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Lecture, February, 1, 2013: Russell Berman

By Orlando Garcia
Published Feb 02, 2013
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Beyond Citizenship and the Liberal Arts: Reforming the Humanities PhD by Russell Berman, German Studies and Comparative Literature, Stanford University Instead of defending the humanities with the dubious claim that they make for better citizens, we need to consider the real experience of college education, the character of learning processes and vocational prospects. Doctoral education needs to be reformed in light of the changing character of higher education and a broadened  →  Read in full

Lecture, November 30, 2012: BLC Fellows (J. Caballero, E. Langer, M. Purpura)

By Orlando Garcia
Published Nov 30, 2012
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Fall 2012 BLC Fellows’ Instructional Development Research Projects Using Film to Teach Cultural Analysis Skills in L2: A Pragmatic Guide Juan Caballero, GSR, Comparative Literature This presentation describes a semester-length sequence of lessons structured around closely-watched film clips for fourth-semester Spanish.  Based on the implementation of these lessons this semester, and of an analogous application in Italian 4, straightforward guidelines will be presented for the  →  Read in full

Lecture, November 16, 2012: Lourdes Ortega

By Orlando Garcia
Published Nov 16, 2012
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Language Teaching and SLA: Understanding the Limits and Possibilities of the Research-teaching Interface by Lourdes Ortega, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University Language teachers often feel unsure of the value of second language acquisition (SLA) research, wondering if studies about language teaching are relevant and realistic enough to give them insights that can inform and improve their daily practice. SLA researchers also seem to feel unsure of the value for  →  Read in full

Lecture, October 12, 2012: Panel (V. Robinson, S. Akin, J. Hellebrandt, A. Barili, S. Watanabe)

By Orlando Garcia
Published Oct 13, 2012
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Panel Discussion: Exploring Service Learning in Foreign Language Teaching Introduction Victoria Robinson, Suzan Akin, UC Berkeley Download Cal Corps handout as PDF Victoria Robinson on Engaged Scholarship, https://vimeo.com/46095742 Service-Learning in German:  A win-win for students and community participants Josef Hellebrandt, Professor in Modern Languages, Santa Clara University, South Bay Deutscher Schulverein Efforts to engage German university students with German-speaking  →  Read in full

Lecture, October 5, 2012: Marnie Holborow

By Orlando Garcia
Published Oct 10, 2012
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‘Enhancing human capital’? Language and the Neoliberal University by Marnie Holborow, School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University, Ireland Why has the language of the market and economic utilitarianism so thoroughly penetrated the language of higher education? How has such language uniformity come about and why have applied linguists, and others in the humanities, acquiesced in this?  Does this matter for education and research? This talk looks  →  Read in full

Lecture, September 14, 2012: David Malinowski

By Orlando Garcia
Published Sep 14, 2012
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Where is the language classroom today?: Reconsidering the place/s of language learning with technology by David Malinowski, Berkeley Language Center, University of California, Berkeley Labeled increasingly as “traditional” or “brick-and-mortar”, the physical university classroom has been criticized for fostering a teacher-centered, top-down, and formulaic model of education, whose resistance to innovation is symbolized by the fixity of its very four walls. And, as is  →  Read in full

Lecture, April 27, 2012: BLC Fellows (J. Haddad, J. Johnson, D. Brooks)

By Orlando Garcia
Published Apr 28, 2012
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Spring 2012 BLC Fellows’ Instructional Development Research Projects The Parrot’s Two Feet: Teaching French in Contact with Arabic Jonathan Haddad, GSR, French How can the language classroom account for the ecologies of language that generate bilingual and multilingual practices, attitudes, and cultural products? Using texts and media that incorporate French and Arabic, this project develops lesson plans to engage students in the critical appraisal of the values, agencies, and  →  Read in full

