SPAN 335: Community Activism through Social Media Department of Modern and Classical LanguagesSummer 2011 George Mason UniversityTR 12:30PM-2:15PM - Room:
Innovation Hall 333
: Aquia 329
: Dr. Esperanza Román-Mendoza
: TR 11:00-11:45PM and by appointment
Spanish 335 is designed to promote students' oral abilities in Spanish as well as their critical understanding of LatinAmerican culture and society through the discussion and analysis of different social web-based sources. SPAN 335 willmake extensive use of technology to support oral and written activities. Your grade will be determined as follows:Class participation 10%Oral class presentations (daily) 15%Final oral presentation 15%Wikispaces individual page 15%Reflective weekly essays 20%Final research project 25%
The aim of this course is to enable you to acquire new vocabulary, grammar structures and pragmatics in order toimprove your conversational skills. Discussions and activities will be based on social activism as portrayed and carriedout in social media (blogs, digital repositories, twitter, YouTube videos, digital newspapers discussions, etc.) and massmedia.
Materials and calendar
. This is an online tool to share resources. Students will get private accounts set up by theprofessor.
. This is an online tool to chat in 140 characters.
Please keep track of your login and password information for all these websites on a safe, accessible file so youcan retrieve it if you forget it.
This is primarily a conversation class and you must be present to participate. Attendance is crucial. No make-up work willbe accepted for lost class time. Late assignments won’t be accepted, unless there is a medical reason or any other justified emergency. Check our class wiki for course materials, lesson plans and scheduled assignments. The attachedtentative schedule does not contain details, as it is just an overview of the whole course. Short quizzes will be given inclass unannounced.
Oral daily presentations
Students will present a report to the whole class every day about the progress they are making in their investigativeclass project. No make up for missed classes.
Final oral presentation
Students will present on during the last day of classes. This presentation will be based on the investigative project. Moredetails in class.
Students will write an essay (500 words) with their weekly reflections about this course. The essay will be writtenfollowing a draft-peer review-final version revision process. Topics will be announced in class.
Wikispace individual page
Students will work in class and outside class in several written activities, in addition to the reflective essays. They will bestored and reviewed on each student’s individual Wikispace page. More details in class.
Students will prepare an research paper about one specific NGO or activist campaign. To this effect, students will be