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Language Resource Center
LRC Newsletter Spring - 2013
Tablet Computing and Role of Language Resource Center

In a recent piece in the Huffington Post, President Janet Riggs discussed online learning via Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the potential of technology in higher education to engage students. She describes how thoughtful and creative use of technology and communication tools will facilitate an extension and enrichment of learning and teaching.

image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/sucello/6220857499/ [The image from Flickr]

 

According to “National Multimedia Consortium (NMC) 2013 Horizon report Higher Education”, MOOCs and Tablet Computing are considered to be the near-term technology trends. The report indicates that tablets such as iPad are proving to be powerful tools for learning inside and outside of the classroom.

 

“Tablets are not a new kind of light weight laptop but rather a completely new technology” in terms of portability and the accessibility of thousands of applications that can enhance collaboration and sharing.

 

Furthermore, the report states “schools and universities are rethinking the need for computer labs” on campus.

 

 

 

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Authentic Tasks and Performance and Scaffolding

The instructional strategy “Scaffolding” was driven by two significant movements in the field of foreign language instruction and pedagogy.

 

During the 1980s to 1990s in the field of foreign language instruction scaffoldingand pedagogy, the concept of “Proficiency” in foreign language has developed, defining the criteria and assessment of performance standards in communicative competence as four skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).

 

After the criteria of performance standards was developed, the “National Standards for Foreign Languages” was established in 1996, consisting of 5 areas (known as the 5 Cs – Communication, Culture, Connection, Comparison, and Communities) and 11 standards for what kind of content learners should know and be able to use.

 

With these two movements, foreign language teachers have been designing classroom activities and tasks to be as highly contextualized and close to real-life tasks as possible.

 

They also include many authentic cultural materials and visual information in these tasks, promotes students to connect their language with the world outside of the classroom. can create a unique language instruction community.

 

 

 

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Japanese Link Collection - Update and Announcement

The Japanese Link Collection website has been updated! The biggest change to the website has been its design, which also features new pictures taken during the website organizer's year abroad at Kansai Gaidai University. A final update to the website will be made some time in May, so stay tuned!

Gettysburg LRC Japanese Link Collection Project 

 

Resources

Chinese Grammar Wiki
http://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/grammar/

CALL@Hull  Language Specific Sites
http://www.fredriley.org.uk/callhull/languages/language

iTune U http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/

MOOCs http://www.bdpa-detroit.org/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57:moocs-top-10-sites-for-free-education-with-elite-universities&catid=29:education&Itemid=20

Academic Earth http://www.academicearth.org/

 

 

 

 

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