I spent several hours exploring the site and intend to use it this semester because it fully develops the process of developing literacy skills as opposed to just giving the student a selection from a short story with no background or follow-up activities.
Modulos culturales is an extremely well designed multimedia literacy project created for first-year Spanish language students at Dartmouth College. There are four units that introduce students to works of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, Mexican author Francisco Jimenez, Spanish poet Juan Ramon Jimenez, and Spanish Gustavo Adolfo Bequer. All are accompanied by a very nice variety of activities that include art, literature, and film to inspire creative writing and discussion. The goal of the site is to encourage and support students as they systematically develop literacy skills and cultural awareness at this level. Each Modulo cultural includes background information, pre-reading activities, the text itself, and a follow-up personal analysis or related writing assignment. In addition to the Modulos culturales, there is a wonderful page dedicated to a mural of Mexican artist Jose Clemente Orozo. The author of Modulos culturales includes an extensive number of refreshing activities for different learning styles. Part of each Modulo includes a "How to" page with dozens of suggestions for how to effectively incorporate the activities as homework, class work, or as group activities. Each of the Modulus could easily be incorporated into an existing syllabus at the intermediate to advanced level. The process of acquiring literary skills is very effectively intertwined with the exploration of cultural issues and grammar.
The current versions of Flash Player and QuickTime are required. Download links are provided. Site navigation is excellent.