As I am teaching an elective called Global ICT to year 9 and 10 students, I asked Mariana if she would have time to connect with them. This is a small class of students, so I was delighted when she agreed to speak to them. Year 7 class really enjoyed the previous connection and it was a great chance to learn about and discuss cultural differences a better understanding of the world we live in and to develop empathy for different ways of life
Again Mariana spent time introducing herself and explaining her background including the fact she was born in Lima, Peru. By sharing her screen, she read and showed the pages of her book “(Not) Home for Christmas”. Although it was in English the Spanish text could be seen on some of the pages. Once the book was finished, Mariana talked about some of the cultural differences in celebrating Christmas. Students then shared their ways of spending Christmas. Photos of Peru and Peru were also shared.
I would highly recommend Mariana to any classes around the world. Following are some of the ways in which she makes it engaging for students of all ages.
- Mariana effectively used objects to capture the students interest – a blown up balloon map of the world to show where she lived in the USA (Oklahoma) and where Lima Peru is located. Students then had to guide her to find where Hawkesdale Australia can be found.
- By sharing her screen, and showing the actual pages of the book, students could read the text in case they did not always understand her Spanish/US accent. The Spanish text could be seen as well.
- Students enjoyed seeing the cartoon type images of the book as they were highly engaging and it added depth to the meaning of the book.
- Mariana is a confident and engaging presenter who interacts well with the students.
- Even though the book was written for younger students, these 15-16 year old students enjoyed hearing it and liked learning about the different cultures.
- Mariana connects from her home and it is interesting to see what the space around her looks like, to have some of her family members interact with us and to hear her speak Spanish to her children.
Please read some of the student summaries on their blog posts:-
- Dwight Skype Linkup with Mariana Llanos
- Bayley Skype with an author
- Olivia Skype with Mariana Llanos
- LachlanS Skype with mariana llanos an author