Author: Victoria Williams

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Graduate School of Education Position Announcement: English Language Learning/Bilingual Education

The Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley announces an opening for a tenure-track or tenured appointment at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank in English Language Learning/Bilingual Education, starting July 1, 2011. This is a full time position with a nine-month academic year appointment, and it is in the Language…

Teaching Zulu Language and Culture Through Film

Many studies show that film or “video has vast potential for enriching language study and making it more enjoyable and effective” (Wood 1992). My fall 2009 BLC Fellow’s project is a demonstration of how film can complement other materials used in class (especially the textbook) by tapping this resource. It involved cutting and preparing Zulu…

Using Blogs to Teach Spanish 4

1. Introduction Blogs written in Spanish are a particularly rich source of contextualized language in use—they are freely available, universally accessible, widely varied, highly interactive, and generally appealing to students. However, some of the same qualities that make blogs attractive for use in a Spanish class also present challenges, especially with regard to their use…

Crossing the Bridge: Shifting Perspectives on and in First-Year Turkish Through Film

This semester, together with the invaluable input of my colleagues in the Berkeley Language Center, fellow first-year Turkish GSI, Kristin Dickinson, and Mellon Lecturer in Turkish, Ayla Algar, I developed a semester’s worth of activities for Turkish 1A (Elementary Modern Turkish) built around film clips taken from Turkish cinema, with one film clip or sequence…

Newsletter: Spring 2007, Volume 22 Issue 2

The Spring 2007 issue opens with A Conversation with Jim Negri: A View from the High School by Mark Kaiser. Also included are several short reports from lecturers Giovanni Biasin (Italian), Seda Chavdarian (French), Agnes Dimitriou (Spanish and Portuguese), and Sarah Roberts (French). The BLC Fellows’ Reports are from Agnes Mazur (PhD Candidate, Education), Elena…

Newsletter: Fall 2006, Volume 22 Issue 1

The Fall 2006 issue of the BLC Newsletter leads with BLC Director Rick Kern’s prospective view of the Berkeley Language Center, notes from Associate Director Mark Kaiser, a profile of BLC Academic Coordinator Lisa Little, and BLC Fellows Reports from Pablo Baler (PhD Candidate, Spanish and Portuguese), Katra Anne Byram (PhD Candidate, German), David Divita…

Newsletter: Spring 2006, Volume 21 Issue 2

University and National Foreign Language Policy: A Lecturers’ Perspective, by BLC Associate Director Mark Kaiser, leads off the spring 2006 BLC Newsletter. Other features include a report on BLC outreach by BLC Academic Coordinator Lisa Little, a Lecturer Report by Dayton Henderson (PhD Candidate, German), and BLC Fellows’ Reports by Nikolaus Euba (Lecturer, German), David…

Newsletter: Fall 2005, Volume 21 Issue 1

BLC Director Claire Kramsch reflects on issues of language educational policy in the United States in advance of the national colloquium organized by the UC Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching in the opening article of the fall 2005 BLC Newsletter. Other pieces include notes from the Associate Director (Mark Kaiser) and the Academic Coordinator…

Newsletter: Spring 2005, Volume 20 Issue 2

This issue (spring 2005) of the BLC newsletter opens with a reflection on the ten-year history and evolution of the Berkeley Language Center, a conversation between Founding Director Claire Kramsch, Associate Director Mark Kaiser, and Academic Coordinator for BLC Outreach Sonia S’hiri. Also featured are an outreach report by Sonia S’hiri and BLC Fellows’ Reports…

Newsletter: Fall 2004, Volume 20 Issue 1

The fall 2004 issue of the BLC Newsletter begins with a fascinating conversation between Professor Gunther Kress of the University of London and Mark Evan Nelson, PhD Candidate in the Graduate School of Education. Notes from the Director and Associate Director, and a report on BLC outreach efforts follow the interview. The BLC Fellows’ Reports…

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