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Title: Online Cafés: Intercultural Learning Communities 
Author: National Foreign Language Resource Center
Date: 2010-09-21
Abstract: This 25-minute video describes the Online Cafés project, in which language educators have worked together to design online cafés in which language learners in different locations can engage in intercultural exchange and language practice. The Online Cafés project is an adaptation of the Cultura model for intercultural exchange developed at MIT. Cultura offers ways for language teachers to access the “silent language of culture” (Edward T. Hall) by having their students engage in online intercultural exchanges with speakers of the target language. The Online Cafés project is an adaptation of the Cultura model for intercultural exchange developed at MIT. Cultura offers ways for language teachers to access the “silent language of culture” (Edward T. Hall) by having their students engage in online intercultural exchanges with speakers of the target language. To learn about the background of the project, read an introduction to Cultura and explore the Cultura community site. The Cultura site also has a resource for creating your own exchange.
URI: http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/onlinecafes/?page_id=505
Description: This 25-minute video describes the Online Cafés project, in which language educators have worked together to design online cafés in which language learners in different locations can engage in intercultural exchange and language practice. The Online Cafés project is an adaptation of the Cultura model for intercultural exchange developed at MIT. Cultura offers ways for language teachers to access the “silent language of culture” (Edward T. Hall) by having their students engage in online intercultural exchanges with speakers of the target language.
Sponsorship: Language Learning Center, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa; Center for Pacific Island Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa; Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa; Nat'l Resource Center for East Asian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/14546
Keywords: online learning, learning communities, Samoan, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, French, foreign language
LC Subject Headings: Language acquisition
Distance education
Distance education

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