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ERIC Number: ED470128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 7
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Collaborative Cultural Studies over The Internet: Learning Cultures with Virtual Partners. A Project between Baylor University and Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics.
Okubo, Masamichi; Kumahata, Hajime
Since the fall semester of 1995, students at Baylor University (Waco, Texas) taking Japanese and students at Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics have had opportunities to communicate with each other and learn together in a real-world situation. Until the fall of 2000, the format limited them to e-mail communication; however other Internet tools are now being used. A Web-based, free-of-charge software, iVisit, which provides an instant visual, oral, and aural transoceanic communication along with text chat, is being used in the introductory and concluding discussions. Also free-of-charge, FirstClass offers students the opportunity to communicate via a bulletin board service. FirstClass, contrary to iVisit, gives students time to think and examine what they want to post. Students at both universities interacted in L1 (the first language) and L2 (the second language) to complete the task. (C1 represented the student's own culture; C2, the culture which the student is learning). The goal was to see how students can learn C2 through their communication, using technology. The "Five Cs" were considered and applied to enhance learning: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. Only when these Five Cs are interactive can this project claim success. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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