Events at the BLC


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 […]

Found in Translation: Rafael Vetromille-Castro Lecture

“Complexity Theory and Applied Linguistics: insights from language (teacher) development and the classroom” Since 1997, when Larsen-Freeman published the first article bringing together Complexity Theory and Applied Linguistics, there has been growing interest in how this paradigm – grounded in Mathematics and Physics – can deal with recurrent questions in the language field.  Research has […]

Lectures by BLC Fellows (Budner, Scott, Mackenzie), April 29, 2016

Spring 2016 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects Graphic Novels in Foreign Language Learning Keith Budner, GSR, Comparative Literature Over the past decades the graphic novel has witnessed both increased popularity among readers as well as cultural and intellectual prestige among critics and academics alike – but what is its place within the foreign language […]

Lecture by R. Kern, April 15, 2016

Rick Kern, UC Berkeley Technologies and Literacies and Language Education: Looking beyond communicative competence Since the origins of writing, technology has always given people new ways to use and learn languages. This talk will present examples of some ways that digital technologies are currently shaping language and literacy practices in multilingual contexts. These changes raise […]

Lecture by E. Kearney, April 1, 2016

RESCHEDULED to April 1 Erin Kearney, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo Developing Symbolic Competence in Modern Language Classrooms: Expanding Meaning-Making Potentials Friday, April 1, 2016 The appearance of symbolic competence on the applied linguistics scene has dramatically shifted our thinking about the desired outcomes of language teaching and learning in classrooms. No less […]

Found in Translation: Joseph Sung-Yul Park

Ideological construction of fansub work in South Korea Global circulation of digital media products opens up space for new modes of communicative practice, such as fansubbing (unofficial, fanproduced subtitles of foreign-language films or television programs). These participatory forms of media practice are fraught with tension, located at the boundaries of formal and informal media markets, […]

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