Giving a Virtual Voice to the Silent Language of Culture: The Cultura Project

TitleGiving a Virtual Voice to the Silent Language of Culture: The Cultura Project
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsFurstenberg, Gilberte
Secondary AuthorsLevet, Sabine, Kathryn English, and Katherine Maillet
JournalLanguage Learning and Technology
Volume5
Issue1
Date Published02/2001
KeywordsCultura
Abstract

This paper presents a Web-based, cross-cultural, curricular initiative entitled Cultura, designed to develop foreign language students' understanding of foreign cultural attitudes, concepts, beliefs, and ways of interacting and looking at the world. Our focus will be on the pedagogy of electronic media, with particular emphasis on the ways in which the Web can be used to reveal those invisible aspects of a foreign culture, thereby giving a voice to the elusive "silent language"1and empowering students to construct their own approach to cross-cultural literacy. We examine these new areas of cultural knowledge which the Web now renders accessible and attempt to redefine the meaning of foreign language "teaching" in the new world of networked communication.

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