Two content-based units about a seldom studied yet fascinating country, Paraguay.
Teachers think that because they know little about Paraguay, they should stick to Mexico and Spain. But Paraguay is such an interesting country and the story of the Jesuit missions is unique. All the information the teacher needs is included! Live and learn! The Jesuits and a bilingual country! Interesting materials, content-based and culturally relevant.
Unit 1. Treinta comunidades utópicas, los jesuitas en el Paraguay
The experiment the Jesuit priests conducted in Paraguay is unique. They built small towns to protect and evagelize the indigenous people but essentially kept them trapped. How they organized each community is similar to the cults that exist in our days and comparisons are easy to make. The movie, The Mission, is an oldie but a real goodie. Green eggs and ham! Try it, you´ll like it!
Unit 2. Paraguay, un país bilingüe
The only truly bilingual country in the South America is Paraguay. Here most citizens are bilingual and have been so for generations. Whereas countries like Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador have very large quechua and aymara speaking populations, they have never held them in high esteem nor encouraged these languages to flourish. What makes Paraguay so different? Here is the place to find out.
The two units include the following. Please click on Preview to read them.
Subject matter: history, religion; linguistics
Vocabulary: conquest; school
Grammar: por and para; preterit; conditional
Oral practice: paternalism, theocracy; repress a language, proper time to learn a language
Homework: a religious community; learn a language
Internet: Key word list to facilitate a search
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