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Title: Hispanic Awareness

Hispanic Awareness
  • The word 'Hispanic' does not define a nationality
    or race.
  • It describes a culture. There is no single
    Hispanic nationality. So, who is Hispanic?
  • The term Hispanic was created by the US
    Government to bring together a large and varied
  • The U.S. Census Bureau, defines Hispanic as
    Spanish-speaking people of any race who live in
    the United States.
  • According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Hispanics of
    all races represent 13.3 percent of the U.S.
    population, about 37.4 millions individuals.

Did you know...
  • A formal recognition of Hispanic Heritage was
    first declared by the U.S. Congress in 1968, to
    celebrate a combination of several Latin American
    countries' Independence Day holidays.
  • September 15 September 16 September 18
  • Costa Rica Mexico Chile
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala Nicaragua
  • Honduras
  • In 1988, the celebration was extended to a full
    month. It now includes Columbus Day on October
    12th, and Día de la Raza - commemorating the
    first immigration of Hispanics to the Americas.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from
    September 15th - October 15th.

  • In 1566 a Spanish settlement was established at
    Santa Elena (Parris Island), South Carolina.
  • Hispanics introduced the cowboy and his hat,
    boots, lassoes, chaps, saddle, cattle, rodeos,
    ranches and even the horse to the North American
  • The symbol which we use to refer to the U.S.
    dollar was taken from the pillars of the Spanish
    Imperial Coat of Arms. In 1775 the United States
    adopted the Spanish Dollar as the basic
    monetary system.
  • San Augustine (Florida) was founded by Pedro
    Mendez de Aviles in 1565. It was the first city
    in the U.S.
  • The Spanish founded the first free integrated
    public school in San Augustine, Florida in
    September 1787.

Some basic facts
  • Everyone who speaks Spanish is not Spanish. The
    term Spanish refers to the actual Spanish
    language or Spanish speakers from Spain.
  • Puerto Ricans speak Spanish, Guatemalans speak
    Spanish, Peruvians speak Spanish
  • There are 21 countries that have Spanish as their
    official language.

  • Puerto Rico is the only Spanish-speaking country
    that is not a foreign country. It is actually a
    territory of the USA and all Puerto Rican
    citizens are citizens of the USA.
  • Not all Spanish speaking people in the USA are
    illegal immigrants. There are many who are legal
    visitors, residents or citizens.
  • According to the 2000 Census the Hispanic
    community is the largest minority in the USA.

Things to keep in mind
  • If you have Hispanic students.
  • The presence of an accent does not equal lack of
    intelligence nor do you need to speak in a
    louder voice.
  • Just because they are Hispanic does not mean that
    they speak Spanish. Many families encourage
    students to learn English instead of their
    heritage language.
  • There are many families that speak both Spanish
    and English. One or the other language may be
    their dominant language, but with time and
    practice these students can be fluent in both

  • When scheduling a meeting with Spanish speaking
    parents, find out if an interpreter is needed.
    The District 5 interpreter is Axa Carnes. The BES
    ESOL teacher is Barbra Davis. The district ESOL
    contact is Patsy Grimes.
  • In addition, if the meeting involves an IEP and
    Special Education, contact Joan Goff at the
    District Office in Special Services prior to the
  • When you are using an interpreter, speak directly
    to the parents and make eye contact with the
    parents as you would during a conference with
    English speaking parents.
  • Documents that need to be translated should be
    done before the specific meeting.

  • Be aware that most Spanish speaking women keep
    their maiden name, not their husbands last name.
  • When you have concerns or questions, Hispanic
    Educators are glad to help!
  • Try to learn the correct pronunciation of the
    students first and last name. It will help your
    student feel confident in your class.

The Most Important thing to remember!
  • Respect
  • ALL
  • Cultures!

  • 1.How many countries speak Spanish as their
    official language?
  • a.15
  • b.19
  • c.21
  • 2. Which African country has Spanish as an
    official language?
  • a. Ghana
  • b. Cameroon
  • c. Equatorial Guinea
  • 3.Approximately what percentage of the worlds
    Spanish-speaking population lives in the United
  • a.5
  • b.9
  • c.14

  • 4.Which U.S. state has Spanish and English as its
    official language?.
  • a. California
  • b. New Mexico
  • c. Texas
  • 5.Which Spanish speaking country has currency
    thats printed in English only?
  • a. Panama
  • b. Colombia
  • c. Argentina
  • 6.Spanish is the_______ most spoken language in
    the world.
  • a. Four
  • b. Third
  • c. Second
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