Weekly All School Bulletin
What do we always have with us no matter where we are?
Immigrating to another country is a hard test for human beings. You leave your family, familiar surroundings and have to learn how to live somewhere else.
Why do people choose to go through this hardships?
What do they bring with them?
What do they leave behind?
How do they assimilate? ... Should they assimilate?
These are some of the questions AP Spanish grappled with during our immigration unit. We tried to explore immigration in Spain and emigration from Central American countries to the U.S. We explored the difference between legal and illegal immigration, concluding that with approximately 600,000 people who become legal U.S citizens every year, this is still a country of immigrants. We read authentic materials such as newspapers articles from El Pais, excerpts from "Cajas de Cartón" by Francisco Jimenez, opinion articles by Carlos Alberto Montaner. We watched newscasts on the topic from UNIVISION and RTVE and the documentary Which Way Home.
As a final project to this unit the students had to interview an immigrant from a Spanish speaking country in Spanish to talk about their experience. This forced them outside the comfort of the classroom, but also compelled them to practice their Spanish speaking skills with a real life person with a different accent.
~ Carolina Croes
US Spanish Teacher