Digital Humanities and Creative Pedagogies

GSL has long been at the forefront of experiments using Digital Humanities and other innovative technologies to advance research and teaching, including cutting-edge language pedagogies.

This project seeks to expand our understanding of early Chinese migration to the US by uncovering vital aspects of Chinese educational migration in the years between 1840 and 1940.

China4Kids is a K-12 outreach project designed to promote understanding of Chinese culture and history at the elementary level in Massachusetts. The content for the project has been selected to support the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework, Grade 4 Learning Standards (4.1-4.6).

A pedagogical website for introducing college students to the history and literary works surrounding Marguerite de Roberval's marooning.

A pedagogical website designed for teaching Madame de Lafayette's seventeenth-century masterpiece to intermediate level college students

A pedagogical website for teaching Marguerite de Navarre's novella collection to intermediate level college students

This project is operated by Dr. Haohsiang Liao, Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Estella Chen, Professor in the College of Commerce at National Chengchi University in Taiwan and founder of MandarinX of edX.

In this website, Min-Min Liang introduces a new approach of employing authentic material, using literary work in this case, to promote students’ reading and writing skills at intermediate-high level by utilizing Chinese Contemporary Writers Website.  The new approach helps students’ learning to reach levels of Apply, Analyze, Evaluate and D

Min-Min Liang’s primary pedagogical interest is interactive classroom teaching.  She has adapted a model of Responsive Classroom, a research- and evidence-based approach, to her classroom teaching at MIT. This approach is supported by scholars such as Sara Rimm-Kaufman, in the field of Education.

Min-Min Liang has developed this reading project to promote students’ reading and writing skill at novice-mid to intermediate-low levels.  The new approach in this project enables students to use higher-order thinking skills even when their language skills are limited.  Students are not only motivated to read the passage correctly, but

Cultura makes use of online communication to help develop students’ intercultural competence. Typically based in a language class, a Cultura exchange involves two groups of students from two different cultures who participate in online discussion forums and compare similar materials from their respective cultures.

The User-friendly Classroom video training series was created by A.C. Kemp, a lecturer in MIT Global Studies and Languages (GSL), specifically for teaching assistants for whom English is a second language and the USA a second culture. These videos focus on developing international teaching assistants' strategies for successfu

The Japanese formal writing system uses numerous rules, conventions, specific expressions and vocabulary that are quite different from those used in the spoken language. Without acquiring this knowledge, the students' written work would remain full of colloquialisms, preventing it from reaching beyond intermediate level.

The primary purpose of this project is to cultivate students’ writing proficiency in Japanese from an early stage of their study. The Japanese ePortfolio has been developed and implemented to support an instructional process that provides students with clear standards and goals of achievement at each level.

One of the many challenges facing language teachers is to develop an interactive approach to teach culture. Indeed, culture is often presented in the language classroom as a series of facts about the target culture with no student involvement in the unveiling of this cultural information.

This project aims to explore how technology can support “serendipitous learning,” a novel learning concept where a learner can acquire linguistic knowledge through serendipitous instances that overlap with their daily activities. 

JaJan is an educational technology that connects learners across distances and puts them in a so-called “shared virtual space.”  JaJan’s shared virtual space is a simulated reality and it lets learners have a study-abroad experience. 

AI Teacher project aims to explore how we can utilize language technology (e.g., natural language processing) for language learning.  The AI Teacher is an innovative online language learning tool for learners of Japanese (especially, for beginning~intermediate levels). 

Researches have revealed the advantages of pedagogically-made videos in improving students’ language proficiency and making them better understand the culture of the target language. This project plans to make a series of videos that are specifically designed for students who take intermediate to advanced level Chinese courses at MIT.

The MIT Open Documentary Lab (ODL) seeks to redefine the relationships among documentary makers, their tools, subjects and publics.  It looks beyond the traditional linear documentary, focusing instead on the possibilities of the emerging technology scene.

This project, in collaboration with the Lincoln Laboratory of MIT, aims to design an online speech recognition tool for beginning-level students of Chinese to facilitate their efficiency of speaking practice.

Nuestras Voces: Being Latina @ MIT made its World Premier Friday October 7, 2005 as part of the 30th Annual New England Film and Video Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary.

Voces de inmigrantes / Immigrant Voices is a web-based project consisting of a collection of video interviews focusing on the experiences and life stories of immigrants from Hispanic-American communities in the Boston area. It was developed with funding from the Consortium for Language Teaching Learning.

España hoy is a Web-based project on Spanish life and culture centered on a collection of video interviews cross-referenced by topic and annotated with vocabulary glosses and web-links to relevant materials.

The digital media repository Memory and Commemoration is an extensive collection of interviews with contemporary German writers, mostly based in Berlin.

“Berliner sehen” is a hypermedia documentary that engages students of German in the exploration of everyday life in the changing city of Berlin since the fall of the Wall. The core database features 28 hours of authentic (not scripted) conversations with Berlin residents from east and west neighborhoods and thousands of archival materials.