Virtual Exchange Spring 2016

Welcome to the virtual online discussion!

The online discussion will be between students at CU Boulder (CU) SPAN 2150 and students at Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) taking Pragmatics during the Spring 2016 semester.

Background:

In order to fully learn a language, you need interaction with the language and culture. With this project, we are trying to overcome the problem of learning another language (Spanish) in a foreign country (English speaking) in an academic setting. This project offers the students new resources to native speakers through online discussions on culture topics.

Instructors and Assistant for Project:

  • Professor Alejandro Mendez-Betancor from CU
  • Professor Vicky Ariza Pinzón from BUAP
  • ALTEC Consultant – assists with technology questions

Project:

Students will be granted access to an Edmodo group starting April 1st:

  •          Week 1 (April 4-8) – Introductions
  •          Week 2 (April 11-15) – Articles and Video discussion in Spanish
  •          Week 3 (April 18-22) – Articles and Video discussion in English
  •          Week 4 (for CU students only Due April 29th) – Reflection Paper and Articles Summary Paper

Student Objectives:

  • I can discuss social justice in English with non-native English speakers (CU students) / with native English speakers (BUAP students)
  • I can discuss health topics in Spanish with non-native Spanish speakers (CU students) / with native Spanish speakers (BUAP students)
  • I can introduce myself to native speakers in their native language

Articles and Videos

Students will receive 2 articles and 2 short videos in Spanish and 2 articles in English by the final week of March for the discussion.

TO JOIN THE STUDY, PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SURVEY:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1do4RkzlwdXT9Fbd2ftpjHp6WJbtMCQBEZTcGU2fMQxU/viewform

Once you complete the survey, you will receive the link to Edmodo.

How to Use Edmodo (Teachers)

Welcome to Edmodo: https://support.edmodo.com/hc/en-us/articles/205009894-Welcome-to-Edmodo

How to Use Edmodo (Students)

Prior Research

ALTEC staff member Naomi Wahls has started an initial research on intercultural competency through tele collaboration. This project will be a continuation of that prior research.

Questions?

Feel free to email me at any time if you have any questions as a student or instructor. - naomi.wahls@colorado.edu