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Innovative Learning Modules for Language in Context: MIMEA

Issue: Vol 27 No. 1 (2010)

Journal: CALICO Journal

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DOI: 10.11139/cj.27.1.187-204


Students learning foreign languages in the United States generally have little exposure to the target language outside the classroom. Web-based technology can facilitate language learning in context by offering easily accessible, authentic materials. This paper introduces MIMEA (Multimedia Interactive Modules for Education and Assessment), an online resource for practicing language skills in cultural contexts, which is available in Arabic, Chinese, German, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese. The development and pedagogical goals of Arabic, Chinese, German, and Korean MIMEA are described and examples of how MIMEA can be used by language learners and teachers in the United States are offered. In addition, results from a research study with learners of Arabic, German, and Korean are discussed that investigated users' perceptions of the program in four categories: (a) effectiveness in specific language skill areas; (b) relevance for users' language study; (c) effects on user confidence, interest, and motivation for studying the target language; and (d) effects of technology on language and culture learning. Results indicated high ratings for receptive skills, a strong relevance for users' present and future language study, as well as positive effects on language learning and use of technology.

Author: Angelica Kraemer, Seongmee Ahn, Sara Hillman, Fei Fei

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