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Modulos Culturales

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Used in course
Submitted by: Barbara Kuczun Nelson (Faculty), Nov 02, 2003
Comment: 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.

Technical Remarks:

The current versions of Flash Player and QuickTime are required. Download links
are provided. Site navigation is excellent.