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Lecture, April 8, 2009: Stanton Wortham

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Published Apr 08, 2009
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Hillbilly Spanish and Tarzan English:  Ideologies of Mexican Immigrant Language by Stanton Wortham, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania In this paper, written with Elaine Allard and Katherine Mortimer, we conceptualize the beliefs and attitudes of Mexican immigrants and long-time residents of the Mid Atlantic suburban town of Marshall as language ideologies, culturally-situated theories about the relationship between language and the social world. We examine  →  Read in full

Lecture, March 19, 2009: James Coleman

By Orlando Garcia
Published Mar 19, 2009
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New Perspectives on Study Abroad Research: Goals, Variables, and Methods by James Coleman, Language Learning and Teaching at,The Open University, UK The learning outcomes of study abroad are not only linguistic, but also academic, cultural, intercultural, personal and professional.  Nor are study abroad contexts as uniform as they are often assumed to be:  every context has its own educational, economic, linguistic, political, technological and social variables.  The polysemous  →  Read in full

Lecture, March 4, 2009: Jose del Valle

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Published Mar 04, 2009
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Everybody’s Usage: The Politics of Grammar in the “Hispanofonia” by Jose del Valle, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York On March 21st, 2007, the Association of Academies of the Spanish Language officially approved the ‘Nueva Gramatica de la Lengua Espanola’.  It is the first approved by all language academies and the first to recognize the pluricentric nature of Spanish.  In this lecture, through the critical reading of the Grammar’s paratextual  →  Read in full

Lecture, February 27, 2009: Alice Gaby

By Orlando Garcia
Published Feb 27, 2009
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When is West?  Talking and Thinking about Time and Space by Alice Gaby, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley Friday, February 27, 2009 3:00-5:00 pm, 370 Dwinelle Hall

Lecture, January 30, 2009: Mark Kaiser

By Orlando Garcia
Published Jan 30, 2009

Introducing the Library of Foreign Language Film Clips: Modeling Language and Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom by Mark Kaiser, Associate Director, Berkeley Language Center, University of California, Berkeley This workshop will begin with a roll out of the LFLFC website and a demonstration of its functionality, using examples from Russian, Japanese, French, and Spanish. We will engage in an open discussion on the many ways that film clips might be used, including as a  →  Read in full

Lecture, November 24, 2008: Panel Discussion

By Orlando Garcia
Published Dec 24, 2008
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Digital Storytelling PANEL: Joe Lambert, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Storytelling, San Francisco Will discuss the genesis of Digital Storytelling, showing how DS practices have evolved, and describe current activities at the Center for Digital Storytelling. Heather Pleasants, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama Will present research on how DS relates to issues of identity, and how DS has been used to support language and literacy development in community  →  Read in full

Lecture, December 5, 2008: BLC Fellows (D. Pries, J. Vivrette, J. Porter)

By Orlando Garcia
Published Dec 05, 2008
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Fall 2008 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects Translingual/Transcultural competence: an operational approach to the MLA report Desiree Pries, Lecturer, French My project responds to the 2007 MLA report, “Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World,” and the call for translingual and transcultural competence in foreign language studies.  This presentation will provide a few concrete examples of how to re-design a foreign  →  Read in full

Lecture, October 17, 2008: Celeste Kinginger

By Orlando Garcia
Published Oct 17, 2008
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American Students Abroad: Negotiation of Difference? by Celeste Kinginger, Associate Professor of French and Applied Linguistics, The Pennsylvania State University I will draw from a series of forthcoming case studies (“Language Learning in Study Abroad, Case studies of Americans in France,” Kinginger, 2008) to consider study abroad as a potentially identity-destabilizing experience involving negotiation of difference and upsetting taken-for-granted points of reference. These  →  Read in full

Lecture, September 26, 2008: Peter Patrikis

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Published Sep 26, 2008
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A Brief History of the Universe of Foreign Language Education:  or, Dirty Little Secrets by Dr. Peter Patrikis, Executive Director, The Winston Churchill Foundation Change in the field of foreign languages is often imposed from the outside (national reports, grant-making agencies, area studies programs, etc.), leaving the foreign language teachers subjected to the whim of “outsiders” and to forces often beyond their control. The recent MLA Report on foreign languages differs:  it  →  Read in full

Lecture, May 9, 2008: BLC Fellows (A. Barili, J. McAnallen, J. Gipson)

By Orlando Garcia
Published May 09, 2008
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Spring 2008 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects Learning to Learn:  Neurobiology and Cognitive Science as a Basis of Autonomous Learning.  Principles and Applications Amelia Barili, Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese Universities throughout the world are discussing (and beginning to implement) a shift from teaching-centered approaches to learning-centered ones that foster great commitment on the part of students and develop capacities of autonomous learning and  →  Read in full

Lecture, April 18, 2008: Patricia Baquedano-Lopez

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Published Apr 18, 2008
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The Question of Competence in Language Socialization Research: An Analysis of Rehearsals in Children’s Religious Ritual Practice by Patricia Baquedano-Lopez, Professor of Language and Literacy, Society and Culture, University of California, Berkeley “The study of language socialization has as its goal the understanding of how persons become competent members of social groups and the role of language in the process.”  My entry point into this discussion is that an understanding  →  Read in full

Lecture, March 14, 2008: Deborah Anderson

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Published Mar 14, 2008
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The Script Encoding Initiative and Language Teaching and Scholarship for Minority and Historic Languages on the Web by Deborah Anderson, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley The Script Encoding Initiative (SEI), a project in the Linguistics Department, helps user communities and scholars get various writing systems into Unicode, the international character-encoding standard.  Ultimately, the result of the project is to make it possible to send, view, and  →  Read in full

Lecture, February 8, 2008: Jay Lemke

By Orlando Garcia
Published Feb 08, 2008
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Meaning and Feeling: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Affect by Jay Lemke, Professor in the School of Education, Department of Educational Studies, University of Michigan How does language make us feel?  Both when we use a language, and when we respond to the language used by others?  What part of meaning is felt, and what part of feeling is meant?  What feelings can be talked about, expressed, and felt in and through a particular language?  And how is it done?  In this talk, I  →  Read in full

Lecture, January 25, 2008: Rick Kern

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Published Jan 25, 2008
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Pedagogical Workshop on Literacy-Based Language Teaching by Rick Kern, Professor of French and Director of Berkeley Language Center, University of California, Berkeley Writing and the visual media are our main resources for learning about and relating to all the past and present worlds outside our own community. When we examine the particular ways that other people use language to express ideas and experiences, we not only learn about the conventions of the language, we also have  →  Read in full

Lecture, December 7, 2007: BLC Fellows (C. Donovan, M. Kentfield, R. Adler-Peckerar, L. Scott)

By Orlando Garcia
Published Dec 07, 2007
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Fall 2007 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects Reevaluating and Redesigning the Portuguese Language Curriculum Clélia F. Donovan, Lecturer, Spanish & Portuguese Making the shift from language classes to courses in literature has long been arduous for both students and teachers. This project proposes lesson plans and activities that bring into play the link between linguistic and literary perspectives, thereby creating a more cohesive program. Responding to  →  Read in full

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