Languages and Cultures for Australian Universities (LCNAU) is offering seed funding grant for projects related to their mission, in particular, projects presented at the 2011 colloquium. Raphael, Dan and myself will work on a research proposal around the possible integration of Marco Polo into a formal language curriculum.
This is crucial to the success of our project: if we can somehow integrate the activities of our website as part as the language teaching curriculum, we would be assured of a constant in-flow of volunteer translators. This was also the advice we received from Jeremy Goldkorn @danwei.
But this is also a great opportunities for universities. Language teachers know that the few contact hours between them and their students are insufficient for successful language learning outcomes. Teachers generally encourage language activities outside the classroom – clubs, theatre, exchange programs, etc. But, so far, there is no real program to integrate them, and find a way that participation in such activities could count as credits.
This seed grant is a great opportunity, and I really hope it works through!