Author: Victoria Williams

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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…

Rocky Mountain Language Association

I recently attended the Rocky Mountain Language Association’s 70th annual convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have been participating in the conference for many years now and, without exception, always come away reinvigorated and full of new ideas. As a Senior Lecturer with limited university funding options, I can only attend one conference a…

InterSpeech 2016

I attended InterSpeech 2016 in San Francisco, California, in September, with my colleague and 2nd presenter, Minsook Kim. We presented our research entitled “Hyper-articulate production of Korean glides by age group”. InterSpeech is the one of the largest conferences in the area of phonetics and we were surprised to see that there were a lot…

Teaching Russian Cultural Competence and Listening Comprehension through Video Interviews

Driven by the goal of helping students at all levels appreciate the complex, multiple perspectives that exist among speakers of Russian, and to supplement existing video materials for Russian instruction, I spent the summer of 2015 videotaping interviews of native Russian speakers responding to various questions about their lives and values. These interviews allow students…

BLC Hours for Fall 2016

The BLC computer facility in B-21 Dwinelle will be open during the 2016 fall semester on the following schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 - 6:00, and Friday, 8:00 - 5:00, from August 24 through December 2. Schedules for RRR and finals weeks will be posted toward the end of the semester. B-21 will be closed…

Special lecture by R. Alexander & E. Elias-Bursać, October 13, 2016

Ronelle Alexander, Professor, Slavic Languages, UC Berkeley Ellen Elias-Bursać, Independent Scholar Writing a Textbook for a Newly Fractured Language: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian When Yugoslavia broke apart, its major official language – Serbo-Croatian – ceased to exist. The replacement of Yugoslavia by several separate ethnically-based states (Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, etc.), also entailed the replacement of the…

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