Events at the BLC


Lecture by D. Gramling, February 10, 2017

David Gramling, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona On Dwelling in the Linguacene: From Hypomnesic Monolingualism to Reactionary Multilingualism In my book The Invention of Monolingualism (2016), I argued against the predominant, charismatic notion that monolingualism is the vice of those who refuse to learn other languages, or otherwise refuse to become open to cultural difference […]

Found in Translation (FIT) Working Group

The Berkeley Language Center Cordially Invites You to the Upcoming Meeting of Its Found in Translation (FIT) Working Group “It’s like a Battle”: How Discourses of Language and Technology Impact the Language Classroom Emily Hellmich, Ph.D. Candidate UC Berkeley School of Education Monday, January 30, 2017 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. • B-4 Dwinelle Hall […]

Lectures by BLC Fellows (Gabel, Kendall, Perco), December 2, 2016

Fall 2016 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects FrancoForniens: Bringing Oral History into the French-language Classroom Aubrey Gabel, GSR, French In this presentation, I will show how I borrowed techniques from oral history to build an archive of interviews with “FrancoForniens,” or French speakers living in the Bay Area. Oral history has long been employed […]

BLC Fall Faculty Reception: Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fall 2016 Faculty Reception Please join us on Wednesday, September 7, anytime from 4:00 until 5:30, in the Claire Kramsch Lounge (34 Dwinelle Hall) for light refreshments and good conversation with your fellow language lecturers, visiting scholars, BLC Fellows, and BLC staff.

BLC Lecture Series, Fall 2016

The Aesthetic Experience in Process Drama in Second Language Learning: Voices, Identity and Intercultural Awareness Erika Piazzoli, Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin August 26, Friday, 3-5pm Trends in Language Enrollment/Trendy Languages Dennis Looney, Director of Programs and ADFL, MLA September 9, Friday, 3-5pm Compelling Reading and Problem-Solving: The easy way (and the only way) to […]

Lecture by E. Shohamy, November 18, 2016

Elana Shohamy, Professor, School of Education, Tel Aviv University Linguistic Landscape: A tool for critical interpretations of societies is moving to the classroom This paper expands upon one I gave at UC Berkeley in 2014 where I presented an overview of LL research focusing on LL as a form of contestation in public spaces. Since […]

Lecture by S. Krashen, October 21, 2016

Stephen Krashen, Professor Emeritus, School of Education, USC Compelling Reading and Problem-Solving: The easy way (and the only way) to high levels of language, literacy and life competence This presentation presents these hypotheses: We acquire language and develop literacy by understanding messages of great interest to us. We learn new concepts and facts by attempting […]

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 […]

Lecture by D. Looney, September 9, 2016

Dennis Looney, Director of Programs and ADFL, MLA Trends in Language Enrollment/Trendy Languages The Modern Language Association’s enrollment survey has been conducted since 1958, and the upcoming 2016 census will be the twenty-fourth. It is broadly acknowledged to be the standard measure of language interest in higher education. The data include all enrollments in languages […]

Lecture by E. Piazzoli, August 26, 2016

Erika Piazzoli, Trinity College Dublin The Aesthetic Experience in Process Drama in Second Language Learning: Voice, Identity and Intercultural Awareness This seminar is divided into three parts: first, I offer a definition of ‘aesthetic experience’ in education, with attention to voice and identity in second language learning. Then, I introduce the process drama genre, focussing […]

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