Print & Web

What is Cultura?

A short document at the Cultura Community Site that defines the Cultura model for intercultural exchange and discusses its rationale, its goals, and its approach.

Using Communication Tools to Foster Cross-Cultural Understanding

A fairly detailed presentation of Cultura, with examples from past exchanges, based on a presentation by Gilberte Furstenberg at the 2004 NFLRC Symposium: Distance Education, Distributed Learning, and Language Instruction.

Giving a Virtual Voice to the Silent Language of Culture: The Cultura Project

A 2001 article on Cultura from the online journal Language Learning and Technology.

Cultura: Web-based Intercultural Exchanges pre-conference program

Download/view the print program from the Cultura: Web-Based Intercultural Exchanges pre-conference event which featured presentations by a variety of educators who have created exchanges based on the Cultura model.

Workshop Schedule: Online Cafés for Heritage Learners

Presents the vision and mission statements as well as the day-to-day goals of the NFLRC Summer Institute 2008, which centered around the creation of online cafe-based intercultural exchanges. Includes detailed schedule of presentations and workshop activities.

French language program plumbs cultural depths:
Students learn where the Pont Neuf meets the Brooklyn Bridge

Online article from the MIT News about the Cultura project for online intercultural exchange.

Handout: Teacher and student roles, community and cohesion, assessment

A handout for participants in the Summer Institute 2008 session “Teacher and student roles, community and cohesion, assessment” conducted by Stephen Tschudi. The handout states the goals for the session and provides questions for consideration.

Handout: Final oral assessment rubric

A handout for participants in the Summer Institute 2008 session “Teacher and student roles, community and cohesion, assessment” conducted by Stephen Tschudi. The handout provides a sample rubric for assessment of student performance on a spoken communicative task, and could be adapted for other tasks.