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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

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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)

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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

Lecture, September 21, 2007: Claire Kramsch

By Orlando Garcia
Published Sep 21, 2007

Language Ecology in Practice: Implications for Foreign Language Education by Claire Kramsch, Professor of German and Foreign Language Acquisition, University of California, Berkeley Language ecology as applied to language learning has been defined as a “convenient metaphor for a post-structuralist conceptualization of language learning as a nonlinear, relational human activity, co-constructed between humans and their environment, contingent upon their position in space and  →  Read in full

Lecture, May 4, 2007: BLC Fellows (L. Zhang, N. Komatsu, M. Huffmaster, L. M. Erley, A. Dwyer)

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Published May 04, 2007
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Spring 2007 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects Teaching Chinese Culture and Communicative Discourse through Film Lihua Zhang, East Asian Languages and Cultures This project has designed exercises for video clips to be used as scaffolding guiding students to analyze communicative discourse and explore cultural dimensions of discourse pragmatics as well as engage them in interpreting cultural meaning and relating it to their own culture. Non-Linear Teaching  →  Read in full

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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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