Workshop & Lecture by Elizabeth Bernhardt, March 10, 2006

Workshop: What do we know about (literature) reading proficiency in a second language?


Lecture: Foreign languages surviving and thriving in conventional university settings

by Elizabeth Bernhardt, Professor of German, and Stanford Language Center, Director, Stanford University, California

WORKSHOP: This workshop will focus on second-language reading proficiency with a specific emphasis on upper-level expository and literary texts.  The workshop will shift between and among research findings and the application of those findings to language programs at the second-year level and beyond.

LECTURE: Foreign languages are expensive for universities to staff, to maintain, and to grow.  This paper will survey these expenses, both monetary and human, and explicate how universities might go about meeting these expenses.  Contexts in which established language programs are threatened by languages in greater demand but with little, if any, institutional power will be the backdrop for the remarks.  Concrete suggestions for growing foreign languages within established post-secondary structures will be provided.

Friday, March 10, 2006
Workshop: 1:30-3:00pm, 33 Dwinelle Hall
Lecture: 4:00-5:00pm, 370 Dwinelle Hall