Shared Language Courses: A Demonstration

Date: Friday May 22, 2015
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Location: Cobb 210 (2nd Floor – CLC)

 

CSL Presentation

 

To help bolster enrollment in our less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and Advanced language courses, the CLC is piloting ways to share language classes with students at partner institutions. This quarter, UChicago students in Georgian were joined by three classmates at other institutions—one from Penn and two from UI-UC—via videoconferencing technology. In this presentation, Nick Swinehart (CLC multimedia specialist) and Tami Wysocki-Niimi (Georgian lecturer) will discuss the challenges that arise when sharing courses and demonstrate the technology used in the pilot project. Tami and Nick will also discuss ways the CLC will be going forward with shared courses in the future.

CLTL GRANT PROPOSALS DUE 06/01/2015

THE CONSORTIUM FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING

THE CHICAGO LANGUAGE CENTER

 

CALL FOR CONSORTIUM GRANT PROPOSALS for Summer Projects — CAMPUS COMPETITION

 

PROPOSALS DUE Monday, June 1, 2015

 

The Spring deadline for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning grant proposals is Monday, June 1, 2015 Proposals submitted at this time will compete at the campus level for Summer funding. Application forms and guidelines are attached and can also be found at the CLC’s website: http://languages.uchicago.edu/CLC_Projects/clc_projects_funding.php. 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 June, 2015.

 

The proposed project must pertain to the teaching or the learning of language. We urge 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 Chicago Language Center, and in the various multimedia-equipped classrooms around campus.

Chicago Course Connection Grants – 04/15/2015

CLC Presentation

 

Chicago Course Connection Grants

 

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Location: Cobb 210 (2nd Floor – CSL)

 

On Wednesday, April 15th, from 1:30pm-2:30pm, Christopher Skrable, Associate Director of the University Community Service Center (UCSC), will give a presentation on the Chicago Studies and Chicago Course Connection programs. Joining Chris will be recent recipient of Course Connection grants: Kinga Kosmala (Lecturer of Polish), Valentina Pichugin (Senior Lecturer of Russian), Ana Lima (Senior Lecturer of Portuguese), and Alice McLean (Lecturer of Portuguese and French), who will talk about their grants, the activities they fostered, and student’s experiences in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

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As you plan for your courses for the summer and next academic year, the UCSC invites you to take advantage of the resources of the Chicago Studies Program. The goal of Chicago Studies is to help you and your students make connections between coursework and the wealth of resources available in the city of Chicago, in the form of guest speakers, field trips, or experiential learning projects. In addition to providing consultation and logistical support, UCSC also offer Chicago Course Connection grants to defray expenses.

 

Seating is limited, so let us know if you will attend––please send your reservation to Michael Berger — mb35@uchicago.edu.

 

Refreshments will be provided.

Three Perspectives on the ACTFL Meetings

CLC Presentation

 

Three Perspectives on the ACTFL Meetings

 

Please join us for a panel discussion among three language teachers who attended the ACTFL meetings in November, 2014. Yoko Katagiri (EALC – Japanese Language Program), Lidwina Van Den Hout (RLL – Spanish Language Program), and Alice McLean (RLL – French and Portuguese Language Programs) will describe the meetings and the sessions they participated in or attended in San Antonio last Autumn.

 

When: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Time: 1:30pm

Where: CLC – 2nd Floor – Room C 210

 

Light refreshments served

Spring/Summer Consortium Grants Due 3/9/15

THE CONSORTIUM FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING

THE CHICAGO LANGUAGE CENTER

CALL FOR CONSORTIUM GRANT PROPOSALS for Spring and Summer Projects — CAMPUS COMPETITION

PROPOSALS DUE Monday, March 9, 2015

 

The Spring deadline for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning grant proposals is Monday, March 9, 2015. Proposals submitted at this time will compete at the campus level for Spring and Summer funding. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the Chicago Language Center web site (http://languages.uchicago.edu/CLC_Projects/clc_projects_funding.php). 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, 2015.

 

The proposed project must pertain to the teaching or the learning of language. We urge 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 Chicago Language Center, and in the various multimedia-equipped classrooms around campus.

Maps Mania: New uses for maps in language classrooms

If you’ve ever taken a language class, chances are there was a map of the language’s “home country” on the wall. This map was useful when talking about a specific region, but otherwise it was just a picture on the wall 99% of the time. These days are–or should be–over.

Maps Mania is a HUGE collection of the most amazing maps the internet has to offer. These are not picture-on-a-wall maps; they are living, breathing illustrations of life in a specific area, compiled from a wide range of sources. With 8,000+ posts over the last 10 years, ranging from the silly to the serious to the silly/serious…just clear your schedule for the rest of the day.

Uses in Language instruction:

  1. Maps from around the world: with over 8,000 posts, some containing links to multiple maps, there’s a good chance you can find something for just about anywhere. You can use the search box for a specific city/country/region, or use some of the more global maps.
  2. Geographic and social context: What do these maps say about the people who live there?
  3. Something interesting to talk/write/present/collaborate/ask questions about.
  4. Higher-order thinking: rather than remembering a phrase and spitting it back out, these maps provide opportunities for evaluating, analyzing, and creating in the target language.

Respond! Post a link in the comments to a map you find particularly useful or interesting.

LFLFC Revisited – January 21, 2015 – 1:30 PM – C 210

CLC Presentation

 

LFLFC Revisited

 

When: January 21, 2015

Time: 1:30 PM

Where: C 210 (2nd Floor Cobb)

 

Please join us on Wednesday January 21st, when Karma Ngodup (Tibetan Language) and Michael Berger (CLC) will review ways to use the Berkeley Language Center’s Library of Foreign Language Film Clips (LFLFC): starting with registering and logging on, to searching, choosing clips, and distributing film clips to your students via Chalk.

Halloween Potluck @ CLC

Where: CLC Main Office
When: Friday, October 31, 2014
Time: 12:30 – ?

Bring a favorite dish!

CLC weekly instructional technology workshops

Starting October 20, 2014, Nick Swinehart of the CLC will conduct weekly instructional technology workshops in the Chicago Language Center, from 3:30-5:00PM in Cobb 218. These workshops will be very informal and they will not take the full 90 minutes; you do not have to attend the entire workshop. Nick will speak for 5-10 minutes, and the rest of the time will be devoted to hands-on practice. Several computers will be available–you can try out the tools without having to download anything on your own computer. Questions about other topics are also welcome.

 

The first workshop on Monday, October 20 will explore the use of QuickTime to record quick-and-easy video materials and Google Drive to store files, share materials with students, and collaborate with anyone anywhere, in real time. Step-by-step handouts will be prepared, so if you are unable to attend Nick can send you the document, and/or he can meet another time by appointment.

Chicago Course Connection Grants

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Location: Cobb 210 (2nd Floor – CSL)

 

On Wednesday, May 7th (12:30pm-1:30pm), Christopher Skrable, University Community Service Center (UCSC) Associate Director, Veronica Vegna, Italian Language Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, and Ana Lima, Portuguese Language Coordinator and Senior Lecturer will give a presentation on the Chicago Studies Program.

 

As you plan for your courses for the next academic year, the UCSC invites you to take advantage of the resources of the Chicago Studies Program. The goal of Chicago Studies is to help you and your students make connections between coursework and the wealth of resources available in the city of Chicago, in the form of (1) guest speakers, (2) field trips, or (3) experiential learning projects. In addition to providing consultation and logistical support, UCSC also offer Chicago Course Connection grants (up to $750) to defray expenses.

 

Seating is limited, so let us know if you will attend–send your reservation to Michael Berger — mb35@uchicago.edu.

 

Light lunch fare will be provided.

Presentation on ACTFL 2013 and The Language and Culture Workshop

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Time: 12:30PM
Location: CLC – 2nd Floor Cobb – C 210

 

Please join us on April 9, 2014 at 12:30PM in the CLC for a presentation by Cori Anderson (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Ana Lima (Romance Languages and Literatures), and Jason Grunebaum (South Asian Languages and Civilizations). Our presenters will discuss the recent meeting of the Language and Culture Workshop at Brown University and ACTFL 2013 meeting in Orlando, FL.

 

Refreshments

CLC Hours during Spring Break 2014

M – 9AM to 2:30PM

T – 9AM to 4PM

W to F – 9AM to 5PM

CALL FOR CONSORTIUM GRANT PROPOSALS for Spring Projects — CAMPUS COMPETITION PROPOSALS DUE Friday, March 7, 2014

The Spring deadline for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning grant proposals is Friday, March 7, 2014. 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 March, 2014.

 
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.

Chicago Language Center Hours — December 2013 and January 2014

Week of December 9th
• Thursday and Friday, 8AM to 5PM
Week of December 16th
• Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM
Week of December 23rd
• CLOSED
Week of December 30th
• Monday through Wednesday, CLOSED
• Thursday and Friday, 9AM to 5PM
Week of January 6th
• Resume regular hours
(Monday through Thursday, 8AM to 9PM; Friday, 8AM to 5PM)

CLC Closed on 11/28 and 11/29/2013

The CLC will be closed on Thanksgiving day and on the Friday after the holiday.

Halloween Potluck

Language Teachers are invited to an International Halloween Potluck Luncheon, starting at 12:30PM on Wednesday, October 30th at the CLC (Cobb 211). Bring a favorite Dish to share with Colleagues!

Autumn Hours at the CLC

Mon. – Thurs. 8AM to 9PM

 

Friday             8AM to 5PM

Summer Session Hours 2013

June 24th through August 23rd

 

Monday – Friday 8AM to 5PM

Spring 2013 Exam Week and Interim Hours @ the CSL

June 10 to 14 — 8 AM to 5 PM
(closing @ 4:30 on 6/13)

 

June 17 to 21 — 9 AM to 5 PM

CALL FOR CONSORTIUM GRANT PROPOSALS for Summer Projects — CAMPUS COMPETITION

THE CONSORTIUM FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING

 

THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF LANGUAGES

 

CALL FOR CONSORTIUM GRANT PROPOSALS for Summer Projects — CAMPUS COMPETITION

 

PROPOSALS DUE Friday, May 31, 2013

 

The Spring deadline for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning grant proposals is Friday, May 31, 2013. 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 June, 2013.

 

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.