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The LRC arranges and sponsors events of intellectual interest to language educators. Each year, we invite four to six speakers to share best practices and engage in conversation.

Join us to gain deeper insights into ongoing trends in teaching methodology and meet nationally and internationally renowned practitioners and researchers. All LRC Speaker Series events meet in G25 Stimson Hall and are also live-streamed on Zoom. All times listed are ET.

The LRC Speaker Series is free and open to the public. Campus visitors and members of the public must adhere to Cornell's public health requirements for events, which include wearing masks while indoors and providing proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

Please check the events calendar for upcoming talks. Please also take a brief survey, sharing your ideas and suggestions for future topics and speakers. 

Upcoming talks

November 4, 2021
4:30 pm
Mariame Sy
Columbia University
Mariame Sy 2021

Critical Thinking in World Language Teaching


October 4, 2021 Karen Lichtman
Northern Illinois University


Karen Lichtman

Acquisition vs. Learning in 2021

September 13, 2021 Jamie Rankin
Princeton University
Jamie Rankin

"How Can I Learn All These Words?"
Research-Based Strategies for Teaching and Learning L2 Vocabulary

September 1, 2021 Elvia Andía Grágeda
The Ohio State University
Elvia Andía Grágeda

Designing (Indigenous) Language Classes Rooted in ACTFL Standards to Promote Spoken Proficiency

May 13, 2021 Eduardo Viana da Silva
University of Washington
Eduardo Viana da Silva

Developing an Open and Inclusionary Language Textbook for Portuguese

April 13, 2021 Bill VanPatten
Bill VanPatten

Barriers to Innovation in Language Teaching

March 17, 2021 Cassandra GlynnPamela Wesely, and Beth Wassell
Glynn Wesely Wassell

Social Justice and the University Language Learner

February 16, 2021 Dustin Crowther
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Dustin Crowther

Addressing Speech Comprehensibility in the L2 Classroom

November 5, 2020 Christopher Hromalik
Onondaga Community College
Christopher Hromalik

Inclusive by Design: Universal Design for Learning and the World Language Classroom

October 7, 2020 Kate Paesani
University of Minnesota
Kate Paesani

Multiliteracies Pedagogy and Teacher Professional Development: From Research to Practice

September 8, 2020 Julio Torres
University of California, Irvine
Julio Torres

The Effects of Instruction on Heritage Language Learners

March 2, 2020 Ali Moeller
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ali Moeller

Pathways to Language and Intercultural Proficiency

November 13, 2019 Amanda Brown
Syracuse University

Immersive versus Non-Immersive Language Teaching:
Experimental Studies in English, French, and Arabic Classrooms

October 8, 2019 Margaret E. Malone
Georgetown University

Language Assessment Literacy

September 12, 2019 Edvan Brito
University of Arkansas
Edvan Brito

Using Social and Cultural Issues to Promote Language Learning and Cultural Awareness:
Language Variation, Race, and Migration

April 16, 2019 Charlene Polio
Michigan State University
Charlene Polio

Are Some Languages Really More "Difficult" to Learn?

March 27, 2019 Sarah Mercer
University of Graz,
Sarah Mercer

The Secret Ingredient of Effective Language Teaching: Teacher Wellbeing

November 16, 2018 Christian Hilchey
University of Texas, Austin
Christian Hilchey

Open Media and the Next Frontier in Open Education

October 25, 2018 Patsy Lightbown
Concordia University
Patsy Lightbown

Putting Form-Focused Instruction in its Place

September 28, 2018 Celeste Kinginger
Penn State University

Language Learning in Intercultural Encounters Abroad