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Lectures by BLC Fellows (Budner, Scott, Mackenzie), April 29, 2016

Spring 2016 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects Graphic Novels in Foreign Language Learning Keith Budner, GSR, Comparative Literature Over the past decades the graphic novel has witnessed both increased popularity among readers as well as cultural and intellectual prestige among critics and academics alike – but what is its place within the foreign language…

Lecture by R. Kern, April 15, 2016

Rick Kern, UC Berkeley Technologies and Literacies and Language Education: Looking beyond communicative competence Since the origins of writing, technology has always given people new ways to use and learn languages. This talk will present examples of some ways that digital technologies are currently shaping language and literacy practices in multilingual contexts. These changes raise…

Lecture by E. Kearney, April 1, 2016

RESCHEDULED to April 1 Erin Kearney, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo Developing Symbolic Competence in Modern Language Classrooms: Expanding Meaning-Making Potentials Friday, April 1, 2016 The appearance of symbolic competence on the applied linguistics scene has dramatically shifted our thinking about the desired outcomes of language teaching and learning in classrooms. No less…

Workshop by A. Bellezza & N. Euba, February 11, 2016

Niko Euba, Lecturer, German Dept Anna Bellezza, Lecturer, Italian Studies Performative Competence in Language Teaching: A Practical Workshop Living in highly performative and connected societies, an important goal of foreign language education is to develop not only students’ communicative but also their symbolic competencies, helping them to become self-aware, reflective ‘performers on the world stage’.…

Lectures by BLC Fellows (E. Hellmich, I. Kogel, L. Louie), December 4, 2015

Fall 2015 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects Beyond Grammar: Revisiting Translation in the Foreign Language Classroom Linda Louie, GSR, French Department Translation is a negligible component of most foreign language curricula today as it is strongly associated with outdated paradigms. This talk will argue that translation deserves a more prominent role in foreign language…

Lecture by C. Kramsch & A. Whiteside, November 20, 2015

Claire Kramsch, UC Berkeley Anne Whiteside, CCSF This lecture/demonstration will recapitulate the theoretical and methodological tenets of the notion of symbolic competence, coined by Kramsch & Whiteside in 2008. We will use an annotated bibliography to pass in review how the notion has been used by various researchers and practitioners in Applied Linguistics in the…

Panel with Mary Steiner, Joi Barrios-Leblanc, Kathryn Klar, Upkar Ubhi, October 16, 2015

The Critical Importance of Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Lesser Known Languages are Essential Mary Steiner, United Nations Association of San Francisco The less commonly taught languages are threatened with extinction as the homogeneity of globalization prevails. International and transnational entities such as UNESCO and Google agree on many levels to document, protect, and stabilize spoken language based…

Panel with R. Feldman, M. L. Parra, A. Barili, September 25, 2015

Forming Global Citizens: Volunteering locally and abroad Language and Service Abroad: A meaningful experience? Richard Feldman, Second Language Studies, Cornell University After defining service learning and discussing some recent initiatives at Cornell, I’ll describe two approaches to language teaching and service learning: one where an abroad program was refocused on student agency and volunteerism, and…

Lectures by BLC Fellows (Y. Baker, N. Wallace, K. Moller, C. Kitzinger, M. Szarke), May 1, 2015

Spring 2015 BLC Fellows Instructional Development Research Projects Thinking about Writing: The challenge of writing assignments at the intermediate French language level Margot Szarke, GSR, French My project addresses compositional issues in the second-year French language program. In response to concerns voiced in surveys by students and instructors, I designed four units and suggested lesson…

Lecture by Nathalie Auger, March 30, 2015

  The Multilingual/Multicultural Challenge in Language Education in France and Europe after Charlie Hebdo   Nathalie Auger, University of Montpellier, Frances Considering Europe as a plurilingual and multicultural area including family languages (migrant and regional languages) is fairly new. The Council of Europe has produced recommandations for equal treatment for all languages and cultures and…

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