Newsletter Articles Archive

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Reading TV: Graphic Overtitles in Korean TV Shows

By Junghee Park
Published Sep 15, 2009

My research starts from the recognition of the importance of teaching media literacy in Korean—a form of literacy which is becoming an essential part of language education today, since knowing how to “read” sophisticated layers of multimodal communication in the written mode of technology-mediated communication is becoming more and more a necessary skill for reading text in general, technology-mediated or not.  For my project, I looked at a unique kind of media literacy in  →  Read in full

A Conversation with Claire Kramsch and Sirpa Tuomainen

By Mark Kaiser
Published May 01, 2009

Featuring Mark Kaiser (MK), Claire Kramsch (CK), and Sirpa Tuomainen (ST) MK: Both of you are back from sojourns in Europe. Can you tell us about what you were engaged in there? CK: I had a semester sabbatical and I spent it in Paris, where I grew up. It gave me the opportunity to go back to my family, friends, and former peers, and finish a book I was writing. I had time to get in touch with colleagues, teachers of German and teachers of English, some of whom I went to school  →  Read in full

Translingual / Transcultural Competence: an operational approach to the MLA report

By Désirée Pries
Published Jan 15, 2009

The 2007 MLA report calls for a reevaluation of our curricula, approaches, and methodologies with the goal of fostering translingual and transcultural competence (TL/TC). Comparing an instrumental view of language learning to a constitutive view, the report outlines specific goals and analytical skills for students. In addition to acquiring functional language abilities, students “are taught critical language awareness, interpretation and translation, historical and political  →  Read in full

Filmmaking and Foreign Language Instruction

By Jillian Porter
Published Jan 15, 2009

Filmmaking is a powerful tool for literacy-based language instruction. Elaborating on the New London Group’s findings, Rick Kern shows that a well-rounded literacy-based program should incorporate four basic curricular components: Situated Practice, Overt Instruction, Critical Framing, and Transformed Practice. Situated Practice involves spontaneous communication without metalanguage. Overt Instruction develops metalanguage by introducing linguistic or social rules and  →  Read in full

Crossing the Bridge: Shifting Perspectives on and in First-Year Turkish Through Film

By Jason Vivrette
Published Jan 15, 2009

This semester, together with the invaluable input of my colleagues in the Berkeley Language Center, fellow first-year Turkish GSI, Kristin Dickinson, and Mellon Lecturer in Turkish, Ayla Algar, I developed a semester’s worth of activities for Turkish 1A (Elementary Modern Turkish) built around film clips taken from Turkish cinema, with one film clip or sequence of film clips serving as the fulcrum for each unit in our textbook (approximately one clip every two to three weeks). A  →  Read in full

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