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Words in Action, April 23, 3 - 6:30 pm, Chevron Auditorium, International House

By Victoria K. Williams
Published Apr 15, 2014
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Come and celebrate an afternoon of linguistic diversity as UC Berkeley students perform scenes, songs, and poems in American Sign Language (ASL), Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Chinese, Czech, Farsi, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Irish, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Swahili, Telugu, Urdu. Directed by Annamaria Bellezza, Italian Studies. Sponsored by the Berkeley Language Center: http://blc.berkeley.edu. For the flyer, click  →  Read in full

Lecture, March 14, 2014: Elana Shohamy

By Orlando Garcia
Published Mar 15, 2014
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Linguistic Landscape: A tool for documenting, analyzing and contesting societies and their complexities Elana Shohamy, Professor, Tel Aviv University Linguistic Landscape (LL) refers to languages displayed in public spaces on signs, advertisements, instructions, buildings, streets and billboards, etc. ‘Language’ within LL refers not only to written forms but also to other sources that interact in public spaces such as images, videos, graffiti, moving advertisements and sounds  →  Read in full

Lecture, February 28, 2014: Claire Kramsch & Lihua Zhang

By Orlando Garcia
Published Mar 01, 2014
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The Legitimacy Gap: Multilingual native language teachers in monolingual foreign language departments Foreign-born language instructors who teach their native language in the U.S. face the difficult task of mediating between two worlds that often seem historically, socially and culturally incompatible. While they are expected to represent the stereotypical native speaker and to make their students engage with ways of talking, thinking and behaving that are different from their  →  Read in full

Special Event, February 14: Alessia Blad

By Victoria K. Williams
Published Feb 15, 2014
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Blended learning: a new (and better) approach to beginning Italian Alessia Blad, University of Notre Dame The study of foreign languages faces numerous opportunities and challenges in today’s increasingly globalized world. In the United States, many foreign language programs are disappearing or in decline. Meanwhile developments in technology and the creation of new media challenge our preconceived notions about how foreign languages should be taught and where and when learning  →  Read in full

Lecture, January 31, 2014: Clorinda Donato

By Orlando Garcia
Published Feb 01, 2014
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Teaching Romance Languages through Intercomprehension: Networking Hearts and Minds in the Language Classroom by Clorinda Donato, California State University This presentation will discuss how the strategies of Romance Language Intercomprehension are being adapted to the North American context to teach French and Italian to Spanish speakers at California State University, Long Beach. Topics to be covered include: • Heritage speakers of Spanish as learners of French and  →  Read in full

Lecture, December 6, 2013: BLC Fellows (K. Balter, C. Girvin, M. Prina, C. Tsai)

By Orlando Garcia
Published Dec 07, 2013
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Fall 2013 BLC Fellows’ Instructional Development Research Projects “Have you heard that one about…?”: Russian Language and Culture through the Anekdot Katya Balter, GSR, Slavic Languages and Literatures Humor is notoriously difficult for L2 students to grasp and yet real linguistic and cultural competency requires a certain level of comfort with humor—at least recognizing it and reacting appropriately if not actually participating in its production. My project uses the  →  Read in full

Lecture, November 8, 2013: Michael Erard

By Orlando Garcia
Published Nov 09, 2013
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Hyperpolyglottery as an Emerging Multilingualism by Michael Erard Examples abound of historical figures who were talented language learners as well as massive accumulators of languages. Numerous myths are told of these figures, too. But a networked society and global business are clearing cultural and economic spaces where the hyperpolyglot’s linguistic proficiencies can be legitimized and their unique neurocognitive profile harnessed. Friday, November 8, 2013 3:00 - 5:00 pm,  →  Read in full

