The primary objective is to improve intercultural communication, considering it as a social phenomenon, and as a situation characteristic of the Spanish language class, and to develop the intercultural competencies of the students. We want to delve into studying the consequences of cultural shock and communication difficulties that arise from a lack of knowledge or a poor grasp of sociocultural skills in students’ intercultural interactions. Throughout the course, the teacher will learn to face situations involving cultural misunderstandings, as such problems arise due to students’ difficulty to understand unfamiliar situations, whether they involve speaking or not. This misunderstanding is often due to a lack of experience of such situations or a lack of awareness of their existence.
Within this concept of interculturality, we’ve included the knowledge of diatopic variety in the Spanish language, in order to work on expressing oneself in a way that differentiates ‘s’ and ‘z’, and that integrates the pronunciation of the ‘ll’ sound as a ´y’ (yeísmo), as well as the inhalation of the letters ‘s’ or ‘r’ so that they aren’t heard. This linguistic variety in the Spanish language can be explained by cultural fusion of the past, given the existence of cultural communities as varied as those in the Caribbean, the Andes, Pampas or Andalusia.
The course is practical in nature as we want it to be of specific use to teachers of Spanish as a foreign language, and for it to help them in their profession.