The Blume Language and Culture Learning Center (aka Blume Center) is an integral part of the Language and Culture Studies program at Trinity College. It aims to lead and promote innovative approaches towards the teaching and learning of language and culture on campus. The Blume Center’s driving goal is to contribute to a greater understanding of instructional technology and learning theories in order to foster their integration into educational practices and language instruction at all levels within Trinity College. With one full-time staff member and a small cadre of part-time student workers, the Blume Center is responsible for providing a series of instructional support services to Trinity’s language faculty and campus community while targeting three interrelated areas:
- Resource coordination: The Blume Center will serve as a virtual and physical hub for language and culture-related resources available on campus to increase their visibility, facilitate access, and support their integration into instruction.
- Training and Support: The Blume Center will coordinate a series of faculty workshops, informal discussions, and symposia on how to effectively use instructional technology to further improve language and culture instruction on campus. In addition, a student technology assistant (STA) program will be implemented to provide basic-level instructional assistance to language faculty. This program will complement other technical support services currently in place.
- Research and development: The Blume Center will stay abreast of new technologies in the field of computer assisted language learning (CALL) and related areas, and conduct research and evaluation of new technologies and instructional approaches for language acquisition. The Center will take part in national and international conferences on instructional technology and second language acquisition.
Blume Center Layout: LITC 119, 121, 133, & 134
Blume Language & Culture Learning Center
Raether Library & Information Technology Center, # 121
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT 06106-3100
Phone: (860) 297-5282