Author: Victoria Williams

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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…

Interdisciplinary Conference in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Thanks to a travel grant from the Berkeley Language Center, I was able to attend the 22nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Phoenix, Arizona, hosted by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. There were presentations on a variety of topics spanning the 7th to the 17th centuries investigating cultures…

Building Just Communities

Thanks to a BLC Travel Grant I was able to attend the Building Just Communities conference that took place from October 8 to 11, 2015, at Howard University in Washington D.C. The conference was organized by the Association of Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACHME), an interdisciplinary organization that brings together educators from 1,100 universities…

BWLP News

The Berkeley World Language Project is on Day 4 of its 2015-16 professional development series. Teachers from as far away as Saint Helena and San Jose, and many places in between, are working on developing their skills as world language teachers in the school districts of Alamada, Contra Costa, Napa, and Solano counties. Participants in…

New Issue of L2 Journal

L2 Journal is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 8 Issue 1 Contents of the issue: General Articles Researching Vocabulary Development: A Conversation Analytic Approach Reichert, Tetyana Thanks to Reviewers Kramsch, Claire Teacher’s Forum “Got Llorona?”: Teaching for the Development of Symbolic Competence Vinall, Kimberly

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