Author: Victoria Williams

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Italian by Design: A “Bridge” Course

We have grown accustomed to perceiving the arts and language as very different kinds of engagements: the former transgressive and creative, the latter structured and acquired. This talk presents a blueprint for an advanced Italian language course (102) that approaches language and design as analogous processes. Tracing how the coordinates of space and time are…

ASEEES Convention

In November, 2016 I attended the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies annual convention, held in Washington DC. This conference is the premier North American conference for scholars of language, literature, and culture of the East European and Eurasian regions. I have regularly participated in this conference since 2009. Engaging with other area…

BLC Hours for Spring 2017

The BLC computer facility in B-21 Dwinelle will be open during the 2017 spring semester on the following schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 – 6:00, and Friday, 8:00 – 5:00, from January 17 - April 28. Schedules for RRR and finals weeks will be posted toward the end of the semester. B-21 will be closed…

FrancoForniens: Bringing Oral History into the French-language Classroom

In this presentation, I will show how I borrowed techniques from oral history to build an archive of interviews with “FrancoForniens,” or French speakers living in the Bay Area. Oral history has long been employed in K-12 classrooms to “personalize” the experience of history for students; it asks them to consider how history has impacted…

ACTFL Convention – Boston 2016

ACTFL is a convention where language educators from all over the world get together to share and discuss the most recent research and trends in foreign/second language teaching. My experience of the convention last year was that is was focused on the “business” of teaching. This year the conference focused more on the processes of…

Found in Translation (FIT) Working Group

The Berkeley Language Center Cordially Invites You to the Upcoming Meeting of Its Found in Translation (FIT) Working Group “It’s like a Battle”: How Discourses of Language and Technology Impact the Language Classroom Emily Hellmich, Ph.D. Candidate UC Berkeley School of Education Monday, January 30, 2017 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. • B-4 Dwinelle Hall…

BLC Hours for RRR and Finals Weeks 2016

The Berkeley Language Center computer facility in B-21 will be open from: 9 – 5 M – F, December 5 – 9 & 10 – 4 M –Th, December 12 – 15 BLC facilities will be closed for the winter break and will re-open on the first day of classes, Tuesday, January 17, 2017. If…

Learning Russian through Art and Visual Culture

It is often assumed that foreign language students must reach a certain (usually advanced) level of linguistic proficiency before they can begin to engage meaningfully with authentic cultural materials and think critically about their own cultural position vis-à-vis that of the L2 culture. This presentation will show how art and visual culture can offer beginning-intermediate…

Graphic Novels in Foreign Language Learning

Over the past decades the graphic novel has witnessed both increased popularity among readers as well as cultural and intellectual prestige among critics and academics alike – but what is its place within the foreign language classroom? Through a case study of first-year Spanish instruction, this presentation will address strategies for how language instructors can…

Baraza Conference

Swahili History, Culture and Identity Reconsidered I attended the Baraza conference that was held at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, UK on October 29, 2016. I was scheduled to present a paper titled, “Integrating Chat in the writing of African Languages.” Papers of interesting topics were presented by…

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