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Steps for a Foreign Language Video Project

In another 20 minutes I will be giving a hands on workshop on some generic steps to completing a foreign language video project. This is one form of digital storytelling and has with the right preparation and entusiasm can be a powerful and motivational boost to the foreign language student. Please come on over if […]

Culpeper Advertising Campaign

Simply put…hardly anybody knows about Culpeper. Sure, some students know there is some sort of lab or something over there in the shadows of Victor-Confer somewhere, but for the most part who we are and more importantly who we hope to become is still a mystery to many. With that in mind, the Culpeper crew […]

Culpeper Crew Presents!

Yesterday we had our first Student-led workshops at Culpeper. This is one of the first steps in giving the student workers at Culpeper (known as the Culpeper Crew) the opportunity to play a more active role in teaching and learning at Gustavus. Yesterday I was pleased to participate first in a 30 minute workshop by […]

Tutor Flags

Coming to see a language tutor can take a lot of guts. It’s not always easy to admit you need help and then go talk with a tutor. Previously to designate a tutor from another student in the Center, each language had a paper tent with the tutoring language on it. These were fine, but […]

An Introduction to Culpeper Cartoons

Check out this first attempt at making a simple animation using the new Bamboo, Photoshop, and iMovie. Enjoy!

Exploring iPod Games for Foreign Language Learning

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend and present on a couple of topics at the MWALLT conference in Minneapolis. (MidWest Association for Language Learning Technology). As I am new to the region it was a great opportunity to meet foreign language educators in the region and to share some ideas […]

Board Games!

A great way to learn foreign languages is using board games. With this in mind we have purchased a number of board games in the various languages we teach at Gustavus. Some of the games we have include Monopoly in Spanish, a Russian version of Scrabble, Settlers of Catan in German, and Cranium in French. […]

How can we use the Bamboo Fun?

I just received a new Bamboo Fun writing/drawing tablet in the mail today. I am excited to see how we can use tools such as this to tell stories and illustrate points in our foreign language classrooms. I know that there are some artists out there in the Gustavus community and I see it very […]

Culpeper Workshop Schedule

An exciting part of my job as the Culpeper Coordinator is the opportunity to give workshops on ways we can use new technology to effectively teach language. This semester we have exciting line-up from blogging to computer games to video projects. One of the sessions will be a Culpeper student worker (Culpeper Crew) breakout session […]

Spanish Blogs: Week 2 Reflections

This semester I am teaching a Spanish 102 class. (Earlybird special at 8AM!) In my opinion, one of the more interesting and useful activities for this semester is blogging in Spanish. There are many benefits of blogging for the foreign language learner. Among these include the ability to work on all four language skills, increases […]