Toronto Archive of Course Materials
The Archive is visible by gopher, to gopher.epas.utoronto.ca, under Centre for Computing in the Humanities, Humanities computing resources. Since some of the materials are not held at Toronto, anonymous-ftp to ftp.epas.utoronto.ca, /pub/cch/courses/, will not access everything shown by gopher. We do not yet have a WWW-server, although we dream of it.
NEW EMAIL LIST DISCUSSES DISSERTATIONS AND THESES
The Association for Support of Graduate Students, publishers of Dissertation News and Thesis News, is going online in December.
ASGS is initiating a moderated discussion list, free to all interested persons, entitled, "doc-talk."
The list will provide information of value to graduate students (and faculty) involved in doing master's and doctoral theses; it will make available articles on how to do a thesis, reviews of resources, and answers to students' questions pertaining to their theses, as well as providing current notices of deadlines for thesis-related grants and conferences at which students can present thesis research.
If you would like to receive distributions to this list, send an email message to "firstname.lastname@example.org" and in the body of the message (not the subject line) put the following:
Executive Vice President
Association for Support of Graduate Students (ASGS) 585 Fallen Leaf Way
Incline Village, NV 89451
Phone (702) 831-1399 Fax (702) 831-2199
The Romance Languages Resource Page at :
provides a large and varied collection of links to authentic material in French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese for use by the language teacher. Also included on the page are links to University language departments, both in the United States and abroad, and a collection of links to pedagogical resources online. Links were chosen for their potential utility to the language teacher, either as a source of actual authentic lanuguage samples, or of information. It is hoped that language students as well will be able to profit from the collection.
This project was funded by the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning and by the University of Chicago with additional technical support from the ARTFL Project.
I have written three Macintosh programs for teachers, called Vinco Bingo, Roman Calendar, and Natalis. They are described at the end of this message.
Vinco Bingo is of interest to teachers of any foreign language that is written in the Roman alphabet (e.g., French, Spanish, German, etc., but not languages like Greek, Russian, Arabic).
The other two programs (Roman Calendar and Natalis) would interest only Latin teachers. (I teach Latin at SUNY Buffalo.)
If you would like free shareware copies of the programs (Macintosh computers only), send a disk and two loose 32-cent stamps to:
Leo C. Curran
4317 Harlem Road
Snyder, NY 14226. (email@example.com)
An Announcement of a planned Scottish Literature Computer Project.
The material described below is to be made available on disc and CD.
Please contact me if you are interested in any aspect of the proposal. All
NEW SOFTWARE PACKAGE: AN INTRODUCTION
TO SCOTTISH LITERATURE
This course is a comprehensive study of Scottish Literature from the Middle Ages till the present day. It is divided into three historical periods: Medieval and Renaissance Literature 1375- 1625; Poetry and Fiction 1750-1900 and Poetry, Fiction and Drama since 1920. The material covers the great representative works of Scottish Literature - the poetry of Robert Burns, the novels of Sir Walter Scott - in more depth than is available in other histories. The material also introduces readers to works which have been neglected but are now being rehabilitate by modern critical effort. In addition, some areas selected for study and some of the criticism itself is new and ground-breaking. The course provides width and depth of study and has a fresh, vibrant approach.
The course is based on learning materials written for the degree of Distance-Taught Master of Philosophy which the Department has been offering since 1989. The material on which the course is based was written by members of the Department and represents the largest coherent body of Scottish literary and language criticism in existence. Because the course has been taught over a number of years now, it is established both academically and pedagogically.
The course is completely self-standing. Its exciting interactive nature allows students to check their own understanding, prompts them to consider other issues and enables them to measure their progress. It could be used as part of existing courses in Literature in English or it may be of interest to those wishing to take a general interest in Scottish Literature further.
I'm aware of several "language" lists. Language Learning and Technology International Information Forum is one. To subscribe send a message to LISTSERV@DARTCMS1.DARTMOUTH.EDU.
Another is FLASC-L for people who superivse and coordinate university-level foreign language programs. To subscribe send a message to LISTSERV@UCI.EDU.
The Agora Language Marketplace is mainly a buyer's guide for materials and publications related to language learning. But it also has an important Language Professional section where there are listings for professional organizations, professional development courses and seminars, employment listings, other internet resources. It can be reached by either gopher or Web:
gopher gopher.agoralang.com 2411
Also you might want to check out the FLTEACH Web and gopher sites. Bob Ponterio and Jean LeLoup have an impressive set of links and content relating to foreign language education:
gopher gopher.cortland.edu (look under departments, language)
Users of Humanist may be interested in looking at a small WWW site I have put together to teach First World War poetry. The URL is:
I'd appreciate any comments/feedback,
CTI-TEXTUAL-STUDIES on MAILBASE@MAILBASE.AC.UK
The Computers in Teaching Initiative (CTI) Centre for Textual Studies is one of twenty-three subject-specific centres based around the United Kingdom aimed at increasing and enhancing the use of computers in Higher Education.
