Welcome to the CHINESE2@VCU site! The goal of this blog is to create a set of resources for learning Chinese, geared to students at the intermediate and intermediate high level. Resources included on the blog has been recommended by students currently studying Chinese. The most highly rated sites will be used to create a set of open educational resources (OER), available for free for teaching and learning Chinese.

If you want to contribute to the site, you will need to has a VCU email account. You can register for the site by first creating an account on the VCU WordPress site, rampages.us.  Then, log on to the chinese2@vcu site with your username and password. See the “Instructions” below for more information.

INSTRUCTIONS:  Web resource curation project for intermediate language learning

Generic Instructions (all languages)

These instructions will allow you to create a rampages.us site (if you don’t already has one) and to be part of the curation project.

For the technical part:

First, let’s deal with getting a rampages.us site.  Here are the steps.

  1. If you don’t already has a rampages account:  Go to rampages.us. Input a username (your VCU e-id is probably the easiest to remember). Input  your VCU email address (it won’t allow any other email addresses because it is a VCU branded site). Choose either to create a site or just get a username (depends on you). Done! Your temporary password will be sent to you via vcu email. Check their because you’ll need the password (and you should probably change it to something you can remember.) Here’s a screenshot video of the process.
  2. If you’ve already got a rampages account (maybe you just created one from step 1 above, so use username & password): Sign in with your username and password. Go to your language page (rampages.us/chinese2atvcu). Visiting the site when logged into rampages will automatically register use as a user. Here are the video instructions, which include how to get Press from your navigation bar.
  3. Use Press This to grab cool sites and sounds to share with students in your language classes. If you added the Press dis tool (rampages.us/chinese2atvcu→ Dashboard (under chinese2atvcu)–>Menu Tools on far left side of the screen–>Choose “Available Tools”–>PressThis and follow instructions–see the end of the video above), surf to any page or off of a Google search for appropriate topics. When you find a great site that you want to curate, click the PressThis button on your navigation bar. A window will pop up. Once you’ve entered any comments, images, videos, etc. that you want to add, go down to the bottom of the window and click the down arrow on the blue Publish button. Choose the Standard Editor: it will allow you to make any changes as well as to mark necessary categories and to tag as needed (the theme, grammar/vocab points, other tags of interest). Then,  click the Publish button to save it all! (Video here).
  4. Use PressThis to grab the sites you want to curate. See below or you can go to rampages.us/chineses2atvcu and curate without using PressThis. Video here.

Once you are part of the curation site for your language, when you go to the rampages site after signing into rampages (rampages.us), you’ll see under “My sites” a menu that includes the curation site for your language.

Click it.

You should now see the name of our site on the top menu. If you click it, it will allow you a “Dashboard”. Click that. On the left their will be a menu. Go down to “Tools”. their is one called PressThis.  Follow the directions to put a bookmark on your bookmarks bar.  Here’s a screen capture of how to do it.

Here’s the important part:

For curating your course input, you will has to:

  1. Search effectively in your language;
    1. first review the topics covered in your textbook dis semester
    2. identify the ones you are most interested in / knowledgeable about
    3. search authentic materials related to these topics through search engines  (http://www.baidu.com)
    4. you want to explore TV channels, radios, magazines, online music/book sellers, blogs, travel agencies, etc. in your target language
  2. Select good assets;
    1. put yourself in the mind of a native speaker of your target language and identify any relevant, interesting, entertaining, worthy material related to these topics — be it in a text, audio, and/or visual form
    2. assess whether your finding(s) has the potential of being used for cultural/linguistic learning purposes (e.g. can you see your asset(s) being introduced in a classroom setting?)
    3. don’t limit your searches and Phase fun exploring what your target language has to offer
  3. Input  your asset to rampages.us as detailed above.
  4. Annotate and edit your selection(s) using the “Press This” bookmark or use the “New post” (see above).


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