What’s So Epic About This Legend? Blending Technologies to Teach Language and Culture at Multiple Levels

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Presented at the 2012 CALICO Conference at the University of Notre Dame by Evan Rubin, Chris Brown, and Mana Mohtasham

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  • HomaayoonShajarian (song):www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GUuLGJ6NpQAnimation:www.youtube.com/watch?v=T92dmeHmQ7kCool link:www.youtube.com/watch?v=by9j5EjNadY Shahnameh in English:http://ketab.boomobar.com/books/000533.php
  • ManaAbout the LegendWritten 1,000 Years AgoPersian Poet FerdowsiConsidered a masterpieceCentral importance to cultureHistory, Culture, Authentic LanguageRegion Known as IranChallengePoetic style and complex language (example)Great challenge to utilize in the language classroom
  • What’s So Epic About This Legend? Blending Technologies to Teach Language and Culture at Multiple Levels

    1. 1. What’s So Epic About This Legend? Blending Technologies to Teach Language and Culture at Multiple Levels Produced by the Language Acquisition Resource Center at San Diego State University Language Acquisition Chris Brown Evan Rubin Mana Mohtasham Resource Centercbrown@projects.sdsu.edu erubin@projects.sdsu.edu mohtasham@mail.sdsu.edu http://larc.sdsu.edu/ Twitter: LARC_SDSU
    2. 2. The Tales of Shahnameh“The Persians regard Ferdowsi as the greatest oftheir poets. For nearly a thousand years they havecontinued to read and to listen to recitations fromhis masterwork, the Shah-nameh, in which thePersian national epic found its final and enduringform. Though written about 1,000 years ago, thiswork is as intelligible to the average, modernIranian as the King James version of the Bible is toa modern English-speaker. The language is purePersian with only the slightest admixture ofArabic.”- The Encyclopedia Britannica
    3. 3. The Tales of Shahnameh Ferdowsi Shahnameh Zal Simorgh
    4. 4. Classic Literature In The Language Classroom Benefits Culture History Challenges Language level Support / Activities
    5. 5. CollaborationDr. Fatemi JahromiTehran UniversityAuthor of “An English Translation of Selected Tales of Shahnameh”
    6. 6. The Project Take the story of Simorgh Adapt for learners at: • Novice • Intermediate • Advanced • Superior Develop interactive story with: • Audio • Text • Language Support • Activities • Quizzes Use in STARTALK Summer Camp VIEW A SAMPLE
    7. 7. A Closer Look At The Technology
    8. 8. Articulate Presenter
    9. 9. Articulate Quizmaker
    10. 10. Before You Know It http://www.byki.com/listcentral.html
    11. 11. https://larcmoodle.sdsu.edu
    12. 12. iBook Author http://tiny.cc/simorgh-ibook
    13. 13. Future Plans Complete Novice level Additional activities and support Make widely available Different stories / languages
    14. 14. Thank You Q&A Produced by the Language Acquisition Resource Center at San Diego State University Language Acquisition Chris Brown Evan Rubin Mana Mohtasham Resource Centercbrown@projects.sdsu.edu erubin@projects.sdsu.edu mohtasham@mail.sdsu.edu http://larc.sdsu.edu/ Twitter: LARC_SDSU

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