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.
New Directions in Computer-Assisted Language Learning how (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]