Trabajos de titulación

Cultura y civilización

Author: Pamela Álvarez F.
Year: 2010
Title: Fostering high school students’ Intercultural Communicative Competence

Summary: This study focuses on analyzing the relevance of teaching intercultural communicative competence to the students through the use of WebQuests. Through the pedagogical proposal, this work clearly states the relationship between the use WebQuests to teach ICC and the development of English skills in the students.

Key words: intercultural communicative competence, intercultural approach, culture, WebQuests.
Library barcode: 370.117

Author: Blanca Barría Fuentes
Year: 2009
Title: Teaching intercultural communicative competence

Summary: This work is a descriptive and explanatory project whose main purpose is to demonstrate that in order to communicate in a globalized world with people from different cultures we do not only need to master English grammar and vocabulary, but also a series of different abilities necessary for intercultural communication. This theoretical endeavor finds its application in a pedagogical proposal whose main aim is to develop intercultural communicative cometence. This pedagogical proposal has been designed for senior year students of Chilean subsidized schools, with an intermediate and/or advanced level of English.

Key words: cultural, interculturalism, intercultural communicative competence, portfolio, cultural artifact, paralinguistic, sitcoms.
Library barcode: BAR 370.117

Author: Alessandro Bettoli P.
Year: 2010
Title: Interculturalism: Binding U.S. and Chilean identities

Summary: This course presents a pedagogical proposal whose main aim is to guide students to see and make connections between the Chilean and American cultures. By a series of different activities, this course helps students develop critical thinking, while at the same time they experience a personal growth due to its focus on values such as tolerance and respect.

Key words: interculturalism, intercultural activities, identities, American culture, skill-based syllabus, content-based syllabus, critical thinking, values.
Library barcode: BET 370.117

Author: Alfredo Calderón Araya
Year: 2009
Title: We are watching you, America!: An elective course on American culture for sophomore students

Summary: This paper offers a pedagogical proposal oriented towards the development of listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in year-11 students by using popular American sitcoms and TV series as the main source of materials. It contains activities and tasks to work with a span of three months. In general terms, the course aims to move students to analyze the American culture while developing their English skills.

Key words: America, American culture, culture, terrorism, sitcoms, TV series.
Library barcode: CAL 428.8

Liliana Elena Callejas Gil
Year: 2010
Title: A cultural and cognitive perspective on TEFL: Language awareness and its implications for reading

Summary: This study explores the connections among language awareness, cultural awareness, and the reading of humorous texts. Based on the connections found, this work also offers a pedagogical proposal, which aims to engage students through humor in reading and learning about the target language and culture.

Key words: Language awareness, reading, cultural awareness, process portfolio, humor, comic strips.
Library barcode: CAL 370.117

Author: Gabriela Chacana
Year: 2010
Title: An essential factor in the teaching of English: Cultural awareness

Summary: This work analyzes the importance of teaching American culture in a Chilean classroom. Based on the idea that we live in a globalized and demanding world, this 12-session workshop offers an opportunity for the teacher to value and promote reflection and understanding of the practices and customs of Americans in the students.

Key words: culture, cultural awareness, cultural diversity, American holidays, American values.
Library barcode: CHA 370.117

Author: Evelyn Dysli 
Year: 2009 
Title: Shortening the breach: An elective workshop for junior students 

Summary: This work analyzes the context in which most Chilean students are immersed. After exploring the role of the school in helping students to cope with family problems as well as their immediate reality, this work proposes an elective workshop that aims to help students understand better their place within society. In this course, students compare and contrast their personal experiences with their classmates’ and with those of American teenagers. Each lesson aims at broadening students’ perspectives and at giving them the chance to expose their concerns while they learn from the experience of others. 

Key words: genetic integrity, adolescence, teenagers, communicative breakdowns, communication, family. 
Library barcode: DYS 428.8

Author: María Fernández Bersabé
Year: 2008
Title: Festivities in the USA: An exploration of values

Summary: This workshop is an elective course for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors with an advanced level of English, in a private school. The general objective of this course is that the students are able to discriminate the social overtones implied in American festivities from their cultural products.

Key words: culture, festivities, American cultural, USA, stereotypes, values.
Library barcode: BER 392.2973

Author: Claudia Greco 
Year: 2009 
Title: The Beatles and popular music: A workshop for high school juniors 

Summary: This workshop offers the students the unique opportunity to examine the significance of the music of The Beatles, a cultural phenomenon by themselves. This course introduces them to the development and origin of popular music, better known as pop music. Therefore, this workshop will be of interest for those students who are riveted by the idea of broadening their knowledge in cultural studies and popular music. 

Key words: culture, music, Beatles, cultural studies, 
Library barcode: GRE 781.66

Author: Mauricio Guzmán Storey
Year: 2008
Title: Historical and social background on the shaping of British and American idioms: A workshop for high school seniors

Summary: This paper presents a workshop designed to help high school students with an advanced level of English examine how idiomatic expressions have been shaped throughout the history of America and the United Kingdom. Consequently, this workshop aims to develop mainly the speaking and listening skills of the students.

