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Events of 2015-2016

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.

September 23

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Examining the Nature of Disabilities and meeting the Varied Needs of Learners

Mary Wight, Ph.D. University of Buffalo

Wednesday, September 23, 4pm, Noyes Lodge

Reception before and after the talk
This session aims to support language educators at the post-secondary level in developing inclusive language learning environments that support language and cultural acquisition by all students. Educators will be provided with better understandings of specific disabilities, their impacts on language learning, and specific strategies and resources available to meet those needs in an inclusive manner. This workshop will allow educators time to reflect on their own inclusive practices as well as brainstorm on a case study example with colleagues.

Recommended Reading: Wight, M.C.S. (2015). Students with learning disabilities in the foreign language learning environment and the practice of exemption. Foreign Language Annals, 48 (1), 39-55.
October 15

Thursday, October 15, 2015 (tentative)

Curriculum and Language Standards in Small Language Programs

Gyanam Mahajan, Chair Language Committee
Department of Asian Languages and cultures, UCLA

Thursday, October 15, 4pm, Noyes Lodge

Reception before and after the talk
November 2

Monday, November 2, 2015

Foreign Language Literacy as Design and Play

Chantelle Warner
Associate Professor, University of Arizona; Co-director of CERCLL

Monday, November 2, 4pm, Noyes Lodge

Reception before and after the talk
Over the past couple of decades, SLA has seen an increased interest in the role of various kinds of play in language use and learning. This scholarship has contributed to a sense among many scholars that play is integral to a model of the language learner as a multicompetent, symbolically aware user of a second or foreign language. This presentation brings the body of work on L2 play and learning into dialogue with another growing discourse in the field, namely, multiliteracies frameworks and their dominant model of language use as meaning design. Drawing from the presenter's research in L2 computer-mediated communication, digital game play, and learner engagements with literary texts, the talk will pose questions about how we define advanced foreign language abilities and what it means to read, write, and respond to texts in foreign and second language pedagogical contexts. The talk will conclude by describing a current pedagogical project, Foreign Languages and the Literary in the Everyday, which seeks to operationalize expanded models of L2 literacy in pedagogical practice and classroom-based research.

Recommended readings:
Foreign Languages and the Literary in the Everyday. (project homepage) Joanna Luks, Chantelle Warner, Carl Blyth (project leaders).
Warner, C. (2004). "It's just a game, right? Types of play in foreign language CMC." Language Learning & Technology, 8 (2), 69-87.
Warner, C. (2014). "Mapping New Classrooms in Literacy-Oriented Foreign Language Teaching and Learning: The Role of the Reading Experience." Transforming the Foreign Language Curriculum in Higher Education: New Perspectives from the United States, 157-176. Katherine Arens, Janet Swaffar, and Per Urlaub (editors) Heidelberg/New York: Springer.
December 8

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
LRC Fall Workshop
9am- 12:30pm, followed by light lunch
Noyes Lodge
February 24

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Online and Hybrid Language Courses: Research and Practice

Joshua Thoms, Asst. Professor of Spanish and Applied Linguistics
Utah State University

Wednesday, February 24, 4pm, Noyes Lodge

Reception before and after the talk
March 23

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Language Courses and Study Abroad

Mari Noda, Professor of Japanese
Ohio State University

Wednesday, March 23, 4pm, Noyes Lodge

Reception before and after the talk
April 7

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Factors Mediating Corrective Feedback

Natsuko Shintani, Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Education, University of Auckland

Thursday, April 7, 4pm, Noyes Lodge

Reception before and after the talk
April 15

Thursday, April 15, 2016

Emotions in Foreign Language Learning

Jean-Marc Dewaele, Professor in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism
Dept of Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birbeck, University of London

Thursday April 15, 4pm, Noyes Lodge

Reception before and after the talk
In this lecture I will present an overview of the recent surge of interest in the field of emotion and foreign language acquisition, after many years of neglect (Dörnyei & Ryan, 2015). I will consider individual differences in 1740 learners' Foreign Language Enjoyment (FLE) and Foreign Language Anxiety (FLA) in the FL classroom (Dewaele & MacIntyre, 2014, 2016) and how this affects their experience of flow (Dewaele & MacIntyre, 2015).
Finally, I present recent research on the effects of learner-internal variables and variables linked to the teacher and teaching practices on FLA and FLE of 189 students in two British high schools.


Dewaele, J.-M. & MacIntyre, P. D. (2014). The two faces of Janus? Anxiety and Enjoyment in the Foreign Language Classroom. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 4 (2), 237-274.

Dewaele, J.-M. & MacIntyre, P. D. (2015). Flow in the Foreign Language Classroom. Unpublished ms.

Dewaele, J.-M. & MacIntyre, P. D. (2016). Foreign Language Enjoyment and Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety. The right and left foot of FL learning? In P. MacIntyre, T. Gregersen & S. Mercer (eds.) Positive psychology in SLA. Bristol: Multilingual Matters

Dörnyei, Z. & Ryan, S. (2015). The Psychology of the Language Learner - Revisited. New York: Routledge.

Jean-Marc Dewaele is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism. He investigates individual differences in psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, pragmatic, psychological and emotional aspects of bi- and multilingualism. He is Vice-President of the International Association of Multilingualism, Convenor of the AILA Research Network Multilingualism and former president of the European Second Language Association. He is General Editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. He is recipient of the 'Robert C. Gardner Award for Outstanding Research in Bilingualism' from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology (2016).
May 13

Friday, May 13, 2016
LRC Spring Workshop
9am- 12:30pm, followed by light lunch
Noyes Lodge