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Culture. Larlyn Muller Val Ludwig. Latin America. America is a highly individualistic culture; Latino cultures are very group and family oriented. How does this relate to my classroom?. Flexible Grouping

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Larlyn Muller

Val Ludwig

latin america
Latin America
  • America is a highly individualistic culture; Latino cultures are very group and family oriented.
how does this relate to my classroom
How does this relate to my classroom?
  • Flexible Grouping
    • Don’t always allow students to pick their groups, sometimes teachers have a better idea of students who will work well together
    • At times, Spanish-speakers will want to work together when that might not be best for their learning
puerto rico
Puerto Rico
  • People often point with puckered lips instead of an index finger
  • People stand very close when talking
  • Wiggling the nose is a way to ask “What’s going on?”
  • Hand gestures and facial expressions are important forms of communication
  • It is not considered rude for Puerto Ricans to interrupt each other during conversations
el salvador
El Salvador
  • Pointing directly at people is impolite (pointing is for animals and objects)
  • When greeting someone, it is considered rude not to shake their hands
  • Hand gestures are an essential part of communicating
  • Education is only compulsory until age 12, and public school is free but books/uniforms cost money
  • To beckon, one waves all fingers with the palm facing down
  • One points by extending the chin or puckering the lips on the intended direction
  • Education is compulsory until age 13, but students must pay for books, supplies, uniforms, and tuition which many cannot afford
  • Mexicans often stand close to each other while talking
  • If offered refreshments, refusing can be impolite
  • Women greet each other with a kiss on the cheek
  • Attendance at school is compulsory until age 15, but it is rarely enforced
dominican republic
Dominican Republic
  • People often point with puckered lips instead of an index finger
  • Wrinkling one’s nose shows that one does not understand
  • People are animated in conversation
  • Personal space is limited—touching is normal and crowding is common
  • For schooling, attendance is mandatory through 8th grade, but in the country and especially for girls, this stops earlier
last names
Last Names
  • In Latin America, people take both their father and their mothers last names
  • The father’s last name comes first, and then the mother’s last name is second
  • IF only one name is used, it will be the first last name (the father’s name)
  • Many times, that may be why children often have different last names than their parents listed in MMS

Maria Rios Rivera

Father’s last name

Mother’s last name

Tell ONE person close to you what your name would be if you were from Mexico.

  • All cultural information came from the Culture Grams series (World Edition, 2009)
  • A complete set is available in the ELL Support Room if you want more information