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Imágenes de Hispanoamérica: Un análisis crítico de material didáctico de ELE
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Spanish.
2011 (Undetermined)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [un]

This paper investigates how Latin America and its cultures are represented in textbooks on Spanish as a foreign language. The study aims at investigating how much attention and of what type is dedicated to Latin America in the investigated material, whether the textbooks contribute to giving a varied and nuanced image of the Spanish-American cultures and how this relates to the educational goal of promoting an intercultural competence. A qualitative method of analysis has been applied in order to carry out the analysis of three textbooks for intermediate levels of language studies: Caminando 3, Alegria and De acuerdo. The results of the investigation show that the investigated textbooks mostly present a simplified, ethnocentric, homogenized and sometimes postcolonial image of the Spanish-American cultures. Texts where the culture constitutes the context and not the subject can promote a process of identification and consequently an intercultural competence. The study’s main conclusions show that Spanish-American cultures are underrepresented in the investigated material and that a non-native perspective dominates in the majority of the texts. This combined with the lack of variety and profundity, may have consequences for the promotion of an intercultural competence and for teachers’ work with textbooks and cultural content.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun, 2011. , 36 p.
Keyword [un]
Spanish as a foreign language, textbooks, Latin America, culture, intercultural competence, ethnocentrism, homogenization
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-6220OAI: diva2:519176
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-01-22 Created: 2012-01-22 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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