News and Events

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:

Workshop: Methodological Development of Teaching of Spanish as a Second Language

Julius S. Held Auditorium (304 Barnard Hall)
03/29/2014 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Methodological Development of Teaching of Spanish as a Second Language

A Workshop for Teachers
Saturday, March 29th 2014

Julius S. Held Auditorium
Barnard Hall

Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

This workshop will be delivered in English.

Workshop: Language Assessment Design for Performance with Jennifer Eddy

Hamilton Hall (Room 703)
04/04/2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Rakesh Ranjan (Senior Lecturer in Hindi, MESAAS) has organized a workshop on April 4th to which all language instructors are invited. The workshop features Dr. Jennifer Eddy, Assistant Professor of World Language Education in the department of Secondary Education and Youth Services (SEYS) at Queens College of the City University of New York.

This workshop seeks to answer the questions: "How do we design from the Standards with performance as the goal?" and "What does performance assessment look like?" 

Sole Language Instructors Club (SLIC) Meeting

Deutsches Haus (420 116th Street)
03/28/2014 - 2:00pm

The Sole Language Instructors Club (SLIC) is holding a meeting on March 28 at the Deutsches Haus.

If you teach a language at Columbia for which you are the sole instructor, you should join SLIC! For further information, reach out to Tiina Haapakoski at tth2109[at]

See here for directions to Deutsches Haus

Deutsches Haus

Andrew Nestingen (Univ. of Washington) speaking on "Itinerants and Immigrants: The Problematic Universalism of Aki Kaurismäki's Cinema"

Deutsches Haus
03/12/2014 - 6:00pm

Tonight! The Finnish Studies Program presents Andrew Nestingen (Univ. of Washington) speaking on "Itinerants and Immigrants: The Problematic Universalism of Aki Kaurismäki's Cinema". 6 PM at the Deutsches Haus.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 6pm

Deutsches Haus, Columbia University, 420 West 116th St.

"Assessing Speaking" Workshop Rescheduled for April 11

LRC Distance Learning Rooms - IAB 352
04/11/2014 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm

Assessing Speaking
Friday, April 11, 3:00-4:15 (RESCHEDULED)

Our final workshop in the Assessment Series featuring the Yale Center for Language Study's Mary-Jo Lubrano, has been rescheduled for April 11, 2014. This workshop is entitled "Assessing Speaking".  This workshop will focus on developing techniques and prompts for testing using authentic speaking tasks. We will also address how to maintain reliability when assessing subjectively-marked tests.