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LRC events of 2005-2006

Tuesday, September 20, at 4:30, Noyes Lodge
Silvia Amigo-Silvestre and Ute Maschke
"Reports from the Summer Institute of Applied Linguistics"
Uploading SCOLA files

The LRC sponsored a combined report on the Penn State Summer Institute in Applied Linguistics and a follow-up demo/workshop on using SCOLA files.
In June and July 2005 Ute Maschke and Silvia Amigo-Silvestre attended the Penn State Summer Institute with support from the College of Arts and Sciences. They gave brief reports on topics they found most interesting at the institute. Silvia's handout is online. Both Silvia and Ute have left paper materials at the LRC that can be copied for anyone interested. Thanks to both of them for their presentations.
During the second half of the session, we demonstrated the process of downloading SCOLA files, editing them, and uploading them to our server. This is similar to the demonstration we gave in May, but more streamlined. There is some updated information. The workshop handout explains how to do this.
Write Dick Feldman ( if you would like more information or help on carrying out this process.
If you would like the password and more information about handling SCOLA files, send an email with the subject "SCOLA Password" to This email must come from a Cornell email address.
If you would like your own permanent server address to upload files to, write to me also.

Professor Antonia Schleicher
Director of NCTLCTL and African Languages NRC
University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Goal-Based Approach to Teaching Small Language Programs"
4:30, October 13 Noyes Lodge

Pre- talk mingling from 4-4:30 pm
Post-talk reception immediately following event

October 20, 2005
Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University
"Corpus-based narrative approach to the study and teaching of advanced language proficiency"

Aneta sent a list of references related to her talk and the handout (with added translations). There are also two whole papers of hers: "Bilingualism and emotions" from her edited book Bilingual Minds: Emotional Experience, Expression, and Representation and "Narrative competence in a second language" from the recent Georgetown University Roundtable Conference.

November 9, 2005
Professor Wendy Adair, CU Johnson School
"Culture and Negotiation: Strategy, Sequences, Schemas, and Synergies"
Reception at 4 Talk at 4:30

This thread of Professor Adair's work has dealt with analyses of the negotiation process with special attention to cross-cultural factors. The introduction to one of her articles explains her approach. I have included the abstract of another article as well as her Powerpoint slides.

Tuesday, December 6, 2005, 9 - 2:30
LRC Workshop

Noyes Lodge
"SCOLA video files, Insta-Class, Media Editing and Uploading"

9 - 11:30 Introduction, then individual work with help on downloading, editing and workbooks
10:30 - 11:30 Demonstration and discussion followed by individual tutorial work in Powerpoint
11:30 - 12:30 Video Visit with Robert Davis from Oregon in Video classroom
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch 1:30 - 2:30 Video Visit with Rafael Salaberry from Rice University (spring semester speaker)

During the workshop, there was also an introduction to using Powerpoint, including comments on how to use it well and badly, and some comments from Ute Maschke on why not to use it. Those not interested in Powerpoint can continue working.
You can download the SCOLA download/edit, Upload/workbook and Powerpoint tutorial handouts.
Before and after lunch we had some "Video Visits" by a former speaker here, Robert Davis from Oregon, and a future speaker, Rafael Salaberry. This was a chance to chat informally with these two interesting researchers/practitioners.

Friday, February 17, 2006
3:30pm, Noyes Lodge

Nelly Furman, Professor emerita of Romance Studies, Cornell University
Director of the MLA's Office of Foreign Language Programs, and Director of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL)

"Changing Languagescapes"

Reception following
Pre-talk reception at 3

Professor Furman discussed changes in the language teaching profession, such as trends in faculty and staffing, especially in light of changing language use and national priorities. She discussed both language use in the country generally and enrollment in higher education. Reference was made to the information resources of the ADFL and the MLA.

