164:211 Multimedia and Second Language Acquisition (Fall 2005):

Multimedia Development Projects


Project Title


Gonzalo Campos

Turismo en Chile

This elementary Spanish module is tourism-oriented and addresses reading and vocabulary. Learners go to a webpage that contains three sets of activities: the first set familiarizes them with the websites they will use later; in the second set, they extract information from tourism websites; in the third set, learners design a trip and present it to the class.

Ulrike Carlson

Deutschlernen mit HŠndel und Halle!

This website introduces German culture by introducing the city of Halle and the composer G.F. Handel.  Students will expand their vocabulary and improve reading skills through various web-based activities.  The website should be used by intermediate-level German learners, either independently or in conjunction with the German textbook Kaleidoskop.

Elizabeth Dunham

The Renaissance and the Court of King Franois the First

ÒLa vie de la cour pendant le rgne de Franois IerÓ is designed for second-semester intermediate students of French. During their fourth semester of general education French, these students learn about the culture and history of France while planning a fictitious two- to three-week trip.  This multimedia website uses texts and activities that serve as an enrichment to in-class discussions and activities and offers an appealing site for students.

Lin Gu

Integrated Chinese Unit 9 Travel

Venice in China

This multimedia language website is designed to be used in conjunction with classroom teaching and a conventional language textbook for teaching Chinese at the intermediate level. After textbook-based vocabulary, grammar and reading exercises, the website expands studentsÕ language learning horizons by introducing theme-related authentic online reading and listening materials. It provides students with learning opportunities to apply textbook knowledge to real life situations.

Anita Jayachandran

Rund ums Haus

ÒRund ums HausÓ introduces non-traditional homes in Germany (and Austria) based on the buildings designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The grammar and vocabulary content of the modules is based on Chapter 8 of the textbook Treffpunkt Deutsch, 4th Ed. The site provides supplemental material for varying and expanding the textbook exercises, including additional cultural information.

Lyudmila Klimanova

El mate: El ritual de la amistad

This web-based project is designed for intermediate learners of Spanish. Posited within the framework of a culture-centered approach, it explores the tradition of drinking mate in Argentina, providing learners with the opportunity to develop insights on cultural and linguistic diversity in Spanish speaking world through authentic online readings and listening activities.

Chika Kobayashi

Japanese Foods

This project aims to enhance the 2nd-year-Japanese studentsÕ various language skills related to Japanese foods. It includes three main sections: Basic Japanese Food Knowledge Quiz, Reading Exercise, and Supplementary materials which consists of listening, writing, and some entertaining information about Japanese foods.

Daniel Nu–ez

Un Viaje por MŽxico

This website is a multimedia lesson designed for intermediate-level students of Spanish.  Its main purpose is to teach various language skills within the context of learning Mexican geography and the viewing of a Mexican film.  The language skills covered are: tense/aspect distinctions, reading/listening comprehension, and vocabulary.

Yousun Shin

Linking ESL Reading and Writing through Multimedia

This project is intended to assist ESL learners in developing reading and writing skills through written, visual, and auditory modes. Specifically, the summary of a novel, and the juxtaposition of two different movies based on the novel are presented and utilized as the main learning resources. Through a number of scaffolded activities, learners are have an opportunity to compare and contrast certain socio-cultural aspects of two countries, America and Korea, as shown in the movies.

Patricia Sotelo

De Roncescvalles a Compostela: el camino francŽs

This courseware is conceived as a virtual trip along the French route of St. JamesÕ pilgrimage, which goes from Roscesvalles (northeast Spain) to Santiago de Compostela (northwest Spain). For the purpose of this module, the trip (which would last about a month in real time) is divided into four sections which deal with a particular culture topic related to the Way: geographic information, advice on travel issues, food, and art and history.

Jing Su

A Voyage to the Great Wall

This project prepares learners for travel through a simulated trip to the Great Wall. The target audience is beginning-level learners of Chinese. The main purpose is for learners to make decisions for their trip and learn about the related history and culture.

Chen-Hui Tsai

Culture Adventure Tour

This website provides courseware for the chapter ÒCulture and TravelÓ in the advanced Chinese textbook Beyond the Basics.   The courseware is designed to integrate multimedia and authentic resources to help instructors create lesson plans by providing a variety of in-class activities and after-class assignments with different foci on listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Nami Ujihara

Let's Make a Plan for a Trip to Japan

The objectives of this study module are to enhance learners' cultural awareness, reading comprehension, grammatical accuracy. Furthermore, this study module will facilitate the learners' mastery of the complicated process of writing letters in Japanese. This is designed as a supplemental study module for the Japanese textbook Genki.

Bei Yang

Shanghai Dim Sum

This project introduces Dim Sum in Shanghai and guides students to learn how to order in restaurants.  Through a series of interesting online activities, students will improve their reading, listening and writing skills, and learn about some of the cultural differences between Chinese and Western society.

Jeehwan Yun

Guide to Korean Festivals

This courseware introduces intermediate Korean language learners to the four main Korean seasonal festivals: Dano, Chusok, Hansik, and Solnal.  For each festival there are readings and activities (such as games, listening comprehension with video, and planning a virtual festival trip).  Just for fun, there is an additional activity: a twelve-year fortune-telling game.

Yunong Zhou

Let's Go to Shanghai & Suzhou

This lesson is designed for students who have finished the college level of the first-year Chinese class, and are planning to visit China on summer vacation. Episode I is set in Shanghai, a modern city, and Episode II is set in Suzhou, a beautiful classic city.  Have a nice trip!