Colleagues working on the Language Acts & Worldmaking project have released a call for proposals for a ‘Digital Modern Languages tutorial writing sprint’, which aims to bring together language teachers, modern languages researchers and digital practitioners to create a collaborative Open Educational Resource. The event takes place over two days in July 2019 and will demonstrate the critical use of digital tools and methods for learners and researchers interested in modern languages and cultures. It will consist of a dual physical and virtual event.

This initiative will lead to the production of a series of self-learning online tutorials on how to use digital tools & methods critically in researching or learning about modern languages and cultures. The outcome will be an edited collection of tutorials, providing a snapshot of digital methods for modern languages.

The organisers anticipate a wide range of proposals, and have given the following examples of the kinds of tutorials they hope to create:

  • Using a digital storytelling tool to facilitate secondary school language learning
  • Mapping colonial history in Brazil digitally
  • Exploring geospatial representations of a French novel
  • Game-based approaches to language learning at school
  • Applying network analysis to golden age Spanish texts
  • Digital publishing approaches to Chinese texts
  • Exploring linguistic and geographic markers for digital identity creation in social media
  • Exploring translation pedagogy in Open Translation platforms

The deadline for proposals is March 10th 2019. For more information see

https://languageacts.org/digital-mediations/event/writing-sprint/

Other information

This initiative is led by the ‘Digital Mediations’ strand on the Language Acts & Worldmaking project https://languageacts.org/digital-mediations/, which explores interactions and tensions between digital culture and Modern Languages (ML) research. The project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under its Open World Research Initiative (OWRI).

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