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2018 FLTC Mini-Grant Recipients

This year the FLTC has funded six projects that involve the creation of a fully online course and online testing and learning modules. The projects incorporate the use of latest technologies into existing foreign language, literature and culture courses to achieve specific learning objectives. A description of the 2018 funded projects as stated by the grant recipients follows.

 Fully Online Course
Online Learning auf Deutsch! Putting GER 1010 Online by Julie Koehler, Lecturer of German and Coordinator of the Basic German Language Sequence, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

The German area hopes to expand its course offerings by developing two online language classes for GER 1010 and GER 1020. While German has offered online courses before, they have always been courses in English, such as GER 2991: Understanding the Fairy Tale. Putting a language course online requires a much different mode of thought, as we will need to develop ways for students to practice listening and speaking spontaneously and also to find ways for them to interact with the instructor and the other students while retaining a mostly asynchronous model for online learning. We plan to introduce a new book being developed for STEM students, in a traditional classroom setting, in Fall 2018. The book comes out of research done on online courses for STEM majors, and will be suited well to that environment. We will map the online programming to the traditional course. Of course the online program will be significantly different, but by working together we can ensure both courses will hit all the same pedagogical markers. The online version of 1010 would run next Spring/Summer (2019).

Online Testing Module
Moving the Spanish Placement Exam to Canvas by Luisa M Quintero, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Spanish Basic Courses, and Michael C. Anderson, Part-Time Faculty and Graduate Student, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

The purpose of this project is to place the Spanish Placement Exam for the Basic Course sequence on the new education platform Canvas. Up until now the exam has been taken on paper and has required the keen eye and time of a Spanish coordinator in order to properly evaluate the student's performance. The lack of instantaneous results from the exam has caused a delay in the proper placement of students who take the exam which invariably effects enrollment numbers through: staying in the wrong level for too long; availability of the correct level to move into; feelings of frustration for the course moving too quickly or slowly based on their skill level. With the exam on Canvas students will be able to receive an accurate score based on a predetermined rubric for their skill level immediately. Furthermore, the burden on the Spanish coordinator previously responsible for manually grading the exam will be reduced and will be able to best guide the student based on the data received from the exam.

Online Learning Modules
Spanish Grammar Modules for Intermediate Courses by Luisa M Quintero, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Spanish Basic Courses, and Dona Atanasovska,Graduate Teaching Assistant in Spanish, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

The goal of this project is to introduce online learning modules to Intermediate Spanish courses. I will design grammar lessons through modules as a way to continue to make progress with the flipped classroom method in a successful way. I have wanted to work on this project since I got to use learning modules in my graduate courses. Once I realized having students learn grammar just by reading a textbook does not work for everyone, I thought this could be a great alternative way of support. My goal is to provide students with an alternative method that will always be available to them through Canvas and at any time. I believe that online learning has several advantages for both the students and the instructors. If students have more ways to prepare for each lesson, they are more likely to come prepared and ready to participate by speaking the language. I will create four short videos per chapter in order to cover the main grammar points. In Spanish 2010 we cover 4 chapters, so I am going to have 16 videos in total. I will use a variety of different programs to design the modules. Once each module is completed, I am going to upload it to Canvas.

Exploring possibilities of using the video game "The Witcher" in the Polish language curriculum and creating an online course based on the game by Alina Klin, Senior Lecturer in Polish, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

“The Witcher,” a very successful video game now in its third edition, is currently arguably one of the most, if not the most successful Polish export. Based on books by Andrzej Sapkowski, this single-player, medieval fantasy game consistently gets the highest ratings from users who enjoy complicated plots that involve slaying dragons, casting spells as well as creating and using magic potions. The grant would help assess the potential of using the game in teaching the Polish language (the game is available in different language versions), and as a portal to learning about fairy tales, myth, folklore, Polish visual arts and the literary tradition in which the Witcher’s world is firmly rooted.

Creating Online Testing and Teaching Materials for CHI 1010 and CHI 2010 by Haiyong Liu, Associate Professor, Director of the Linguistics Program, and Coordinator of Chinese, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

This grant will help us revamp teaching and testing materials for CHI 1010 and CHI 2010 on Canvas. This revamping occurs with our transitioning to the new edition of our textbooks, which adds some difficulty and more work to our project. Some teaching materials, for example, can be easily transferred to the new Canvas, but some testing materials need to be created and uploaded from scratch due to technical glitches or updates in the textbooks. Materials of 17 lessons’ worth will be relevant. The work should be done before Fall semester starts, so students and teachers of CHI 1010 and CHI 2010 can use the new system that matches their new textbooks.

Online Learning Modules for JPN 1010 and JPN 1020 by Rie Masuda, Lecturer and Japanese Program Coordinator, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
This project is designed to create online learning modules (assignments) for students beginning Japanese I and II (JPN 1010 and JPN 1020) in order to help them 1) develop Japanese cultural knowledge, 2) master basic Japanese grammar, and 3) memorize basic vocabulary and Kanji characters. The online modules will be created on CANVAS and will be available for all sections of JPN 1010 and JPN 1020 at any time.  The modules will be based on the textbook along with quiz and test content from all teachers, but the modules will be designed in test format. Also, the modules will be used for language and cultural assignments at Wayne State University.

For more information about the FLTC mini-grants and past recipients go to: http://www.langlab.wayne.edu/new-fltc/html-files/fltc-grants2.htm
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