1 Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos Benjamin Franklin TECNOLOGÍA Y CULTURA PRIMAVERA 2015 Readings and Films -- Mañana todavía: doce distopías para el siglo XXI (Penguin, 2014) (available in Kindle version on Amazon for $9) --Any grammatical reference book --The rest of the readings will be available on Canvas. Students are responsible for watching films outside of class. Course Description In this Spanish course students will refine their oral and written communication skills through examining the social and cultural impact of media and technology in Spain and Latin America. The course will begin with a study of film, television, the telephone and the Internet and how each device transformed life in the twentieth century. Students will learn about the history of each device as well as its capacity to bring about social change. Next, we ll works by some of the first science fiction writers anywhere, the Argentine authors Adolfo Bioy Casares and Jorge Luis Borges, whose ingenious novel and short stories prefigure such modern innovations as the hologram, the Internet, Wikipedia and virtual reality. Finally, we ll look ahead to twenty-first century challenges. We ll examine
2 the presence and effect of technology in our daily lives including mobile phones, wearables, social media and robots. Recent short stories, films and news articles will help us consider and debate issues pertaining to privacy, globalization, surveillance and techno-addictions. In addition to the required readings and films students will participate in a project to design and publish a website for an organization in Alcalá de Henares. They will also create a short science fiction film to present on the last day of class. Students will deliver two presentations one on a reading or film and another on a current news article in Spanish about an issue regarding new media and/or technology. These presentations will help develop students oral proficiency in Spanish and public speaking skills. Finally, students will be expected to work with conversation partners with native speakers of Spanish. The conversation partners can be arranged through Carlos Herrero in the main office at the Instituto Franklin. The conversations with native speakers will enable students to improve their oral proficiency as they engage in authentic speech. This is a mandatory component of the course. Learning Outcomes: The following course seeks to fulfill the following curricular goals (learning outcomes), set by TCNJ s School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of World Languages and Cultures: 1. Written Communication: Writing is a focus of instruction. 2. Oral Communication: Public Speaking is a focus of instruction. 5. Critical Analysis and Reasoning: Ability to critique the arguments of others in the discipline and the construction of one's own arguments in the discipline; using data/evidence are a focus of instruction and/or ability to analyze linguistic and cultural patterns. 7. Interpret Language and Symbol: The interpretation of language or symbol is an important focus of instruction in the course. 8. Intercultural Competence: The development of understanding of other cultures and/or subcultures (practices, perspectives, behavior patterns, etc.) is an important focus of instruction in the course. 9. Respect for Diversity: An understanding of multiculturalism in US society and/or the world is an important focus of instruction. 12. Appreciation of Linguistic and Cultural Diversity. Course Objectives: Through SPA 270 students will improve their written and oral proficiency, moving closer to an advanced level. Therefore, students who fully participate during in-class and out-of-class activities will:
3 Improve their ability to narrate and describe in the three major time frames; Improve their ability to speak in paragraph level speech; Improve their ability to rephrase and circumlocute; Improve their ability to discuss social and political issues; Improve their ability to formulate and defend a point of view; Improve their level of accuracy and clarity in interpersonal and presentational speech; Improve their ability to compare and contrast; Improve their ability to handle a situation with a complication; Expand their receptive and productive vocabulary. Grading Policy Class participation 20% Active contribution/ participation in website project 15% Cultural presentations (2) 15% (reading) 10% (article) Pop Quizzes (vocab, readings, films, info from presentations) 15% Homework Assignments (including blogs and audio recordings) 15% Create short science fiction film with classmates 10% Grading Scale A B C D A B C D B C F Activities Completed Outside of the Classroom: This course will offer you an intense exposure to Spanish and more numerous and varied opportunities to use the Spanish language and improve your oral proficiency. In addition to the required homework activities (directed readings, preparation of in-class presentations) you ll also be completing a number of other outside of class activities, such as: 1) Submitting oral homework assignments via Canvas on varied topics as assigned. 2) Helping to create a website for a local organization in Alcalá de Henares 3) Participating in a English/ Spanish language intercambio
4 Cultural Visits We will visit some of the following museums in Madrid, depending on their exhibitions: Telefónica Gallery El Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología La Casa Encendida Caixa Forum Madrid Cultural Presentations Every student will deliver two class presentations. The first will present the film/ reading/topic being studied. The second presentation will be about a current news article in Spanish relating to the topic of new media or technology. The following section of El País will help you locate current articles: Presentations should last approximately 15 minutes. As the presentations are intended to demonstrate a student s speaking ability, you must NOT read or memorize the presentation. The grading rubric for these presentations is available on Canvas. It is expected that you engage naturally with the class, present material clearly and intelligently to your peers, and work toward creating an exciting and interesting presentation. Please make sure that any specialized vocabulary is comprehensible to your classmates. Be mindful of your audience, your fellow students. If you are able to incorporate an interactive activity, that will enhance the interest of your presentation. CREATIVITY IS A PLUS!! It is expected that classmates listen respectfully and engage meaningfully with the presenters. Students are expected to ask questions of the presenters, make comments, etc. Additionally students will work with classmates to write, direct, film and produce a short science fiction movie in Spanish. These movies will be presented on the last day of class. Class Participation Class participation is critical for improving your oral proficiency. You are expected to arrive on time and prepared for class, having read and studied the material to be covered. Active participation in all class activities will be graded each day based upon the following scale: 6: Very well prepared for class, these students offer a great variety of excellent answers, comments and questions. They are very actively involved, they practice successfully the vocabulary and structures under review and they speak only Spanish in class. In other words, these students clearly excel among their classmates. 5: Well prepared for class, these students generally offer good answers, comments and questions. They are quite involved in class activities, they make a clear effort to practice accurately the vocabulary and structures under review and they speak only Spanish in class.