March 29, 2006
Beatrice Dupuy, Ph.D
Associate Professor of French/Foreign Language Education
Department of French & Italian Interdepartmental Ph.D Program in SLAT (Second Language Acquisition and Teaching)
University of Arizona

"Global simulation: Preparing students for study abroad by promoting depth of learning/assessment in the home curriculum through an experiential approach"

In this presentation, Professor Dupuy explored global simulation (GS), an experiential learning-based approach that gives students integrated access to authentic input in the target language and culture and allows them to operate as if in the target culture, as one potential home curriculum framework for enhancing and supporting student learning when they go on study abroad. After a review of experiential learning principles, the depth dimension of learning/assessment in GS was discussed, ways in which GS organizes this dimension such that it articulates both within and between instructional levels/contexts was examined.

Professor Dupuy provided us with two papers closely related to her talk here: "Global Simulation: A Student-Centered, Task-Based Format for Intermediate Foreign Language Courses," by Glenn Levine (Foreign Language Annals, 37: 1); and "L'Immeuble: French language and culture teaching and learning through projects in a global simulation," by Beatrice Dupuy (in press).

April 18, 2006
Reception starting at 4, talk at 4:30 with reception following

Rafael Salaberry, Rice University
"Theoretical and Pragmatic Principles for Textbook Adaptation and Implementation"

Theoretical and Pragmatic Principles for Textbook Adaptation and Implementation" Professor Salaberry will discuss how the interplay of pedagogical, logistical, and institutional factors affect the successful implementation of textbooks in the second language classroom. He will argue that the pedagogical philosophy/theory embedded in textbooks has little effect on actual pedagogical practices. In turn, he will propose that teachers' theories and beliefs are the actual engine of change (or not) in the implementation of best pedagogical practices. The discussion will then concentrate on the analysis of the factors that affect teachers' theories and beliefs and, ultimately, a discussion of how pedagogical materials are incorporated into the class curriculum in accordance with specific views (explicit and implicit) of language use and language teaching.

May 5, 2006, 340 Duffield Hall
2 - 4:30pm
"The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages"
Speakers and panel discussion
Waldek Martyniuk, Council of Europe
Barbara Spinelli, Columbia University
Kate McMahon, University of Pennsylvania
Gunhild Lischke and Ute Maschke, German Studies

This event is the program for the annual meeting of the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning. The business meeting will follow on Saturday, open only to Board Members. But this program is open to the public.
The CREF is a movement and set of principles developed in Europe over the last 15 years to assess lagnuage learning in the multicultural environment of Europe. It emphasizes self-assessment and goal setting by students, and dialog with teachers. This system is of interest to any area with extensive language learning and multiculturalism. Mr. Martynuik will give an introduction to the philosophy and principles of the CEFR and then American-based speakers will explain their use of it here. Finally, a panel of the speakers will take questions and discuss the future of the CEFR in Europe and the United States, as well as its applicability to ther parts of the world.

May 9, 2006, 9-12
LRC Spring Workshop
Noyes Lodge

At this spring's workshop, we had a variety of topics. Dan Gaibel demonstrated some new tools for the media workbooks, especially the student audio response, where teachers can pose a question that students will answer by recording an audio message. There was time to experiment with this new feature. There is a page of links for the workshop.

We had some interesting and important discussion at the LRC Workshop. Here is a summary of the discussion:
    We discussed the use of the SCOLA services, especially the downloaded files. Quite a few teachers reported usage of the SCOLA downloaded files, with a few courses relying substantially on them. I distributed some information about the broadcasts available from Dishnetwork. This would require a subscription from a department and technical infrastructure at the LRC. The conclusion was that we should try to maintain the current SCOLA subscription and possibly think about pursuing Dishnetwork service from a department that was interested.
  • Videostreaming
    Making Dishnetwork recordings available to teachers on a time-shifted basis is connected with our plans to begin video streaming service in Noyes Lodge. It is difficult to foresee how students in high enrollment classes will react to the greater number of viewing possibilities afforded by this service, so we will keep the current analog broadcast system in place until these uncertainties are resolved. We have not yet purchased equipment for video streaming, but I will notify teachers who may want to use this service (everyone in fact) in time to have their material processed before the fall.
  • Lab attendants
    I discussed an idea we have had of not having lab attendants for some time periods during parts of the semester. Most teachers seemed uncomfortable with this. We will not implement this in the near future.