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AATSP Annual Meeting and Dinner

  • 15 Nov 2011
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Coon Rapids High School 2340 Northdale Boulevard NW Coon Rapids, MN 55433

You are cordially invited to join the Mesa Directiva for our Annual Board Meeting. A dinner will be served and there will be a presentation entitled "Teaching the 5 "Cs" through Food" by Profesor Gwen Barnes-Karol of St. Olaf College. All who attend the presentation will earn one clock hour (CEU). To attend this event, simply send an email to by Tuesday, November 8th indicating your name, school, and # attending. Dinner is complimentary.

MN-AATSP Annual Meeting and Dinner 6-9pm
Tuesday, November 15th
6-7pm - Dinner

7-8pm - Presentation

8-9pm - Board Meeting

Coon Rapids High School
2340 Northdale Boulevard NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Elections will take place for the following positions during our board meeting. If you are interested in putting your name on the ballot, please and indicate in which position(s) you would be interested. We would be honored to have you join the board. Nominations will be taken until November 11th.

President (Elect)

Here is an overview of the presentation.

Teaching the 5 “Cs” through Food

“Food units” have a prominent place in Spanish textbooks and other educational materials. They provide students with practical vocabulary for travel or study abroad, introduce them to daily life in cultures throughout the Spanish-speaking world, and yield subject matter for oral activities ranging from skits to demonstration speeches in the target language (focusing on the “products”and “practices” of the Standards). But, the world of food can also open up exciting ways to explore cultural “perspectives”as related to the 5 “Cs”: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. In this presentation, we will explore ideas for activities that highlight the “perspectives” of studying food in its cultural context using images, videoclips, and other authentic materials.

Presenter: Gwen Barnes-Karol

Gwen Barnes-Karol is Professor of Spanish at St. Olaf College, where she teaches Spanish language, culture, and literature. This presentation grows out of research in content-based instruction and developing critical thinking skills in the foreign language classroom that she has done jointly with Maggie A. Broner, Associate Professor of Spanish, St. Olaf, and draws from their article, “Using Images as Springboards to Teach Cultural Perspectives in Light of the Ideals of the MLA Report,” (Foreign Language Annals 43.3 [2010]).

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