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By Merida Elizondo
In this unit students will examine the similarities and differences between the shopping experience in the United States and in Spanish speaking countries. They will identify the reasons behind the differences and uncover their cultural significance. This unit will focus on three different shopping experiences which are common in Spanish speaking countries. The Mercado experience, where bargaining is a way of life. The super department store, where customers can find anything they wish from cars to produce. Finally, areas where neighborhood shops line the streets and shopping requires visiting multiple specialty stores in the same area. This unit includes a project where students will design a shopping area for a Spanish speaking community. Students must take into account the culture and the specific needs of the people in the community. In the end, students will understand that shopping experiences vary by culture and region and successful retail interactions are ones that are helpful, informative, and respectful of culture.
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