Course Description

Course Name

Conversation and Chilean Culture

Session: VVPU1223

Hours & Credits

45 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Note: A placement exam will be required when you arrive on site.


  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course description

The course Conversation and Chilean Culture, beginner level, integrates language and culture through short fragments of Chilean films, documentaries, Chilean and foreign TV shows, short local press articles, in order to strengthen the total immersion program in which the student is inserted.

Main objective

Improve the student’s intercultural communicative competence based on the four linguistic skills: oral and written comprehension and oral and written expression.

Specific objectives

  • Develop the skill of expressing thoughts and feelings through oral word.
  • Develop the skill of oral comprehension through authentic audiovisual material.
  • Develop the skill of understanding written texts of low difficulty level.
  • Develop the skill of expressing thoughts and feelings through written word in descriptive texts.


Chile. Sociocultural aspects. Sociocultural manifestations rooted in Chilean culture. Valparaíso-Viña del Mar

Two cities. Viña del Mar- Valparaíso: influence of popular culture of United States. Fieldwork from an ethnographic perspective.

Chilean movies: Machuca. La Nana. Preselected scenes with subtitles in Spanish (and/or English)

American sitcom dubbed into Spanish: The Simpsons. Selected episodes.


  • Theoretical and expository lessons.
  • Conversation and debate.
  • Role play. Simulation.
  • Through simple readings, encourage participation in association activities, interpretation and analysis of themes/subjects that have an influence in society.
  • Fieldwork.


  • Attendance and participation (10%)
  • 2 oral presentations (20% each, 40% in total)
  • Homework, interaction and participation in fieldwork (20%)
  • Fieldwork (cultural exploration) + final presentation. (30%)


PIIE’s language and culture activities manual.

*Course content subject to change