Some words about telecommunications and foreign language learning

The global Internet is an integrated multi-language environment where all languages are represented. The possibilities of this media, which combines the advantages of hypertext systems, multimedia, and telecommunications technologies, allow us to consider it as an environment for the study of foreign languages.

The study of any foreign language has two main goals : to be able to get the necessary information on the language and to be able to represent your own information to the language community. Since global information media is more and more absorbed by structure and tools of computer networks, we can see the significance of combining foreign language education with telecommunication technologies.

As to Russian and Japanese, both of them are quite rare foreign languages and it is difficult to find forums where students and native speakers of these languages can communicate on a day-to-day basis. Today's telecommunications technologies are positioned to overcome this impediment. The next important point is that telecommunications give a good chance to immerse students virtually into the culture of the native speakers.

The main goals of the Pereslavl-Toyama Project are the following:


Stage 1: Mastering information processing of Japanese language for Russian students and Russian language for Japanese students.

At this stage students master software for input russian letters and japanese characters.

Stage 2: Sending and receiving Japanese/Russian Text via Internet Email

In preparing for an international telecommunications project, students must master the methods of sending Japanese/Russian email over the Internet

Stage 3: Working with Japanese/Russian Information on the WWW

During this stage students lean how to write Japanese/Russians HTML-documents. Then students make their own HTML-documents (home pages and documents on their personal subjects) in Japanese and in Russian.

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