Using Facebook to Infuse Contemporary Italian Cultures and Communities in our Practice Jessica Williams PhD candidate, Ita...
Standards of Foreign Language  Learning in the 21st Century
Key Challenges for Instructors of Italian <ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul>
Challenge of Community <ul><li>Not exposed to native speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Italian not a major or minor, low priority...
Challenge of Culture <ul><li>Not exposed contemporary Italy and Italians in society and media </li></ul><ul><li>Few refere...
Why Facebook?  Why not Bspace?  Or a web site? <ul><li>Facebook is a supplement to Bspace </li></ul><ul><li>Students alrea...
COMMUNITIES Participate in Contemporary Italian communities at Home and Around the World
Italian within and beyond the classroom setting <ul><li>Contributing photos, commenting on each other’s photos. </li></ul>...
Italian for personal enjoyment and enrichment <ul><li>Exposure to contemporary Italian music. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fa...
CULTURES Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures
Practices and perspectives of contemporary Italian culture <ul><li>Contemporary religious practice:  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul...
Products and perspectives of contemporary Italian culture <ul><li>Italian consumer culture: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fiat...
Other cool stuff on Facebook <ul><li>Student Generated Content </li></ul><ul><li>Other Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Blog...
Caveats - what’s not so great about Facebook <ul><li>Instructors & students must have a Facebook profile </li></ul><ul><li...
For Further Information <ul><li>See handout for: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>My Facebook Page </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><u...
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Using Facebook to Infuse Contemporary Italian Cultures and Communities in our Practice

  1. 1. Using Facebook to Infuse Contemporary Italian Cultures and Communities in our Practice Jessica Williams PhD candidate, Italian Studies UC Berkeley
  2. 2. Standards of Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century
  3. 3. Key Challenges for Instructors of Italian <ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul>
  4. 4. Challenge of Community <ul><li>Not exposed to native speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Italian not a major or minor, low priority </li></ul><ul><li>Portion of scant leisure time devoted to social networking sites like Facebook </li></ul>
  5. 5. Challenge of Culture <ul><li>Not exposed contemporary Italy and Italians in society and media </li></ul><ul><li>Few reference points to the last forty years of Italian society and culture </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why Facebook? Why not Bspace? Or a web site? <ul><li>Facebook is a supplement to Bspace </li></ul><ul><li>Students already on Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>23% of people in the US have Facebook profile, </li></ul><ul><li>30% of the people in Italy have a Facebook profile </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook is easy for the non tech-savvy </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook has functionality that other portals do not, (i.e. easily converted into most world languages) </li></ul>
  7. 7. COMMUNITIES Participate in Contemporary Italian communities at Home and Around the World
  8. 8. Italian within and beyond the classroom setting <ul><li>Contributing photos, commenting on each other’s photos. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foto dei fan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Making friendships and chatting with classmates in Italian </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adding Friends </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chat functionality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Regali da Roma” app </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating friendships and communicating with Italians </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Parla inglese, parla italiano” Facebook Group </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Italian for personal enjoyment and enrichment <ul><li>Exposure to contemporary Italian music. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fabri Fibra - Gianna Nannini “In Italia” activity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Sharing favorite Italian music, sports teams, designers, manufacturers, etc </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Responding to posts with personal favorites </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Quale personaggio di Romanzo Criminale sei?” app </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Participation in Italian politics, culture, etc. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ No Berlusconi Day” activity </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. CULTURES Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures
  11. 11. Practices and perspectives of contemporary Italian culture <ul><li>Contemporary religious practice: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>H1N1 and the Kissing the Reliquary of San Gennaro in Naples (New York Times article) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Religiosity vs. Superstition </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Religion in Italy vs. Religion in the United States </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regional difference in Italy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Cultural taboos, political allegiances: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mango “Giulietta” activity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Catholicism and Homosexuality in Italy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communism in Italy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>North/South divide </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Products and perspectives of contemporary Italian culture <ul><li>Italian consumer culture: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fiat 500 exercise </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>60s vs. Today </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Economic miracles </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Population Density and size in Italy </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Italian technology: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Traghetto dello Stretto” exercise </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Italian technological developments </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Maritime culture </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The importance of the Mediterranean </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The island experience in Sicily </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Other cool stuff on Facebook <ul><li>Student Generated Content </li></ul><ul><li>Other Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging (group written stories, journaling, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><li>Posting Word Docs, Excel, PDF, PowerPoint, etc. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Caveats - what’s not so great about Facebook <ul><li>Instructors & students must have a Facebook profile </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy issues </li></ul><ul><li>Unfriendly to foreign language accents & script </li></ul><ul><li>Communication “too informal” </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping Chat safe </li></ul><ul><li>Bspace functionality not on Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Requires innovation in grading rubrics </li></ul>
  15. 15. For Further Information <ul><li>See handout for: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>My Facebook Page </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>My contact information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Literature on creating Facebook Page </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online articles about Facebook and Pedagogy across curriculum </li></ul></ul></ul>

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