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ERIC Number: EJ1018344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
Social Networking, Microlending, and Translation in the Spanish Service-Learning Classroom
Faszer-McMahon, Debra
Hispania, v96 n2 p252-263 Jun 2013
This small-scale study analyzes the use of service-learning pedagogy via non-profit translation in the intermediate-level language classroom. Forty-three students at the intermediate-high level in three Spanish classes in Greensburg, Pennsylvania served as part of a translation team for the non-profit organization Kiva, which helps to fund microentrepreneurs throughout the Spanish-speaking world. This current study discusses theories of service-learning pedagogy, exploring how social networking and online collaborations can allow more students access to the benefits of service-learning, particularly those students studying in isolated regions with limited Spanish-speaking populations. This study also includes an analysis of student translations and student reflections and responses to the experience. Student work product demonstrates the promise of online collaborations for improving motivation as well as cultural and linguistic competence for students in regions with limited access to Spanish-speaking communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A