Students from different nationalities: China, Russia, Pakistan, Africa and Morocco are in front of the school “Plus Ultra”, in Logroño.It is their first day….they show illusion but fear at the same time.
Step by step, they start their integration in our language and culture.
All of them at same classroom, with the same books for learning Spanish.Ready to be involved in our culture, as well, trying not to loose theirs.
• Different Races and• Different Cultures…• An Appropiate Mixture To Create Some Intercultural Skills... For A Better Life!
AT THE COMPUTER ROOMAt the computer room we have the opportunityto learn Spanish using technology, but also…
We can use it to show to the others part of ourculture like dances, music and so on, reflected onthe screen.
Or produce some power points about ourgastronomy and culture.
Or chat in an informal wayto share different styles of life.
Or sharing photos that expressmore than thousand of words.
• GASTRONOMY + CULTURE = INTEGRATION• “To Know Our Own Gastronomy And Culture And Others Is A Great Way Of Acceptting, Respecting And Value Them.”• “We Can Not Know A Foreing Country Without Having Assimilated Its Cuisine.” By Julio Camba (Spanish Writer)
Cooking for the others is offering part of us to be tasted.
While eating, we create a good apmosfere, when we canchat about informal things that are important for us.
By the way, we admire different dishes,different ways of feeding.
A cream one…an explosion of colours and shapes!Differents styles but the same illusion inside.
SPANISH SOCIAL LIFE• The best way to learn any foreign social life is to take place there and see what happens.
“Eat as they eat and drink as they drink” if their religion allows it.If not, at least, they have the opportunity to be tolerant and respectour way of social life.
This is the way to become firmer on their believes or tochange into a new ones. It is their choice.We respect any decition coming from them.
PLAYS AND GAMES• Leisure was created for relaxing ourselves and improving our social life.• The ways of leisure can change depending of cultures but its benefits are universal.
Slot machines can be good or wrong depending of their use, but herethey are, like part of our social life.Why not to teach them how do they work?
The young Spanish waitress shows how it works and after that, sheallows to be photographed with them.A pintoresque photo to hang on their facebook for sharing with theirliving very far away friends.
In the classroom there are not slot machines to spend money;inoffensive dominoes to spend time and talk.Women on one side and...
Men on the other side,… following their tradition.
At the end, they might forget the words we said to them,but they will never forget the way we made them feel well.By Carl W. Buechver