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Welcome to Elisa Repo!

Elisa Repo (M.A.) is a doctoral researcher in applied linguistics and educational sciences at the University of Turku, Finland, who will join the BLC as a Visiting Student Researcher for one year starting this January. Her doctoral thesis focuses on increasing linguistic diversity in schools. Besides her research, Elisa has been working as a university…

Welcome to Hongjing Liao!

Dr. Hongjing Liao will be a Visiting Scholar at the BLC for one year starting this January. Dr. Liao is Associate Professor of Beijing Foreign Studies University. She also serves as Deputy Secretary General of the China Association for Intercultural Communication, as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, and as an editorial board…

Welcome to Maris Saagpakk!

Maris Saagpakk, Associate Professor of German Cultural History and Literature at Tallinn University (Estonia) will be a Fulbright Scholar at the BLC for five months. Professor Saagpakk’s research interests include Culture and Literature Didactics, Baltic German Culture and History, German Literature, and methods of foreign language teaching. During her stay, she will be working under…

Fulbright Scholar Nataliia Goshylyk

Nataliia Goshylyk, Associate Professor of English at Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (Ukraine) and Director of the Centre for Communication Research NGO, will be a Fulbright Scholar at the BLC this year. Professor Goshylyk’s research interests include Cognitive Linguistics, Ecolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Intercultural Communication, Methods of Foreign Language Teaching, Media Literacy and Academic Integrity. During…

Welcome to our new Executive Director!

A warm welcome to Dr. Kimberly Vinall, who has just been appointed as the BLC’s new Executive Director after a wide-ranging search this summer. Kimberly is a Berkeley PhD (Language, Literacy, and Culture program within the Graduate School of Education) and has over two decades of experience in teaching Spanish, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, second language…

Punjabi now offered at all UC campuses

The University of California will offer Punjabi-language courses at all of its campuses starting in January, marking the first Punjabi-language curriculum to be taught throughout the UC system. The systemwide Punjabi classes were made possible through funding from an Innovative Technology Learning Initiative grant from the UC Office of the President. See this Sacramento Bee…

Words In Action, Thursday, April 25, 3-6:30 pm, Chevron Auditorium, International House

Don’t miss this celebration of linguistic diversity as UC Berkeley students perform scenes, songs, and poems in Arabic, Armenian, Bitonga, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Chinese, Danish, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Ronga, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Telugu, Xangana, Xitswa. Directed by Annamaria Bellezza, Department of Italian Studies WORDS_IN_ACTION_FLYER_2013.pdf

In Memoriam: John Gumperz

With sadness, we report that the celebrated Berkeley sociolinguist John J. Gumperz has died at age 91. Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology, John Gumperz devoted his career to improving cross-cultural understanding and his work in ethnography of communication, interactional sociolinguistics, discourse strategies, code-switching, and urban anthropology was extremely influential. He shaped the thinking…

Obituary: Leo van Lier

I forward this obituary of Professor Leo van Lier, a friend of the BLC and of applied linguists everywhere, who will be dearly missed. It is with sadness that we tell you that our dear friend and colleague Professor Leo van Lier passed away on December 23, 2012. Leo joined the Monterey Institute of International…

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…