Submitted by Cultura Administrator on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 00:09
Cultura is meant to be used in partnership with another class, with students interacting with the students abroad and becoming personally involved in constructing, alongside their foreign partners, their knowledge of the other culture.
Submitted by Cultura Administrator on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 00:06
Partners are an essential part of this project. They are those with whom you interact on a regular basis and with whom you make decisions about your common calendar, about which module to use and when, about when to create new forums, about the timing for the students’ exchanges on the forums, etc..
Submitted by Cultura Administrator on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 00:02
How frequently you use Cultura depends in large part on whether you are on a trimester, semester or yearly schedule.
If you are on a trimester or semester schedule:
It is important to realize that Cultura, by its very nature, cannot be an adjunct to an already existing syllabus. It needs to be the centerpiece of your course. A possible scenario (based on 11 weeks):
Submitted by Cultura Administrator on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 00:01
If you teach in a High School:
Cultura can be used either as a year-long project throughout a whole academic year or only for half a year, depending on how it best fits into your curriculum. Clearly, you and your partner will need to make accomodations to include Cultura
Submitted by Cultura Administrator on Mon, 12/22/2014 - 23:57
Each activity we suggest in the Teachers’s Guide is followed by specific guidelines about what to do in the classroom. Check the activities suggested with each module.
Basically, the classroom is the place where students bring their own initial, personal observations, share them and confront them with that of their classmates, in order to expand and enrich their own thinking. The students do the work which you will have orchestrated.
Submitted by Cultura Administrator on Mon, 12/22/2014 - 23:56
Since students are working with foreign partners, you are no longer the major source of information. Your most important role is to make sure your students analyze, probe, compare, contrast, and apply appropriate reasoning.
Submitted by Cultura Administrator on Mon, 12/22/2014 - 23:54
Several experiments have made it clear that both the target language and the native language need to be used.
Rationale for the use of the native language online: The choice of which language to use and in what context, was easily made. It was clear to us, from the very beginning, that the responses to the questionnaires and the forums had to be written in the students’ native language (or rather – since there are international students) in the language of the country where the students are studying.
Submitted by Cultura Administrator on Mon, 12/22/2014 - 23:53
Although the main goal of Cultura is to help students develop understanding of another culture, the work they do is constantly and inextricably associated with the study of language (vocabulary, grammar and discourse).
Depending on their level of proficiency, students – with the help of a grammar book and a dictionary, and under the guidance of their teacher – discover how, for instance:
Submitted by Cultura Administrator on Mon, 12/22/2014 - 23:49
Using Cultura implies that:
You will be changing the focus of your course, namely changing your curriculum from a language-based one to a culture-based one. This does not mean that the linguistic component disappears, just that your students will continue learning the language as they learn about the culture, not the other way round, as is usually the case.