Key words: culture, American, British, idioms,
Library barcode: GUZ 427.009

Author: Alejandra Herrera Larraguibel 
Year: 2009 
Title: Let’s learn English from the land of Oz: A unit in the English curriculum 

Summary: This work offers a unit in the English subject aimed at developing and refining the ability of freshmen high school students to discuss, read and write, about the Australian culture, at an upper intermediate level. It lasts three to four months and the unit is specifically designed to learn English by getting to know the Australian culture. The goal is to assist the students in developing the associated speech and cognitive skills needed to become a skillful L2 user. Above all, students will benefit in two ways: they will improve their linguistic skills and develop cultural awareness. 

Key words: culture, Australia, cognitive skills. 
Library barcode: HER 428.8

Author: Carla Elena Martinez Quezada
Year: 2008
Title: Differences between American and Chilean cultures: An elective course for high school juniors

Summary: This work offers an interesting pedagogical proposal on how to teach culture to Chilean teenagers. This elective course is intended for students with an intermediate level of English. During the course, the differences in social, educational, and political aspects of Chilean and American culture are dealt with. The elective course includes several task-based activities, such as role-playing, reading comprehension with discussion, open debates, dialogue interpretation and creation.

Key words: Culture, cultural differences, high-school, American culture, American dream, patriotism.
Library barcode: MAR 306.446

Author: Jenny Montes de Oca Gonzalez
Year: 2008
Title: Teaching American culture through commercial spots: A course for senior students

Summary: This is a theoretical-practical course, which is aimed at senior students with an advanced level of English. This course consists of analyzing several commercial spots in order to explore the characteristics of the American culture. The course is organized from the simplest cognitive domain (identifying information) to the most complex (inferring information).

Key words: culture, American culture, commercials, TV spots, high-school students, stereotypes, individualism, materialism.
Library barcode: MON 306.0973

Author: Karen A. Olguin Catalan
Year: 2009
Title: Teaching business people how to manage anxiety and uncertainty in an intercultural setting through the use of portfolios.

Summary: This investigation is a pedagogical proposal based on the cultural-based approach. Its main aim is to provide teachers with a pedagogical tool on teaching business people how to manage anxiety and uncertainty in an intercultural setting through the use of portfolios.

Key words: Cultural-based approach, intercultural communication, portfolio, Anxiety/Uncertainty management, AUM, Theory of Stranger’s Intercultural Adjustment.
Library barcode: OLG 306.446

Nathalia Peña Medrano
Year: 2008
Title: A fun approach to American Culture: An elective course for junior and senior students.

Summary: This purpose of this project is to develop a 4-month elective course for senior students whose level of English is advanced. Based on the Communicative approach and on a content-based syllabus, students will be working on identifying, distinguishing and discussing historical backgrounds underlying humoristic devices, as well as on the improvement of the four linguistic skills. At the end of the elective course, students will be able to write a short essay analyzing one humoristic aid.

Key words: motivation, culture, cultural knowings, communicative approach, content-based syllabus, humor, humoristic devices, Chaplin, Vietnam War, Hippie Movement.
Library barcode: PEÑ 306.0973

Author: Evelyn Rojas Perez 
Year: 2009 
Title: How social issues are reflected through popular lyrics: A workshop for high school juniors 

Summary: This project points out the importance of teaching English through music as a way of engaging students in the EFL classroom. The purpose of this project is to develop a 3-month workshop for 11th grade students. Based on the Communicative approach and both a content-based and a skill-based syllabus, students will be working on comprehension, analysis, and evaluation of social issues, as well as on the improvement of the four linguistic skills. 

Key words: culture, music, lyrics, songwriters, writing, listening. 
Library barcode: ROJ 781.1

Author: Florencia Soto
Year: 2008
Title: Dressing up America: An elective course for juniors and seniors

Summary: This course attempts to make students see English as a great tool for communication. In this course fashion is proposed as the link between the student’s preferences, thoughts, feelings, information, and the foreign language. The general objective is to explore the American culture through the exposure to the fashion American women wear.

Key words: culture, content-based syllabus, fashion, speaking, American culture.
Library barcode: SOT 391.00973

Author: Elsa Vera C.
Year: 2010
Title: Are we so different? Do’s and don’ts in society: Chilean vs American culture

Summary: This work studies the connections between Chilean and American cultures and offers a workshop proposal through which to teach them. In this workshop, students will think critically and develop the language of argument by comparing and contrasting the American and Chilean cultures. The students, in this workshop, are presented with a series of topics on order to trigger debates or discussions.

Key words: culture, language of argument, taboos, American culture.
Library barcode: VER 370.117