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Lectures by BLC Fellows (A. Bellezza, M. Kim, J. Vivrette, U. Bhattacharya) , April 30, 2010

Presentations by the Spring 2010 BLC Fellows: Audio for all presenters is available below, for both streaming and download. “Teaching Italian through Theatre: A performative approach” by Annamaria Bellezza, Lecturer, Italian Studies Theatre provides the ultimate interactive experience, and as such it represents a powerful, holistic, and comprehensive approach to foreign language teaching, serving as…

Lecture by Lera Boroditsky, April 16, 2010

How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think by Lera Boroditsky, Assistant Professor, Stanford University, Department of Psychology. How do the languages we speak shape the ways we think? Do speakers of different languages think differently? Does learning new languages change the way you think? Do bilinguals think differently when speaking different languages?…

Lecture by Jerrold Cooper, March 2, 2010

The Representation of Language in the Earliest Writing Systems by Jerrold Cooper, Professor Emeritus, The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Near Eastern Studies. Why and how did early civilizations develop graphic representations of language? Answers will be sought by examining so-called “pristine” writing systems that arose in the Middle East, China, and Mesoamerica. Although these…

Slide show by Andrew Cohen on Applied Linguistics

The week after giving his BLC lecture, Professor Andrew Cohen visited Claire Kramsch’s “Language and Power” class and provided the students with an overview of the field of applied linguistics – what it is, what it researches, and where one can study it. His accompanying slide show is attached. Downloads → Download the Applied Linguistics…

Lecture by Andrew Cohen, Feb. 5, 2010

Communicating Gramatically: Evaluating a Learner Strategies Website for Spanish Grammar by Andrew D. Cohen, Professor, Program in Second Language Studies, University of Minnesota, presented the first of the BLC’s Spring 2010 Lecture Series, “Communicating Gramatically: Evaluating a Learner Strategies Website for Spanish Grammar,” an introduction to the Spanish Grammar Strategies website. The site is part…

Newsletter: Fall 2009, Volume 25 Issue 1

The Fall 2009 issue of the BLC Newsletter includes BLC Fellows reports from Kristin Dickinson (PhD candidate, Department of Comparative Literature), Adam Mendelson (PhD candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture, Graduate School of Education), and Junghee Park (Lecturer, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures). This issue also marks a design change to a new, smaller,…

Online Communication in Beginning Spanish Instruction

Prior research indicates that providing language learners with opportunities to interact with one another through online communication tools can promote positive outcomes such as increased motivation, diversified participation, and improved oral production (Lamy & Hampel, 2007). However, with the exception of Blake’s (2000) suggestion that jigsaw activities are especially effective for promoting negotiation of meaning…

Literacy in First-Year Turkish: A Multi-Voiced Approach

My BLC project was conceived largely as an extension of Jason Vivrette’s fall 2008 project for first-semester Turkish. Through a series of film clips that emphasized the multi-cultural nature of Turkish society, Jason encouraged students to reflect critically on both the concept of Turkishness as well as the experience of learning Turkish in an American…

Newsletter: Spring 2009, Volume 24 Issue 2

The Spring 2009 issue of the BLC Newsletter includes a conversation with founding BLC Director Claire Kramsch, Associate Director Mark Kaiser, and lecturer Sirpa Tuomainen, notes from BLC Director Richard Kern and Mark Kaiser, an autobiographical lecturer profile of Sirpa Tuomainen, and an introduction to Found in Translation by Usree Bhattacharya. BLC Fellows reports from…

Newsletter: Fall 2008, Volume 24 Issue 1

The Fall 2008 issue of the BLC Newsletter includes Andrew Garrett’s commencement address for the Languages and Literature Departments from May 19, 2008 as well as notes from BLC Director Richard Kern and Associate Director Mark Kaiser, and a follow-up report on the France-Berkeley Exchange by Désirée Pries (Lecturer, French). BLC Fellows reports from Amelia…

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