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Chika Shibahara Appointed Coordinator of Academic Outreach

The Berkeley Language Center is pleased to announce that in fall 2014, Chika Shibahara of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures will begin a three-year appointment as the BLC Coordinator of Academic Outreach. Chika Shibahara holds two masters degrees, one from Kyoto Women’s University in English literature (her master’s thesis was on Zen…

Arts and Humanities Lecturers Honored

At a festive reception on May 14, 2013, Dean Anthony Cascardi and Associate Dean Sue Schweik celebrated the distinguished accomplishments of 25 lecturers in the college, all of whom have been teaching at Berkeley for 20 or more years. Among the honorees were Rutie Adler (Hebrew), Ayla Algar (Turkish), Yasuko Konno Baker (Japanese), Daniele Boucher…

Language Teaching and Technology Seminar

Invitation to participate in BLC/ETS Language Teaching and Technology Seminar. The Berkeley Language Center and Educational Technology Services welcome your participation in their Spring 2013 seminar on using technology and new media for language teaching. Registration form: http://bit.ly/113fnuO The seminar will meet weekly on Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:00pm in Dwinelle 127, the active learning…

BLC Postdoc Job Announcement

Postdoctoral Scholar at the Berkeley Language Center The Berkeley Language Center (BLC) invites applications for a one-year (renewable for a second year) postdoctoral scholar position. Starting date is 7/1/2013 or later; end date for appointments longer than one year is no later than 6/30/2015. Founded in 1994 by Claire Kramsch, the Berkeley Language Center is…

Pardon Our Dust: BLC Remodeling Projects

Beginning Winter Break, a number of BLC rooms will be remodeled: 29 Dwinelle: This room will be converted into a small seminar-style classroom, with distance-learning capability, with seating for 10. This project will take place in January, 2013. B-7 Dwinelle: The moldy carpet (due to frequent water leaks from the equipment room next door) will…

Introducing the Teachers’ Forum

CALL FOR PAPERS Since its establishment in 2009, L2 Journal has published a variety of quality research papers on different aspects of language learning and teaching, reaching a wide audience of interested scholars, educators, and students. The journal has also published several special issues on important topics in applied linguistics and second language acquisition. This…

Words in Action – Video now available

The videos from the marvelous presentation “Words in Action - A Multilingual Student Performance” are now available here. Again, kudos to Annamaria Bellezza for organizing this event, to Rossella Carbotti for her assistance with the production, and to all the students who worked so hard to bring Annamaria’s concept to life.

Call for Papers: Special Issue of the L2 Journal on L2 Writing and Personal History

Call for Papers: Special Issue of the L2 Journal Special Issue Editor: David I. Hanauer L2 Writing and Personal History: Meaningful Literacy in the Language Classroom Literacy holds special potential in the realm of language education. Genres of writing such as autoethnography, autobiography, biography, journal writing, diary inquiry, narrative and poetry provide potential routes through…

Visiting Scholars at BLC, Spring 2012

The BLC is pleased to welcome four Visiting Scholars this spring. Julie Kerekes from the University of Toronto will be on the Berkeley campus until June. Her research while at Berkeley will be on the employment trajectories of internationally educated professionals. Xueli Wang, from the Peoples Republic of China will be here until December. She…

Large Sound Files Got Your Students Down?

Many of our textbooks come with accompanying CD/DVDs with audio and video files. Often, those sound files consist of a long reading of a chapter’s vocabulary, word after word. Keith Hernandez, the BLC&##8217;s recording technician, has developed an algorithm to break those sound files into individual files consisting of one word or phrase each. Students…

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