|I have implemented in my classroom the digital, OER, social-reading platform eComma (developed by the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning) to introduce fourth-semester (Spanish 202) students to poetry. Through this project, I was able to establish connections among some of my research interests, such as 20th and 21st century Latin American literature and culture and Instructed Second Language Acquisition, creating an enriching pedagogical experience for my students. By using eComma in my Spanish 202 (fourth semester) class, I aim to activate my students’ literary reading and comprehension skills through collaboration. The transition from Spanish Lower division courses to the Upper Levels was a challenging experience for many students when I had them functionally and critically analyze literary texts in the L2. Therefore, my goal was to implement eComma as a digital tool in order to activate target language comprehensibility while creating meaning through social interaction. I designed a social reading activity using the poem: “Date a volar” written by Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938), one of the most important Argentine poets. I could realize the multiple advantages of using eComma in class, among them:|
The opportunity to turn the reading process into a social praxis and a form of collaborative learning.
The possibility to interact simultaneously by using digital technology to generate meaning collectively.
eComma registers the number of tags and comments made by the students, so it is easy to assess their individual contribution to the class.