Speaker Series

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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. Until further notice, all LRC Speaker Series events meet virtually on Zoom.

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, 5
3:30 pm
Christopher Hromalik
Onondaga Community College
Chris Hromalik

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

March 10
4:00 pm

Cassandra GlynnBeth Wassell, and Pamela Wesely
Glynn Wesely Wassell
Social Justice and the University Language Learner
Spring 2021 Dustin Crowther
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Dustin Crowther
Pronunciation: Intelligibility vs. Comprehensibility

Fall 2021

Karen Lichtman
Northern Illinois University
Karen Lichtman

Acquisition vs. Learning in 2021


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