Events at the BLC


Lecture by Merrill Swain, October 27, 2000

Collaborative Dialogue and Second Language Learning by Merrill Swain, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of The University of Toronto This talk will focus on our recent research designed to explore the role of collaborative dialogue in second language learning.  Collaborative dialogue is dialogue […]

Lecture by Lothar Brodella, September 29, 2000

Literary Texts in the Foreign Language Classroom by Lothar Bredella, Professor of English and Director of the Institute for English Language and Literature, Justus-Liebig-Universitat GieBen, Bermany This paper will briefly describe some features of a pedagogy of literary texts (What is characteristic of literary texts?  What do they make the reader do?  How do we […]

Lecture by Judith Liskin-Gasparro, September 15, 2000

Testing for Performance, Skill, and Knowledge in a Foreign Language: Finding the Balance by Dr. Judith Liskin-Gasparro, Associate Professor and Director of the General Education Program Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Iowa We test our students for many reasons:  to motivate them to study harder, enable them to display their skills and knowledge, […]

Lectures by BLC Fellows (S. Fujita, K. Klar, S. Tuomainen, J. Wade)

Spring 2000 Instructional Development Research Projects   Mushfaking Theater Sakae Fujita, Lecturer, East Asian Languages and Cultures Teaching foreign language and culture through improvisational techniques ———————– Sinulle on postia!  Using Global E-mailing to Enhance Students’ Mastery of the Finnish Language Sirpa Tuomainen, Lecturer, Scandinavian The second and fourth semester Finnish students have been paired up with […]

Symposium on Language Socialization and Acquisition, March 17-19, 2000

Language Socialization and Acquisition: Ecological Perspective an Interdisciplinary Research Workshop   Ann Bannick, University of Amsterdam Negotiating the Paradox of ‘Fresh Talk’ in Advanced L2 Classrooms Christopher Candlin, City University of Hong Kong The Classroom and the Housing Estate: Researching Identities, Discourses and Membership Among Teenage Youth in Hong Kong James Lantolf, Penn State University […]

Lecture by Sue Gass, April 5, 2000

Second Language Learners’ Perception of Feedback by Susan Gass, University Distinguished Professor English Language Center, Michigan State University Theoretical claims for the benefits of conversational interaction have been made by Gass (1977) among others.  The interaction hypothesis suggests that negotiated interaction can facilitate SLA.  This may be because these interactional features function as implicit negative […]

Lecture by Joseph Lo Bianco, March 8, 2000

Planning Peace and Human Capital: Sri Lankan Language Policy by Joseph Lo Bianco, Chief Executive, Language Australia:  The National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia, The Australian National University, Canberra The paper will discuss divergent tendencies and initiatives in Sri Lankan language policy.  On the one hand a historically unprecedented policy of national bilingualism involving […]

Lecture by Patricia Chaput, February 25, 2000

Tacit Assumptions:  Walls that Separate the Imagined Communities of Languages and Literary Studies by Patricia Chaput,Professor of the Practice of Slavic Languages, Director of the Slavic Program, Department of Slavic Language and Literatures, Harvard University The gap that separates language teaching from literature in the status hierarchy of our field is evident to anyone who […]

Lecture by David Corson, November 19, 1999

Critical Realism: An Emancipatory Social Philosophy for Studying Language Diversity and Education by David Corson, Professor, Theory and Policy Studies and the Modern Language Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

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