ENACT your cultural activities on the web: learn language through culture

Watch a recording of this talk by Dr Müge Satar and Prof Paul Seedhouse about learning language through culture using ENACT.

About the session

ENACT is a free web app (https://enacteuropa.com/) developed at Newcastle University, UK, co-funded by the European Commission. It uses innovative interactive technology to encourage dialogue and two-way understanding between migrant and host country community members. Yet, anyone using the web app can explore and create cultural activities in multiple languages, such as origami in Japanese, a traditional Karagöz shadow puppet in Turkish, or Catalan bowling.

As such, it will appeal to different groups of users, such as language learners and teachers, people interested in heritage languages and cultures, organisations working with migrants and communities, those interested in developing their digital skills, but also teachers and university lecturers interested in introducing interculturality and community engagement in their teaching.

In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the project aims and partners, introduce the task-based language teaching and online interactive material design principles underlying the app design, and briefly demonstrate the key features of the ENACT app: the interactive player, the author, and the community. We will explore ideas and opportunities for the implementation of the ENACT app in different contexts. 

Watch the recording below

About the speakers

Müge Satar is Reader in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Newcastle University, UK. She is the Primary Investigator of the ENACT project. She is interested in communicative and pedagogical aspects of multimodal interaction for online language learning and teaching, focusing on social presence, meaning-making, instruction-giving, and translanguaging.

Paul Seedhouse is Professor of Educational and Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University, UK. Working with colleagues in Computing Science over 12 years, he has worked on 4 grants to develop digital technology to teach users languages, cultures and cuisines simultaneously. The French Digital Kitchen project won the European Language Label Prize in 2012.


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