritage Language Journal, 12(1), 1-21.

[Read] https://brill.com/view/journals/hlj/12/1/article-p1_1.xml

Notes:

Three new facts learnt:

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Five ways to integrate dialectal variation in your Spanish instruction:

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Two things that seemed unclear to you in the article that you would like to learn more about:

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Unit Assessment

Final Reflection Questions:

  1. What were the most important takeaways that you learned from this unit?
  2. Reflect on how your previous curriculum, textbook, or materials may perpetuate biases about certain Spanish dialects. How can you remedy this?
  3. What are some ways to integrate dialectal variation within your Spanish language instruction? Brainstorm a few ideas.

Submit your answers in the following google forum. Write out your answers in complete sentences.

[Link] Google Forum Submission

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qqJRJpcj7z26TULLePWhqsWXYBRNhUpKBhoy340znto/


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References

Beaudrie, S. M. (2015). Approaches to language variation: Goals and objectives of the Spanish heritage language syllabus. Heritage Language Journal, 12(1), 1-21.

Gallego, M., & Conley, R. (2014). Raising dialectal awareness in Spanish as a Foreign Language courses. Cauce, 36-37, 135-158.