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BLC Lecturer Profile: Armando Di Carlo

“One must love one’s work like one loves a woman,” says Dr. Armando Di Carlo. After 20 years at UC Berkeley’s Department of Italian studies, spring semester 2011 will be Armando’s last; he’s retiring. Armando Di Carlo ended up in the US because of love – not for work but for a woman – as…

New bSpace Resource for Instructors of Intermediate-level Language Courses

Greetings! I have started a bSpace project site to unite second-year language instructors teaching foreign languages/ESL across departments at Berkeley. I have set up the site to allow anyone with a Berkeley address to join it. It is called SECOND YEAR SHARE FAIR. Although not all intermediate classes are going to be at the same…

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…

Late Summer Reads

Here in Berkeley, the warm afternoons are met on both sides by chilly, foggy mornings and evenings—a reminder that summer is advancing and the fall semester is just around the corner. But before you rush off to start lesson planning or finish buying your school supplies, how about taking advantage of the remaining time and…

Library of Congress Issues New Exemptions

The mainstream media’s coverage of the announcement this week by the Librarian of Congress on new exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) (see the press release here), focused on the impact on jail breaking smart phones, but scant attention was paid to the exemption on circumvention of copying of DVDs. The latter ruling…

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…

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