Resources for Students
- The Kenyon Intensive Language Model (KILM)
- Foreign Language Tutors Network (FLATNET)
- Language Learning Labs
- Language Assistants
- Catalog of Videos and DVDs
- Consortial Projects
All introductory courses listed as 111-112 are taught through the KILM, an approach that compresses into one year beginning and intermediate materials. KILM classroom activities aim at dispelling inhibitions and encouraging communication. For each meeting with the professor (typically four times per week in both 111 and 112), there is a session with a Kenyon undergraduate apprentice teacher working with a group of approximately eight students. Work in the Language Practice Room and Language Learning Center is sometimes required. Apprentice-teacher classes are arranged when the class first meets with the professor. Some middle-level courses numbered 213-214, along with 321, meet for a fourth hour with an apprentice teacher. Listening comprehension practice with audio tapes is also required.FLATNET is the , a peer tutoring program sponsored by MLL. Available assistance includes help with writing skills on all levels, from grammar to vocabulary to clarity of expression. See the FLATNET web site for more information (best viewed using Internet Explorer).
Kenyon's MLL department uses technology in diverse ways to enhance teaching. Two computing labs, both located in Olin-Chalmers library, are available for students and faculty use: the Language Learning Center, and the MLL Macintosh Lab. For more information on these facilities, see Language Learning Labs at Kenyon College
Consortial courses in lesser-taught languages such as Arabic and Chinese are held in the Remote Collaboration Facility. This videoconferencing facility enables Kenyon and Denison students to share the same virtual classroom.
Faculty have equipment with which they can create original projects, including digital video hardware and software, macintosh and windows laptops, and scanners.
In addition to Kenyon's library collection, MLL has an extensive independent collection of videos and dvds for departmental teaching.
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Kenyon faculty contributed to projects under the recently concluded Ohio 5 Foreign Language Technology Project funded by the Mellon foundation. The grant funded training workshops for faculty, consortially-shared technology specialists, small grants among Ohio5 faculty, and completion of Viewpoints projects. Many of the clips from Viewpoints are available online thanks to OhioLINK's Digital Media Center and to Susan Binkley's efforts, formerly the Ohio 5 Language Technology Specialist, currently Visiting Assistant Professor of French at the College of Wooster.Collaborations with Technology
Formerly a grant applicable to Kenyon-Denison, Collaborations with Technology is in its final year, and applies to all Ohio5 faculty who wish to collaborate with technology in the classroom. Recent projects involving Kenyon include symposiums on Chinese computing and implementation of webportfolios in Spanish classes.Information Literacy
Another Mellon grant to the Ohio5 focuses on integration of information literacy into course curriculum. MLL 331: Topics in Linguistics has integrated information literacy for Spring semester '03.Midwest Instructional Technology Center
MITC represents another opportunity for collaboration beyond the Ohio5. Liberal arts schools of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and the Great Lakes Colleges Association can submit proposals quarterly to the Midwest Instructional Technology Center, which has already held a symposium on Modern Language computing issues.