From DSC:
I wonder how MOOCs focused on language will go…?  It could be great to practice a language from folks all around the world — or will it be chaotic?  Different accents. Real-world speaking and listening. Real world conflict, perhaps, as well.  But it seems like there could be some effective learning going on — at least “on paper”.   I wonder, too, if 1/2 of the time folks could speak one language — and would be the students during that part of the class — while the other 1/2 of the time they speak another language — and would be the “teachers.”

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http://spanishmooc.com/

 

 

And for yet another item on innovation within higher ed! Whew!

  • Excelsior College and three California Community Colleges offer credit for professor-less MOOC — from online colleges.com by Alex Wukman
    Excerpt:
    Excelsior College has partnered with San Diego City College, San Diego Miramar College, and Santa Rosa Junior College to offer credit for a professor-less, or mechanical, massive open online course (MOOC). The course, an introduction to statistics class, is being developed by the 20 Million Minds Foundation and the online learning community OpenStudy.

Vocre -- translation app

exchangealanguage.com -- Improving languages by creating friendships

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Expanding Language by (Online) Degree — from InsideHigherEd.com by Steve Kolowich

Arabic is not a universal language, least of all in Pennsylvania. But by developing a fully online undergraduate degree in Arabic language and culture, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) will soon make Arabic universally available across its 14 colleges and universities — with other online language programs to follow.

The plan comes amid efforts by PASSHE administrators to consolidate resources across the system by cutting programs at some institutions that can be offered online by others. A pending budget proposal by Governor Tom Corbett would cut the system’s funding by more than half in the coming year, and language programs on a number of campuses have already been shuttered.

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Inside SVOX: Google’s 27-language text-to-speech upgrade — from wired.co.uk by Rob Boffard

Now, technicians at SVOX, a Swedish company based in Zurich, has made one of the most lifelike text-to-speech (TTS) systems ever — and they’ve done it in 27 languages.

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Live Internet video for language learning — from Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton

Web-based video is a hot topic in 21st century language education. The Internet offers a cornucopia of options for language students to include video and television in their target language in order to help them learn the language. Researcher Elizabeth Mejia points out that “video” can mean a variety of things including popular films, documentaries, television advertisements, materials produced by textbook companies to accompany their books and accompany classroom instruction, educational broadcast and amateur videos made by teachers and students.

Realtime voice translation moves closer — from Education Stormfront blog

Excerpt:

There are some industries, such as education that have been shielded from globalization so far because of the language barrier.  This is about to fall.

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New iPhone app takes augmented reality to next level — from forbes.com by Parmy Olson

If you haven’t seen it already, Word Lens is a new iPhone app that instantly translates Spanish text into English and vice versa, via the medium of augmented reality. Watch the demo here…

From DSC:
This is one of the most useful, beneficial applications of augmented reality that I’ve seen! Very slick. If I were a world traveler, especially amongst Spanish-speaking countries, I’d have this app on my iPhone for sure.


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Language blogs around the world

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50 fun and educational websites to keep Latin alive!

One example from this list was Transparent Language’s “Word of the Day”:

Transparent Language's Word of the Day

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