Author: Mark Kaiser

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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…

L2 Journal Special Issue now available

The special issue of L2 Journal, “Teaching Language, Culture, and Text with Film” is now available here. Contents: “Teaching Japanese Pragmatic Competence Using Film Clips” by Wakae Kambara. “The Five C’s: Bringing a 1980’s Film into the 21st Century Chinese Language Learning Context” by Gloria Bien. “Rebels with a Cause: (Re)defining Identities and Culture in…

Reception for L2 Journal

Claire Kramsch, editor of L2 Journal, and Mark Kaiser, guest editor of the special issue, cordially invite the foreign language community to a reception celebrating the release of the special issue, “Teaching Language, Culture and Text with Film.” Tuesday, November 1, 2011 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. 34 Dwinelle Hall

Lecture by Douglas Kibbee, October 21, 2011

Rethinking Prescriptivism by Douglas Kibbee, Professor, Department of French, and Director, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Friday, October 21, 2011 in B-4 Dwinelle Hall At a meeting held as part of a national dialogue across France to determine what it means to be French, a…

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