In the teaching of the Spanish language, we know that it is not only assuring that students know the grammatical concepts and vocabulary, but also ensuring that the students understand the cultural references and connections. It is this way that students are able to fully involve themselves in the language and become life-long learners.
What is culture? Culture is a complex idea. It can be thought of in many different ways and its definition is always changing. The unit ¿ Cómo se hace la paella? uses the theme of food to help students in defining and making meaning of the Spanish Speaking culture.
In this unit, students will be able to see that eating habits are an important aspect of a culture and can tell a little about its history, while also seeing that their own eating habits represent their own culture. Students will be able to accurately and appropriately communicate to others the connections and influences that exist between their own culture and the Spanish Speaking culture.
Aranda, Jennifer and Castillo, Juanita, "¿ Cómo se hace la paella?" (2011). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. 169.