Lecture, April 6, 2012: H. Douglas Brown

By Orlando Garcia
Published Apr 07, 2012
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Teaching as a Subversive Activity—Revisited by H. Douglas Brown, Professor Emeritus of English, San Francisco State University For virtually every language teacher, some of the primary driving motives for teaching language are rooted in our desire to be “agents for change” in this world, our desire to help people to communicate across national, political, and religious boundaries, and our desire to help people to use language as a means for peaceful negotiation of  →  Read in full

Lecture, March 2, 2012: Mairi McLaughlin

By Orlando Garcia
Published Mar 03, 2012
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The Place of Translation in Higher Education by Mairi McLaughlin, Department of French, University of California, Berkeley The Observer’s Robert McCrum declared 2011 a “boom year” for translation. It saw the anniversary of the King James’ Bible, the flourishing of literature in translation (Stieg Larsson, Haruki Murakami) and a new English version of the Roman missal. At the beginning of 2012, we may all be familiar with Google Translate and David Bellos’ much-celebrated  →  Read in full

Lecture, February 17, 2012: Mark Kaiser, Rossella Carbotti

By Orlando Garcia
Published Feb 18, 2012

Language in Film and the Language of Film: Two Semiotic Systems Engaged by Mark Kaiser and Rossella Carbotti, University of California, Berkeley This presentation addresses the use of film clips in the foreign language classroom. Our main focus will be on film as text and how language use in film works in tandem with cinematic devices to create meaning. We will provide a number of examples from a variety of languages (Italian, Russian, Japanese, Arabic), and provide a framework  →  Read in full

Teaching Intertextuality and Recontextualization through Music

By Maya Smith
Published Jan 15, 2012

Sensing the opportunity to provide a pedagogical model for the use of music in foreign language teaching, I have created activities that uncover and highlight themes of intertextuality, recontextualization, recognizability, and (re)appropriation through close readings of songs and other cultural texts to which they are linked. My activities are designed to show students how texts shed light on ideological, cultural, and symbolic systems. In order to give instructors access to these  →  Read in full

Lecture, December 2, 2011: BLC Fellows (L. Allais, S. Tuomainen, M. Smith, R. Carbotti)

By Victoria K. Williams
Published Dec 02, 2011
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Fall 2011 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects Third Place in the French Classroom: A Separate Space for a New Beginning? Letizia Allais, GSR, Graduate School of Education From Cultural Studies, to Linguistics, to Education, the notion of Third Place has often confused those ideas revolving around identity, language, and people’s sense of belonging. In this project, I attempt to explore Third Place as it is experienced by students of French at Berkeley. Do they  →  Read in full

Lecture, November 9, 2011: Laura Welcher

By Orlando Garcia
Published Nov 10, 2011
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The Rosetta Project: Building a 10,000 Year Archive of All Human Languages by Laura Welcher, Director of Operations and The Rosetta Project 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Wednesday, November 9, 2011 in B-4 Dwinelle Hall The Rosetta Project at The Long Now Foundation is working to build an open public digital collection of all human language as well as an analog backup that can last for thousands of year–The Rosetta Disk. In the “long now,” the goal is long-term storage and access to  →  Read in full

Reception for L2 Journal

By Mark Kaiser
Published Nov 01, 2011
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Claire Kramsch, editor of L2 Journal, and Mark Kaiser, guest editor of the special issue, cordially invite the foreign language community to a reception celebrating the release of the special issue, “Teaching Language, Culture and Text with Film.” Tuesday, November 1, 2011 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. 34 Dwinelle Hall

Lecture, October 21, 2011: Douglas Kibbee

By Mark Kaiser
Published Oct 21, 2011
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Rethinking Prescriptivism by Douglas Kibbee, Professor, Department of French, and Director, School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Friday, October 21, 2011 in B-4 Dwinelle Hall At a meeting held as part of a national dialogue across France to determine what it means to be French, a participant from Nanterre declared that ‘speaking French correctly’ was an essential attribute. The determination of what  →  Read in full

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