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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…

In Memoriam

Our esteemed colleague, Marilyn Seid-Rabinow, former Assistant Director for Language Proficiency at the GSI Teaching & Resource Center passed away on June 21, 2021. More than 20 years ago, Marilyn created the Language Proficiency Program in the Graduate Division in order to support international GSIs in the development of oral English proficiency for teaching at…

Announcing the Berkeley Discover Departmental Innovation Awardees

Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Dear Colleagues,In October we announced a new implementation phase of the Chancellor’s Strategic Plan focused on Discovery in the undergraduate experience: The Berkeley Discovery Initiative. This campus-wide effort will transform undergraduate education and support students on a journey of engaged creativity and self-actualization. Thanks to a generous…

BLC to seek new Executive Director

After 25 years at the BLC, I will be retiring on June 29th. The search for my successor will be underway shortly (the job should be posted on the Berkeley site within the next week or two) , but in the meantime interested individuals can review a document that Rick and I created for what…

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…

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