HISPANIDADES is a multi-media educational series consisting of textbooks, workbooks, study guides and DVDs designed for instructors of Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture. Based on the film series by Carlos Fuentes, EL ESPEJO ENTERRADO (“THE BURIED MIRROR”), a unique documentary produced in collaboration with the SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, HISPANIDADES provides students with the background to understand the heritage of the Hispanic world—its history, culture, art and literature. DVD Narrator, Carlos Fuentes, Mexico’s renowned novelist and social commentator, provides a personal interpretation of the dramatic scenes recreated visually from the past.
For Instructors, By Instructors
The Hispandidades textbooks, workbooks and study guides are authored by leading language, literature and Hispanic culture educators. More than seven authors contributed to developing this series, including David J. Curland, Robert L. Davis, Luis Verano and Francisco and Soñia Lomelí.
Created for instructors, by instructors, the HISPANIDADES materials are made available at prices your students can afford.
From the Authors
In order to enter advanced study of Spanish language and Hispanic literature, students need a fundamental knowledge of the geography, history and culture of the Spanish- speaking peoples. HISPANIDADES is intended to serve as a resource to provide this background while preserving instructors’ flexibility to shape their own courses.
In the two primary texts, HISPANIDADES: ESPAÑA, LA PRIMERA HISPANIDAD and HISPANIDADES: LATINOAMÉRICA Y LOS EE.UU., chapter themes relate tovideo segments from the Fuentes documentary, now available in DVD format. Each of the two texts contains the related programs from the original series. DVD menus allow the student immediate access to the appropriate video segment.
HISPANIDADES: ESPAÑA, LA PRIMERA HISPANIDAD concentrates on the history and culture of Spain. HISPANIDADES: LATINOAMÉRICA Y LOS EE.UU. contains a strong emphasis on the culture and literature of the growing Hispanic population of the United States, giving advanced students and those of Hispanic origin, an important introduction to their own background. “Latin America now begins north of the border,” as Fuentes comments. Teachers will find that these texts fill a widely-felt void in intermediate and advanced Spanish-language courses.
HOW DOES THE FULL VIDEO SERIES of EL ESPEJO ENTERRADO FIT IN TO THE PROGRAM?
Although a single DVD included with each of the two books includes excerpts from the complete video series, teachers with language labs who are using one or both of the HISPANIDADES texts have found the entire 5-part video series a useful adjunct for their students.
Teachers may also wish to make available in the language lab a copy of the Workbook/Study Guide, since it follows the exact trajectory of the film series.
SHOULD THESE MATERIALS BE USED AS STAND-ALONE OR IN COMBINATION WITH OTHER MATERIAL?
The HISPANIDADES textbooks can be used in conjunction with a standard language textbook (second semester Intermediate level) and, at more advanced levels, with novels or literary anthologies. High school teachers have also found these texts to serve well in their Advanced Placement Program (either the language or literature emphasis).
Please feel free to Contact the Authors directly with any additional questions you may have.