The evolution of language learning materials, realia, archives, and metadata resources: An agenda for formative research

Jacqueline Michele Kaminski, Purdue University


Historically, efforts in second language instruction concentrated on using authentic materials. Realia, culturally-accurate actual objects, have been employed in language instruction and discussion with success. With the advent of new technologies, an evolution has occurred. Virtual realia, digital representations of realia, are now becoming available to teachers and learners. The CADRE Project has sought to create a royalty-free system of depositing, reviewing, sharing, utilizing, and warehousing such resources. This qualitative study examines the design, development, deployment and functionality of this large-scale language learning resource. A formative evaluation with a phenomenological lens was conducted which addresses the core research question of "What is the CADRE Project." As the field of language learning and technology expands and embraces new technologies for teaching and learning, this study provides unique, valuable information for the developers of CADRE and potential users of CADRE. By looking closely at its history, implementation, and infrastructure, new data will be available regarding this innovative system.




Garfinkel, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Educational software|Language arts

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