Me llamo Yolima Escobar soy de Medellín Colombia, Sur América. Tengo 53 años, estoy casada desde hace 32 años, tengo tres hijos y un nieto. Soy alegre, soy muy trabajadora, soy muy responsable y me gusta ayudar y colaborar con todas las personas que necesiten mi ayuda. Mi día normal empieza a las 6:00 de la mañana, me levanto, me baño, tomó un café, salgo con mi perro a dar una vuelta a la vecindad. Lo regreso de nuevo a casa y me voy para mi trabajo. Al llegar a mi sitio de labores reviso los correos electrónicos y el itinerario del día. Salgo del trabajo a las 4:00p.m., me voy para mi casa a preparar la cena para mi familia, cuando ellos llegan nos sentamos en la mesa todos juntos y disfrutamos la comida. Al terminar la cena cada uno se va para su habitación a descansar y a ver la televisión. Dos horas mas tarde salimos a caminar en el parque y algunas veces jugamos tenis o competimos entre nosotros. Algunas veces mi nieto se pone a correr con su perro. Luego vamos a casa a descansar y a dormir para estar listos para el siguiente día. Lo que más me hace feliz es disfrutar el tiempo con mi familia y vivir cada uno de los días a plenitud como si fuera el último.

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Yolima Esobar
Maria Cristina La Padula
Diane Potucek

Katie Sas


Hispanic Culture: Mi Familia-Learning Team C

Hispanic Culture: Bilingual Education-Learning Team C

Points earned: 4/4

Hispanic Culture: Mi Familia-Learning Team C

Yolima Escobar
Maria Cristina La Padula
Diane Potucek
Katie Sas


February 1, 2016

Ricardo Rincon


Culture defines whether behavior is acceptable or not. Culture incorporates the taboos, customs and traditions of a population. Becoming familiar with subtle and not so subtle differences in communication among cultures can eliminate barriers to effective understanding. This paper will examine appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication methods within the Hispanic culture including salutations and eye contact. It will also examine common elements of various cultures that include respect, family and time management. An overview of the differences between the Hispanic culture and American culture will be presented. Finally, this paper will present an explanation of the importance of family, religion and celebrations within the Hispanic culture. Developing a cross-cultural mindset requires being more observant and demonstrating a willingness to adjust your behavior to differences you may not be accustomed to. This paper presents ways for people, especially teachers, to enhance this cross-cultural mindset in communicating with persons from different cultures of their own.

Hispanic Culture: Mi Familia-Learning Team C

Appropriate Verbal and Nonverbal Social Behaviors in the Hispanic Culture

Verbal Social Behaviors and Nonverbal Social Behaviors

The Hispanic culture embraces introductions, greetings and goodbyes that include hugs, kisses, hand shaking or back slapping.

Good friends often add a pat on the back and, if they have not seen each other for some time, hug.

People of both genders greet women with one kiss on each cheek.

People stand close and frequently touch one another on the arm while conversing. They have a preference for closer personal space. When parting, women are given a slight embrace and a kiss on one or both cheeks.

Exaggerated hand gestures and facial expressions are used to support what is being spoken.

If listening or speaking to an authority figure, limited or avoidance of eye contact is made. Eye contact is viewed as a symbol of respect. Prolonged eye contact and strong eye contact with strangers is viewed as disrespectful.

Common Appropriate and Inappropriate Elements in Cultures

Respect for elders and an authority figure is key in the Hispanic culture presented from the start through language development. Verbal expressions are very limited in speaking to authority figures. In America, respect is taught through actions and dependent upon the parents’ teaching versus a reoccurring teaching in language acquisition.

Personal relationships are an integral part of the Hispanic culture. An individual relates better to a group identity than an individual identity. Interdependence is a natural way of life. Some cultures, such as the Chinese culture, are a very reserved people whose interpersonal relationships are guarded and not displayed. Kisses, hugs and touching are very common in personal relationships amongst this culture. In other cultures, like America, kissing is a reserve for family members or romantic interests.

A basic feature of the Hispanic/Latino American family is the extended family, which plays a major role in each family member's life. It is a common practice among Hispanic families to help each other financially and in other ways during life's struggles. Americans may be viewed as not as supportive as the people of Spanish decent in regards to family interdependence. The American family unit also has more single parent families.

Hispanic people tend to be more relaxed about time and punctuality in general. They live in a present time perspective and are more concerned with immediate short-term goals versus long term goals. In America we are charging late fees if someone are 10 minutes late for an appointment. American families are known for their drive-thru approach to eating dinner. The American culture definitely has an opposing view to time concepts in regards to the relaxed Hispanic approach.

The Hispanic and American Cultures

Culture defines whether behavior is acceptable or not. Becoming familiar with subtle and not so subtle differences in communication among cultures can eliminate barriers to effective understanding. The way conversation gets passed between people varies greatly between cultures. Though there are many similarities between the Hispanic culture and the American culture as it relates to communication, there are distinct differences between the cultures as well.

