at The University of Texas at Arlington and The University of Texas at San
Antonio will soon be able to enroll in critical language classes like Portuguese,
Russian, and Japanese thanks to a telecollaboration supported by a new
University of Texas System grant.
The Institute for Transformational Learning grant will provide $204,903 for UT
Arlington’s Critical Languages and Cultures partnership with UTSA. The money
will fund faculty and teaching, instructional and technical support,
administrative coordination and international partnerships between the two UT
System institutions and universities abroad.
are honored that our project was chosen to receive this grant,” said Pete
Smith, Vice Provost for Digital Teaching and Learning at UT Arlington. “The
committee that selected us had impressive and innovative proposals from across
the UT System to consider.”
Associate Vice Provost for Education Technology, Sunay Palsole, called both
UTSA’s role and the collaboration with UT Arlington significant.
shows how we can leverage technology and available faculty expertise at both
universities to provide an expanded educational opportunity to our students,”
that weighed heavily in UT Arlington and UTSA’s favor include the strength of their
Modern Languages programs, as well as their proven track records to use
educational technology to teach language and culture.
other things, the Institute for Transformational Learning National Advisory
Council also considered whether the program would be sustainable over time.
said The Critical Languages and Cultures partnership is expected to enhance the
already-rapid growth in enrollments for the less-commonly taught languages that
are so important to government, business, and industry in the 21st
Mintz, executive director of The Institute for Transformational Learning,
called UT Arlington and UTSA “pioneers” and “pacesetters” in the development of
innovative approaches to foreign languages instruction.
because a foreign language is less commonly taught does not mean that it is any
less important in preparing students to become global citizens,” Mintz said. “I
believe that this investment is only the first step in ensuring that college
students across Texas will have ready access to instruction in an expanding
range of languages of critical importance.”
this fall, both UT Arlington and UTSA will utilize Blackboard Learn and other technologies to deliver the courses as
live or synchronous sessions.
campuses already are equipped to support beginning level language classes via
digital videoconferencing classrooms. Available technology on both campuses
will also allow the schools to link language learners and faculty in Texas with
international partner institutions for team teaching by recognized
international faculty in the country being studied.
Arlington does not currently offer instruction in Japanese language and
culture. Through the partnership, UTSA will provide basic courses to UT
Arlington students. UT Arlington will share beginning Portuguese courses with
UTSA, where that language is not currently available.
plan also calls for offering intermediate and advanced Russian courses online
to students at both institutions. Additional languages for future sharing
include Arabic, Chinese and Korean.
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of
more than 33,800 students and more than 2,200 faculty members in the heart of
North Texas and the second largest member of The University of Texas System.
Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.