News and Events

10/16 Brown Bag Event: Linguistic Landscape with Elana Shohamy

IAB 1510
10/16/2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This Thursday in IAB 1510, we'll be joined by Elana Shohamy for a brown bag discussion on Linguistic Landscape and language education. All are welcome. (Please RSVP below if you'd like to attend)

Details: Thursday 10/16 1-2 PM in International Affairs Building 1510 (directions here). You are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Faculty Seminar: Social Media in Language Teaching and Learning, Featuring Reyes Llopis-Garcia

Hamilton Hall Room 603
09/26/2014 - 3:00pm

On September 26th, the LRC will offer a presentation on current trends in Social Media and how they're being used in language education. Reyes Llopis-Garcia will be joining us for a discussion about her Spanish Twitter project, which she has developed and used with her students to provide real-world analysis, exposure, and reflection of Spanish. 

Reyes Llopis-Garcia is a lecturer in language and the Co-Director of the Spanish Language Program at Columbia University. 

Symposium at Cornell: "Who owns content? Issues in content-based instruction"

Clark Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca New York
10/03/2014 - 4:30pm to 10/04/2014 - 3:00pm

The 2014-2015 symposium sponsored by the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning will be held on October 3 and 4, 2014 at Cornell University.  The topic is content-based instruction. 

Who Owns Content?  Issues in Content-Based Instruction

Friday, October 3 4:30-7pm
Saturday October 4 8am to 3pm

Clark Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca New York
Sponsored by the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning in collaboration with the Cornell Language Resource Center

See the website for more details:


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.

Upcoming Events at the LRC

  • 2/13: Sebastien Dubreuil (Assistant Professor in French, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
  • 2/20, 2/27, and 3/6: Spring Assessment Series with Mary Jo Lubrano (Yale Center for Language Studies)
  • 4/3: Robert Train (Professor of Spanish, Sonoma State University)

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.