In recent years, research in the pedagogical field has focused on the relationship between linguistic and intercultural competence. Through various studies, the connection and interdependence that exists between the teaching of language and culture as part of foreign language classes has been recognized. The following action-research study focuses on the implementation of cultured based instruction as well as the learning and teaching of Latin American culture through specific, clear, and direct cultural lesson plans and assignments. The cultural lesson plans and assignments helped activate a more explicit cultural pedagogical instruction. The cultural lesson plans and assignments implemented in the study consisted of cultural activities and conversational activities. This specific culture-based instruction incorporated activities which required oral proficiency skills and a direct interaction with native Spanish speakers through the completion of conversation activities as part of the curriculum of the SPAN 205 class, intermediate-advanced level (in relation to the parameters set by ACTFL). The participants in this action-research study also completed a pre-class and post-class survey (Control Group B did not complete a pre class survey and is addressed in the discussion). The results suggest that there was a difference between the attitudes, perspectives and opinions of the participants who received a more explicit and direct implementation of culture-based instruction (Experimental Group A) versus an indirect approach in culture-based instruction in the classroom (Control Group B).
College and Department
Humanities; Spanish and Portuguese
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Madrigal, Ana Victoria, "Cambios en las actitudes estudiantiles por medio de implementación de la enseñanza intercultural en clases de español" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 9498.
action-research/investigación activa, culture-based instruction/instrucción basada en la cultura, cultural learning/aprendizaje intercultural, teaching/enseñanza