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Thursday, April 14, 2011

The LC's Pablo Viedma is a super-estrella

The Language Center's Pablo Viedma was quietly launched to international stardom last fall when he was the guest host for the Spanish TV show Madrileños X el Mundo. Each week, this show on the Telemadrid TV station features Madrid natives (Madrileños) who are living in different cities around the world. In his 15-minute interview, Viedma, a transplanted Madrileño turned Minneapolitan, gives a tour of the U of M, the lakes, and downtown Minneapolis by day and by night; discusses reasons for Minneapolis's high divorce rate (it has to do with the long winters); and talks about life in the "coldest big city in the world."


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Language Center summer reservations accepted April 15

The Language Center will begin entering general Summer Session reservations on April 15. You may submit reservation requests before that date, and they will be held until April 15. To have the best possibility of receiving the rooms and equipment you need, please submit by 9:00 AM, April 15.

  • These reservations always require a reservation form.
  • Please submit a form for each class section.
  • Each class is allowed to reserve up to 20 hours in Jones Hall classrooms.
  • Teachers of intensive courses may negotiate their needs.
  • Reservations of other equipment and media are unlimited in terms of amount and frequency (within reason).
  • Instructors must intend to use the technology they are reserving.

See http://languagecenter.cla.umn.edu/in_reservations.html for details on policy, and to make an online reservation request.

Jones 10 and 30 will each be unavailable for part of the summer, as the classrooms are are both being renovated.

LC classrooms will be available at the following times over the summer:

May Session (May 23 - June 10)
Monday - Friday: 8:00 - 4:30 pm

Summer Session: General (June 13 - August 19)
Monday - Wednesday: 8:00 - 5:30 pm
Thursday: 8:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 - 4:30 pm

Summer Session: Late (August 22 - August 26)
Monday - Friday: 8:00 - 4:30 PM

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Funding opportunity for LCTL materials purchase

Limited funds are now available for the purchase of materials to enhance the teaching and learning of Less Commonly Taught Languages (all those taught here at the University with the exception of Spanish, French, and German). The funding source is the Title VI Grant managed by the Global Studies Institute. This year the Language Center is managing the distribution of these funds.

CLA language instructors may request funds to purchase materials to support the learning of their language. While the funds may reach to support a number of smaller purchase, the total amount for each language may not exceed $500. Please submit an application for each item you wish to purchase with these funds. The application deadline is Monday, May 2, 2011. For the best opportunity of receiving funds, please provide as much information as possible about the materials you would like to purchase, how they will be used and shared, and how they will enhance the learning of your language.

You can apply online