Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Period of Performance

9/1/2011 - 12/31/2013

Funding Totals

$49,989.00 (approved)
$47,117.90 (awarded)

Creative Telecollaboration and Language Acquisition Curriculum

FAIN: HD-51419-11

Purchase College, SUNY (Purchase, NY 10577-1402)
Marc Brudzinski (Project Director: March 2011 to May 2016)

A program of foreign-language instruction that incorporates computer-assisted learning technologies. The project will enable undergraduates to coordinate with students in Marseille and Bogota on assignments that will allow for immersion-style learning about French and Spanish language and culture.

We are requesting a Level II grant to launch two pilot intermediate-level foreign language classes, the pedagogy for which will integrate computer-assisted language learning (CALL) with the most innovative language acquisition pedagogy. The grant will support the development of digitally-enhanced curriculum in Intermediate French and Spanish, using blogging, videoconferencing, and video production to create cultural bridges between students at Purchase College and students in Marseille and Bogota. The grant will enable a new style of digital and participatory language instruction, one that emphasizes both grammatical form and the creative use of language between students constructing their own intercultural contexts online. During the project period, participants will pilot and implement new curricula, review and publish the results, and extend successful practices to additional humanities curricula at Purchase College.