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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

Lecture, March 1, 2013: Yukiko Watanabe

By Orlando Garcia
Published Mar 02, 2013
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Ensuring Assessment Use: Linking Design to Actions by Yukiko Watanabe, Center for Teaching and Learning University of California, Berkeley Student learning outcomes assessment provides college foreign language educators with an opportunity to communicate and ensure the value of foreign language education. It is also an opportunity to collectively focus on meaningful issues and important concerns related to language learning, pedagogy, and curriculum. This hands-on workshop will  →  Read in full

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

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