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ERIC Number: EJ848522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3501
Virtual Museums on the Web: El Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
LeLoup, Jean W.; Ponterio, Robert
Language Learning & Technology, v8 n3 p3-8 Sep 2004
Big "C" culture is en essential component of the foreign language classroom in so far as it helps students better understand what is important to native speakers from their cultural perspective. The national standards for foreign language encourage a person to focus on this perspective, through its cultural triangle highlighting the relationships among Products, Practices, and Perspectives, while avoiding an approach that reduces culture to a kind of "Trivial Pursuits" where artifacts are learned in isolation rather than explored as part of a path to understanding the people. What are the qualities of an online museum that help students explore this cultural perspective instead of just memorizing names and dates associated with works of art? The author features the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, which provides an example of the best of virtual visit Web sites for the foreign language classroom. The author discusses the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza as an excellent site for Spanish instructors who wish to incorporate the big "C" culture component in their lessons.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain