From Language Lab to Language Center and Beyond: Rethinking Learning Spaces for the 21st Century Learner

Wednesday, November 14, 2:00 pm in the CSL, room 210

 

The presenter is Ute Lahaie, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Walsh University in Ohio. She is a former professor of world languages currently chairing a Learning Spaces Task Force, designed to prepare the faculty for the use of 21st century learning spaces that go beyond the walls of the existing classrooms. She will address questions about the design and management of spaces that support interdisciplinary and global projects.

 

21st century refreshments provided – within the walls of the CSL!

 

RSVPlease to Michael Berger, mb35@uchicago.edu. Limited to 16 participants.

Two Ways to Record Yourself and Your Students: H2 Zoom (Digital Audio Recorder) and Audacity Workshop at the CSL

Where: CSL
Room: Cobb 210

 

Session 1
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm (duration is approximate)

 

Session 2
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm (duration is approximate)

 

On November 7th and 8th the Center for the Study of Languages will conduct workshops on the use of the H2 Zoom (Digital Audio Recorder) and the free recording software program Audacity. These two recording options can be used to make pedagogical materials or as an aid in accessing student competency. The workshop will be held in C 210.

This is a hands-on training session, so please bring a lap top with Audacity already installed–installation instructions for Audacity are attached to this message. (If you do not have a lap top the CSL will provide you with one for the workshop.) The CSL will provide the H2 Zoom recorders.

If you plan to create audio materials for teaching or will be recording your students, we encourage you to attend. If you plan to attend, please let me know because space is limited.

CALL FOR CONSORTIUM GRANT PROPOSALS for Autumn Projects — CAMPUS COMPETITION

THE CONSORTIUM FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING

 

THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF LANGUAGES

 

PROPOSALS DUE Friday, November 30, 2012

 

The Autumn deadline for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning grant proposals is Friday, November 30, 2012. Proposals submitted at this time will compete at the campus level. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the Center for the Study of Languages web site ( http://languages.uchicago.edu/faculty/faculty_project.html). Please submit completed proposals as MS Word email attachments to mb35@uchicago.edu (Michael Berger); proposals will be reviewed by the Consortium Committee in early December, 2012.

 

The proposed project must pertain to the teaching or the learning of language. We are urging those of you involved with language teaching to consider in particular a project that might explore new ways of making use of already existing technologies and materials, such as commercially available audio and video files or computer programs. We also encourage you to formulate projects that are aimed at developing teaching skills–your own and your colleagues–using the hardware presently in use at the University, in the Center for the Study of Languages, and in the various multimedia-equipped classrooms around campus.

8/16/2012 – Summer Interim Hours

8/20/12 to 9/28/12

Monday – Friday,     9am to 5 pm

6/18/12 – CSL Summer Session Hours

Monday – Friday

8 AM to 5 PM

5/17/2012 – The Facebook Project: Negotiating the gaps between foreign language program directors, foreign language TA’s, and their tech-savvy students

CSL Presentation Series

 

Jamie Rankin,
Director of the German Language Program at Princeton

 

will discuss

 

“The Facebook Project: Negotiating the gaps between foreign language program directors, foreign language TA’s, and their tech-savvy students”

 

Once upon a time, language program directors were the main repositories of SLA theory and classroom experience, and until recently also experts in developing media applications. No longer: the TA’s now teaching language courses have been using social media for most of their lives and are comfortable with it in ways that relatively few directors are; and they are keenly aware that their undergraduate students are even more comfortable with technology, having lived their entire lives in a social media environment. This creates challenging scenarios for directors who want to help TA’s apply SLA theory as usefully as possible to their classrooms.

 

The discussion is based on a project – centering on Facebook as a media delivery vehicle – developed and carried out collaboratively by a language program director, two native-speaker TA’s in the their late 20s/early 30s, in classrooms of undergraduate students learning German.

 

When: Thursday, May 17, 2012

 

Time: 12:30 – 1:30PM

 

Where: Cobb 210 (CSL – 2nd Floor of Cobb Hall)

CALL FOR CONSORTIUM GRANT PROPOSALS for Summer 2012 Projects — CAMPUS COMPETITION

THE CONSORTIUM FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING

 

THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF LANGUAGES

 

CALL FOR CONSORTIUM GRANT PROPOSALS for Summer 2012 Projects — CAMPUS COMPETITION

 

PROPOSALS DUE Friday, June 1, 2012

 

The Spring deadline for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning grant proposals is Friday, June 1, 2012. Proposals submitted at this time will compete at the campus level. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the Center for the Study of Languages web site ( http://languages.uchicago.edu/about/services.htm — Services & Policies>Services for Teachers>Grants and Funding). Please submit completed proposals as MS Word email attachments to mb35@uchicago.edu (Michael Berger); proposals will be reviewed by the Consortium Committee in June, 2012.

 

The proposed project must pertain to the teaching or the learning of language. We are urging those of you involved with language teaching to consider in particular a project that might explore new ways of making use of already existing technologies and materials, such as commercially available audio and video files or computer programs. We also encourage you to formulate projects that are aimed at developing teaching skills–your own and your colleagues–using the hardware presently in use at the University, in the Center for the Study of Languages, and in the various multimedia-equipped classrooms around campus.

Integrating Film (Clips) in the Foreign Language Curriculum

CSL Presentation and Workshop Series

 

“Integrating Film (Clips) in the Foreign Language Curriculum”

 

Presentation and workshop on two consecutive days
by
Mark Kaiser, Language Center, University of California-Berkeley *

 

Presentation:
When: Monday, May 7, 2012
Time: 12:30PM
Location: Cobb 210

This presentation looks at issues involved in the use of clips cut from feature films for the development of listening comprehension, the modeling of cultural artifacts, the portrayal of attitudes and behaviors, and the development of symbolic competency. We will look at some of the tools now available that allow the use of film without resorting to subtitles. We will also explore the ways that the language of film and language in film interact in the creation of meaning. During the presentation we will demonstrate the features of the Library of Foreign Language Film Clips (LFLFC), which is being made available to University of Chicago faculty beginning this spring.

 

A reception will follow the presentation.

 

RSVP Required (please contact Michael Berger – mb35@uchicago.edu)

 

Workshop:
When: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Time: 12:30PM
Location: Cobb 210

The workshop will be divided into three parts. In the first part, participants will explore the features of the LFLFC, learning how to find, annotate, and order clips for their classes. This will be followed by training on cutting a film into clips and tagging those clips for the vocabulary spoken and for linguistic, cultural, and discourse features found in the clip. Following the training, participants will practice doing the tagging work themselves.

 

RSVP Required (please contact Michael Berger – mb35@uchicago.edu)

 

* Mark Kaiser serves as the Associate Director of the Berkeley Language Center and Lecturer in Russian at UC Berkeley. He has overseen the development of the BLC’s Library of Foreign Language Film Clips, consisting of 11,300+ clips cut from 320+ foreign language films, each clip tagged for the language spoken in the clip as well as salient culture, speech acts, and linguistic features. Most recently Kaiser served as guest editor of the special issue of L2 Journal devoted to the teaching of language through film.

CSL Funds for Professional Development for Spring, Summer, and Autumn 2012

Funding will again be available to support professional development for faculty or graduate student language instructors who would like to pursue training in language teaching, assessment, and/or technology in 2012. In some instances, it may also be possible to support conference travel related to language pedagogy. These funds are available from the general CSL budget for the support of our language faculty at the university.

 
At present, we would like to solicit proposals from those of you who would like to take advantage of Spring, Summer, or Autumn 2012 programs, i.e., any programs, conferences, workshops, or other events through the end of the calendar year 2012. If you would like to apply, please send a cover letter describing your professional, linguistic, and scholarly interests and how the proposed program or travel fits in with your overall academic plans or career goals to . Please provide a description of the program and a proposed budget. Applications should be turned in no later than Friday, April 27, 2012. Proposals will be considered by the Advisory Council to the CSL and awards will be announced by the end of May.

 
For those of you looking for sample programs, here are some suggestions from previous summers:

 
ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview training (4-day workshops) http://www.actfl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3354
CARLA (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition) http://www.carla.umn.edu/institutes/index.html
CLEAR (Center for Language Education and Research) http://clear.msu.edu/clear/professionaldev/summerworkshops.php
CALPER (Center for Advanced Language Proficiency and Research) 
http://calper.la.psu.edu/profdev.php?page=workshops
NCLRC (National Capital Language Resource Center) http://nclrc.org/profdev/nclrc_inst_pres/summer_inst.html
SALRC (The South Asia Language Resource Center) also has a nice selection of links for programs:
 http://salrc.uchicago.edu/workshops/pedagogy.shtml

 

Please let the CSL know if you have any questions. We hope many of you will have ideas for taking advantage of this opportunity for professional development.

CSL Hours – EXAM Week & SPRING BREAK

• Exam Week 3/12/12 to 3/16/12 — 8am to 5pm

• Spring Week 3/19/12 to 3/23/12 — 9am to 5pm

CSL Presentation – “Raising Cultural Awareness through Videos” and “YouTube in the Advanced Language Classroom”

February 13, 2012 @ 12:30PM in Cobb 210 (Cobb 2nd Floor)

 

Veronica Vegna and Ana Lima of Romance Languages will show the work they presented at the November 2011 ACTFL Conference: “Raising Cultural Awareness through Videos” (Vegna) and “YouTube in the Advanced Language Classroom” (Lima).

 

Veronica and Ana will also report on other presentations they attended at the conference and will provide suggestions for internet resources and activities on video materials.

 

A discussion will follow.

 

Date: February 13, 2012

Time: 12:30PM

Where: Cobb 210 (Cobb 2nd Floor)

 

-Refreshments-

CSL Presentation – Methods, Approaches and Techniques: A Critical Response to the Deep Approach

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 @ 12:30 -2PM in Cobb 210 (2nd Floor of Cobb)

 

A presentation by Cathy Baumann

Language Program Director for Germanic Studies and the Director of Assessment at the CSL

 

Are all “methods” REALLY methods? What does it mean to make this claim? Please join us to discuss the differences between language teaching approaches, methods and techniques, and to explore where the “Deep Approach” fits in.

 

A light lunch will be served.

 

Please RSVP to Michael Berger (mb35@uchicago.edu)

 

THE CONSORTIUM FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING

THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF LANGUAGES

 

CALL FOR CONSORTIUM GRANT PROPOSALS for Winter Projects — CAMPUS COMPETITION

 

PROPOSALS DUE Friday, March 2, 2012

 

The Autumn deadline for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning grant proposals is Friday, March 2, 2012. Proposals submitted at this time will compete at the campus level. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the Center for the Study of Languages web site ( http://languages.uchicago.edu/about/services.htm — Services & Policies>Services for Teachers>Grants and Funding). Please submit completed proposals as MS Word email attachments to mb35@uchicago.edu (Michael Berger); proposals will be reviewed by the Consortium Committee in March, 2012.

 

The proposed project must pertain to the teaching or the learning of language. We are urging those of you involved with language teaching to consider in particular a project that might explore new ways of making use of already existing technologies and materials, such as commercially available audio and video files or computer programs. We also encourage you to formulate projects that are aimed at developing teaching skills–your own and your colleagues–using the hardware presently in use at the University, in the Center for the Study of Languages, and in the various multimedia-equipped classrooms around campus.

“Deep Approach” to Language Teaching and Learning

Date: Monday, November 7, 2011

Time: 2:30 PM

Where: CSL – 2nd Fl. Cobb – C 201

The CSL will host a presentation by Francois Tochon of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on the subject of the “Deep Approach” to language teaching and learning, that has been applied, notably, to Turkish pedagogy. This approach has some things in common with some of the pedagogical models used by language programs here at the University of Chicago. A copy of one of the “Deep Approach to Turkish Teaching and Learning” newsletters and Professor Tochon’s proposal for a lecture “Why would we need a new approach to modern languages’ teaching” is available at the CSL (please contact Michael Berger at mb35@uchicago.edu if you would like copies).

Space is limited, so please RSVP–to languages@uchicago.edu–if you plan to attend.

A reception will follow the presentation.

 

CALL FOR CONSORTIUM GRANT PROPOSALS for Autumn Projects — CAMPUS COMPETITION

PROPOSALS DUE Friday, December 2, 2011

The Autumn deadline for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning grant proposals is Friday, December 2, 2011. Proposals submitted at this time will compete at the campus level. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the Center for the Study of Languages web site ( http://languages.uchicago.edu/about/services.htm — Services & Policies>Services for Teachers>Grants and Funding). Please submit completed proposals as MS Word email attachments to mb35@uchicago.edu (Michael Berger); proposals will be reviewed by the Consortium Committee in early December, 2011.

The proposed project must pertain to the teaching or the learning of language. We are urging those of you involved with language teaching to consider in particular a project that might explore new ways of making use of already existing technologies and materials, such as commercially available audio and video files or computer programs. We also encourage you to formulate projects that are aimed at developing teaching skills–your own and your colleagues–using the hardware presently in use at the University, in the Center for the Study of Languages, and in the various multimedia-equipped classrooms around campus.

Teaching with Soliloquy and Prezi: Laptop and iPad Software for Teaching

Where: CSL — 2nd Floor Cobb — Room C 210

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Time: 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Steven Clancy, Senior Lecturer in Slavic Languages and Literatures and Academic Director of the the Center for the Study of Languages, will demo two programs and how they can be used in the foreign language classroom. The first is “Prezi” an innovative way to create presentations (à la Powerpoint or Keynote) for use on laptops or iPads. The second is “Soliloquy”, an iPad App that is being jointly developed by the CSL and IT Services here at the University. Soliloquy will enable students to listen and respond to recordings that have been distributed by their teachers, and then submit the results to their teachers.

If you are interested in exploring new ways to use laptops  and iPads in class, we encourage you to attend this presentation.

Refreshments

Halloween Pot Luck Luncheon: The Tradition Continues!

Where: CSL
Date: Monday, October 31, 2011
Time: 12:30 – ?

 

You are invited to the traditional Halloween pot luck luncheon at the CSL. Please come, and bring a favorite ethnic (or Halloween-related) dish to share with your language teacher colleagues: main dishes or deserts.

 

Costumes not required, but we encourage you to wear one (or at least a mask). Beverages, snacks, paper plates, cups, etc. provided by the CSL. Scarry film screenings!

 

Please RSVP and let us know what you plan to bring (desert or main dish)–write to languages@uchicago.edu

Two Ways to Record Yourself and Your Students: H2 Zoom (Digital Audio Recorder) and Audacity Workshop at the CSL

Where: CSL
Room: Cobb 210
Date: October 12, 2011
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm (approximately)

 

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm the Center for the Study of Languages will conduct a workshop on the use of the H2 Zoom (Digital Audio Recorder) and the free recording software program Audacity. These two recording options can be used to make pedagogical materials or as an aid in accessing student competency. The workshop will be held in C 210.

This is a hands-on training session, so please bring a lap top with Audacity already installed–installation instructions for Audacity are attached to this message. (If you do not have a lap top the CSL will provide you with one for the workshop.) The CSL will provide the H2 Zoom recorders.

 

If you plan to create audio materials for teaching or will be recording your students, we encourage you to attend. If you plan to attend, please let me know because space is limited.

TEACHING WITH THE iPad: Is it Ready to Replace Your Laptop in the Classroom?

Where: CSL — 2nd Floor Cobb — Room C 210

When: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Time: 1:30 to 2:30

Steven Clancy, Senior Lecturer in Slavic Languages and Literatures and Academic Director of the the Center for the Study of Languages, will explore how the iPad can be used in the foreign language classroom. If you teach using a laptop computer and you are interested in using iPads in class, we encourage you to attend this presentation.

Refreshments

Faculty Roundtable Discussion — Part 2 – Workshop: Listening Comprehension: Audio tools and tips

Learn helpful tips and tricks to work with authentic audio content you record.  This hands-on workshop will present best practices from Romance Languages lecturers, Ana Lima and Alice McLean. Along with Michael Berger (from the Center for the Study of Languages) and Ping Lieser (from the Chalk team), Ana and Alice will give you the tools and strategies you need to utilize the Test Manager to create listening comprehension exercises and incorporate audio recordings into your Chalk course site. The workshop is a great opportunity to share experiences with your colleagues and get new ideas for your teaching.  Hope to see you there!

When:  Wednesday, April 20 from 1:30pm-2:30pm

Where:  Center for the Study of Languages (CSL), Cobb Room C210

Who:  All interested instructors and support staff

RSVP:  to <mailto:chalk@uchicago.edu>chalk@uchicago.edu

Seats are limited (12), RSVP soon!!

Bring your laptop.  If you wish to reserve a laptop from the CSL, please contact us at <mailto:chalk@uchicago.edu>chalk@uchicago.edu or 702-9944 by April 19th.