CTI-TEXTUAL-STUDIES is a moderated list used by the CTI Centre for Textual Studies to disseminate information of interest to academics served by the Centre, primarily those who use computers in the teaching of literature, linguistics, philosophy and logic, religious studies and classics, film studies, theatre arts and drama.
To subscribe to CTI-TEXTUAL-STUDIES, send the following command to
JOIN CTI-TEXTUAL-STUDIES Your Name
The query about Greek and Latin software reminds me that Humanist readers may abe interested to know that the ReCALL Software Guide, listing more than 500 language learning packages, is available from CTI Modern Languages, along with the other publications listed in the attached documents. We are also able to search under specific languages, or categories of software, to find materials suitable for individual teachers' requirements. This latter service is open free of charge to teachers in the UK higher education sector, and to members of EUROCALL. Full details from the address below.
Thank you for your enquiry about CTI Centre for Modern Languages publications. The following describes our publications, how much they cost, and how to obtain them. This information is also available on our World Wide Web server at the URL:
If you would like to be sent a publicity leaflet by post please send me another email with your full postal address.
The ReCALL Software Guide lists over 500 packages, giving a brief description and information about prices and suppliers. Copies are available free of charge to departments and language centres in the UK higher education sector. The price to individuals is 15 pounds sterling (EUROCALL members 12 pounds).
A selection of software reviews, reproduced from ReCALL and other journals, and divided into sections covering:
Price 12 pounds sterling (EUROCALL members 8 pounds)
CTI Centre for Modern Languages Tel +44(0)1482 466373 University of Hull Fax +44(0)1482 473816 Hull HU6 7RX, UK Email CTI.Lang@hull.ac.uk
Teaching with Technology
NEH's Division of Research and Education Programs announces a special, three-year opportunity for support of Teaching with Technology projects designed to strengthen education in the humanities in both schools and colleges by developing and using today's rapidly evolving information technologies: including digital audio, video and imaging, hypertext and hypermedia, videoconferencing, speech processing, the Internet, and World Wide Web sites. The Endowment seeks to increase the number and usefulness of technological resources with rich, high-quality humanities content; to improve the effectiveness of such resources by shaping them around sophisticated, creative, and engaging approaches to teaching and learning; and to increase greatly the number of teachers who can integrate these humanities materials into their daily teaching. Successful projects will be of national significance and will extend the potential benefits of educational
technologies to a broad range of those studying history, literature, languages, and the other humanities disciplines in schools, colleges, and universities.
Any U.S., nonprofit, tax-exempt organization or institution dedicated to improving humanities education is eligible to apply for support through this program.
At the Teaching with Technology deadlines, the Endowment seeks proposals that address one or more of the following categories:
Applicants are encouraged to be as creative as possible in proposing uses of newer technologies and innovative strategies for using information technology in humanities teaching.
Initial Teaching with Technology deadline: April 5, 1996
Following the initial deadline, applications for Teaching with Technology may be submitted against the following regular program deadlines:
Humanities Focus Grants: Sep 16, 1996; Jan 15, 1997
Other Education Development & Demonstration Projects: Oct 1, 1996; Oct 1, 1997
National Summer Institutes & Seminars: Mar 1, 1997; Mar 1, 1998
Guidelines and applications may be retrieved from the NEH World
Wide Web site:
http://www.neh.fed.us (under *Guidelines*)
For further information or to request guidelines and application
forms by surface mail:
Division of Research and Education, Room 302 National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20506
(202) 606-8380; firstname.lastname@example.org
_Kairos_ (http://english.ttu.edu/kairos/) is a webbed journal on hypertext and the teaching of writing in webbed environments.
I am aware of a print magazine that is devoted to education and
technology. It is called _Educom Review_. (Bi-monthly; $18US/yr at 1-800-254-4770 or
More than 20 of the instructors teaching in the Computer Writing and
Research Lab classrooms this semester have posted their syllabi and other
course materials on the Web; we also maintain a list of links to courses
taught earlier, as well as a Web-based message forum for discussion. The URL
While it is not a manual for TACT, users may want to try the online workbook for TACTweb. This was designed to teach students about text analysis and prepare them for TACT should they continue to a higher level course.
The URL is: http://tactweb.humanities.mcmaster.ca/tactweb/home.htm
If you want your students to use this you may want to set up your own TACTweb server rather than point them at ours. We do not watch it closely except when a course is using it.
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