Hypermedia Texts for Learning Language and Culture

In this current age of globalization, where meanings traffic easily but superficially, foreign language learners need to develop the ability to respond to complex utterances and the agility to orient themselves to the subjective and historical resonances that they bear. This poses pedagogical problems for language teachers, who must somehow situate the learners in new social worlds.

With this in mind, the "Hypermedia Texts for Learning Language and Culture" project strives to create culturally annotated hypermedia texts and accompanying pedagogical materials for teaching language and culture using "The Interactice Annotated Reading Application" (TIARA). TIARA is a user-friendly browser software created by the BYU Arclite Lab with support from The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), The University of Arizona, and the National Middle East Language Resource Center (NMELRC). By Decentering the cultural background information that is provided to the students through hypermedia annotations, the texts and lessons on this site seek to promote cultural literacy through the "interpretive mode," the ability to read (or listen) between the lines, with the goal of fostering perceptive and aware language users. Here you will find an array of materials and sample lesson plans for working with hypermedia texts in the teaching of language and culture.You will also find suggestions for working with TIARA, an annotation created by the BYU Arclite team in collaboration with CERCLL project directed by Dr. Chantelle Warner of the University of Arizona. Collaborators include Dr. Roby Ariew (U. Arizona), Dr. Katia da Costa Bezerra (U. Arizona), Dr. Asli Iğsiz (NYU), Dr. Sonia Shiri (U. of Arizona), Mohammed Tamimi (U. of Arizona), Zuleima Gonzalez (U. of Arizona) and Ilker Hepkaner (U. of Arizona). Additional support was given by the Center for Latin American Studies, and the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona .

To access Hypermedia Texts for Learning Language and Culture, click here.