Links to External Resources
Here is a list of resources outside of the University dealing with language learning, assessment, and educational technology.
Boston Area Languages Consortium (BALC) – Assistant Dean and Director of Language Instruction Gisela Hoecherl-Alden has worked with the CAS Administration to strengthen ties among research universities in the Boston area. Benefits for students include arrangements in the future to enroll in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) at any of the institutions where such languages are offered. In 2014-16 a seed grant through the Digital Learning Initiative (DLI) at Boston University helped pave the way for more courses to be offered either online or in a hybrid format, making it easier for students on all campuses to expand their language learning options.
Wikispaces Private Label – Jointly with CAS IT, the Geddes Language Center is piloting the uses of Wikispaces.com for both instruction and intra-departmental communication. As a tool for both cooperative and collaborative learning, the wiki platform is being used in a handful of courses in language, literature, culture, and cinema during the 2015-16 academic year. Results of this pilot will be shared at the Spring 2016 Faculty Showcase on April 13th, 2016 in the Geddes Language Center.
IMVBox.com – The Middle Eastern and North African Languages Program at Boston University is pleased to have imvbox.com as an Education Partner. The purpose of the partnership is to give the opportunity to students to learn differently by watching Iranian movies online with English subtitles. Alongside their Persian classes, students will improve their command of Farsi and sharpen their knowledge of the Middle East and Iranian Cinema by watching Iranian movies on IMVBox.com. Access to Turkish and Arabic titles will be allowed as part of this educational subscription when they become available in the future.
Boasting over 1000 streaming films, IMVBox.com is the largest ‘online cinematheque’ and only legal platform for Iranian content. By showcasing a large selection of award-winning Iranian movies, including features, documentaries, shorts and plays, IMVBox aims to present the diversity, depth and richness of Iranian Cinema. IMVBox’s core mission is to “paint a true picture” of the Middle East.
Language Resource Centers
The Berkeley Language Center at the University of California Berkeley
Rich Internet Applications database – a project at MSU’s Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR)
Hypermedia Texts for Culture and Language Learning – a project of the National Middle Eastern Language Resource Center (NMELRC) at Brigham Young University
The National East Asian Languages Resource Center at the Ohio State University