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Monday, January 9, 2017

PACE Workshop: Applying adult learning principles in the language classroom

Friday, February 10, 2017
9:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Morning session: Nicholson 125
Afternoon session: Folwell 6, 103, 108
Registration required

This workshop will present and explore what is known about adult learning as applied to language acquisition. Stacey Johnson will present frameworks such as experiential learning, transformative learning, and problem-based learning to serve as models for lesson planning in language courses as ways of engaging students and fostering intellectual development. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and adapt models for instruction that address adult language learners and promote deep learning and critical thinking. In hands-on application of the principles and models, they will create and present a lesson that both meets course expectations and allows for instructional flexibility.

This workshop is for CLA language instructors. It is geared towards multi-section instructors who teach from standard syllabi. Hands-on activities will allow participants to distinguish class-level and unit-level instruction, as well as linking content and experience. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, syllabus, and textbook.

Join us for a day full of experiential and transformative learning. The morning session will provide opportunities for theory-driven hands-on activities, and the afternoon session will allow for micro teaching demonstrations and reflection. Lunch will be provided for registered participants.

Facilitator: Stacey Margarita Johnson is the Assistant Director for Educational Technology at the Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Adult learning in the language classroom, and Hybrid language teaching in practice: Perceptions, reactions, and results.

The PACE Project is funded by a grant from The Language Flagship.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Get involved! Join the Professional Development Peer Team

What are your goals for the new year? Looking for ways to get involved in professional development opportunities? Please consider joining the Professional Development (PD) Peer Team. The group is charged with advising the Language Center on professional development opportunities. As a group, we inform the center on topics of interest to language instructors, current challenges, and ideas to help instructors succeed in their courses, as well as grow and advance as professionals. Our group meets once monthly for an hour session. Please contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at carri093@umn.edu to get connected.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sign Up for the BOSSA App for Spring 2017

After much piloting, the new easy-to-use BOSSA App is ready for instructors and their students to use in Spring 2017!

We have been working closely with section coordinators and instructors to schedule BOSSA sessions. However, individual instructors from multi-section courses may request BOSSA App delivery format.

The BOSSA App takes care of students’ recording for you. Then, the session continues as usual, with students listening to their recordings, reflecting, and discussing in pairs and in group. You will see how practice and training fit together in the new BOSSA App, preparing students to be ready for the final, all-important piece: the self-assessment questionnaire.

Interested in using this delivery option with an existing BOSSA reservation? Please email bossa@umn.edu.

Language Center Survey - Win a $20 Giftcard!

The Professional Development Peer Team and Language Center invite you to provide us with your feedback on our Fall 2016 events and to help us plan for Spring 2017 through an online survey.

The deadline to complete the survey is Wednesday, January 11, 2017. You may provide an email address to be entered into a drawing for a $20 Target Giftcard. All responses are anonymous, and responses are not linked to emails provided. The winner will be announced on ElsieTalk on Monday, January 23.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Language Center Finals and Winter Break Hours

During Finals, Thursday, December 15-23, 2016, the Language Center will be open the following hours:

Main Office
Thursday, 12/15: 7:45 a.m. - 6;00 p.m.
Friday 12/16: 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday: 12/19 7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12/20 7:45 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12/21 7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 12/22: 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 12/23: University Closed

Multimedia Lab
Thursday, 12/15: 7:45 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday 12/16: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday: 12/19 7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12/20 7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12/21 7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday 12/22: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 12/23: University Closed

The computer classrooms will be open for all prearranged classes.

Over winter break, the Main Office will be open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. all days that the university is open.