Problema 1:personas confinadas en sus hogares por su edad avanzada o condiciones de discapacidad
Una Solución: Escaleras Eléctricas
Problema 2:alto costo de las viviendas
Una Solución: Mini-pisos
Una Solución: Casas impresas en 3-D
Problema 3:sintechismo/personsas sin hogar
Una Solución Temporal: los refugios
Problema 4: cocinar a fuego abierto
Una Solución: las estufas
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Step 2: Optional Brainstorm
If students can do this in the target language – have them talk about what housing problems. What are they? What problems exist where they live?
If this is ABOVE their language ability, skip this question for now.
Step 3: Problem #1: Accessability
Many Latin American cities are built up in mountains or hills and it’s hard for the elderly or people with disabilities to get around. Some neighborhoods are only accessible by climbing many flights of stairs which can be dangerous for some.
Imagine being injured and having to use crutches. How would you get home? Imagine young children climbing these every day after school. Imagine grandparents carrying food home from the grocery store up several flights of stairs. Imagine you get to the bottom and realize you forgot something!
One Solution: Escalators
Medellin, Colombia installed 6 sections of escalators in one of the poorest neighborhoods (Comuna 13) that cannot be reached by car. The escalators turn what used to be a 30 minute walk into a 5 minute ride.
It is safer than unstable stairs and makes getting out of the house easier for many people!
Problem #2: Rising cost of housing
Use the infographics to talk about increases in rent in cities around the world. It’s very expensive and difficult for many to afford.
One Solution: Mini-pisos
This is the city version of a “tiny house.” Show the video with examples from Madrid. Would students want to live there? Is it worth it to live in an exciting part of the city?
Another solution: 3-D printed houses
Companies are experimenting with 3-D printing to create smaller, less expensive options OUTSIDE of the cities.
Problem #3: Homelessness
Explain “sintechismo” = sin techo o sin hogar
This DuoLingo podcast episode is an interesting story about how a man from Argentina lost his home, job, and family, and ended up homeless. He talks about the struggles and how he found help. It’s narrated by Martina Castro and a mix of Spanish/English but slow for novice/intermediate language learners.
A temporary solution: Argentinian Soccer Stadium opens its doors for homeless
What local places could help your local homeless population?
Problem #4: Cooking with open fires
The resources, videos, images, and links were provided by StoveTeam International, an organization working to assist families in need throughout Central America.
StoveTeam has created their own free online Spanish Unit! In 4 lessons, students learn about Central America and the issues StoveTeam works to address. Check it out here:
Guest Speaker via Video Chat
StoveTeam International invites you to video chat in Spanish with one of their staff members! Learn more about their experiences in Central America, and the work they’re doing to assist families in need. Contact StoveTeam to set up the call: firstname.lastname@example.org Example: https://youtu.be/KqmCUs3ell4
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