Friday, December 5, 2008
How to Correctly File Hispanic Names
I know that community-based learning students don't like it when they are asked to file during their time in the community. However, their learning goals are to improve their Spanish and knowledge of Latino cultures. Filing information on clients with Hispanic names helps them with both. And imagine the impact of mis-filing for the organizations where our students work and and their clients.
That's why I was unhappy to learn that many SPAN 232 students did not do well on their exam section asking them to put some Hispanic names in alphabetical order.
I can imagine that some students feel that putting names into alphabetical order isn't important. It is! It is especially important in the organizations where they work because they are dealing with clients who may not have "accommodated" to the American system of using only one last name. And it is especially important for clients whose papers are so important for their legal status, medical information and other high-impact issues that require so much paperwork. Misfiling, or pulling the wrong file, can have very negative consequences.
So, let's see how much you know about putting Hispanic names in alphabetical order? Put these names in alphabetical order in a comment to this post. Answers will be posted next week!
Víctor Emilio Cázares Salazar
Carlos Lage Cordoniu
Carlos Enrique Cordoniu
Roberto Alvarez Quiñones
Irene del Río
María del Carmen Pucci
People with Hispanic last names