On Friday I had the pleasure of joining many friends and colleagues at UC Berkeley for the first and last sessions of a one-day colloquium organized by Claire Kramsch and Lihua Zhang, entitled “The legitimacy gap: Multilingual native language teachers in monolingual foreign language departments”. Inspired by the colloquium’s […]more→
I’m really one for translanguaging. By whatever name — and Suresh Canagarajah today at the MLA Convention in Chicago certainly went through the various names — it is an intriguing subject study, and one that gives a lot of food for thought about how to bring translingual practices into the classroom.
Among all my literature colleagues, […]more→
Last Friday, as several Berkeley folks were busy discussing innovations in language and literacy education at AERA in Vancouver, and others were re-visioning the present and future of multilingual subjects and societies at the Multilingual, 2.0? symposium in Tucscon, I had these topics in mind as I joined dozens of […]more→
As I began to write last time, waiting for my connecting flight back to California from the February 22-24 4th International Workshop on Linguistic Landscape, I had departed for this gathering in Addis Ababa with two conceptual questions and one applied question in mind. First, for the linguistic landscape workshop participants–a […]more→
A few days ago I had the pleasure of talking with several friends & colleagues in languages at Berkeley about classroom applications of the 2007 Modern Language Association Ad Hoc Committee on Foreign Languages’ report, “Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World“. Specifically, we heard from Claire Kramsch about […]more→
I’m at the BLC one-day colloquium, History and Memory in Foreign Language Study, and though I’ll only be able to be here for part of the day, I’d like to leave a few thoughts. Or, as I’ve tried to indicate in the title, one view.
Before launching into the collection of liveblogging tidbits that […]more→
Like Jonathan, I found the recent announcement of an increase of half a million dollars to certain language course offerings at Berkeley to be heartening news. But I also find myself reacting with quite a bit of uncertainty to the announcement. Since my focus is in East Asian languages, my response to the […]more→
The language education community here at Berkeley rejoiced to learn this past Tuesday, February 15th, “that more than half a million dollars will be allotted to numerous foreign language courses beginning in 2011-12[.]”
Having thrown my lot in with French, I especially found reason to take heart at the announcement that […]more→
There’s a certain urgency to the question asked on the blog of The Foreign Language Fourteen, “When did you first realize that knowing a foreign language was cool?” The blog prompts its readers with questions like “Do you know that Spanish won’t get you anywhere in Brazil?” “Can you read Plato […]more→
That’s the title of an article posted in the Indian daily Hindustan Times‘ “World” section, screaming out to me during a routine search for what’s going on in the homeland. As tantalizing as the title is, one quickly learns that it is deceptively so:
Publishers in Beijing are lining up to check if books by […]more→
The Center for African Studies at UC Berkeley invites you to take a class in an African language this Fall 2010 semester, including:
Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Swahili
Class times, Course Control Numbers, and more information is available on this PDF file. Contact Amma Oduro (amma AT berkeley DOT edu) […]more→
Last month I spent a week in Singapore visiting primary and secondary schools as well as the National Institute of Education. Although I am sure that what I saw was not representative of all schools in the country, I was immediately struck by the high level of ideological and financial investment in education (how […]more→
To all who attended the talk by Usree and Dave at the UC Consortium Conference at UC San Diego, thank you for coming! Here is a list of references on blogging and language education that we drew from in the presentation (list is currently being updated):
Abbas Ali Rezaee & Samaneh Oladi. 2008. The […]more→
A recent article in the Times of India discusses the state of English education in India, a language which is one of the focal points in discourses around “development.” Progress, one hears often, depends on our English skills-the nation’s very future depends on how well we speak/read/write the language. So much so, that […]more→
While working as a Macedonian language teacher with foreigners, I noticed peculiarities that are common for the English speaking students who have no or only little second language acquisition experience. Their name is Mr. Experts* and they come to Macedonia as experts in politics, economy, law, war, peace, and other serious matters. They all have […]more→
Several days ago I posted an aside mentioning the UC Consortium for Language Learning and Teaching’s upcoming conference (April 23-25 at UCSD); the deadline’s been extended to Feb. 5 (first extended to Feb. 1), for anyone (like me) who’s been dragging their feet to get the application in.
Hope to see you there!more→
With last Monday’s BLC lecture by University of Oregon’s Carl Falsgraf, “Distance Teaching and Distance Learning”, and a few days at end of the week at the joint NEALLT/NERALLT conference at Yale on language learning and technology, I’ve had a lot of stimulation for thinking about distance and online language learning. […]more→
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This Friday October 2 from 2-3pm, Sirpa Tuomainen (mustikka here on FIT) and Dave Malinowski (daveski) will host an informal gathering for language people (that means you) in the […]more→
CW 121: Issues in Teaching English Internationally
CCN: 16576 ; Units: 3
Time/Place: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm in 203 Wheeler
Instructor: Melinda Erickson (email@example.com)
Learn about principles that contribute to effective English language teaching and become acquainted with teaching opportunities abroad. CW 121 also satisfies one of the electives for the new minor in Applied Linguistics Studies.more→