With a recent #langchat, I am also inspired to be more purposeful about my incorporation of culture into my lessons. BOY! Is it a lot of work!! Seriously, I encourage people to do this one unit at a time. Even so, I am excited at the cohesion to my unit. I decided to talk about Costa Rica because I could find a fair amount of information. My final goal for the unit is that students can describe a party or festival that they attended in Costa Rica. They will have to include cultural pieces as well as be able to describe the party.
First, we started with weddings. I included an introduction about wedding traditions. I am lucky to teach in a rather progressive school. I did want to include the facts on gay marriage without taking a stand one way or another. I do think that this is important when talking about weddings for all students and families.
Next, I wanted students to plan a birthday party. I used different online resources for students to explore to buy a cake, gift, food and piñata. I thought about not including a piñata because it seems more stereotypical; however, I found it frequently when I was exploring birthday party celebrations.
However, I have to confess that not all of my activities are cultural. In this unit, we cover different relationships. I had to include Taylor Swift’s song: Nunca volveré contigo! I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t made a quick activity for it. Here it is: