The Charles E. Culpeper Foundation of Stamford, Conn., has awarded the college a $121,000 grant to purchase 20 computer workstations for student use and to conduct training sessions for faculty and the director of the language laboratory.
The Culpeper award follows joint receipt late last fall of an $850,000 grant to Hamilton and Colgate University for a collaborative project in language instruction and resource sharing.
"The equipment purchased through this grant will enable students of foreign languages to take advantage of the `new generation' of materials available now and in the future for interactive language instruction," said G. Roberts Kolb, acting dean of the faculty. "The generosity of the Culpeper Foundation enables our students to be more fully prepared for the global marketplace they will enter upon graduation."
Kolb said the new equipment will augment the college's existing audiotape facility. A training workshop to provide language faculty with a hands-on demonstration of currently available software is also provided for in the grant, as is training for faculty in instructional courseware applications.
Among those whose students will benefit immediately from the Culpeper grant is Hong Gang Jin, assistant professor of Chinese. A member of the Hamilton faculty since 1989, Jin has developed the major portion of a multimedia textbook in intermediate Chinese. Her work has been acknowledged by her peers for new pedagogical applications of technology in the teaching and learning of Chinese.
Kolb says other language faculty members also have invested in developing or adapting courseware for their classes. He expects the Culpeper grant will provide students with new opportunities to take advantage of applications for interactive language instruction.