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Lecture by Lourdes Ortega, November 16, 2012: Lourdes Ortega

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…

Lecture by David Malinowski, September 14, 2012

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…

Lecture by H. Douglas Brown, April 6, 2012

Teaching as a Subversive Activity—Revisited by H. Douglas Brown, Professor Emeritus of English, San Francisco State University For virtually every language teacher, some of the primary driving motives for teaching language are rooted in our desire to be “agents for change” in this world, our desire to help people to communicate across national, political, and…

A Conversation with Claire Kramsch and Sirpa Tuomainen

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…

Lecture by Peter Patrikis, September 26, 2008

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…

Workshop & Lecture by Elizabeth Bernhardt, March 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…

Lecture by Carl Blyth, April 19, 2002

Representing Language Use for Foreign Language Learners: Contributions of the Native, the Near-native, and the Non-native by Carl Blyth, University of Texas, Austin Friday, April 19, 2002

Lecture by Lothar Brodella, September 29, 2000

Literary Texts in the Foreign Language Classroom by Lothar Bredella, Professor of English and Director of the Institute for English Language and Literature, Justus-Liebig-Universitat GieBen, Bermany This paper will briefly describe some features of a pedagogy of literary texts (What is characteristic of literary texts?  What do they make the reader do?  How do we…

Lecture by Patricia Chaput, February 25, 2000

Tacit Assumptions:  Walls that Separate the Imagined Communities of Languages and Literary Studies by Patricia Chaput,Professor of the Practice of Slavic Languages, Director of the Slavic Program, Department of Slavic Language and Literatures, Harvard University The gap that separates language teaching from literature in the status hierarchy of our field is evident to anyone who…

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