Author: Victoria Williams

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Creating Classroom Audio Material from Bulgarian Radio

Bulgarian is a less commonly taught language with fewer than 9 million speakers worldwide, and consequently, though there is an excellent textbook and reference grammar available, listening materials are in short supply. In the semesters I spent as a GSI for Bulgarian, I sought ways to incorporate authentic aural material into the course to give…

Integration of Language and Culture in the Elementary Telugu Curriculum

Telugu belongs to the Dravidian language family and is the second most spoken language in India with more than 80 million speakers. Telugu is mainly spoken in and is the official language of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It was given classical language status by the Government of India in 2008 because of…

Writing as a Social Act: A Genre-based Approach to Writing Pedagogy in the Foreign Lang. Classroom

Introduction As both students and instructors of foreign languages move into intermediate- and advanced-level courses, they participate in increasingly more complex interactions with each other and also with the texts that they study and create. Students in the second-year French program (French 3 and 4) are expected to work equally in the four areas of…

Lectures by BLC Fellows (W. A. Heidenfeldt, H. Sunkari, T. Lindsey), December 3, 2010

Fall 2010 BLC Fellows William Allen Heidenfeldt, Hepzibah Sunkari, and Traci Lindsey presented the results of their semester-long research projects to improve the understanding and practice of language instruction. Here are some photos from the event; abstracts from the presentations appear below the images. Congratulations to all the fellows, and thanks to all who were…

BLC Travel Grant Report

I have been participating in the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association’s annual conference for several years now. As a Senior Lecturer, I do not have the same privileges as Senate Faculty in terms of available departmental funding for travel. I must look for funding elsewhere and/or pay for it myself. Consequently, I choose my conferences…

EBFLP Professional Development Series, 2010-2011

World Language teachers and credential candidates are invited to participate in professional development that “Connects Teachers and Students to World Languages”.  Foundations for Effective Language Teaching I and II will be offered on five Saturdays. Topics include the new California Standards, communicative units that incorporate culturally authentic resources, and effective strategies to engage diverse learners.…

Translating Toussaint

In August I was invited to attend a translation workshop in Seneffe, Belgium. The workshop brought together several translators of the Belgium author Jean-Philippe Toussaint to work on his latest novel, La Vérité sur Marie. I was one of a six translators attending this particular workshop, although the center itself (Centre Européen de Traduction Littéraire)…

Cultivating Awareness: Register and Context in First-Year Arabic

The teaching of Arabic in American universities today, like that of so many other more commonly taught foreign languages, has by and large come to be guided by the same communicative approach objectives that regularly inform the profession as a whole, such that curricula frequently place an explicit emphasis on the development of the four…

Blogging in SL/FL Classrooms: New(?) Directions?

Introduction: In recent years, a growing number of educators have begun utilizing “blogs” in Second Language (SL) and Foreign Language (FL) learning environments, to promising results (e.g. Campbell, 2003; Johnson, 2004; Lankshear & Knobel, 2003; Richardson, 2004; Thorne, Webber, & Bensinger 2005). In language learning contexts, blogs can serve a variety of tasks, including allowing…

New bSpace Resource for Instructors of Intermediate-level Language Courses

Greetings! I have started a bSpace project site to unite second-year language instructors teaching foreign languages/ESL across departments at Berkeley. I have set up the site to allow anyone with a Berkeley address to join it. It is called SECOND YEAR SHARE FAIR. Although not all intermediate classes are going to be at the same…

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