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Modulos Culturales

Modulos Culturales

A multimedia literacy project designed for first-year Spanish language students at Dartmouth College. Each modulo is centered on a short text or fragment of a longer text and provides a variety of activities that incorporate art, literature and film. The modulos are intended to support students in linguistic and cultural development and awareness, and to encourage the strengthening of literacy skills through culturally authentic media... Show More


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Lawrence Alfaro
Lawrence Alfaro (Faculty)
9 years ago
Este material es una herramienta que permite un acercamiento superficial sobre distintos tópicos.
Alejandra Litterio
Alejandra Litterio (Faculty)
11 years ago

Modulos Culturales is an excellent multimedia project designed by students at Dartmouth College. The site layout is very well-organized, and easy to navigate. Each module is divided into four units that introduce the work of Spanish writers. Each unit has a variety of activities which include a biography, pre-reading and reading sections, writing tasks, downloadable worksheets to exploit the texts, a listening section, and a glossary screen that pops up and displays the vocabulary related to the texts. The resources provide by this site are rich in images, maps, and painting to raise cultural awareness.

Technical Remarks:

Flash Player and Quick Time

Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour
Mariano Zaro
Mariano Zaro (Faculty)
11 years ago

Excelente material para trabajar los contenidos culturales. Especialmente útil el módulo correspondiente a Borges.

Barbara Kuczun Nelson
18 years ago
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.
Used in course? Yes