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Project Overview: Audio clip

Stephen Tschudi and Gilberte Furstenberg are interviewed on ByteMarks Café, Hawai‘i Public Radio about Cultura and online intercultural exchanges. (edited version/audio only)

Project Benefits: Videoclips

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Nenita Pambid Domingo of the University of California, Los Angeles, explains how Cultura’s intrinsic analytical framework benefits students’ development of higher-order analytical skills.

Yoichi Tsuji of Tezukayama Gakuin High School in Japan discusses how the Cultura-style cultural exchange project between his students in Japan and students studying Japanese at a high school in Hawaii provided benefits for his students.

Evile Feleti of American Samoa Community College (ASCC) discusses some of the benefits received by learners at the three sites in the Electronic Pathways for Samoan Heritage learners project: ASCC, Farrington High School, and the University of Hawaii.

Valentino, a student participant in the Electronic Pathways for Samoan Heritage Students exchange, discusses the benefits of the exchange for student participants.

Valentino, a student participant in the Electronic Pathways for Samoan Heritage Students exchange, discusses how the online exchange helped motivate him.

Imelda Gasmen of the University of Hawaii explains that online contributions by students in exchanges are often greater in both quantity and quality than their contributions in a conventional class.

Gilberte Furstenberg of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who created Cultura, explains how heritage-specific online cultural exchanges differ from the “classic” Cultura model.

Student Learning: Videoclips

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Denise Ah Sue, a teacher at Farrington High School in Honolulu, talks about the diversity of learners in the groups in the Samoan exchange — differences that provided rich material for their exchange.

Samalaulu Chrissy Lam Yuen, a teacher at Farrington High School, discusses how controversial issues stimulated discussion among students in the Electronic Pathways for Samoan Heritage Students exchange.

Jessica, a student participant in the Electronic Pathways for Samoan Heritage Students exchange, discusses the things that participants at partner institutions learned from participants at the University of Hawaii during the exchange.

Samalaulu Chrissy Lam Yuen, a teacher at Farrington High School, discusses how high school students in the Electronic Pathways for Samoan Heritage Students exchange learned from the college students who participated in the same exchange.

Jessica, a student participant in the Electronic Pathways for Samoan Heritage Students exchange, discusses what she learned in the online intercultural exchange that she might not have learned in a traditional classroom.

Jessica, a student participant in the Electronic Pathways for Samoan Heritage Students exchange, discusses how participation in the online intercultural exchange improved her knowledge of the Samoan language.

Jessica, a student participant in the Electronic Pathways for Samoan Heritage Students exchange, discusses the use of Samoan language during the exchange.

Valentino, a student participant in the Electronic Pathways for Samoan Heritage Students exchange, introduces himself in Samoan.

Valentino, a student participant in the Electronic Pathways for Samoan Heritage Students exchange, discusses how the online exchange helped change his attitude toward his own cultural identity.

Valentino, a student participant in the Electronic Pathways for Samoan Heritage Students exchange, discusses how motivated he was to participate in the online exchange with students of Samoan heritage at other locations.

Song Jiang of the University of Hawaii explains how the Cultura model privileges culture as the primary object of learning, while enabling language learning to support the learning of culture.

Imelda Gasmen of the University of Hawaii discusses what students in the Filipino Heritage Café exchange between students in Hawaii and in California learned from one another.

Imelda Gasmen of the University of Hawaii explains how participation in the Filipino Heritage Café online exchange helped prepare her students for the next level of study.

Imelda Gasmen of the University of Hawaii explains how in the Filipino online exchange her students’ electronic-media skills contributed to the quality of online interactions as compared to in-class interactions.

Lilibeth Robotham of the University of Hawaii discusses some of the differences between students’ participation in the online exchanges and their regular classroom experience.

Sabine Levet of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology gives a simple answer to the question “What is Cultura?”

Sabine Levet of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology outlines steps for teachers who are interested in pursuing Cultura-style exchanges.

Gilberte Furstenberg of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, creator of Cultura, explains the differences among four Café projects for intercultural exchange — in Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, and Samoan — at the University of Hawaii that were designed to serve populations with distinct characteristics.

Gilberte Furstenberg of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, creator of Cultura, discusses how workshop participants at the University of Hawaii embarked on a process of adapting Cultura for individual Café exchange projects.

Lilibeth Robotham of the University of Hawaii states what she thinks is important for teachers to know who are thinking of embarking on a language café – type project.

Lilibeth Robotham of the University of Hawaii talks about how the Filipino exchange helped reinforce the cultural identity of students of Filipino heritage while educating different groups of Filipino heritage students about the differences between Filipino-American culture in Hawaii and in California.

Lilibeth Robotham of the University of Hawaii discusses how unmoderated discussion forums served as a useful supplement in the Filipino exchange by maintaining interest and incentivizing greater participation in the exchange.

Cindy Wong of Moanalua High School in Honolulu explains obstacles encountered in implementing an exchange in a high school setting.

Cindy Wong of Moanalua High School discusses some of the challenges for high school teachers engaging in online intercultural exchange.

Dorothy Chun of the University of California, Santa Barbara, discusses the advantages of allowing students to choose their own topics for discussion, or allowing them to pursue tangential topics of interest.

Dorothy Chun of the University of California, Santa Barbara, discusses the advantage that an online forum-based exchange provides for a teacher wishing to do action research.

Imelda Gasmen of the University of Hawaii discusses how students in the younger generation are habituated to, and perform well in, a virtual environment.

Imelda Gasmen of the University of Hawaii identifies her students as “digital natives.”

Gilberte Furstenberg of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who created Cultura, expresses her satisfaction with the adaptations made to the Cultura model by designers of heritage-specific cultural exchanges.