In 1998 with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Columbia University established the Language Resource Center (LRC) to serve both as a hub for new language instruction and as a catalyst to promote the widespread adoption of technology to enhance language teaching and learning.
- 4/17 Robert Davis (Director of Language Instruction, University of Oregon Department of Romance Languages) "New Directions in Spanish Heritage Teaching and Learning"
- 5/1 LRC Symposium (Reading the City: Multilingualism, multiculturalism & urban landscapes) [Register here]
Location: Hamilton Hall Room 603
Date: 04/17/2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
We are pleased to announce that Robert Davis will present a talk for language instructors at Columbia on Friday, April 17. Professor Davis is Professor of Spanish and Director of Language Instruction at the University of Oregon. His talk is entitled "New Directions in Spanish Heritage Teaching and Learning".
Professor Davis shared the following summary of his talk:
May 1, 2015 from 9:00-4:30 in 555 Lerner Hall
Cities are places where cultures and languages co-exist and interact. Yet, students and scholars in the fields of social science and foreign language education often study the rich interaction of place and language, two key elements in the construction of social identity, largely in isolation from each other.
This symposium brings together practitioners from across these disciplines in a shared discussion of tools, methods and projects that make use of the city to explore the broad network of flexible linguistic positions and changing identities that characterize the lived realities of cities and their inhabitants.
The day's presentations will highlight practical methods and pedagogical implications of engaging with the city around us to better connect our classes with the world in which our students live.
Attendance is free and open to participants from any institution but you must register to secure a seat. Please enter your contact and any institutional affiliation on the registration form.
As members of our mailing list already know, there are three exciting funding oportunities all with April application deadlines swiftly approaching:
- Lecturers who are interested in developing innovative and technology-rich pedagogy to transform existing courses can apply for support from the Provost's Hybrid Learning Faculty Grant Program by April 6th.
- Lecturers or Departments who have ideas for organizing a workshop this fall on issues of pedagogy can apply to the CLTL Workshop competition by April 17th. [Deadline extended]
- Finally, lecturers who have ideas for special projects to enhance language teaching and learning at Columbia across multiple classes should apply for a Language Support Grants by April 17th.
On Friday April 3rd, we'll be joined by Robert Train (Professor of Spanish, Sonoma State University), who will give a talk entitled "Re-inventing languages for a (super)diverse world: Multilingual histories and landscapes of learning".
Monday March 2nd, the Finnish Program will be hosting the 8th Annual Multilingual Kalevala Marathon at Deutsches Haus.
Please contact Finnish instructor Tuomas Hiltunen (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you'd like to sign up to read the Kalevala in any language.
We are pleased to announce that Sébastien Dubreil will present a talk for language instructors at Columbia on Friday, February 13. Professor Dubreil is an Associate Professor in French, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His talk is entitled "Interconnecting the FL Curriculum: New Interfaces and Critical Cultural Studies".
On Tuesday, February 10, we will host a brown bag discussion on the role of the Digital Humanities in Language Learning. We will be joined by two esteemed colleagues:
- Susanna Allés Torrent (Spanish Lecturer and Coordinator of Digital Humanities, Dept. of Latin American and Iberian Cultures)
- Alex Gil (Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Humanities and History Division, Columbia University Libraries)
This discussion is meant to serve as an introduction to the Digital Humanities, and to thinking about how we can apply "DH" techniques and approaches to our language classroom. Some of the questions we'll consider are: What do the Digital Humanities do for language education? Is it a set of tools? Is it a critical framework? What’s "new" in the Digital Humanities, and what’s "old"? How do we apply a DH approach to language instruction... or are we already doing it?
On Friday 11/14, the LRC is excited to share two wonderful faculty projects that extend the boundaries of the classroom in innovative ways: