Second Language Acquisition
Columbia University Language Resource Center regularly hosts a reading group dedicated to exploration of theoretical dimensions of second and foreign language study. The group meets every other week to examine recent scholarship in the field, and discuss its applications in the world language classroom. Each semester features a different theme, informing the topics of each session. We welcome all members of Columbia language community.
Themes, Topics, and Materials
Listed below are the recent sessions of the LRC Reading Group arranged by the academic year.
Writing across genres, modalities, and technologies (2022 - 2023)
This academic year we focus on writing comprehension and its role across curricula, genres, modalities, and technologies. The following events include reading group meetings and a series of invited guest talks and panels.
10/14: Writing with 21st Century Social Tools in the L2 Classroom [article]
11/03: Multimodality Befriends Heritage Language and Second Language Writing [recording]
12/07: The Use of Dubbing in Advanced Italian Courses [recording]
12/08: From Disrupted Classrooms to Human-Machine Collaboration? The Pocket Calculator, Google Translate, and the Future of Language Education [article]
02/03: Machine Translation and the L2 Classroom [article]
03/24: Heritage Language Education: Issues and Challenges [recording]
03/31: Heritage Language Pedagogy Panel [recording]
04/28: The Pocket Calculator, Google Translate, and Chat-GPT: From Disruptive Technologies to Curricular Innovation [recording]
Listening Comprehension in the Language Classroom (2021 - 2022)
10/01: What is listening comprehension and why is it important?
10/29: Types of listening comprehension [slides]
11/12: Developing listening comprehension activities: Selecting the text
11/19: Developing listening comprehension activities: Designing the activities
12/03: Assessing listening comprehension [self-evaluation checklist]
The reading group was suspended in the spring semester.
Pedagogy and Technology in the Virtual Language Classroom (2020 - 2021)
Prompted by the global pandemic, the reading group has been moved into a virtual venue. The format has been adjusted to more closely reflect the interests of the Columbia language community and to align the sessions with the LRC Invited Guest Lectures. In that sense, the meetings have been designed to help prepare the audience participate in the guest talks, to contextualize these talks within applied linguistics scholarship, and to provide space for stimulating discussion.
10/07: Using Games to Build a Learning Community in the L2 Classroom [slides]
11/04: Task-Based Language Teaching in the Distance Language Classroom [slides]
12/02: Disruptive Technologies in the Language Classroom [slides]
The reading group was temporarily suspended in the spring semester and will return in the fall.
New Directions in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) (2019 - 2020)
This academic year we are focusing on Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and its numerous applications in the language classroom. The sessions are informed by recent scholarship and structured around the topics listed below. Starting in the second half of March the all subsequent sessions were cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
02/10: Technology-Enhanced Listening [slides]
02/24: Targeting L2 Pronunciation with Technology [slides]
03/09: Writing Skills and Digital Literacies through Social Tools [cancelled]
03/30: CALL and L2 Reading [cancelled]
04/13: Culture and CALL [cancelled]
04/27: Future Directions in CALL [cancelled]
09/18: Theories and Practices in CALL [slides]
10/09: Special Educational Needs in Technology-Enhanced Language Teaching (Part 1) [slides]
10/23: Special Educational Needs in Technology-Enhanced Language Teaching (Part 2) [slides]
11/07: Digital Literacies as Emergent Multifarious Repertoires [slides]
11/20: Exploring Digital Games and Social Networking [slides]
12/05: 2019 ACTFL Conference Debriefing
The Multiliteracies Framework in the World Language Classroom (2018 - 2019)
This year’s theme is dedicated to exploring multiliteracies in language teaching. The Fall semester explores the multiliteracies framework across various proficiency levels and institutional settings. During the Spring semester we take a deeper look at how the multiliteracies framework is realized in practice.
02/04: Instruction and Assessment in the Multiliteracies Framework [slides]
02/18: Developing Learner Literacy Based on Targeted Textual Features [slides]
03/04: Working with Grammar and Vocabulary in the Multiliteracies Framework [slides]
04/01: Literacy Development and Interpersonal Oral Language Use [slides]
04/15: Video-mediated listening and interpretive communication in the multiliteracies framework [slides]
04/29: Presentational writing practice with texts [slides]
10/01: Approaches to Second Language Acquisition [slides]
10/15: A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Designing Social Futures [slides]
10/31: Exploring the Feasibility of a Pedagogy of Multiliteracies in Introductory Foreign Language Courses [slides]
11/12: “Bridging Activities”, New Media Literacies, and Advanced Foreign Language Proficiency [slides]
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