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Monday, August 22, 2016

Fall Semester Welcome Week and First-Week Events

All language instructors and staff are invited to the following Language Center sponsored and cosponsored professional development events. Registration is required for the first event, but the others are informal walk-in events.

  • August 31, 2016: PACE Workshop: Disabilities and Inclusive Design 8:30-1:00 p.m. in the Beacon room, RecWell Center. The first PACE event of the 2016-2017 academic year. The event is almost full. Please register today! 
  • September 1, 2016: Welcome Open House for Kate Paesani 3:00-4:30 p.m. in University Int’l Center 101. Join us for cake, lemonade and coffee to welcome the new CARLA Director. 
  • September 2, 2016: LATIS and Language Center Drop-in TechHub 10:30-3:00 p.m. in Jones 35. Come for last-minute Moodle or other academic tech help before the start of the Fall semester. 
  • September 9, 2016: BOSSA Open House 9:30-3:30 p.m. in Jones 35. Get a behind-the-scenes perspective on the BOSSA protocol, and a sneak peek of a new, one-touch BOSSA delivery system!

New Beginning Language Courses through Courseshare

Interested in starting a new language this Fall? The following entry-level language courses are now open through Courseshare. Space is very limited, so please register soon.

  • LANG 2011 Accelerated Catalan I, 2 credits: From the University of Chicago. This course is intended for speakers of other Romance languages, but is open to all students
  • LANG 1061 Beginning Persian I, 4 credits: From the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This language is also known as Farsi.
  • LANG 1071 Beginning Polish I, 4 credits: From Ohio State University.
  • LANG 1111 Beginning Turkish I, 4 credits: From the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • LANG 1121 Beginning Vietnamese I, 4 credits, Online. From Michigan State University.

If you have questions about these or other Courseshare courses, please email the Language Center at elsie@umn.edu.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Welcome Open House for Kate Paesani

Thursday, September 1, 2016
3:00-4:30 p.m.
University Int’l Center Room 101

CARLA and the Language Center invite you to meet and welcome CARLA’s incoming director Kate Paesani. While Kate’s primary position will be in CARLA, she will also work 25%-time to support CLA language programs. Join us for some cake and lemonade/coffee to welcome Kate to the U at this informal open house.

Kate Paesani comes to the University of Minnesota from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where she was an associate professor and director of basic French courses. Dr. Paesani earned her Ph.D. in French linguistics from Indiana University. Her research focuses on literacy-based curriculum and instruction and foreign language teacher development. We are thrilled to have her join our team!

Learn more about Kate on her new CARLA staff page.

LATIS and Language Center Drop-in TechHub

Friday, September 2, 2016
10:30-3:00 p.m.
Jones 35
No Registration Required

Need last-minute academic tech help before the start of the Fall semester? Whether struggling or just looking for ways to improve your Moodle course, we can help! The LATIS Technology Enhanced Learning Team and CLA Language Center invite you to drop in to get one-on-one help during the TechHub event. LATIS and Language Center staff will be available to answer your questions related to:

  • Moodle general setup 
  • Moodle Gradebook 
  • Canvas (for those who are piloting it)

In addition, we will be offering tips and strategies on how to incorporate Inclusive Design in your Moodle and Course Documents, and tricks on how to personalize your course.

All instructors are welcome! Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see many of you! Questions or special requests? Please contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at carri093@umn.edu.

CLA Courseshare Change, Introducing LANG

The University of Minnesota is an active participant in the Big Ten Academic Alliance (formerly CIC) Courseshare program, which uses technology to send and receive less commonly taught language and culture courses with partner institutions. Sending courses expands the profile of our language and culture programs, and increases and diversifies their audience. Receiving courses provides students with access to courses they need for their academic and career goals, and connects them with students and scholars across the country.

CLA Courseshare is administered by the Language Center, through collaboration with academic departments. To make it more clear to students and the Office of the Registrar which courses are being received from other institutions, effective Fall 2016, courses received will share a common course designator LANG: Language Center, CLA Courseshare.

There are no changes in the management of courses we will send through Courseshare. They will still appear under the designator of the department that offers the course.

The following classes are open for registration Fall 2016, and others are current in process. Please note that seat availability for all of these courses is limited.

  • LANG 3501 Introduction to Korean Civilization
  • LANG 2011 Accelerated Catalan I 
  • LANG 1021 Beginning Czech I 
  • LANG 2021 Intermediate Czech I 
  • LANG 3051 Advanced Indonesian I
  • LANG 5051 Advanced Indonesian III 
  • LANG 1061 Beginning Persian I
  • LANG 2061 Intermediate Persian I 
  • LANG 1071 Beginning Polish I
  • LANG 2071 Intermediate Polish I
  • LANG 1111 Beginning Turkish I
  • LANG 3113 Advanced Turkish and Azeri I
  • LANG 5111 Advanced Turkish and Azeri III
  • LANG 2151 Intermediate Pashto I
  • LANG 1121  Beginning Vietnamese I

If you have questions about one of these courses, or  have a recommendation for a new course to receive or send, please email the Language Center at elsie@umn.edu.