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Are You Another Person When You Speak Another Language?

Dear Graduating Class, Dear Parents, Relatives, and Friends: On this day of celebration, many of you will be celebrating and talking about this graduation in many different languages. You will be dreaming of it in Spanish, raving about it in Korean, and in the years to come, who knows? You might remember it in German,…

EBFLP 21st Century Technology professional development series

World Language teachers and credential candidates are invited to participate in the professional development series Integrating 21st Century Technology into the World Language Classroom on June 21, 22, and 23. Create lesson plans that engage students in communicative activities using music resources, video, and Web 2.0 tools: Voice Thread, Google Voice, Voki, Animoto, PB Works.…

Lectures by BLC Fellows (M. Jacobsen, L. Stratton, W. Kambara), April 29, 2011

Instructional Development Research Projects Language and Culture in Documentaries by Italian Women Filmmakers Mara Mauri Jacobsen, Lecturer, Italian Studies The documentaries I have chosen for my Advanced Italian course present the Italian feminist movement, and/or the lives of Italian women, according to different aspects of the female condition, within the context of Italian culture and…

Lecture by Eva Lam, April 15, 2011

New Media and Literacy in Transnational Environments by Eva Lam, Associate Professor, Learning Sciences, Asian American Studies, Northwestern University. This paper discusses recent developments in sociolinguistic research that theorizes the nature of language and communicative practices in globalized and transnationalized spaces. We consider how this work proposes some new ways to think about language and…

Lecture by Roger Allen, April 4, 2011

Arabic: A More Commonly Taught Less Commonly Taught Language by Professor Roger Allen, Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, University of Pennsylvania. After presenting an introduction to the Arabic language and its history, I consider the development of Arabic-language pedagogy within academe over the course of the past half-century. Within the context of current discussions about…

BLC Travel Grant Report

Perhaps I might be considered something just short of insane to undertake a one-week journey halfway around the world to attend a three-day conference. But in the third week of February this is exactly what I did. I have to admit I had a few doubts about the undertaking; the trip itself takes at least…

BLC Travel Grant Report

I attended the 2011 Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages in Pasadena, January 6-9 on funds provided by the Berkeley Language Center. I presented a poster at AATSEEL’s first-ever poster session, Teaching Less Commonly Taught Slavic Languages and Central/East European Languages II. The poster session was experimental…

Lecture by Robert Blake, March 18, 2011

What Makes an Ideal Hybrid Language Learner? by Professor Robert Blake, Spanish and Classics, University of California, Davis. What factors make for a successful online L2 learning experience? What is the ideal profile of a hybrid language learner with access to both online and classroom meetings? While previous studies have examined online learning in comparative…

Lecture by Andrew Cohen, February 25, 2011

Teaching Pragmatics in the L2 Classroom by Professor Andrew Cohen, Second Language Studies, University of Minnesota. This presentation makes the point that it is not enough these days for teachers simply to teach the language forms; that it is imperative that they also teach their learners strategies for interpreting the language used by others and…

Lecture, February 11, 2011: Carol Pfaff

Language Development in an Urban Migrant Community: The Turkish/German/English of Children and Adolescents in Berlin by Professor Carol Pfaff, Department of Linguistics, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin Photos from the event: Abstract: In the course of my 30+ years in Berlin, I have conducted several empirical studies of the…

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