|As part of the Anderson Language and Technology Center’s commitment towards the teaching and learning of less commonly taught languages, ALTEC partnered with the Center for Asian Studies (CAS) at the University of Colorado Boulder to produce online open-access instructional materials for a beginner's course in Thai. This project was made possible with funding awarded to CAS from a U.S. Department of Education grant through the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program. The modules are hosted in Canvas and were produced using technology from ALTEC including a voice recording studio and video recording equipment, including a green screen. Our unit was responsible for researching and purchasing additional software and hardware to facilitate these recordings. I had an active role throughout the duration of the grant period to provide mentorship and oversight to keep the project on track for completion.|
This course may be used as a supplement to any first-year Thai language course. The five-module course centers around the daily lives of two Thai children, Málí and her younger brother Phoŋ. In this series of five modules, you will meet the siblings and their loved ones and accompany them in a few activities around their village, including going to school and celebrating a Thai holiday. Each module consists of four components; a vocabulary list for the module, an illustrated and narrated story, a listening comprehension video on a related subject from each module’s corresponding class unit and a series of quizzes.
Our team provided pedagogical and technical guidance to the content creator. We assisted with creating a framework for the five content modules to be based on a story and include vocabulary learning, listening comprehension, and cultural reflection. The story as well as vocabulary terms were recorded by the content creator along with two additional voice actors in ALTEC’s recording studio. The story was then paired with graphics, produced by our unit’s undergraduate graphic designer, depicting each scene of the story. The cultural component videos were recorded using equipment made possible by the grant funding. The content was then placed into an interactive Canvas course where students can listen to the story, practice vocabulary, watch the videos and finally check their understanding with a variety of quizzes, many of which are self-graded.
We are pleased to share this resource with Thai language instructors around the world. In order to promote this new resource, I announced the Thai Open Educational Resources in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Less Commonly Taught Languages special interest group