News and Events

Columbia Language Fair 2014 - August 27th

Lerner Hall Party Space
08/27/2014 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

What is the Language Fair?

The Academic Resources Fair for first-years is held during the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP), the week before classes start. This is the second year that the Language Fair is being held alongside the Academic Resources Fair.  The Language Fair is a great opportunity to spread awareness of your language program and recruit incoming students. All incoming students are invited, which means about 1,100 incoming first-years in the college, 325 incoming first-years in SEAS, plus a number of combined plan and transfer students (200 or so in total). We expect to have instructors from fifty languages participating.

Call for Papers: TC Roundtable on Learning-Oriented Assessment in Language Classrooms and Large-Scale Assessment Contexts (Deadline 5/10)

Teachers College

The 3rd Teachers College, Columbia University Roundtable in Second Language Studies (TCCRISLS), which will take place October 10-12, 2014, is now accepting abstract submissions for empirical papers.

This year's theme is: Learning-Oriented Assessment in Language Classrooms and Large-Scale Assessment Contexts.

To submit an abstract, please visit the Call for Papers section. Deadline for submissions is Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Yale Seminar: "The Shared Course Initiative In Context: New Directions in Distance Education"

Yale University - TEAL Classroom (17 Hillhouse Ave)
05/12/2014 - 8:30am

On Monday May 12, there will be a Symposium at Yale University on New Directions in Distance Learning for Language Education. (See Symposium schedule below)

All Columbia language instructors are welcome to attend, there is no registration fee. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Christine Nguyen (

Guest Speaker David Malinowski: "Linguistic Landscape: New Contexts, Competencies, and Directions for the Language Classroom" (Video)

Hamilton Hall 603
05/02/2014 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

On May 2nd, 2014, David Malinowski from Yale University's Center for Language Studies joined us for a discussion about the emerging discourse of "Linguistic Landscape" and applications for the language learning classroom.

Why are sociolinguists growingly interested in the visibility of languages on shop signs, billboards, public transportation, and other public spaces? And how can this multilingual “linguistic landscape” serve as a powerful resource for language teachers and learners today? 

Following Dr. Malinowski's presentation, Columbia Spanish Language lecturers Juan Pablo Jimenez and Lee Abraham offered responses.

African Language Workshop - May 9

Columbia University

Through a consortium with several of our sister Ivy schools, a course is being proposed that would offer instruction in African languages specifically geared towards public health and social work professionals-in-training.  The available language instructors teach Wolof, Pulaar, Swahili, isiZulu, and Yoruba. These African language instructors are designing a course that would suit the linguistic needs of public health and social workers who will be serving local non-English speakers in African countries.

April SLIC Meeting

Deutsches Haus (420 West 116th St)
04/18/2014 - 3:00pm

The Sole Language Instructors Club (SLIC) will be holding their April meeting at Deutsches Haus.

The SLIC meetings convene in the 2nd floor seminar room of Deutsches Haus (420 W 116th st.) Press the third doorbell from the top at the left, marked "dh".

Guest lecture: Michael Byram - ‘Intercultural citizenship’ – a purpose for foreign/world language education?

International Affairs Building, Room 1512
04/15/2014 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

On Tuesday April 15th, Professor Michael Byram (University of Durham) will speak on the topic ‘Intercultural citizenship’ – a purpose for foreign/world language education?

Michael Byram is Professor Emeritus at The University of Durham (UK) and Guest Professor at the University of Luxembourg. He ‘read’ Modern and Medieval Languages at King’s College, University of Cambridge (UK), completed a PhD in Danish literature, and then taught French and German in secondary and adult education. He has been at Durham University since 1980 engaged in teacher training, research student supervision and research on languages and education. His monographs include Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence; and From Foreign Language Education to Education for Intercultural Citizenship. He has edited others including the second edition of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning, with Adelheid Hu, and The Common European Framework of Reference. The globalisation of language education policy, with Lynne Parmenter. He was throughout the 2000s an Adviser to the Council of Europe Language Policy Division and is now involved in work on Guidelines for Intercultural Education.

Come Visit the Language Fair for the Less Commonly Taught Languages

Low Library Plaza
04/08/2014 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Come visit representatives from several of Columbia's less commonly taught languages Tuesday, April 8th at Low Library Plaza from 11 to 4!

Students interested in studying an uncommon language are particularly encouraged to stop by! The Language Fair provides an excellent opportunity for students to speak with language instructors about the history and culture of their language communities, and maybe even learn a few phrases.  Food from several of the represented cultures will be served throughout the day. 

Among Tuesday's participating language instructors are: