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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…

Special Event: Clairefest!, April 17, 2015

Claire Fest 2015 Please join us for a day-long conference celebrating Claire Kramsch’s research in applied linguistics, contributions to language and culture teaching, and service to the community of language educators. This event, marking her retirement from Berkeley, will offer participants an opportunity to share personal and intellectual reflections on Claire’s influence. PROGRAM 9:00 –…

Lecture by Carl Blyth, September 19, 2014

Digital Social Reading: Textual Interpretation as Collaborative Activity Carl Blyth, Department of French & Italian, University of Texas at Austin Current e-reading devices allow multiple readers to read the same text together, annotate the text and to share their annotations. The resulting practice is referred to as digital social reading. This new literacy practice violates…

Digital Textbooks: Emerging Trends and Practices

Will digital textbooks replace print textbooks as the standard material for teaching and learning languages? Will instructional design reach the point where computer-based learning systems do away with the need for instructors? Will continued advances in machine translation serve as further de-motivation for learning a language at all? To provide perspective on these questions, this…

Lecture by Alessia Blad, February 14, 2014

Blended learning: a new (and better) approach to beginning Italian Alessia Blad, University of Notre Dame The study of foreign languages faces numerous opportunities and challenges in today’s increasingly globalized world. In the United States, many foreign language programs are disappearing or in decline. Meanwhile developments in technology and the creation of new media challenge…

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 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…

Colloquium: Moving Between Languages: Research Perspectives (E. Boner, D. Malinowski, T. Wolcott), October 7, 2011

Friday, October 7, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, B-4 Dwinelle Hall Opening remarks by Claire Kramsch, UC Berkeley Elizabeth Boner, San Francisco State University Negotiating relationship through translation: How American development practitioners and Tanzanian beneficiaries exploit the gap between languages This paper examines the practice of translation within meetings between American development practitioners and Tanzanian…

Lecture by Robert Blake, March 18, 2011

What Makes an Ideal Hybrid Language Learner? by Professor Robert Blake, Spanish and Classics, University of California, Davis. What factors make for a successful online L2 learning experience? What is the ideal profile of a hybrid language learner with access to both online and classroom meetings? While previous studies have examined online learning in comparative…

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…

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