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Lecture, April 27, 2007: Elena Shohamy

By Orlando Garcia
Published Apr 27, 2007

Language Policy in Multilingual Israel: Ideologies, Conflicts, Rights, and Research by Elana Shohamy, (Professor, Tel Aviv University), Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley Language policies, whether on the educational or societal level, are products of political, social, economic, and education ideologies. As such, languages and language policies are used as major symbols of ideological conflicts and debates, especially manifested in multilingual  →  Read in full

Lecture, April 6, 2007: Masako Hiraga

By Orlando Garcia
Published Apr 06, 2007
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Iconic Creativity in Haiku: A Linguistic Analysis of Basho’s Revisions by Masako Hiraga, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Linguistics Department, University of California, Berkeley This presentation focuses on the styles of meaning creation by metaphor and iconicity in Basho’s haiku. The analysis particularly looks at the revising process of his two haiku texts, in terms of semantics, phonology, and orthography. Through a detailed analysis of the grammatical and rhetorical  →  Read in full

Lecture, March 16, 2007: Joe Lo Bianco

By Orlando Garcia
Published Mar 16, 2007
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Too Much and Not Enough Identity: Constituting English in Asian Language Policy Circles by Joseph Lo Bianco, Chair of Language and Literacy Education, University of Melbourne, Australia This lecture discusses recent and long-standing attributions of both cultural neutrality and bias in and for English. The lecture will trace both recent and longer term associations of English and how it has been regarded in various Asian and European contexts and contrasts these with attributions  →  Read in full

Lecture, February 23, 2007: Sally Magnan

By Orlando Garcia
Published Feb 23, 2007
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From National Educational Standards to Language Use by Sally Sieloff Magnan, Professor of French and Director of the Language Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison The National Standards for Foreign Language Learning are having a substantial effect on instruction. However, socially based perspectives of second language acquisition, focusing on language use, lead us to question how we interpret the Standards, especially the relationship between communication and culture. This  →  Read in full

Lecture, February 2, 2007: Mark Warschauer

By Orlando Garcia
Published Feb 02, 2007
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Learning, Change, and Power: Competing Frames of Technology and Literacy by Mark Warschauer, Department of Education, University of California, Irvine Three main frameworks shape how we think about digital technologies and literacy. The frame of learning attends to how use of new technologies affects the development of reading, writing, and academic literacy. The frame of change focuses on how new forms of communication are transforming our notions and practices of literacy. The  →  Read in full

Lecture, December 8, 2006: BLC Fellows (A. Mazur, S. Milkova, E. Morabito, L. Li)

By Orlando Garcia
Published Dec 08, 2006
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Fall 2006 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects Designing Communicative Tasks for the Bulgarian Language Classroom Stiliana Milkova, GSR, Comparative Literature For this project, I have created a handbook of communicative tasks and culture-based activities to facilitate instruction of intermediate Bulgarian at Berkeley. The handbook is meant to provide supplementary materials for five chapters from Intensive Bulgarian: A Textbook and Reference Grammar, the only  →  Read in full

Lecture: November 3, 2006: UCB Lecturers Panel

By Orlando Garcia
Published Nov 03, 2006

Claire Kramsch and the BLC: Her Legacy to Berkeley Language Lecturers Lisa Little, Lecturer of Slavic Languages, Moderator From Across the Copier to the BLC Karen Möller, Scandinavian ‘No’ Doesn’t Always Mean ‘No’ Lihua Zhang, East Asian Languages Looking from the Eifel Tower Through the Brandenburg Gate Towards the Campanile: Claire Kramsch and the Teaching of German at UC Berkeley Nikolaus Euba, German Helmets Off to Coach Kramsch Seda Chavdarian, French A Personal  →  Read in full

Lecture, October 13, 2006: William Hanks

By Orlando Garcia
Published Oct 13, 2006
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Joint Commitment and Common Ground in a Maya Ritual Event by William Hanks, Professor of Social, Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley Social interaction both presupposes and produces common ground between interactants, in the form of knowledge and perceptual access that the participants share, or come to share, in the course of co-engaging. As Clark (2006) and Enfield (2006) have argued, common ground goes a long way towards defining  →  Read in full

