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The Learning Conference 2003

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Learning Culture through the Transnational Classroom

Lourdes Sánchez-López.


Through computer technology and students' first-hand experiences, the Transnational Classroom, a pilot innovative project created by Dr. Lourdes Sánchez-López and Dr. Jessica Ramos-Harthun at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was recently implemented to enhance study abroad participation and give language learners a unique cultural perspective. The participants were two groups of students from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures: A study abroad group and a Spanish class on the U.S. campus. The main objective of the project was to give the U.S. campus students the opportunity to participate in the foreign culture through their peers' experiences and thereby to raise their desire to participate in a study abroad program and to continue studying Spanish. The session will discuss the methodology, development, results and different variables. Participants will learn how to incorporate the model.

Presenters

Lourdes Sánchez-López  (United States)
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Sánchez-López is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Director of the Spanish Language Program in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received a Ph.D. In Second Language Acquisition and TESOL from the University of Jaén, Spain and an M.A. in the Teaching of Languages from the University of Southern Mississippi, USA. Her areas of specialization are Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Pedagogy.

Keywords
  • Transnational Classroom
  • Culture
  • Technology
  • Study abroad



(60 min Workshop, English)