Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
University Life and Leisure in the Spanish-Speaking World
Prepare: As you prepare to write this week’s discussion, take a few moments to view the video above, to review the Notas Culturales from your primary text, and to consider any additional resources provided in the Instructor Guidance.
Read Las Universidades Hispanas (p. 64).
Read Los Deportes en el Mundo Hispano (p. 84).
In the Capítulo 2 Student Activites Manual, read and review SAM 02-58 Las Universidades en el Mundo Hispánico [Más cultura].
Watch the video General Education.
Reflect: Carefully review the questions listed below associated with the cultural topics for this week. When you have reflected on your thoughts for each, you are ready to write your response.
Topic #1: Los Deportes y Pasatiempos en el Mundo Hispano
What is the most important sport in the Spanish-speaking world? In the United States? In the world?
What role do leisure activities have in my life?
What do leisure time activities tell us about the values of a culture?
What does leisure time look like around the world?
How does what I choose to do in my free time define who I am?
Topic #2: Las Universidades en el Mundo Hispano
What makes a “good” education? Is education equally accessible around the world?
How do admissions exams in the Spanish-speaking countries compare to standardized tests required by many schools in the United States?
Why do many colleges and universities require students take general education courses prior to entering courses specific to programs of study?
How does the grading system described compare to the one that is used at your university? What type of grading system would you prefer?
How can schools encourage creativity and innovation?
Write: Choose one of the topics, and respond to the questions provided. Your response should be at least 300 words in length in order to provide sufficient detail and to demonstrate critical thought with respect to these cultural practices and gifts to society.
Respond to Peers: Review your classmates’ posts, and respond to at least two of your peers. For one of your responses, choose someone who posted on a topic different from what you selected. Share alternate views, provide personal experiences as they relate to the topic, expand upon ideas, or provide questions to encourage further elaboration of the topic. Each response should be a minimum of 75 words.