Lecture, September 22, 2006: Janet Swaffar

By Orlando Garcia
Published Sep 22, 2006
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Some Thoughts on the Cultural Permutations of Literacy in Language Teaching by Janet Swaffar, Professor of German, Department of Germaic Studies, University of Texas at Austin This talk explores literacy as a culturally marked phenomenon that has many dimensions. I will start with examples of how cultural contexts manifest themselves among different genres for different audiences to illustrate how reader, listener, or viewer horizons of expectation, all of which are culturally  →  Read in full

Lecture, September 15, 2006: Daniel Shanahan

By Orlando Garcia
Published Sep 15, 2006
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Language, Feeling, and the Brain: A Pribram-Based Model by Daniel Shanahan, Professor of Communications, Humanities Faculty, Charles University in Prague Linguistic theory since the Cognitive Revolution has followed one of the premises of that revolution by largely sidelining the issue of emotions and concentrating on those aspects of language which are more strictly cognitive. However, during the last two decades research in cognitive science, especially in neuropsychology, has  →  Read in full

Lecture, May 12, 2006: BLC Fellows (W. Kambara, E. Teytelman, D. Davita, K. Byram, P. Baler)

By Orlando Garcia
Published May 12, 2006
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Spring 2006 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects A Supplementary Reading Course in Japanese Wakae Kambara, East Asian Languages and Cultures When students read foreign texts, they frequently reconstruct the meaning of sentences based solely on their lexical knowledge and tend to fail to understand the text accurately. This project attempts to develop methods for teaching grammar essential for reading texts. Unveiling the Magic of Fairy Tales Eugenia Teytelman,  →  Read in full

Lecture, May 1, 2006: Madeline Spring

By Orlando Garcia
Published May 01, 2006
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Berkeley Language Center Spring 2006 Lecture Series The K-16 Chinese Flagship Program: A Model for the Future by Madeline Spring, UO Chinese Flagship K-16 Academic Director, Center for Applied Second Language Studies, University of Oregon, Eugene OR The Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon and the Portland Public School District (PPS), co-beneficiaries of a generous National Security Education Program (NSEP) grant, are collaborating to  →  Read in full

Workshop & Lecture, April 28, 2006: Steven Thorne & Scott Payne

By Orlando Garcia
Published Apr 28, 2006

Workshop: A Practical Introduction to the Use of Corpora Lecture: Corpus Linguistics and Language Development: Research, Assessment, and Pedagogical Innovation Steven Thorne, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and Applied Languages Studies, The Pennsylvania State Univeristy, Pennsylvania Scott Payne, Assistant Director, Center for Language Acquisition for Technology and Research, The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania WORKSHOP: In this interactive workshop  →  Read in full

Workshop & Lecture, March 10, 2006: Elizabeth Bernhardt

By Orlando Garcia
Published Mar 10, 2006

Workshop: What do we know about (literature) reading proficiency in a second language? Lecture: Foreign languages surviving and thriving in conventional university settings by Elizabeth Bernhardt, Professor of German, and Stanford Language Center, Director, Stanford University, California WORKSHOP: This workshop will focus on second-language reading proficiency with a specific emphasis on upper-level expository and literary texts.  The workshop will shift between and among  →  Read in full

Lecture, February 24, 2006: Tove Skutnabb-Kangas

By Orlando Garcia
Published Feb 24, 2006
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Berkeley Language Center Spring 2006 Lecture Series   Linguistic Human Rights – Some Recent Debates: Intellectual Games versus Respect by Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Professor Emerita, Department of Languages and Culture, Roskilde University, Denmark, Department of Education, Åbo Akademi University Vasa, Finland Using concrete examples (from Pennycook, Blommaert, Canagarajah, May, etc), the paper presents and discusses some recent criticism of what is called by “critics” the  →  Read in full

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