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Feb 3, 2010 Round-Up: Language Instruction

posted: Wed, Feb 3, 2010

  • Outsourcing Language Learning (Inside Higher Ed)
    "Almost a decade ago, Drake University stirred up controversy by eliminating its foreign language departments and thereby the jobs of faculty in French, German and Italian, even those with tenure. Traditional lecture and language lab instruction was replaced with the Drake University Language Acquisition Program (DULAP): small discussion groups led by on-campus native speakers, a weekly session with a scholar of the language, a one-semester course on language acquisition and the use of several Web-based learning technologies."
  • Hitting Pause on Class Videos (Inside Higher Ed)
    "In the latest clash of copyright law and instructional technology, the University of California at Los Angeles has stopping allowing faculty members to post copyrighted videos on their course Web sites after coming under fire from an educational media trade group."
  • The Web Way to Learn a Language (The New York Times)
    "With the growth of broadband connectivity and social networks, companies have introduced a wide range of Internet-based language learning products, both free and fee-based, that allow students to interact in real time with instructors in other countries, gain access to their lesson plans wherever they are in the world, and communicate with like-minded virtual pen pals who are also trying to remember if bambino means baby."
  • Babel Language School in Second Life summary (Virtual Online Language Learning's blog)
    "BABEL Language School has applied for the Linden Prize of the following reasons: The establishing of BABEL Language School at Second Life in February 2007 provided the possibility for borderless and structured language instruction in order to increase the student's mobility, their self confidence and ability to cross borders to seek for new working or studying challenges abroad."

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