What is it like to live in...?
WebQuest created by Michelle Osterman
Objective: Learn cultural information about Spanish-speaking countries.
Your school has received a large sum of money from a local business that wants to promote the importance of learning the Spanish language and about Spanish countries. The money from this business is to be used to send three students from your school to a Spanish-speaking country to live and study for one month during the next school year. Your Spanish teacher has been put in charge of selecting these three students. In order to make a fair choice, your teacher has given you a task to complete. Your teacher will choose the three students who best complete the task to make the trip. Good luck!!!
Your task will be to become experts about your country. You will use the internet resources given below to answer these questions about your country. Remember, the quality of your answers will effect your chance of traveling to the country you research.
1. What is the population of this country?
2. What is the capital city of this country?
3. Who is the head of the government of this country?
4. What are the major industries in this country?
5. Are there any warnings to visitors of this country? If so, what are they?
6. Do U.S. citizens need passports or visas to visit this country? If so, what are the requirements?
7. Will you face any possible health risks while visiting this country?
8. When do you think would be the best time of the year to go to this country? Why?
9. What is the currency of this country? How will you charge your U.S. dollars for this countries currency?
10. Do you think it will be expensive to visit this country? Why or why not?
11. Name three places that you will want to visit if you are selected for the trip. Where are these places located (city or area of the country)? What is the significance of these places/why do you want to visit?
12. Who were the first inhabitants of this country? Are they still around? If not, what happened to them?
13. When did this country gain independence?
14, What types of food do the people eat in this country? Have you tried these types of food before? If so, do you like the food from this country?
15. What is the most common language spoken in this country? What other languages are spoken in this country?
16. What music or artists are popular in this country today? Have you ever heard these artists or types of music before?
17. Soccer is one of the most important sports in Spanish-speaking countries. What is the World Cup?
18. Has your country ever played in a World Cup competition?
19. Has your country ever hosted a World Cup competition? If so, what year?
20. What are some differences between the country you have researched and the United States?
21. Would you like to visit this country in the future even if you are not selected by your teacher to study there? Why or why not?
1. Find out which country you are assigned to research. Remember, although you may not be assigned your fist choice, all of the countries are unique and exciting.
2. Find your country's name and flag below, and click on this site. Answer questions #1-14 using this site and it's links.
3. After finishing questions #1-15, return to this page using the back arrow at the top of the screen.
4. To answer question #16, click on the musical note below the flags. This link will lead you to a page that will have a list of countries at the top. Click on your country's name to answer question #16 (Belize is not on the list, choose Mexico is you have Belize). After answering the question, use the back arrow at the top of the screen to get back to this page.
5. To answer questions #17-19, click on the soccer player below and then click on "background, The World Cups, and The Nations." Return to this page by using the back arrow.
Argentina Belize Bolivia
Chile Colombia Costa Rica
Cuba Dominican Republic Ecuador
El Salvador Guatemala Honduras
Mexico Nicaragua Panama
Paraguay Peru Puerto Rico
Spain Uruguay Venezuela
Music World Cup
You will be evaluated on how well you answer the questions above. Be prepared to complete any other assignments your teacher may give in order to decide which students will get to make the trip.
The information that you have learned by answering the questions above should give you an idea of what life may be like in that country. While you are learning Spanish, it is important to also learn about the culture in the countries where Spanish is spoken. It is very possible that business, travels, or studies will someday require you to visit a Spanish-speaking country, and today you have made your first steps toward being prepared to do so.