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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…

Using Film to Teach Cultural Analysis Skills in L2: A Pragmatic Guide

This presentation describes a semester-length sequence of lessons structured around closely-watched film clips for fourth-semester Spanish. Based on the implementation of these lessons this semester, and of an analogous application in Italian 4, straightforward guidelines will be presented for the design of sequences of lessons that guide students from a passive to a critical and…

Lecture by Andrew Cohen, Feb. 5, 2010

Communicating Gramatically: Evaluating a Learner Strategies Website for Spanish Grammar by Andrew D. Cohen, Professor, Program in Second Language Studies, University of Minnesota, presented the first of the BLC’s Spring 2010 Lecture Series, “Communicating Gramatically: Evaluating a Learner Strategies Website for Spanish Grammar,” an introduction to the Spanish Grammar Strategies website. The site is part…

Using Blogs to Teach Spanish 4

1. Introduction Blogs written in Spanish are a particularly rich source of contextualized language in use—they are freely available, universally accessible, widely varied, highly interactive, and generally appealing to students. However, some of the same qualities that make blogs attractive for use in a Spanish class also present challenges, especially with regard to their use…

Online Communication in Beginning Spanish Instruction

Prior research indicates that providing language learners with opportunities to interact with one another through online communication tools can promote positive outcomes such as increased motivation, diversified participation, and improved oral production (Lamy & Hampel, 2007). However, with the exception of Blake’s (2000) suggestion that jigsaw activities are especially effective for promoting negotiation of meaning…

Lecture by Stanton Wortham, April 8, 2009

  Hillbilly Spanish and Tarzan English:  Ideologies of Mexican Immigrant Language by Stanton Wortham, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania In this paper, written with Elaine Allard and Katherine Mortimer, we conceptualize the beliefs and attitudes of Mexican immigrants and long-time residents of the Mid Atlantic suburban town of Marshall as language ideologies, culturally-situated…

Lecture by Jose del Valle, March 4, 2009

Everybody’s Usage: The Politics of Grammar in the “Hispanofonia” by Jose del Valle, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York On March 21st, 2007, the Association of Academies of the Spanish Language officially approved the ‘Nueva Gramatica de la Lengua Espanola’.  It is the first approved by all language academies and the first…

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The Cultural Identities of Foreign Language Teachers

Foreign language teachers are often migrants. They have traveled and lived in other countries either to learn or to teach a language. In 2005, Domna Stanton characterized language teaching as a cosmopolitan act-- “a complex encounter made in a sympathetic effort to see the world as [others] see it and, as a consequence, to denaturalize our own views” (629). Do foreign language teachers ...

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