January 10, 2010
During her first year of coursework for the Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) certificate, Edie Furniss (MATFL Russian, '10) researched and experimented with a number of new web 2.0 tools and considered their potential applications for second and foreign language teaching. Since then she has pursued a number of opportunities for bringing that work to a larger audience of language teaching professionals.
During fall semester 2008 Edie participated in a course on virtual worlds for language teaching. As a follow-up, she designed a directed study project the following spring to explore Gaming in the Foreign Language Classroom: An Annotated Webliography and presented her findings at the bi-annual conference of the International Association for Language Learning Technology.
In spring, 2009 she also travelled to San Francisco to present at the Central Association of Russian Teachers of America (CARTA) conference on Web 2.0: Applications for Russian Teaching.
For her final project in CALL & Curriculum Integration, Edie designed an online space with independent study tasks for Russian learners. Watch a guided tour of this space, and listen to her describe it in her own words.
In the summer of 2009 Edie returned to her alma mater to teach Russian at the Center for Language Studies at Beloit College. There she had the opportunity to implement these and many other innovative new approaches to foreign language education.
Edie will graduate with a MATFL Russian M.A. and a certificate in Computer Assisted Language Learning in May 2010. She is interested in pursuing a PhD and teaching Russian in higher education.