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Lecture by Carl Falsgraf, October 26, 2009

Distance Teaching and Distance Learning by Carl Falsgraf, Director, Oregon Chinese Flagship, University of Oregon Current models of distance learning are predominantly adaptations of face-to-face classroom models.  Ensuring the quality of these models and providing empirical evidence that students learn as well or better in the distance environment is essential.  At the same time, we…

Lecture by David Crystal, October 23, 2009

From Texting to Tweeting: The Brave New World of Internet Linguistics by David Crystal, Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor The various domains of electronically mediated communication present new challenges to linguists. Myths about the medium have to be urgently dispelled, innovative usages precisely described, and our characterization of visual language…

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…

Panel Discussion on Digital Storytelling (J. Lambert, H. Pleasants, M. Nelson), November 24, 2008

Digital Storytelling   PANEL: Joe Lambert, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Storytelling, San Francisco Will discuss the genesis of Digital Storytelling, showing how DS practices have evolved, and describe current activities at the Center for Digital Storytelling. Heather Pleasants, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama Will present research on how DS relates to issues…

Lecture by Deborah Anderson, March 14, 2008

The Script Encoding Initiative and Language Teaching and Scholarship for Minority and Historic Languages on the Web by Deborah Anderson, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley The Script Encoding Initiative (SEI), a project in the Linguistics Department, helps user communities and scholars get various writing systems into Unicode, the international character-encoding standard.  Ultimately, the…

Lecture by Mark Warschauer, February 2, 2007

Learning, Change, and Power: Competing Frames of Technology and Literacy by Mark Warschauer, Department of Education, University of California, Irvine Three main frameworks shape how we think about digital technologies and literacy. The frame of learning attends to how use of new technologies affects the development of reading, writing, and academic literacy. The frame of…

Lecture by Julie Belz, February 17, 2006

At the Intersection of Internet-Mediated Foreign Language Education and Learner Corpus Analysis by Julie Belz, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and German, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Center for Advanced Language Proficiency and Education Research, The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania Corpus-based approaches to linguistic analysis…

Lecture by Imre Galambos, April 6, 2005

Digitizing Dunhuang: The Virtual Recreation of a Mediaeval Library Cave by Imre Galambos, Overseas Project Manager, IDP, British Library The opening of the Dunhuang cave library in the early 1900’s has been the largest discovery of medieval manuscripts ever.  The world’s earliest and largest paper archive, the cave’s contents included many unique documents, including the…

Lecture by Martha C. Pennington, March 21, 2001

Changing Relationships Between Context and Communication from Pre-Language to Post-Language by Marth C. Pennington, Powdrill Professor English Language Acquisition, University of Luton, England A review of the changing contexts of communication in relation to the development in human history of spoken and written language, looking at the trends in oracy and literacy including the impact…

Colloquium: Technology, Language and Literacy

The purpose of this colloquium is to initiate a discussion on some of the issues raised by the use of computer technology for the development of literacy, be it in a first or in a second language. What kinds of formal and contextual constraints does the medium impose on the creation of texts? What kind…

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