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- May 6, 2003, Workshop about Center tools
- April 9, 2003, Pat Chaput, "The Intellectual Substance of Language Courses: Language as the Other Side of the Literary Coin"
- March 26, 2003, Presentations and Discussion of Reactions to Online Materials
- March 3, 2003, Carl Blyth, "Representing language use for foreign language learners: Contributions of the native, the near-native and the non-native speaker"
- February 25, 2003, Discussion of assessment of student reactions to online materials
- December 9, 2002, Computer Mediated Communication Workshop
- October 23, 2002, Teaching Culture in the Digital Millenium Teleconference
- October 9, 2002, Elizabeth Welles, "ACTFL Foreign Language Standards and "Successful" Foreign Language Departments"
The afternoon part of the workshop will be a demonstration and hands-on practice with the new Web Audio Lab, developed by Slava Paperno. This will be the new language lab tool of the future. See some screen shots of the program showing its new features of precise audio control and visual feedback and control with student recording. For more details on WAL, see a description of the program in more detail and what you can do in the workshop.
Professor of the Practice of Slavic Languages
Director of the Language Program in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
"The Intellectual Substance of Language Courses: Language as the Other Side of the Literary Coin"
4:30 PM Wednesday April 9, 2003
Pre-talk mingling from 4-4:30 PM
Post-talk reception immediately following event
Carl S. Blyth
Associate Professor of French, University of Texas at Austin
"Representing language use for foreign language learners: Contributions of the native, the near-native and the non-native speaker"
Monday, March 3, 2003, 4:30
AD White House
Pre-talk reception at 4 PM
Post-talk reception at 5:45
Co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies and
The Rose Goldsen Lecture Series
In his talk, he will discuss "replacing the notion of 'nativeness' with the notion of 'expertise,'" as models of language use. See the complete abstract of his talk.
proposal for more background. This event was in preparation for bibliography includes links to online articles and several local online reserve papers. The final hands-on activity, describing a possible CMC project, is available to all teachers on an LRC-sponsored bulletin board. Add your comments to the suggested projects and add your own project if you would like to. If you want to make use of AOL Instant Messenger, you can sign up for your own account. The Powerpoint presentation including the research background, distinguishing characteristics of CMC and task descriptions is also available online.
their web site.
We will view the webcast in the Mac Classroom and join together for discussion and a reception. This will be a good time to relax and discuss culture, language teaching and technology with your colleagues. Note that, as with all LRC local events, graduate students are entirely welcome and encouraged to attend.
ACTFL Foreign Language Standards and "Successful" Foreign Language Departments
Elizabeth Welles, Director of Association of Departments of Foreign Language (ADFL)
October 9, 4:30 PM Morrilll 106
What kind of foreign language education do our students receive in secondary school? What principles guide that instruction? What does the secondary school establishment think is important in foreign language teaching? Should we pay attention to these ideas? Given this background in language learning, what makes an effective and thriving college language department?
"The [ACTFL Standards] document represents an unprecedented
consensus among educators, business leaders, government, and the community on
the definition and role of foreign language instruction in American education.
The standards do not describe the current status of foreign language education
in this country. While they reflect the best instructional practice, they do
not describe what is being attained by the majority of foreign language students.
.... The Standards for Foreign Language Learning will not be achieved overnight; rather, they provide a gauge against which to measure improvement in the years to come." From Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Executive Summary
See the group of ACTFL White Papers on their site. This includes a set of position papers regarding the standards and higher education, including one by Elizabeth Welles.