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Written By: markkaiser on May 23, 2012 2 Comments
Pimsleur advertisement

I ran across this ad for the Pimsleur language learning audio materials on an electronic Japanese dictionary (denshijisho.org). As  a Language Center administrator, I interact with dozens of language professors, lecturers, and graduate student instructors here at Berkeley as well as at other institutions. I can’t remember ever hearing any disparaging remarks about Dr. […]

Written By: markkaiser on February 1, 2012 1 Comment
High school libraries

While transporting my high school son to debate tournaments at various Bay-area high schools, I have found myself parked in high school libraries for hours at end, waiting my turn to judge one of the many events. It is striking the difference one finds between libraries in top-ranked high schools (e.g. Lowell […]

Written By: markkaiser on April 29, 2010 No Comment

I came across interesting data on home language use (hat tip, Rich Robin) here:

A few highlights:

Of all the states, California has the highest percent (42%) of the population speaking a language other than English at home.
In the US the top ten languages spoken at home are (in order) Spanish, Chinese, French, Tagalog (!), […]

Written By: markkaiser on February 3, 2009 1 Comment

A new site for accessing three clips drawn from our Library of film clips is now available for UCB students. Go to http://flfc.berkeley.edu, logon using your CalNet ID, and choose your language (currently we have clips in Spanish, Russian, Japanese, German, and French, with more coming this summer). Enjoy!

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Written By: markkaiser on October 22, 2007 1 Comment

The BLC is currently engaged in a large project involving the digitization of foreign language films and cutting them into short clips for use in classrooms or as homework assignments to illustrate the grammar, discourse strategies and culture of the target language. In working on the project, I have been struck by just how much […]

Written By: markkaiser on April 11, 2007 1 Comment

OK, here’s a test blurb from me, after correcting homework, recording some poems for my students, and helping my kids with their homework. I’m tired, so please ignore whatever comes out here…

With every passing day the virtual world becomes increasingly real, while the real world, the world of shimmering leaves, pungent, freshly overturned earth, […]

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