As the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month is ending, we wonder if we should wait a year to once again honor this community in our Spanish classes.
We know well that the Hispanic influence in the United States is getting stronger every time. Today the Hispanic heritage influences the daily life of Americans. Did you know that more tacos are sold in this country than hot dogs? That more salsa than ketchup is sold? and that dulce de leche ice cream is the fourth most popular? This is not to mention that Latin music is considered a staple in the world of American entertainment.
Although the above information seems superficial and irrelevant, it is in fact extremely important since it reflects a direct influence on the regular American citizen and this has important consequences on the attitude towards the Hispanic culture.
That is why we must continue to celebrate Hispanic heritage, Hispanic influence, and Hispanic culture throughout the school year. Here are some ideas:
-We can designate 21 days of the school year (not necessarily consecutively) to celebrate the independence of each of the 21 Latin American countries.
-Every week we can celebrate the birthday of an important Latin American figure and learn about his work and life.
-We can spend weeks on different aspects such as sports, music, literature, food, dance, etc. Each week will have a specific concentration.
-Dedicate each month to a country and learn about the daily life of people in aspects such as:
-Dreams of its citizens
I invite you to watch this conversation I had on this topic with my colleague and friend Bertha Delgadillo:
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