News and Events

Brown Bag: Form is Function - Placing Grammar in the Language Curriculum

Location: 
Deutsches Haus (1130 Amsterdam Ave)
Date: 
04/15/2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

In this brownbag presentation, Professor Taoufik Ben Amor, head of Columbia's Arabic language program, will present his efforts to revitalize Arabic grammar instruction for English speakers and discuss the place of grammar in the language curriculum more generally. Light refreshments will be provided.

Professor Ben Amor has shared the following introduction:

Instructor Coffee/Tea: "Grammar Blocks and Gender Flows"

Location: 
253 IAB
Date: 
03/30/2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Grammar based, communicative, task based, however you structure your course, gender remains a consistent stumbling block for English speakers learning romance languages. Join us for an afternoon Coffee/Tea discussion of approaches to this problem. French instructor Greet Van Belle will begin the discussion by outlining one idea for addressing this stumbling block directly in the first year language curriculum.

Role play and multidisciplinary collaboration in language education

Location: 
253 IAB
Date: 
04/06/2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Role play and simulation exercises are familiar terrain for the language classroom but you have likely never seen activities like this. Begun in the Barnard History department and now including hundreds of colleges and universities, the "Reacting to the Past" series uses teacher-designed games based on historical situations to immerse students in unfamiliar texts and ideas. The result is a highly motivated class building speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills through the study of authentic texts and cultural figures.

Language Pedadogy Reading Group (Friday section)

Location: 
353 International Affairs Building (LRC space)
Date: 
04/08/2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

The reading group is a place for the language instructor community to analyze and disscuss trends in pedagogy and linguistics research. All members of the community who are interested are invited to attend. To minimize scheduling conflicts, the reading group is organized as two parallel sections meeting on the first Thursday and Friday of every month during the school year.

Language Pedadogy Reading Group (Thursday section)

Location: 
353 International Affairs Building (LRC space)
Date: 
04/07/2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

The reading group is a place for the language instructor community to analyze and disscuss trends in pedagogy and linguistics research. All members of the community who are interested are invited to attend. To minimize scheduling conflicts, the reading group is organized as two parallel sections meeting on the first Thursday and Friday of every month during the school year.

Video editing for beginners

Location: 
352 IAB (The CLS room in the LRC area)
Date: 
03/31/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Are you interested in recording your class, a student presentation, or a conference paper but are not sure how to turn that recording into something attractive, concise, and polished? Perhaps you are considering having your students build a video presentation and want to learn how much effort is involved. This workshop will introduce the basic concepts of video editing through a shared iMovie video project. No prior work with video is necessary.

How to Build a Personal Website

Location: 
252 IAB (the LRC area CLS room)
Date: 
03/23/2016 -
4:15pm to 5:00pm

Come discuss issues and tools for building your own personal website as part of this hybrid online learning course at the LRC. All course material is available to complete online and new members are welcome at any time. These in-person meetings are held every two weeks for discussion, technology support, and to answer any questions you have.

SLIC Meeting: Website building

Location: 
252 IAB (the LRC area CLS room)
Date: 
03/25/2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

The Sole Language Instructors Club (SLIC) will be holding their March meeting in the Collaborative Learning Space at the LRC. This meeting will focus on website building and customization for languages that want to take control of their web presence.

See the Directions page for how to get to the LRC.

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