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Language Resource Center

Events of 2014-2015

This year's events are co-sponsored by the Einaudi Center for International Studies, the Institute for European Studies, the East Asia Program, the South Asia Program, the Southeast Asia Program and the Departments of Romance Studies, Near Eastern Studies, German Studies and Asian Studies.

December 9
Tuesday, December 9, 2015

LRC Workshop

Tuesday, December 9, 9-12 followed by lunch
Noyes Lodge

Dick will report on the latest news about the move of the LRC to Stimson Hall.
France Mehta will discuss a mobile device program she has used for viewing and analyzing a Chinese video. She has student survey data on its effectiveness and students' attitudes about mobile devices generally.
The LRC has long supported a range of online tools to present language teaching materials. We are now approaching the end of the lifetime of those materials, and we are proposing to offer support for recently developed features of Blackboard instead. In this workshop we will demonstrate how Blackboard supports many of the functions of LRC tools and beyond. We will concentrate on areas such as media handling, especially in threaded discussions, student upload of video, assigning privileges to groups of students, branching from one activity to another, and the grading of student work. After a demonstration of these affordances, attendees will have time for guided use of these tools.
February 27
Friday, February 27, 2015

Principles and practices of a literacy-based approach to language teaching

Rich Kern
Professor of French and Director of the Berkeley Language Center
University of California, Berkeley

Friday, February 27, 4pm followed by reception
Noyes Lodge

What principles should guide language and literacy education in the current era of globalization and intense social and technological innovation? Rather than attempting to distinguish between "new" literacies and "old" literacies, I propose an approach that brings attention to relationships between current and past literacy practices in order to prepare learners for the future. This approach focuses on the development of functional reading and writing abilities, but within the broader context of an exploration of how material, social, and individual factors influence the ways we design meaning and how mediums influence our fundamental ideas about what writing and communication are. The presentation will develop a set of principles and goals for this educational approach, then propose ways to achieve those goals through a "relational pedagogy" that focuses on how meanings emerge from interactions among material, social, and individual resources.
March 12
Thursday, March 12, 2015



Heather Willis Allen
Assistant Professor of French University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thursday, March 12, 4pm followed by reception
Noyes Lodge

April 14
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Interactional Practices and Actions Comprising L2 Teaching

Joan Kelly Hall
Professor of Applied Linguistics Penn State University

Tuesday, April 14, 4pm followed by reception
Noyes Lodge

This presentation focuses on current research that draws on the micro-analytic power of conversation analysis to examine the multimodal practices and actions by which L2 teaching and learning are accomplished. We will take a close look at findings on two practices. The first is teacher self-talk, a practice that maintains student engagement in instruction and at the same time creates opportunities for empathetic relationships to develop between teachers and students. The second practice helps preserve L2 teachers' epistemic status as expert language knowers when their status is challenged by student questions about grammar. The findings allow us to see what really happens in L2 classrooms and thus provide us with "instructive descriptions of our worlds that rewrite how we see" (Macbeth, 2013). The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the implications of such insights for L2 teaching and teacher preparation programs.