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Update on LFLFC

The Library of Foreign Language Film Clips continues to grow in number of films, number of clips, and number of features. This spring we added our 41st language with the purchase of three films in Armenian. Currently our collection stands at 942 films, with Japanese, Russian, French, Spanish and Chinese accounting for 50% of the…

Clipping the Curriculum: Integrating Clips into the Foreign Language Classroom, June 14-17

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Clips from foreign language films present instructors with wonderful opportunities to model behaviors, attitudes, cultural artifacts and discourse strategies prevalent in the target culture. In this workshop participants will learn how to work with the BLC’s Library of Foreign Language Film Clips (LFLFC) to find, select, and annotate clips for use in the…

Slavic Linguistics Conference at UCB

On February 12th and 13th, 2010 Slavic linguists in Berkeley’s Slavic Department hosted the conference “Slavic languages: Time and contingency.” The conference brought together scholars of Slavic languages who use a variety of analytic techniques both in investigating the early spread of Slavic: archaeology, genetics, and computer modeling of differences; and in investigating how languages…

New BLC Rooms for Quiet Computing and Distance Learning

Over the past several years the BLC has seen a sharp reduction in its media duplication operations. What was once a $66,000 per year operation, last year shriveled to less that $6,000. With the retirement of Charles Derden from the BLC last fall, we have limited our duplication operations to a very small operation, to…

Welcome Keith Hernandez

As of December 20th, the BLC welcomed Keith Hernandez as a permanent employee. Keith first came to the BLC two years ago as a student worker in the Recording Studio. For two years he worked under Gina’s tutelage, learning BLC operations. Prior to that, Keith had worked at various LA television stations, focusing on audio…

DOE Grant Submission

After final exams and through the break, I was engaged in writing a grant proposal to the Department of Education under the IRS program for the development of pedagogic materials to support language instruction in the least commonly taught languages. Our proposal calls for the further development of the Library of Foreign Language Film Clips,…

In Memoriam: Gina Hotta

The BLC with sadness and deep regret announces the passing of Gina Hotta, BLC recording technician, in the early hours on Tuesday, September 29th, of a heart attack. Gina began her work at the BLC on June 11, 2001. She was taking over from Alex Prisadsky, who had been with the BLC for 20+ years.…

Language Ecology – The Course Syllabus

NB: accompanying lecture slides and audio are forthcoming. Language Ecology Course Information, Syllabus, Reading Psychology/CS 124 and Psychology 290G – Spring 2004 Faculty Dan Slobin - Psychology, Linguistics (coordinator ) Patricia Baquedano-López - Education Andrew Garrett - Linguistics William Hanks - Anthropology, Linguistics Leanne Hinton - Linguistics Claire Kramsch - German, Education Johanna Nichols -…

Language Ecology: A Course Proposal

Language Ecology - A Course Proposal (2002) 1. Summary “When I think of my tongue being no longer alive in the mouths of men a chill goes over me that is deeper than my own death, since it is the gathered deaths of all my kind.” — David Malouf, Antipodes (1985) 1.1. Introduction. We envision…

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