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Lecture by Clorinda Donato, January 31, 2014

Teaching Romance Languages through Intercomprehension: Networking Hearts and Minds in the Language Classroom by Clorinda Donato, California State University This presentation will discuss how the strategies of Romance Language Intercomprehension are being adapted to the North American context to teach French and Italian to Spanish speakers at California State University, Long Beach. Topics to be…

Lectures by BLC Fellows (K. Balter, C. Girvin, M. Prina, C. Tsai), December 6, 2013

Fall 2013 BLC Fellows’ Instructional Development Research Projects “Have you heard that one about…?”: Russian Language and Culture through the Anekdot Katya Balter, GSR, Slavic Languages and Literatures Humor is notoriously difficult for L2 students to grasp and yet real linguistic and cultural competency requires a certain level of comfort with humor—at least recognizing it…

Lecture by Michael Erard, November 8, 2013

Hyperpolyglottery as an Emerging Multilingualism by Michael Erard Examples abound of historical figures who were talented language learners as well as massive accumulators of languages. Numerous myths are told of these figures, too. But a networked society and global business are clearing cultural and economic spaces where the hyperpolyglot’s linguistic proficiencies can be legitimized and…

Lecture by Paige Ware, October 18, 2013

Piecemeal but Promising: Technology Integration in Secondary Language Classrooms by Paige Ware, Southern Methodist University In the last ten years, the pace at which technology has been integrated into classroom instruction in US secondary educational institutions has quickened rapidly. Often invoking a discourse of “21st century learning,” vibrant calls abound for schools to focus on…

Lecture by Agnes He, September 20, 2013

Voices and Agencies: Discursive Foundations for Socialization in Heritage Language Speaking Households by Agnes He, Stony Brook University If immigration and globalization can be experienced by our auditory senses, it is through the new, additional languages that immigrants and globalized citizens speak. Different generations in immigrant families are socialized to use new languages at different…

Lectures by BLC Fellows (E. Coyne, M. Vendetti, J. Shin, C. Byrnes), May 3, 2013

Spring 2013 BLC Fellows’ Instructional Development Research Projects Ethnic and National Minorities of the Russian Federation: A Diversity-Based Curriculum for the Intermediate Russian Classroom Erin Coyne, GSR, Slavic Languages and Literatures This presentation will focus on the creation of a diversity-based curriculum comprised of a series of 6 lesson plans designed to introduce intermediate students…

Lecture by Steve Thorne, April 12, 2013

Languaging and Linguistic Exostructures: Aligning cultural-historical, ecological, and distributed approaches to L2 development by Steve Thorne, Portland State University & University of Groningen, The Netherlands Within a variety of language-related disciplines, there is growing commitment to more holistic and ecologically oriented frameworks that recognize cognition and communication as coordinated, embodied, relational, distributed, and arrayed across…

Workshop on pragmatics with Andrew Cohen, March 8, 2013

Learners’ Pragmatics: Divergence from the Norm by Andrew Cohen, University of Minnesota. The session will start with a brief introduction on just what L2 pragmatics is all about. Then we will look at divergence from L2 pragmatic norms. Participants will then be invited to do an exercise in pairs or small groups where they get…

Lecture by Yukikko Watanabe, March 1, 2013

Ensuring Assessment Use: Linking Design to Actions by Yukiko Watanabe, Center for Teaching and Learning University of California, Berkeley Student learning outcomes assessment provides college foreign language educators with an opportunity to communicate and ensure the value of foreign language education. It is also an opportunity to collectively focus on meaningful issues and important concerns…

Lecture by Russell Berman, February, 1, 2013

Beyond Citizenship and the Liberal Arts: Reforming the Humanities PhD by Russell Berman, German Studies and Comparative Literature, Stanford University Instead of defending the humanities with the dubious claim that they make for better citizens, we need to consider the real experience of college education, the character of learning processes and vocational prospects. Doctoral education…

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