Events at the BLC


Lectures by BLC Fellows (L. Little, B. Samuelson, K. Wiliarty, B. Wolfson, N. Van Duesen)

Instructional Development Research Projects Performance & Placement: Designing a Plan for Testing in the Undergraduate Russian Program Lisa Little, Lecturer, Slavic Languages and Literatures This project assesses the role of heritage language instruction among the foreign language departments in the UC system. It asks the broader question of how “heritage language” is defined and presents […]

Lecture by Catherine Doughty, April 9, 2001

Effects of Instruction in Second Language Acquisition by Catherine Doughty, University of Hawaii at Manoa This talk will present an up-to-date survey of the recent explosion of empirical research on the effects of instruction on second language acquisition.  The findings will be discussed in terms of L2 learning rate, sequences, processes, and ultimate attainment.  We […]

Lecture by Martha C. Pennington, March 21, 2001

Changing Relationships Between Context and Communication from Pre-Language to Post-Language by Marth C. Pennington, Powdrill Professor English Language Acquisition, University of Luton, England A review of the changing contexts of communication in relation to the development in human history of spoken and written language, looking at the trends in oracy and literacy including the impact […]

Lecture by Alastair Pennycook, February 23, 2001

Critical Applied Linguistics as Problematizing Practice by Alastair Pennycook, Professor of Language in Education, Faculty of EducationUniversity of Technology, Sydney, Australia This seminar will discuss significant themes in critical applied linguistics, providing an overview of this emergent approach to issues in language policy and planning, translation and interpreting, language education, discourse analysis, literacy, language in […]

Lectures by BLC Fellows (R. McFarland, T. Skogmo, K. Wiliarty)

Instructional Development Research Projects   “My Deutsche is Getting Deutsche-er All the Time”- Blurring the Borders of Input and Output in the Intermediate German Classroom Robert McFarland, GSR, German In my BLC project, I have been exploring the merits of a recent re-evaluation of the classic art of “imitation” as a means to teach writing.  […]

Lecture by Stephen Krashen, November 17, 2000:

Comprehensible Input:  Still a Good Idea by Stephen Krashen, Professor, Division of Learning and Instruction Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California The Input (or Comprehension) Hypothesis claims that we acquire language and develop literacy in only one way:  When we understand messages.  There is overwhelming evidence that this hypothesis is correct.  It successfully […]

Lecture by Merrill Swain, October 27, 2000

Collaborative Dialogue and Second Language Learning by Merrill Swain, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of The University of Toronto This talk will focus on our recent research designed to explore the role of collaborative dialogue in second language learning.  Collaborative dialogue is dialogue […]

Lecture by Lothar Brodella, September 29, 2000

Literary Texts in the Foreign Language Classroom by Lothar Bredella, Professor of English and Director of the Institute for English Language and Literature, Justus-Liebig-Universitat GieBen, Bermany This paper will briefly describe some features of a pedagogy of literary texts (What is characteristic of literary texts?  What do they make the reader do?  How do we […]

Lecture by Judith Liskin-Gasparro, September 15, 2000

Testing for Performance, Skill, and Knowledge in a Foreign Language: Finding the Balance by Dr. Judith Liskin-Gasparro, Associate Professor and Director of the General Education Program Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Iowa We test our students for many reasons:  to motivate them to study harder, enable them to display their skills and knowledge, […]

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