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The Natural Approach: Technology in the Second Language Classroom
by Terrence Mannetter, UW-River Falls

Mannetter uses Natural Approach Methodology in his Spanish language and
literature courses. While this approach encourages the use of multimedia materials,
Mannetter writes, "I learned that, to use this methodology successfully, I needed to
incorporate multimedia elements into the classroom in a more systematic manner,
always keeping with the basic tenets of Natural Approach theory, and always with a
specific purpose." (October 2002)

The Sights and Sounds of Learning: Designing a CD-ROM to Enhance your Online Course
by Susan Brantly, UW-Madison

In the summer of 2001, "Nineteenth-Century Scandinavian Fiction" debuted as a distance course through the Madison campus. It featured a course CD-ROM, through which lectures were delivered via illustrated audio. The course also made use of online quizzes, bulletin boards, email and chat rooms. Based on student feedback, the course was improved and delivered once more in the summer of 2002. The purpose of this article is to share some of the lessons learned while developing the course for those engaged in or contemplating a similar project.

Language Instruction: A System Approach to Distance Delivery
Lauren Rosen, Coordinator
Collaborative Language Program, UW System

The University of Wisconsin Collaborative Language Program (CLP) developed a model for teaching less commonly taught languages (LCTL) to students throughout the state of Wisconsin using distributed learning technologies. The CLP's successful use of classroom-based videoconferencing (CVC), coupled with web-based course tools, provides students on campuses without LCTL instructors access to languages deemed critical to national and state interests. This article discusses policies and approaches chosen to guarantee successful results and sound pedagogy, enrollment and attrition data, student achievement, and student opinions about the courses.

Collaborative Distance Learning for Oral Proficiency in Professional Contexts: French 524: Expression écrite et orale en situations professionnelles
Jodi Samuels, Assistant Director
Professional French Master's Program, UW-Madison

The Professional French Master's Program (PFMP), based in the Department of French & Italian at UW-Madison, has begun to develop and redesign existing courses to be offered via distance education technology. French 524, offered as a distance-ed course for the first time in January 2000, is the first such venture. Read about how this course came to life through a team teaching approach and a suite of technological tools, including sophisticated voice software called WinPitch LTL.

Wisconsin French Connection:  A Major Internet Resource for French Language and Culture in the State of Wisconsin
Professor Gabrielle Verdier
Department of French and Italian at UW-Milwaukee

Professor Ken Fleurant
Department of French at UW-Green Bay

ABSTRACT (no feature article)
Wisconsin French Connections is collaborative, outreach project, sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, to commemorate the history and continued presence of French and Francophone people in the State of Wisconsin.  The website contains links to historical sites, genealogical data, publications, music and video clips, art work, and culinary information among other resources. Collaborators include five UW Universities, K-12 teachers and students, citizens and cultural organizations across the state.  A recent recipient of the State of Wisconsin Commendation award, the French Connections project began in 1997 and will continue through Wisconsin’s Sesquicentennial anniversary. The URL for this website is: http://gbms01.uwgb.edu/~wisfrench/   Please e-mail Ken Fleurant at: fleurank@uwgb.edu if you would like to join this collaborative effort or have any questions.

Distance Education and Norwegian at UW-Madison
Dawn Tommerdahl, Project Assistant
Department of Scandinavian Studies at UW-Madison

Tommerdahl has created a course in beginning Norwegian that was taught from UW-Madison to UW-Eau Claire during the summer of 1997 via distance education using compressed video and two-way video conferencing.

Advanced French and Learning Intéractive
Nelly Halzen, Lecturer
Department of French and Italian at UW-Madison

This fall, Lecturer Nelly Halzen will offer her writing-intensive French class "Techniques d’expression écrit:  Teaching Writing through the Internet and World Wide Web" using the groupware WebCT.  In this course, students will have the opportunity to take virtual literary/cultural trips throughout various regions in France, work interactively with the web page through e-mail conferencing and electronic exercises and quizzes, and prepare weekly written assignments that are edited electronically using the French Electronic Writing Tutor Service (FREWTS)

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