Global Languages colloquia are informal presentations on current research by faculty, lecturers, and visiting scholars, giving individual presentations or informal group panels.

GL Colloquium
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Zoom Link:  (Open to MIT community. MIT ID authentication required)

Takako Aikawa “How to communicate with AI: the art of prompt writing”
Abstract: My presentation focuses on utilizing generative AI, such as ChatGPT, for language instruction.  I will start with introducing prompt engineering and offering tips for writing effective prompts.  Next, I will showcase how AI can enhance our teaching by running various sample prompts with ChatGPT.  Last, I will address the safety and privacy concerns associated with using AI in our classrooms.

Eva Dessein “Digital storytelling and intercultural practice through global simulation”
Abstract: Eva will provide an overview of a newly designed intermediate French course entitled “Marseille Unveiled: Digital Stories and Intercultural Encounters.” The course uses a global simulation pedagogy, immersing students in life in Marseille. A multicultural port city, the second largest population center in France has been for more than 2,500 years the country’s gateway to the Mediterranean rim. During the entire semester, students take on the roles of residents of an apartment building. This student-centered, task-based methodology enables learners to engage with contemporary French culture and society from various perspectives. The presentation will outline the theoretical foundations of a global simulation course and provide an overview of tasks that promote the development of communicative and intercultural competencies

Kang Zhou “Enhancing Autonomy and Language Proficiency through Collaborative Platforms and Documentaries”
Abstract: This presentation starts with an overview of the instructor’s teaching methods in Course 21G.109, introducing an innovative and collaborative learning platform that was co-created by students with the goal of enhancing their learning autonomy. It then moves on to the systematic use of documentaries in the course, further exploring their impact on language acquisition development, cross-cultural communication skills, and critical thinking. Finally, this report shares student feedback and concludes with recommendations for future lessons.