Ruichen Liu | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Banana Bridge: An intercultural website for immigrant youth in ESL learning

Ruichen Liu, M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media

Immigrant youth are increasing population in American and they are faced with many cultural adjustment difficulties including language barrier, lacking of cultural knowledge and lacking of social practice to reconstruct their existing cultural conceptions. Banana Bridge is a aimed to provide a welcoming Chinese immigrant youth community where Chinese immigrant youth will have chance to learn about various of American culture including food, music, holidays, history and religions, etc. By engaging in culture enriched content and collaboratively write their own stories in a relay writing fashion, they will improve language skills and also to redirect from their own culture-based assumptions to develop and engage with a new culture. 

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