Events at the BLC


BLC Spring 2024 Event Series

Talk:Towards a Pedagogy of Transculturality Glynda Hull, Professor, Berkeley School of Education Catherine Park, Doctoral Candidate, Berkeley School of Education Friday, February 2, 3-5pm, B-4 Dwinelle & Zoom Talk:Supporting Language Learning for Neurodiverse Students in Classroom Settings Professor Judit Kormos, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University Friday, February 23, 12-2pm, Zoom Only Talk:Sparking the Imagination: […]

Words in Action: Friday, April 12, 2024

Come and celebrate an afternoon of linguistic diversity as UC Berkeley students perform scenes, songs, and poems with the participation of their respective language lecturers: ARABIC (Amel Belguith, Nathalie Khankan), ARMENIAN (Myrna Douzjian), CANTONESE (Chi Leung Chan), CATALAN (Ana Belen Redondo Campillos), CHINESE (FEI TIAN Dancers), FILIPINO, FRENCH (Rachel Shuh), GERMAN (Nikolaus Euba), ITALIAN (Annamaria Bellezza, Cristina Farronato), HINDU (Nora Koa Melnikova), JAPANESE (Yuriko Miyamoto Caltabiano), KOREAN (Ina Choi), PERSIAN (Fateme […]

Spring Fellows Forum, April 26, 2024

Spring 2024 BLC Fellows ForumInstructional Development Research Projects Untranslatability and Transposition: Enhancing Italian Language Learning Through the Challenges of Translation Cristina Farronato, Lecturer, Italian StudiesThis presentation will focus on the importance of the role of translation in the language classroom. It will show how in today’s multilingual classes instructors can use translation activities to break […]


Words in Action: Community Celebration, Monday, April 15, 2024

This year marks 10 years of Words in Action, a multilingual student performance directed by Italian instructor and Distinguished Teaching Award recipient Annamaria Bellezza and sponsored by the Berkeley Language Center. Join the BLC for a community-building event to celebrate this wonderful event and language/culture learning at Berkeley. This event is for ALL UC Berkeley […]

Talk by Dr. Simon Coffey, March 15, 2024

Sparking the Imagination: Creative Connectivity and Emotional Investment in Language Learning There has been an extraordinary rise of interest in the use of ‘emotion’ and ‘creativity’ as leitmotivs in language learning research and teaching. I begin this talk by briefly reviewing some developments of these terms in language education scholarship (including two recent special issues […]

Talk by Professor Judit Kormos, February 23, 2024

Supporting Language Learning for Neurodiverse Students in Classroom Settings The concept of neurodiversity views individual variability along cognitive and neurological dimensions as integral to how people experience and interact with the world around them. Neurodiverse language learners can face several challenges in instructed language learning and assessment contexts, most of which could be alleviated if […]

Conference on Language & Artificial Intelligence, February 28, 2024

LANGUAGE & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE A CONFERENCE FOR HUMANITIES AND TECH Researchers, instructors, and practitioners from the UC Berkeley community gather to showcase the work being done in machine learning and language/culture study and to explore questions of language, language use, and technology from three perspectives: research, industry, theory. INDUSTRY Brock ImelMargaret KolbCristina FarronatoKayla van KootenKayo […]

Talk by Glynda Hull & Catherine Park, February 2, 2024

Towards a Pedagogy of Transculturality In our interconnected world, our students experience and traverse digital and physical moments of cultural contacts in more numerous and complex manners than ever before. Such experiences have prompted us to revisit, with lessons learnt from our students, the powerful framework that has underpinned much important research and practice on […]

Fall Fellows Forum, December 1, 2023

Fall 2023 BLC Fellows ForumInstructional Development Research Projects Learning the Language of the Contemporary Ukrainian Society through FilmsNataliia Goshylyk, Lecturer, Slavic Languages & LiteraturesThis project presents ways to integrate contemporary Ukrainian films into the curriculum for intermediate language learners. Seven lesson plans for films of various genres and lengths will help the students expand their […]

Talk by Janice McGregor, November 3, 2023

Toward Justice in Study Abroad, Intercultural Learning, and Language Education Study abroad (SA) is a fixture in post-secondary language education in the United States. In this talk, I introduce two different–yet entwined–facets of SA and language learning that can cause harm. The first is the common ideological construction of SA as “L2-land”, or the primary […]

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