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The role of culture and history in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE)

Generally, the cultural and historical aspects are marginalized in the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language, as a result of the poor preparation of the teachers. Knowing the social, cultural and historical characteristics of the Hispanic World represents a real challenge taking into account that it’s the second most spoken language in the world in terms of native speakers. Besides, it comprises several countries located in three continents: America, Europe and Africa (Equatorial Guinea), including some communities in Morocco, also in Africa, and Philippines, in Asia.

In this workshop, we will present broadly the challenges that Spanish language teachers have to face when introducing the culture, society and history of the Hispanic World to their students. To this effect, we will present some significant information and methodological suggestions.

Dr. Fernando Camacho Padilla teaches Contemporary History at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Autonomous University of Madrid) and is also an associate professor in the ELE teacher’s training at the Uppsala University in Sweden.

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