The LRC is seeking responsible students to work 8-12 hours weekly between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. starting September 1, 2014. Duties include teaching students and faculty to use language software, troubleshooting the LRC technology, monitoring the LRC and lab, checking out equipment and software, answering phones, event planning, general office work, and projects related to language teaching and learning. You must be willing to learn new technology skills. Punctual attendance is required for work and staff meetings.
An ideal candidate will be reliable, able to function efficiently with minimal guidance, and have excellent communication and organizational skills. A background in foreign language learning or a working proficiency in a second language and computers skills are desirable but not required.
To apply, please complete the online application, then email a one-page resume to the LRC director, Dr. Betsy Lavolette, email@example.com.
Influent is an interesting new game for learning vocabulary. Check out the trailer:
Influent Launch Trailer from PlayInfluent on Vimeo.
The LRC has a copy of the game installed on a computer (the first one on the left when you walk in). Right now, we have only Japanese, but if you’d like to try it in a different language, just let a staff member know! We can also purchase copies for more computers if it gets popular.
The game is currently available in the following languages, with more coming soon:
- Mandarin Chinese
Have you tried this game? What did you think of it?
Description: Augmented reality app that you can use to make static images come to life as videos in the target language
Application: Aurasma is an augmented reality app available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. There are many ways to use it, but one idea is to use images of proficient speakers of the target language as trigger images for videos of the same speakers talking. You can post these trigger images around the classroom, and students can move around the room (alone or in groups of two or more), using the app to trigger and watch the videos. They fill out a worksheet to ensure they are understanding the key information from each video.
An advantage to using Aurasma rather than showing the videos to the whole class is that the students can work independently and at their own pace. They can watch the videos as many times as necessary to fill out the worksheet. You can also offer personalized assistance to students who need it, and stay out of the way of students who don’t need it.
An advantage to using Aurasma rather than having the students view the videos on their own devices is that it gets them moving around the room. Do not underestimate the power of movement to re-energize your class! Students also find it amazing to see the static images come to life when using the app.
Here is an example worksheet for checking video comprehension. I used this with kids learning Japanese, but you could use this for any language, assuming you had/created the right videos. I used Video Dropbox to collect videos from target-language speakers around the world.
Aurasma Studio is the web interface for Aurasma that you use to upload the videos and images you use, then create the “Auras” that allow you to trigger the videos using the images.