Vol. 10, No. 2, 149-158, 2011

Designing teaching units via WEBGIS: Remotely sensed imagery in the language classroom
Nils Lammert-Siepmann, Dennis Edler, Andreas Redecker, and Carsten Jürgens

The capabilities of some open source web map client applications allow users to imbed remotely sensed data obtained from free of charge web services into web browser applications via their Application Programming Interface (API). As an example, Google imagery is one of those interesting sources for different educational applications. The visual base provided by Google can be extended with OpenLayers, an open source JavaScript library, which allows users to link the acoustic dimension with visual spatial representations.

To support language teachers in the design and creation of space-related teaching material, a research project named Localized Language Learning (LLL) has been started in the Geomatics/Remote Sensing Group at the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), Germany. Here, students shall be invited to study linguistic features such as vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation while simultaneously looking at remotely sensed images on different scales.

The present paper is focused on the project’s technical implementation. In addition, it contains four examples of teaching units that have already been used in an Irish language course at RUB.

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Submitted: 23 June 2011
Revised: 29 Sept 2011
Accepted: 5 Oct 2011
Published: 15 Oct 2011
Responsible editor: Rainer Reuter

Lammert-Siepmann N, D Edler, A Redecker & C Jürgens, 2011. Designing teaching units via WEBGIS: Remotely sensed imagery in the language classroom. EARSeL eProceedings, 10(2): 149-158


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