Language Resource   Center
Newsletter Spring- 2011
Opportunity for bringing authentic language into the classroom

This semester, students in Arabic classes had an opportunity to communication with the authors of books they were using. “When we think in terms of study abroad, VS classroom instructions in language learning and teaching, the first thing that comes to mind is the authenticity of the experience along with total immersion. Classroom instructions can easily include authentic text, music, art, and film, but this term I decided to interview the authors of our textbooks,” says Professor May Saffar, Resident Fellow in Arabic...


Language Learning Life
The LRC has great student staff members whose language proficiency level is intermediate/advance - Some have studied more than foreign language - and they are all language lovers. Hearing about their passion for learning foreign languages is quite interesting and it may possibly give other students great encouragement and tips of foreign language learning.

So here they are….



LRC Equipment – digitalizing campus TV program

The LRC has a room that provides access to campus TV programs and various international channels.

We have equipment that allows teachers to record TV programs and use them for class.  The equipment allows teachers to record a specific TV program DVD format. Also, using the computer next to the TV sets, you can import the recorded TV program (or live TV program) and create a digital file that can be played in the computer. 

Instructions are available in the room as well as online at the LRC website.

Material Development: Learner’s autonomy and self-instructional language learning link collection project

Exposure to a foreign language outside of the classroom has become relatively easy task, compared to the old days when we didn’t have the technology we enjoy today.

There are so many authentic materials, programs, software packages, and places for students to create links with native speakers. Institutions, companies, and professors have created these websites. Geographically isolated colleges and universities often have few native speakers on campus. So students have difficulty getting exposed to the foreign languages. Now students can take advantage of the websites that are ripe with useful links.

Two of the LRC student staff members have been collecting the useful links for learning Japanese, which benefits students both inside and outside of the classroom. The website is categorized by the level of language proficiency, and their comments have been embedded in some of the links. Along with the comments, the website describes f study ideas that these students have used.

The website is available at: http://www.gettysburg.edu/~tsengiku/JPNlinks/home.html

Any feedback and suggestions are welcome.

Email address is gburglrc.jpn[at]gmail.com


The Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon, CAPL

“… The CAPL project seeks to explore this idea through a collection of authentic photographs arranged by language and context….”

The Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at the Pennsylvania State University offer variety of online resources.

CALPER's Chinese site “Working with Spoken Chinese”  (http://calper.la.psu.edu/chinese/index.php)

“Working with Spoken Chinese is an online site with 10 units for high-intermediate / advanced learners (ACTFL Speaking Proficiency) of Mandarin Chinese. The materials focus on exploring and practicing features of spoken Chinese. Developed from unscripted, spontaneous conversations, each units contains audio files, 4 types of transcripts of each audio, vocabulary lists and annotations, concordances, student workbooks with activities and exercises, and pedagogical suggestions for teachers. “

CALPER's Japanese Site “Learning through Listening towards Advanced Japanese” 


“Learning through Listening towards Advanced Japanese offers teachers a series of video clips of speech samples, developed from unscripted, spontaneous interviews and conversations with various Japanese speakers. The materials can be used not only for improving listening comprehension, but also for encouraging learners to explore features of spontaneous speech.”

Open Culture - foreign language lessons http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons




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