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Retirement congratulations to Victoria Williams!

On May 13, with a poignant mixture of gaiety and nostalgia, we celebrated Victoria Williams' 42 years of committed service to UC Berkeley. Victoria has seen the full evolution of the Berkeley Language Center from when it was known as the "Language Lab" under the directorship of Jesse Sawyer, John Polt, Jerry Craddock, John Lindow,…

Congratulations Annamaria Bellezza!

Annamaria Bellezza of the Italian Studies Department has been awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest level teaching award on the Berkeley campus. The DTA ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 5-7 p.m. in the Pauley Ballroom (in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union). Please mark you calendar and plan to…

Congratulations Victoria Williams!

Victoria has been awarded a Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award, which is presented to staff and teams who demonstrate excellence in performing their job duties and make significant contributions to the UC Berkeley campus community.  These awards are among the highest honors bestowed upon staff by the Chancellor. On behalf of all of us at the BLC…

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

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