Lecture, October 18, 2013: Paige Ware

By Orlando Garcia
Published Oct 19, 2013
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Piecemeal but Promising: Technology Integration in Secondary Language Classrooms by Paige Ware, Southern Methodist University In the last ten years, the pace at which technology has been integrated into classroom instruction in US secondary educational institutions has quickened rapidly. Often invoking a discourse of “21st century learning,” vibrant calls abound for schools to focus on the importance of global education, leadership development, and international engagement. Given  →  Read in full

Lecture, September 27, 2013: Thomas Simpson

By Orlando Garcia
Published Sep 28, 2013
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The Making of a Soap Opera to Develop Students’ Foreign Language Writing and Speaking Skills by Thomas Simpson, Northwestern University This seminar describes a third-year, quarter-long language course centered on the creation by students of a parody of an Italian television soap opera. Students are called upon to act as writers, actors, directors, videographers, and editors of three episodes of an original soap opera. Using a simple formula for composition and with the assistance  →  Read in full

Lecture, September 20, 2013: Agnes He

By Orlando Garcia
Published Sep 21, 2013
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Voices and Agencies: Discursive Foundations for Socialization in Heritage Language Speaking Households by Agnes He, Stony Brook University   If immigration and globalization can be experienced by our auditory senses, it is through the new, additional languages that immigrants and globalized citizens speak. Different generations in immigrant families are socialized to use new languages at different rates and via different routes.  Meanwhile, the availability of internet and  →  Read in full

Lecture, May 3, 2013: BLC Fellows (E. Coyne, M. Vendetti, J. Shin, C. Byrnes)

By Orlando Garcia
Published May 04, 2013

Spring 2013 BLC Fellows’ Instructional Development Research Projects Ethnic and National Minorities of the Russian Federation: A Diversity-Based Curriculum for the Intermediate Russian Classroom Erin Coyne, GSR, Slavic Languages and Literatures This presentation will focus on the creation of a diversity-based curriculum comprised of a series of 6 lesson plans designed to introduce intermediate students of Russian to the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Russian-speaking world,  →  Read in full

Words In Action, Thursday, April 25, 3-6:30 pm, Chevron Auditorium, International House

By Rick Kern
Published Apr 26, 2013
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Don’t miss this celebration of linguistic diversity as UC Berkeley students perform scenes, songs, and poems in Arabic, Armenian, Bitonga, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Chinese, Danish, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Ronga, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Telugu, Xangana, Xitswa. Directed by Annamaria Bellezza, Department of Italian Studies WORDS_IN_ACTION_FLYER_2013.pdf

Lecture, April 12, 2013: Steve Thorne

By Orlando Garcia
Published Apr 13, 2013
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Languaging and Linguistic Exostructures: Aligning cultural-historical, ecological, and distributed approaches to L2 development by Steve Thorne, Portland State University & University of Groningen, The Netherlands Within a variety of language-related disciplines, there is growing commitment to more holistic and ecologically oriented frameworks that recognize cognition and communication as coordinated, embodied, relational, distributed, and arrayed across mutable patterns of  →  Read in full

Seminar with Marnie Holborow, March 20, 2013

By Victoria K. Williams
Published Mar 21, 2013
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The Language of Neoliberalism; Metaphors and Ideology by Marnie Holborow, Dublin City University. The seminar discusses the impact of neoliberal ideology on language and language use. It will describe the symbolic and semantic mechanisms through which the ideology is articulated, focusing specifically on metaphorical processes surrounding the notion of the market and markets as they appear in public speech and texts. It will discuss cognitive interpretations of these metaphors and  →  Read in full

Workshop on pragmatics with Andrew Cohen, March 8, 2013

By Victoria K. Williams
Published Mar 09, 2013
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Learners’ Pragmatics: Divergence from the Norm by Andrew Cohen, University of Minnesota. The session will start with a brief introduction on just what L2 pragmatics is all about. Then we will look at divergence from L2 pragmatic norms. Participants will then be invited to do an exercise in pairs or small groups where they get to figure out for a series of vignettes what the cause for pragmatic failure could be. Background reading for the session consists of pages 76-89 from  →  Read in full

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