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

Title: Rise 360 and H5P for Language Learning: Uses and Pitfalls

Speaker: Javier Barroso, Lecturer in Spanish


Javier Barroso will present a pilot interactive online learning module for his first week of classes in an introductory Spanish course. Unlike traditional textbooks, these materials were built using e-learning authoring tools like Articulate Rise 360 and H5P to produce interactive lessons and assessments that students can easily access and complete within an LMS (Canvas, Blackboard, etc.). This pilot is the first step in a long-term plan to create Open Educational Resources for introductory Spanish courses.

Title: Learning Chinese and Understanding Chinese Social Changes through Chinese Songs

Speaker: Tong Chen, Lecturer in Chinese


This pilot web-based project from Tong Chen seeks to supplement and enrich the learning materials of Chinese VI Regular by using a selection of well-known Chinese songs composed during different historical periods.  By organizing selected songs in a chronological order, the project enables students to learn and appreciate such songs through listening to the music, reading the lyrics, and song background, etc. By studying the song lyrics in relevant social-historical contexts, students will develop and cultivate their multicultural perspectives, creative thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Location: Zoom Link

(Open to MIT community. MIT ID authentication required)


  • Lecturer in Spanish

Javier Barroso is a Lecturer in Spanish at MIT.

  • Lecturer in Chinese

Tong Chen is a Lecturer in Chinese at MIT.