Director uses technology to bridge cultures

Dr. Francesco Scordato’s easy manner and love of technology exemplify his approach to directing the Foreign Language Resource Center‚ which he wants to make a welcoming place that exposes students to different cultures.

Georgia (Nov 29, 2005) — Dr. Francesco Scordato’s easy manner and love of technology exemplify his approach to directing the Foreign Language Resource Center‚ which he wants to make a welcoming place that exposes students to different cultures.

“Technology brings down barriers and makes people richer‚” Scordato said. “I am passionate about technologies.”

Specifically‚ he mentions computers‚ e−mail and the Internet because they make the world smaller and bring people closer – as do popular handheld gadgets like Palm Pilots‚ BlackBerrys and MP3 players.

He qualifies his love for technology‚ however‚ by adding‚ “It has to be useful; it has to make information accessible to everybody.”

Scordato began work as the center’s director in August‚ and he describes the FLRC as a place with something for everyone. Located in the foreign language department on the first floor of the Pilcher Building‚ the center provides a myriad of language resources and services. In addition to language software and computer access‚ it boasts a collection of foreign films available for students to check out. On an average day‚ 30 patrons utilize the center.

In addition to serving as director of the FLRC‚ Scordato is an assistant professor of Italian‚ as well as an MBA candidate at Berry College. While completing his doctoral thesis at State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2003‚ he became interested in hybrid courses‚ a combination of online and traditional classroom instruction. Scordato plans to conduct more research in this field of education and hopes to implement this technique in his classes.

Scordato‚ a native Italian from Bagheria‚ Sicily‚ has lived in the United States for 10 years. Before coming to KSU‚ Scordato served as the director of Berry College’s Language Resource Center. A newcomer to campus‚ he enjoys the university’s diverse international culture. When asked where he goes for a taste of home‚ he immediately mentioned Baraonda‚ an Italian cafe next to The Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

In his spare time‚ Scordato loves to travel. Next May‚ he will again lead a group of students on a tour of Italy with a former colleague‚ and he hopes to one day visit South America.




 

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