Events at the BLC


Lecture by E. Ochs, November 17, 2017

Elinor Ochs, UCLA *Message form Claire Kramsch* Foreign language teachers are used to seeing themselves as teaching language acquisition (SLA), not language socialization (LS). Success in second language acquisition is developing full command of the linguistic and communicative aspects of language, whereas for language socialization it is acculturation and blending into a speech community. However, […]

Lecture by C. Warner, October 13, 2017

Chantelle Warner, University of Arizona Foreign Language Literacy: Affect, Aesthetics, & Ethics Over the past couple of decades “literacy” has emerged as a key term in L2 teaching and learning. This has been driven by a renewed and re-theorized interest in how text-based practices mediate and are mediated by human activity across diverse media, linguistic, […]

Lecture by S. Even, September 8, 2017

Susanne Even, Indiana University Bloomington Learning Spaces: An Introduction to Performative Pedagogy All of us perform multiple roles in our normal daily lives without necessarily being aware of it. But when it comes to learning another language, ‘normality’ is suspended: learners enter a different world they cannot navigate as easily due to less developed lexical, […]

Found in Translation: Arnaud Richard

Commemorative naming on Hispaniola: one massacre, two countries, three languages, and different points of view Arnaud Richard, Associate Professor, Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier III In 1937, more than 20,000 Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were massacred within a few days by the Dominican army and police forces. These mass murders remain little known […]

Lectures by BLC Fellows (Ronis, Levine, Langer, Schwartz), April 28, 2017

Spring 2017 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects Adding A Robust Cultural Component in Elementary Tibetan Jann Ronis, Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Cultures Two types of students tend to enroll in the Elementary Tibetan course: those with a strong interest in Tibetan culture and those with a strong interest in Tibetan linguistics. During this […]

Lecture by J. House, April 7, 2017

Juliane House, Hellenic American University Translation as Communication across Languages and Cultures In this lecture I first suggest ways of building bridged between linguistic and cultural approaches to translation; second I present my own theory of translation as re-contextualization and a Third Space phenomenon followed by a number of illustrations and examples as well as […]

Lecture by B. Busch, March 22, 2017

Brigitta Busch, University of Vienna Displacement and the Lived Experience of Language: Testimonies from Children with Migration Backgrounds in an Austrian School This presentation foregrounds the concept of Spracherleben, the lived experience of language, in contribution to the ongoing debate about the conceptualization of linguistic repertoire in the context of mobility and migration. Relocating the […]

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 […]

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