AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Language Technology Center (TLTC) is employing the latest multimedia technology and social networking software to create 21st century language-learning tools. Podcasts, blogs and interactive online materials are quickly replacing traditional textbooks and audiotapes.
The College of Liberal Arts initiative is part of an emerging academic movement known as open access—no or low-fee projects that support scholarship and instruction for everyone, everywhere.
Supported by a three-year, $540,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, TLTC is a leading developer of instructional foreign language Web sites.
"For many students, the Internet is the most common place to encounter foreign language," said Carl Blyth, associate professor of French and director of TLTC. "The Web's combination of text, image and sound is ideal for modern foreign language learning."
Three new sites will join TLTC's stable of free, Web-based multimedia resources. Language scholars and technicians will build the new programs from instructional technology created for "Français Interactif," an online French curriculum that includes streaming video, grammar quizzes and verb conjugation tools, which receives nearly one million hits per day from across the world.
TLTC's additional projects are:
Visit the Texas Language Technology Center for more information and to explore TLTC's online resources.