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Culture Contacts: An experimental American-Hungarian project in the online language-learning environment.
Proceedings of the 2nd International Online Conference on Second and Foreign Language Teaching and Research. September 16-18, 2005. (2005)
  • Judit H. Ward, Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway
  • Sylvia Clark
Abstract
This paper describes the online language-learning environment of a cultural awareness project sponsored by the Fulbright Foundation. Its aim was to foster living contacts among students of the two countries and develop language proficiency in the target language through a variety of coordinated activities. Over a two-year period, groups of students from two colleges, ELTE Teacher Training College, Budapest, Hungary, and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, participated in a study learning about the respective cultures through online collaboration in small groups, threaded discussions of films from both countries, and individual and group assignments. An extensive web site functioned as the main information ground for the project with detailed information about all the required activities. Rutgers undergraduates minored in Hungarian, whereas Budapest students were training to become English teachers. Participation in the project constituted a component of students’ course work in the respective programs, and the online segment was incorporated into the respective syllabi. Although the language of the project was English, the on-site assignments, readings, and films also utilized Hungarian proficiency. The project is noteworthy for its use of computer technology and time management in an asynchronous learning environment embracing two continents.
Keywords
  • cross-cultural comunication,
  • online learning,
  • Hungarian Studies
Publication Date
2005
Citation Information
Judit H. Ward and Sylvia Clark. "Culture Contacts: An experimental American-Hungarian project in the online language-learning environment." Proceedings of the 2nd International Online Conference on Second and Foreign Language Teaching and Research. September 16-18, 2005. (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/judithward/11/