Flags of Latin America

Rowena Aldridge, profesora


Course Overview

Introduction to Spanish Language and Culture is designed to give the novice second-language student a taste of the Spanish speaking world, while making the language accessible and comprehensible.  

We will be eating!  We will be doing crafts!  We will be singing songs!   But we will also confront stereotypes head-on, in an effort to know and appreciate the complex, fully human experiences of world citizens.

During our first semester, we will explore a variety of cultural practices in the Spanish-speaking world.  Units will include examinations of holidays, music, food, artists;  religious practices;  myths and superstitions;  famous artists, personalities, and historical facts;  crafts, sports, and the experiences of immigrants coming to America.

After this, we will do a grand tour of individual Spanish-speaking countries of the world.  In the second semester, students will choose specific countries for further investigation and will present their research to the class.

The curriculum for this course is based on the Comprehensible Input model.  The course will start out at 20% Spanish/80% English.  By the end of the year we will be 80% Spanish/20% English.  Specific scope and pace will be determined by student progress.


First and second semester:  weekly videos to watch for review;  worksheets;  choice board options will include phone calls, texts, field trips, readings, craft projects, and other interest-based activities.

Second semester:  students will sign up to study and present the Spanish-speaking country of their choice.  There will be a template and rubric, and demonstrations of how to present effectively.

Assignments will be posted weekly on the WEBsite, under the course homework tab.


Required materials

All students need:

  • 3-ring view binder, at least 1 1/2" size.  Binders double as a dry erase board in class.

  • Ink pen

  • Pencil and eraser

  • LOW ODOR dry erase marker

  • Dry erase eraser (old sock or scrap of t-shirt will be fine)

  • 2" x 2" sticky notes (two colors).  Size is approximate

There is no textbook for this course.  All assignments will be available as handouts and/or online.