|Title||Giving a Virtual Voice to the Silent Language of Culture: The Cultura Project|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2001|
|Secondary Authors||Levet, Sabine, Kathryn English, and Katherine Maillet|
|Journal||Language Learning and Technology|
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.