We are accepting applications for this year’s Language Support Grants (http://www.lrc.columbia.edu/faculty-projects/) until April 1st. These grants are for the support of instructor projects that enhance language teaching and learning at Columbia. The CFP is open to projects for all languages and all levels of instruction. If you are interested in applying for a grant, you are strongly encouraged to discuss your idea with Stephane Charitos or with our new Educational Technologist, Simon Zuberek, who can help you align your proposal with the goals of the RFP.
The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning (http://www.languageconsortium.org/) is inviting proposals for a workshop on language pedagogy to be held in the spring or fall semester 2018, on one of its member campuses. The CLTL offers funding of up to $5000 to support the workshop. Additional funding may be available depending on the nature and scope of the proposal. Check with your campus representative before submitting a proposal.
The first workshop in this series was held at Brown University in October 2013 and was titled “Working at the Intersection of Language and Culture in the Digital Age: Practical Approaches to the Pedagogy of Cultural Learning”. The second, entitled “Language Learning and Teaching with Urban and Linguistic Landscapes”, was held at Columbia University in October 2016.
Proposals must be submitted by a member of the language faculty of one of the member institutions (Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, or Yale).
The proposed workshop should be one or one-and-one-half days in length and either:
- focus on a pedagogical issue across languages (for example, assessment; project-based learning; use of technology; heritage learning, etc.)
- focus on a pedagogical issue pertaining to a specific language and involves faculty from two or more Consortium Institutions.
While both types of proposals are encouraged, preference will be given to proposals that actively involve language faculty from multiple institutions, target multiple languages, or reflect ongoing or proposed collaborative activities across two or more institutions.
CLTL funding can be used to:
- cover costs to host a speaker and/or multiple presenters (including travel and lodging)
- pay for materials
- defray costs of refreshments, meals and room rental
Your proposal should:
- be three to five pages long, double spaced (Proposals that exceed the required length will not be considered)
- provide a detailed and convincing rationale that identifies the topic and its relevance to current pedagogical and theoretical issues
- include a detailed schedule for the workshop, including proposed speakers and topics
- have a significant hands-on focus, allowing participants to actively engage with the topic
- include a brief bio of each of the organizers
- include a detailed budget and – when possible – bios of the proposed presenters (these are not part the 3-5 page requirement)
Should you be awarded the funding, you must:
- plan and carry out all aspects of the workshop
- keep track of all expenses to be reimbursed, and submit your receipts to the Consortium
- write a short report summarizing the workshop
- carry out an evaluation of the workshop and attach completed evaluations to your report
- post this report or any papers or talks from the workshop on the CLTL webpage
Each campus can submit up to 3 proposals. Interested candidates are urged to consult with their campus CLTL representatives before and during the writing process.
The CLTL board will select one proposal to fund from the pool of proposals submitted. Deadline for submission of proposals is February 28, 2017. Please submit your proposal to the Consortium representative on your campus:
Brown University: Elsa Amanatidou (email@example.com)
Columbia University: Stéphane Charitos (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cornell University: Dick Feldman (email@example.com)
University of Chicago: Cathy Baumann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yale University: Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl (email@example.com
The Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching, the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, and the Language Resource Center of Columbia University will host the following talk on linguistic landscapes and their value for language education.
To RSVP for the event and for directions, please visit: http://www.lrc.columbia.edu/urbanlandscapes2016/plenary/
Linguistic Landscape and the Language Classroom:
Opportunities for Critical Engagement with Society, Technology, and Place
Elana Shohamy, Tel Aviv University in conversation with David Malinowski, Yale University
Moderated by Lee B. Abraham
Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University
Friday, October 14, 2016
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Room 417 International Affairs Building – Altschul Auditorium
420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027
(between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive)
In this dialogue, Elana Shohamy and David Malinowski will discuss rationales, approaches, and techniques for utilizing the linguistic landscape (LL) for language teaching and learning, social awareness, interpretation and activism. The conversation will touch upon conceptual and methodological directions in recent LL research as they offer possibilities for educational activities in the classroom and learning projects in the community. Throughout, the speakers will stress the potential of the linguistic landscape for cultivating critical awareness and action for change: the LL does not merely offer insight into authentic language use, but invites civic participation and involvement with social justice.
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has announced this year’s winners of the Provost’s Hybrid Learning course redesign grants. This year’s awardees include two Columbia language instructors: Federica Franze from the Italian Department, and Reyes Llopis-Garcia from the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures.
Congratulations to both instructors! We look forward to seeing their projects develop in Spring 2017.
From the Consortium:
This year’s winning proposal for a workshop funded by the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning is titled “Language Learning and Teaching in Urban and Linguistic Landscapes” and was submitted by Lee B. Abraham, Co-Director of the Spanish Language Program and Lecturer in Spanish in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. The proposal made a compelling argument about the importance of analyzing language in public spaces in order to understand its socioeconomic and cultural coordinates but also in order to refocus language learners’ attention to the importance of the social contexts in which meaning and identities are constructed.
The workshop will take place at Columbia at a date to be determined shortly. As always, we will have the up to date information on our website lrc.columbia.edu.
The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning is an association of five institutions of higher education (the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Brown University and Yale University) established in 1986 and dedicated to the study and instruction of second languages at the post-secondary level.
Teachers College is accepting proposals for the 35th Second Language Research Forum until May 15th. The Forum will take place at Teachers College from September 22-25, 2016. This year’s theme is “Thirty Years of ISLA: Learning, Instruction, Learning, and Outcome“. Proposals are especially encouraged in the following topics:
- Lognitudinal case or cross-sectional studies invoking elicited data and/or naturalistic data analyzed qualitatively and/or quantitatively
- Research syntheses (narrative reviews and meta-analyses are both encouraged)
- Replications of published studies
- Studies on the internal validity of the research methodology
Full details are available here: https://www.tc.columbia.edu/slrf2016/call-for-proposals/
We are accepting applications for this year’s Language Support Grants (http://www.lrc.columbia.edu/faculty-projects/) until April 1st. These grants are for the support of instructor projects that enhance language teaching and learning at Columbia. The CFP is open to projects for all languages and all levels of instruction. If you are interested in applying for a grant, you are strongly encouraged to discuss your idea with our Educational Technologist, Ian Sullivan, who can help you align your proposal with the goals of the RFP.
Welcome to the first post in our new “Free Technology” blog series. In this series we will look at some of the best free technologies out there and how you might use these tools to teach or study languages. In today’s post we will look at Transcriber and Audacity, two tools that help with transcribing interviews from audio files.
A word about “free”
Before we look at the tools it is worth mentioning what kind of “Free Technology” you can expect in this series. There are many definitions of the word “free” and in education you run into different ones all the time. There are the services that are “free” until you start using them regularly, those that are free to you as a teacher but charge money of your students and colleagues at other institutions, and there are all those services online that are free as long as you let them follow you while you teach or track your students as they learn.
This series is about a different kind of free, “free” as in “freedom”. We will be looking at technology built by free and open source communities and meant to be shared. These are tools with no up-sell, no hidden fees, and no registrations required, the kind of tools you can give to your students with confidence. Audacity and Transcriber are great examples of such tools.
Transcriber is a program designed from the ground up to help you transcribe audio recordings. It can handle anything from simple speeches with only one speaker to complex group discussions with many participants and it is available for Mac OSX, Linux, and Windows.