Author: Victoria Williams

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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…

PanLex at the BLC

PanLex, a project of the Long Now Foundation, is spending this summer at the Berkeley Language Center with 29 interns and 5 staff researching and analyzing lexical data on hundreds of lesser-known languages. Like a panlingual digital dictionary, PanLex aims to enable the translation of words from any language into all languages to support machine…

BWLP Professional Learning Series, 2016 – 2017

Teachers of World Languages, including teachers of English Learners and Heritage Languages, are invited to participate in the professional learning programs, Foundations of Effective Language Teaching 1, 2, or 3. The program will be offered on six Saturdays: September 24, October 22, December 3, 2016; and February 4, March 11, and April 29, 2017. All…

Cultural Literacy Through Art

This presentation investigates the use of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) for viewing figurative art in Danish classes to enhance students’ cultural literacy. Although VTS principles have been tested in museums and in K-12 classrooms, they have never been applied in foreign language (FL) classrooms. My primary goal was therefore to test if VTS strategies would…

BLC Hours for Summer 2016

The BLC computer facility in B-21 Dwinelle will be open during the 2016 Summer Sessions on the following schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 - 5:00, from June 20 through August 12.  B-21 will be closed from August 12 until the first day of classes on Wednesday, August 24. If you have any questions or concerns,…

Project-Based Language Learning

Project-Based Language Learning 21st Century, Inquiry-based Learning for Teachers and Students of World Languages June 13, 14, 15, 16, 2016 Participants will: • Develop an instructional unit incorporating the eight essential design elements of PBLL, the California World Language Standards, 21st Century Skills, and Common Core Standards, with a focus on target language proficiency development…

Dwinelle B-3, the perfect home for Spanish 102C (Volunteering, Global Education and Good Writing)

During the fall of 2015, I taught for the first time in the state-of-the-art digitally equipped Berkeley Language Center classroom, Dwinelle B-3. I was amazed at how effectively it facilitated active learning and long distance communication, thus potentiating the innovative features of Spanish 102C (Volunteering, Global Education and Good Writing). In this course, students volunteer…

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