TLTC Lecture Series: Developing Students' Translingual and Transcultural Competence: The Cultura Project

Gilberte Furstenberg

In her talk, Gilberte Furstenberg , Senior Lecturer at MIT, will present this telecollaborative, Web-based, intercultural project, the goal of which is to develop – within a language class – students' in-depth understanding of the values, beliefs and attitudes that underlie another culture. She will detail the approach and content of Cultura and focus on the process by which students from two different countries collaboratively construct an understanding of each other's cultures.
Designed at MIT ten years ago thanks to a grant from NEH, and originally involving students in the U.S. and in France, Cultura has since been adopted by other institutions and adapted to other languages, such as German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian.

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