Cultural Photo Archive
The idea behind the LESCANT Photo Database is to give students experience in identifying and analyzing cultural differences that come up whenever they deal with people from other cultures. Student contributors add photos to the database (categorized by the LESCANT model topics) and then they include a brief analysis to describe the cultural features in the photo. In some cases this may be with the person who lives across the street, other times it will be related to those we encounter while traveling abroad. Visitors to the website can view the photos by topic, location, or author.
Frame Semantics for Language Learning
This project develops a prototype of a multilingual corpus-based lexicon of Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. The multilingual dictionary will be used at all levels of language instruction to help students acquire and use vocabulary more easily. This online resource is different from traditional print dictionaries in that it is based on large electronic corpora, which illustrate how words are used in real life contexts. As such, students will be able to access all the information about the exhaustive inventory of contexts in which a word may appear. Each lexical entry provides detailed information about a word’s register, its frequency, and how it is related to other words. A major advantage of its web-based architecture is that the lexicon can be constantly updated whenever new words or new usages of existing words are attested in the language. This allows students to learn how words are used in modern-day language. Finally, the web-based lexicon can be linked to other electronic resources that already exist in electronic format for a wide variety of languages.
Social Reading and Annotation
eComma (aka “The eCommentary Machine”) is a web application that enables groups of students, scholars, or general readers to build collaborative commentaries on a text and to search, display, and share those commentaries online in a more pliable form than has previously been available. Designed by a team of graduate students and faculty members of the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin, eComma has primarily been tested in university English literature classrooms. The next phase of the project will focus on its use in the foreign and second language classroom. Following usability testing and classroom experimentation, COERLL intends to redesign eComma so that schools and colleges can host it as an open source module on a local server.