Monday
Feb072011

"Audio Recording Studio" [Languages and Cultures Webcast Service - Phase 1]

Grant Details
Amount: 1117.00
Project Start Date: 11/01/03
Status: Completed (Currently Active)
Project Type:
Campus Based
Languages: Applies to some languages
Project Level:
All - All Levels
Project Skills:
All - Addresses all language skills
Institutions Involved:
Brown University
Primary Contact:
Andrew Ross (Andrew_Ross@Brown.edu)
Language Resource Center, Box 1953
Brown University
Providence , RI 02912
Phone: (401) 863-7010 (Office)

This proposal seeks funding to equip a digital recording studio in the Language Resource Center for the production of language learning materials. It is envisioned as the first phase in a larger project involving web broadcasting of materials in less commonly-taught languages.

Monday
Feb072011

Language Resource Metadata Project - Planning Workshop"

Grant Details
Amount: 1200.00
Project Start Date: 10/01/03
Status:
Project Type:
Campus Based
Languages: Applies to all languages
Project Level:
All - All Levels
Project Skills:
Institutions Involved:
Brown University
Primary Contact:
Andrew Ross (Andrew_Ross@Brown.edu)
Language Resource Center, Box 1953
Brown University
Providence , RI 02912
Phone: (401) 863-7010 (Office)

The proposal seeks funding for a Planning Workshop for the Language Resource Metadata Project, to be held at Brown University in mid-October, 2003. This meeting of the working group and members of the Brown Library and CIS communities is intended to provide background for on-going projects at Brown (such as the Digitial Library Initiative and STG's database project) that will have a significant impact on the scope of the Language Resource Metadata Project. The Metadata Project is an on-going collaboration between language educators from Columbia University, Dartmouth College, and Brown to develop and refine standards for high-quality metadata, along with standards for the format, storage, and transmission of digitized language learning materials (such as images, texts, audio, and video).

Monday
Feb072011

Pluma: Spanish Writing Center - Continuation  

Grant Details
Amount: 3000.00
Project Start Date: 01/10/05
Status: Archived
Project Type:
Campus Based
Languages: Spanish
Project Level:
All - All Levels
Project Skills:
Writing
Institutions Involved:
Brown University
Primary Contact:
Beth Bauer (Beth_Bauer@Brown.edu)
Department of Hispanic Studies, Box 1982
Brown University
Providence , RI 02912
Phone: (401) 863-3772

Pluma, the Spanish Writing Center at Brown University, was established last year with a campus-based grant from the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning. It has been operational since January, 2004. For it we have created a web site with resource links and an online appointment system. Each semester the Center has employed three graduate students who have seen hundreds of undergraduates seeking assistance with course papers for Hispanic Studies literature and culture courses. We have used all of the original funding to fund the first year of operation, and request an additional 3,000 to hire two graduate consultants for the spring of 2005. This spring we will explore the transition to a model whereby we would train undergraduate consultants who are native speakers of Spanish, to be paid from the Hispanic Studies department budget for undergraduate assistants.

Monday
Feb072011

Spanish Writing Center

Grant Details
Amount: 15500.00
Project Start Date: 07/01/03
Status: Archived
Project Type:
Campus Based
Languages: Spanish
Project Level:
All - All Levels
Project Skills:
Writing
Institutions Involved:
Brown University
Primary Contact:
Beth Bauer (Beth_Bauer@Brown.edu)
Department of Hispanic Studies, Box 1982
Brown University
Providence , RI 02912
Phone: (401) 863-3772

The project will help establish a Spanish Writing Center at Brown which will assist students in intermediate and advanced undergraduate Spanish courses to improve their writing in Spanish. The Spanish Writing Center will be housed initially in the Language Resource Center and will be staffed by three graduate students from Hispanic Studies. It will provide consultations in person, by telephone, or via e-mail for 27 hours each week.

Monday
Feb072011

Kramapatha: A foreign language reader for the sequential unfoldment of knowledge: Proposal to add Sound and Indices

Grant Details
Amount: 9779.00
Project Start Date: 01/01/00
Status: Completed (Currently Active)
Project Type:
Campus Based
Languages: Sanskrit
Project Level:
Project Skills:
Institutions Involved:
Brown University
Primary Contact:
Peter Scharf (scharf@brown.edu)
Classics, Box 1856
Brown University
Providence , RI 02912
Phone: (401) 863-2720

The project will add sound and indexing features to the Kramapatha Sanskrit reader display program. The sound feature will allow the student to play a digital recording of the verse or text segment displayed in the Verse Window. The indexing feature will enable extensive indexing under a number of criteria including multiple categories of morphological identification and lexical categorization, location in text as well as alphabetical by word, stem and derivational root. It will permit the user to select the criteria to build his own indices and to create vocabulary lists for arbitrary segments of the text which would also be printable. The features will greatly expand the usefulness of the learning tool created under the Ramopakhyana project which created a web-based electronic book which allows the reader to unfold the information sequentially as needed. The resulting product will be suitable for adoption in a Sanskrit curriculum at the second year level and beyond, appropriate for either group or individual work.