Pod-Casting in Spanish Classroom: A New Content-Based Approach to Second Language Acquisition

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Last year, the Department of Information Technology introduced pod-casting resources to the Assumption College campus, and I decided to represent the Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures and participate in the pilot program to see how these new technologies could be applied within the context of a language program. In both the fall and spring semesters, I incorporated assignments in which students created pod casts into two courses per semester. In both semesters, one course consisted of an intermediate-level Spanish language course, and the other was an upper-level culture and civilization course centering on Latin American, also taught entirely in the target language. This presentation will discuss the results of this assignment and highlight the usefulness of this relatively new technology in the language classroom. This presentation will close with a more theoretical discussion of current methodologies for teaching in the foreign language classroom to see how pod-casting can be conceptually understood within the context of these pedagogical approaches.

Keywords: Pod Casts, Pod-Casting, Technology, Spanish, Language
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Arlene Guerrero-Watanabe

Associate Professor, Dept. of Modern and Classical Languages, Assumption College
Sutton, MA, USA

I received my Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Brown University in 2000. In 1999, just prior to my doctoral defense, I began my academic career as Assistant Professor of Spanish at Assumption College, where I was granted tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in the spring 2006. In my research I focus on Latin American cultural studies and literature. My most recent publications focus on the poetics of Rosario Ferre, a contemporary Puerto Rican writer, and on the narrative fiction of Roberto G. Fernandez. In addition to my literary research, I also have a strong interest in Information Technology and how emerging technologies can be used to improve and enhance the college experience.

Ref: T08P0196