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Language Resource Center
September 8


Friday September 8, 4:30pm
Physical Sciences Building 120

Thomas Garza, University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor
Director, Texas Language Center and Arabic Flagship Program, U Texas Austin

"Culturally Speaking: Intercultural Communication and Attaining Advanced Proficiency in L2"
Preparing learners for careers that require professional proficiency in a given language demands a reexamination of curricula and materials used in our classrooms. For students of LCTLs, intercultural communication plays an increasingly critical role in move from ACTFL Intermediate to Advanced levels of proficiency. The interrelation between language and culture becomes central in the development and use of materials and the creation of level-appropriate tasks. This talk examines the use of authentic materials and realia in the attainment of intercultural competence and, ultimately, Advanced L2 proficiency.

This talk is part of the Southeast Asia Language Pedagogy Workshop "Southeast Asian Language Teaching: New Directions" an event open to the public. AND
Saturday September 9 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Morrill Hall, Room 106
"Backward Design and Forward Development: Materials for the Proficiency-Based Classroom"
September 15


Friday September 15, 3:30-5pm
Stimson Hall Ground Floor

Teacher Reception for New Language Center


Come view the new Language Resource Center in Stimson Hall. The space has been elegantly remodeled by the university to suit the needs of the LRC. You can tour the facilities and engage in conversation about the new mission of the center, while partaking of some food and drink.
October 2 and 3)


Monday October 2 at 3:30pm and Tuesday October 3 at 4:30
Stimson Hall G27

Workshop in Playposit
For the second year, the LRC has contracted with Playposit for video services. This company provides an online environment that facilitates powerful pedagogical treatment of video clips for student learning. They have substantially changed their interface to make it more transparent but also more powerful. Come experience Playposit and see if it could be a part of your teaching program. Both teachers new to Playposit and experienced with it are invited. We will repeat the same program October 2 and 3.

October 16


Monday, October 16, 4pm Stimson Hall G25
Followed by reception

Kate Paesani
Director, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota

"Do You Hear What I Hear?
Foreign Language Listening and the Multiliteracies Framework"

Large-scale, cross-institutional proficiency testing reveals that in the first two years of collegiate foreign language instruction, listening lags behind other modalities (Gass & Winke, forthcoming; Tschirner, 2016). This result may be due to a lack of classroom instructional activities explicitly focused on listening or to pedagogical approaches that do not adequately engage students in interpretive communication tasks. In this talk, I argue that the multiliteracies framework (Cope & Kalantzis, 2009; New London Group, 1996) is one approach for more effectively developing students' interpretive listening abilities through interaction with audio and audiovisual texts. To begin, I describe the PACE project, a three-year proficiency initiative undertaken at the University of Minnesota, and present listening results of students from seven languages. To address the impact of this project on language instruction and curriculum design, I then focus on the lower-level Spanish program and its application of the multiliteracies framework to redesign interpretive communication lesson plans based on PACE project results. Empirical evidence from the analysis of 25 interpretive lesson plans reveals that lessons do not fully reflect the components of multiliteracies pedagogy, suggesting that students do not have sufficient opportunities to interpret meaning during listening activities. I close with implications of this project for foreign language curriculum, instruction, and teacher professional development.

Bio: Kate Paesani (Ph.D., Indiana University) is Director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) and affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on literacy-based curriculum and instruction and foreign language teacher development, couched within the frameworks of multiliteracies pedagogy and sociocultural theory. Her work has appeared in journals such as Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Annals, The French Review, L2 Journal, and Reading in a Foreign Language, and she is co-author of the book A Multiliteracies Framework for Collegiate Foreign Language Teaching (Pearson, 2016).