Author: Mark Kaiser

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DVDs Have Moved to the MRC

The BLC used to maintain a DVD collection that had grown to approximately 1800 items and which served as the initial source material for the LFLFC. On occasion, instructors would borrow these DVDs for classroom instruction or would take DVDs home to preview before use in class. When this practice began, circulation policies at the…

Medieval French in the Modern French Classroom

The French language sequence at Berkeley stresses the importance of exposing students to a wide range of authentic texts and emphasizes cross-cultural understanding. Despite the rich cultural and literary heritage of the medieval and early modern periods in France, this exposure is limited to modern French. What are some of the objections to and difficulties…

Developing Cultural Literacy Through Social Media in the Russian Language Classroom

In this paper I identify strategies to help students explore authentic Russian language materials on social media platforms: Facebook and Vkontakte.  I present an overview of three modules that introduce the Russian language social media landscape and guide students through identifying and tracing political and cultural debates occurring in this space. This approach encourages lifelong learning…

Harnessing the Power of Electronic Media: Incorporating Film in the Introductory Czech Classroom

This paper discusses activities designed for students in an Introductory Czech class.  The film-generated assignments presented here, based on selections from the Czech film Kolja made available to students as clips from the BLC Library of Foreign Language Film Clips via bCourses, address not only a range of specific language skills (listening, speaking, writing, and even…

Teaching Russian Verbs of Motion through Early Cinema

For the intermediate student of Russian, there is no topic more daunting than motion verbs. Verbs that denote motion further complicate the language’s aspect system (already difficult to master), and for non-native speakers, these verbs express surprisingly precise ideas. This project and paper aim to improve upon static, pictorial models of motion that textbooks offer…

Survey of Lecturers, Fall 2016

In August/September the BLC conducted a poll of language lecturers on the various services the BLC offers to the language teaching community. The attached pdf file reports in easily read tables the details of that survey, which was sent to approximately 100 lecturers teaching language courses. We had 37 responses, and not all questions were…

Found in Translation: Rafael Vetromille-Castro Lecture

“Complexity Theory and Applied Linguistics: insights from language (teacher) development and the classroom” Since 1997, when Larsen-Freeman published the first article bringing together Complexity Theory and Applied Linguistics, there has been growing interest in how this paradigm – grounded in Mathematics and Physics – can deal with recurrent questions in the language field.  Research has…

BLC Director Kern Receives Award

On January 20th, 2016, the Consul General of France, the Honorable Pauline Carmona, presented BLC Director and Professor of French Richard Kern the insignia of Chevalier in the Order of Palmes Académiques, citing Rick's contribution to the promotion of French language and culture and to greater understanding between France and the U.S. The event took place…

LFLFC News, Jan. 2016

We are excited to let users of the LFLFC know about several exciting developments: First, we have moved from Adobe Flash to HTML5 as our platform for delivering video, which means that users may now watch video clips on mobile devices such as tablets and cell phones. Second, we are now partnering with the Media Resources…

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