People from the Hispanic culture will usually greet and part with friends and relatives more personally than do Americans. The Hispanic culture embraces introductions, greetings and goodbyes that include hugs, kisses, hand shaking or back slapping. The Hispanic culture values respect in communicating and formal titles are used frequently.

Nonverbal communication is an important factor in any message that is conveyed in a face-to-face context. Nonverbal language in Spanish culture is also different from nonverbal culture in the United States. For example, the hand gesture used by Americans for "come here," the hand palm up with the index finger extending in and out three or four times, has a very different meaning in the Hispanic Culture and could be interpreted as a solicitation for romance.

The length of sustained eye contact can be the cuing device used for conversational turn taking. In Western cultures eyes are considered to show the central point of a person’s focus. Americans tend to make medium-length eye contact before looking away. Americans also use a longer direct gaze to cue changing speakers. Eye contact is expected in Western culture, it is a basic essential to a social interaction which shows a person’s interest and engagement with your conversation. In America lack of direct eye contact could be considered insulting.

In the Hispanic culture, direct eye contact may be viewed as challenging or intimidating. In many circumstances intense eye contact can be viewed as aggressive, confrontational or extremely disrespectful. As with verbal communication, eye contact is gradually lengthened over time as relationships grow more intimate in the relationship.

Hispanics are more hesitant to reveal issues of personal importance. Persons from the Hispanic culture have a tendency not to be quick to discuss family problems as the larger American society. Vivano (2013) points out that they tend to be “less confrontational” and in addition they first “establish trust, support, warmth, and caring before dealing with difficult issues” (p. 10).

As a general rule, the Hispanic student is raised to thrive in a cooperative environment versus a competitive one. For the student, the good of the whole is more important than the individual’s goal. Children from the Hispanic culture are raised to be cooperative, whereas the American culture typically encourages students to be competitive and individualistic.

Hispanic Cultural Characteristics

The Hispanic culture entails many great characteristics. Understanding the values, customs and traditions of this culture can play a huge part in both the transition and the success of our English language learners in today’s classroom. It is important for educators of Hispanic children to understand, embrace and appreciate these important characteristics.


The origins of Hispanic social norms emphasize the importance of communication (verbal and nonverbal) in interpersonal relationships (Salimbene, 2000; Smith, 2000). Greetings, thank-yous and goodbyes are treated as almost ceremonious. Men and woman give hugs in saying hello and goodbye. Men usually also greet woman with "besitos" meaning they touch cheeks while making a kissing noise with their lips. Women also greet other woman with "besitos." These little kisses are viewed as a sign of friendship.

Appropriate Verbal Social Behaviors

In the Hispanic culture, respect is highly valued and shown by using formal titles in communications. Upon meeting a person, the Hispanic culture uses formal words. Over time, most people will continue with formalities until the person they are speaking with invites them to become informal. The Spanish elders are always greeted first, and people are addressed by their last names until they give permission for their first names to be used. People from the Hispanic culture are known for speaking loudly and laughing loudly.

Letter to Parents

Letter to Parents

Yolima Escobar


February 6, 2016

Ricardo Rincón

Hickory, Carolina del Norte, febrero 5 del 2016.

Estimados padres de Carlos,

Reciban un cordial saludo.

El motivo de la presente es felicitarlos porque Carlos acaba de completar todos los requerimientos necesarios para pasar al nivel II de Español. ElÉl ha trabajado muy duro durante este periodo académico, ha sido un excelente estudiante y ha ayudado a sus compañeros a avanzar en el curso como tutor y como mi asistente personal.

ElÉl es un joven con muchas cualidades morales, sociales y personales. Estoy segura que si Carlos continua contando con su apoyo y con esa motivación profunda que lo impulsa a seguir sus sueños podrá llegar muy lejos en su carrera como traductor.

Adicional a lo antes mencionado, me complace comunicarles que por su desempeño como tutor y como líder en la clase, por su continua perseverancia y dedicación al estudio le ha sido otorgado el galardón de honor.

Mis felicitaciones sinceras por este premio tan bien merecido.


Yolima Escobar

Spanish Teacher

Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School (HCAM)

409 8th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601 | Phone 828-328-6738, ext. 215

“Embracing Creativity to Support Student Academic Success”

Hickory Career and Arts Magnet will pursue excellence in teaching and learning by providing engaging, creative, student-oriented learning opportunities for all students

Impressive work Team C! The instructional strategies you included are very good! – In my view a structured approach of these strategies can offer our ELLs a solid opportunity to be successful in our educational system. Thank you for including a piece on building partnership with parents… it is so important – yet ignored by many of us!


To avoid redundancy, please refrain from writing ELL students or ELL child. Rather write ELLs or ELL.

Points earned 5 /5