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In this unit students will investigate the influence that culture has on language. Students will focus on when to use formal versus informal forms in conversation as well as how cognates have shaped the Spanish language. Loan words will be discussed and regional differences in the Spanish language will be explored. This unit is designed to be taught at the beginning of the year when students are at a very novice level of Spanish. The vocabulary includes introductions, greetings, saying hello, and saying goodbye. The major grammar concepts included in this unit are the subject pronouns and cognates. This unit reflects on student’s previous exposure to the English language and the ability to make connections and comparisons to the Spanish language. This unit includes a project where students will create an example and non-example of an interaction between two Spanish speakers meeting for the first time. Part of the presentation will be a brief summary of social customs involved in greeting someone.

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