5 4: Although these students do participate in class activities and may even demonstrate interest and motivation to learn, they also show insufficient preparation of assigned readings, related activities and/or vocabulary and structures under review. However, they always speak in Spanish. 4: These students are present in class but they hold a rather passive, not pro-active attitude (i.e. answering only when addressed), even if they show evidence of sufficient, good or excellent preparation when asked. However, they always speak in Spanish. 3: These students are present in class but they show little or insufficient preparation overall and/or an unusually passive, apathetic attitude. However, when they do speak, it is in Spanish. 0: ABSENT or they may sometimes speak English in class. (You cannot improve your oral proficiency in Spanish without practice or by speaking English!) If you arrive LATE to class, you will lose two of your earned points for that class period. (Arriving late means arriving after class has begun.) Class activities Each class will have at least one oral presentation; on occasion there will be two. It is expected that students will have read and studied the material presented on Canvas relating to the topic of the day, and have studied any vocabulary provided. There will also be pair and group work in class devoted to discussing the topic/film/ reading etc. of the day. Pop Quizzes Pop quizzes will be given intermittently on vocabulary as well as information derived from the films, readings and oral presentations. It is your responsibility to internalize the information from the oral presentations, which will also be available on Canvas. The quizzes are intended to encourage students to continually refresh and review the information acquired in every class. In this way, students will improve their ability to express themselves in speech and in writing. Final Comments Ability levels as well as personal comfort levels in speaking may vary considerably in this class. We will all work together to provide opportunities for consistent contextual input as well as genuine and meaningful production. It is your responsibility to make every effort to communicate and participate. The emphasis in class will not be on absolute grammatical precision, but rather on meaningful communication. It is expected that we will all work toward creating a receptive and comfortable class atmosphere to enhance oral production.
6 Weekly calendar Antes de la clase estudiar el vocabulario de la computadora y la informática. Apunta todas las palabras que no sabes y lleva la lista a clase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enloe1q84xy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7yh3od2_oi Día Pres- Actividades ent- ación 1 Introducción a la clase Se necesitan más profesionales científico-tecnológicos: ucacion/index.htm Unidad 1.) El siglo XX Los medios de comunicación y el cambio social 2 Debate en clase sobre el medio de comunicación más importante del siglo XX 3 El cine Hacer encuesta sobre el cine Leer sobre la historia de España en el siglo XX (del Franquismo hasta la España actual) y hacer las actividades: 4 Mirar la película El espíritu de la colmena 5 La radio Aprender sobre la radio y sobre la Guerra Civil de El Salvador. Hacer encuesta sobre la radio. 6 Mirar la película Voces inocentes y discutir el papel de la radio en la película. Visita a La casa encendida en Madrid 7 La televisión Hacer encuesta sobre la televisión como medio de comunicación. Aprender sobre la época de Pinochet en Chile 8 Mirar la película No y discutir el papel de los anuncios comerciales en Chile para derrocar a Pinochet.
7 9 El teléfono: Visita al museo Telefónica en Madrid Estudiar la historia del teléfono en España Encuesta sobre el teléfono como medio de comunicación 1 0 El internet Encuesta sobre el internet como medio de comunicación Leer: Regina Morin, Spanish gender assignment in computer and Internet related loanwords Leer: Tremlett; Juego de noches; La ciencia y la tecnología en la España demócrata (del libro España ante sus fantasmas) 1 1 Preparar debate sobre: El Internet herramienta de desarrollo o fuente de mayor desigualdad? La brecha digital en América latina: Comenzar a escribir un guión para un cortometraje de ciencia ficción 19 Las tecnoadicciones Lectura de José María Merino "La inteligencia definitiva" Unidad 2) La realidad virtual 12 Bioy Casares, inventor del holograma? Lectura de La invención de Morel (selección) Mirar escenas de la película 13 Jorge Luis Borges, inventor del internet? Lectura de El aleph 14 Jorge Luis Borges, inventor de Wikipedia? Lectura de La biblioteca de Babel 15 Jorge Luis Borges, inventor de la realidad virtual? Lectura de Las ruinas circulares 16 Mirar la película Abre los ojos Actividades sobre la película y la realidad virtual: a/abrelosojos/principal.htm Unidad 3) El siglo XXI: El uso y abuso de la tecnología 17 Las redes sociales Lectura de Laura Gallego García, We Kids 18 Lectura de Laura Gallego García, We Kids Debate sobre las redes sociales Leer:
8 tecnoadicto-10-sintomas 20 Lectura de Rosa Montero, El error 21 La globalización, la explotación y las distopías Mirar la película Sleep Dealer 22 Lectura del cuento gráfico: Elia Barceló, Mil euros por tu vida Mirar escenas de la película, FAQ 23 Lectura del cuento gráfico: Elia Barceló, Noche de sábado Mirar escenas de la película, Acción mutante 24 Preparar debate sobre la globalización 25 La privacidad: Lectura de "Colapso", de Juan Jacinto Muñoz Rengel La privacidad debate en clase html Quiere usted alcanzar la inmortalidad digital? El derecho a ser olvidado ogle_solicitudes_derecho_olvidar_dv.shtml 26 Los robots y los cyborgs Mirar escenas de Fritz Lang, Metrópolis (1927) html 27 Película Eva 28 Película Automata Mirar los cortometrajes de los estudiantes